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The counsel for Marina Litvinenko is due to make his closing statements to the inquiry into her husband Alexander's death. I…

  • Teen Dies In Canal After Running From Police
    Teen Dies In Canal After Running From Police Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A teenager who was running away from police officers has died in a canal. But the boy, believed to be Jack Susianta, smashed a window and fled before officers from the Metropolitan Police arrived. At 3.38pm, Hackney Police tweeted: "Jack Susianta, 17yrs missing from E5. More »

  • Indian tycoon seals 110 million pound hotel deal at London's Old Scotland …
    Indian tycoon seals 110 million pound hotel deal at London's Old Scotland … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Indian tycoon Yusuffali M.A has agreed a 110 million pounds deal to develop a luxury hotel on the site of the original Scotland Yard Police Station in London, as foreign buyers bet on the resilience of Britain's prime property market. Ali, one of India's wealthiest entrepreneurs and head of Abu Dhabi-based retail and hospitality conglomerate Lulu Group International, has signed up Galliard Homes to complete the project at the former home of the Metropolitan Police Force in London's Whitehall. "London undoubtedly is one of the most happening locations in the world especially from the tourism point of view and we have been actively evaluating investment opportunities that both grow our footprint and contribute to the further development of London," Yusuffali M.A said in an emailed statement on Monday. More »

  • Boris Johnson's water cannon farce reveals why he will never be prime m …
    Boris Johnson's water cannon farce reveals why he will never be prime m … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Future historians will look back on last week as the moment Boris Johnson’s prime ministerial ambitions finally washed away into the muddy waters of the Thames. Theresa May’s demolition of Johnson’s case for bringing water cannon to the streets of London was so comprehensive, so cutting and so utterly devastating for the London mayor, you half expected the Metropolitan police to apprehend her for common assault. With an increasingly meek looking Johnson sat behind her, May explained that the 25-year-old second hand German water cannon Johnson bought without her permission, would “pose a series of direct and indirect medical risks,” to protesters, including “musculoskeletal injuries such as spinal fracture, as well as other serious injuries such as concussion, eye injury and blunt trauma”. More »

  • Pc hopefuls must speak second language in Met Police pilot scheme
    Pc hopefuls must speak second language in Met Police pilot scheme Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Aspiring police constables must speak an additional language to join London's Metropolitan Police under a month-long pilot scheme starting today. More »

  • UK journalists take court action against over police phone spying
    UK journalists take court action against over police phone spying Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    London police were accused on Monday of breaching the human rights of three journalists working for Britain's top-selling newspaper by accessing their phone records in a bid to find the source for a story which brought down a senior minister. Detectives from London's Metropolitan Police used the covert power to discover who had leaked a police report to journalists from the Sun tabloid in 2012 which revealed former minister Andrew Mitchell had sworn at and insulted officers on duty outside Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office. The three reporters have taken their case to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), a body which examines complaints from the public about unlawful use of covert techniques by public authorities The landmark case also comes at a time Britain is wrestling with a high-profile debate over the surveillance powers of the police and spies, and whether they infringe on the public's privacy. More »

  • Police Face Secret Facebook Racism Claims
    Police Face Secret Facebook Racism Claims Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations that officers used a secret Facebook group to make racist comments about travellers. Some of the comments were reportedly made after the presenters of Top Gear were cleared of any wrongdoing for using the word "pikey", a derogatory term for travellers, on the TV show. Responses from members of the group included statements such as "I f****** hate pikeys" and described the traveller community as "despicable people", the Independent On Sunday said. More »

  • Met Police officers 'used secret racist online forum'
    Met Police officers 'used secret racist online forum' Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    An investigation has been launched into claims that Metropolitan Police officers used a secret online forum to air racist views about ethnic groups. More »

  • Andy Murray plays with pups in sniffer-dog video
    Andy Murray plays with pups in sniffer-dog video Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Andy Murray goes to the dogs, or more precisely the puppies, in a video released on Tuesday which shows him playing at Wimbledon with five cocker spaniels being trained to become sniffer dogs. The six-week-old puppies are being raised by the Metropolitan Police Service and Murray, a self-professed dog lover and a World Wildlife Fund global ambassador, supports the use of sniffer dogs to crack down on wildlife poaching in Nepal, a release from the Wimbledon press office says. In the video (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/interactive/multimedia.html?video=4341760987001) Murray is shown playing with the puppies on the famous hill within Wimbledon's grounds while they run around him and chew on his shoelaces and fingers. More »

  • 7/7 Survivor's Tearful Reunion With Rescuer
    7/7 Survivor's Tearful Reunion With Rescuer Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Gill Hicks hugged PC Andrew Maxwell after seeing him outside King's Cross station in London. PC Maxwell was one of the Met Police officers who used a makeshift stretcher to carry Ms Hicks out of a Tube tunnel almost 10 years ago. She had been on a Piccadilly line train that was blown up between King's Cross and Russell Square station on 7 July, 2005. More »

  • Police 'Skimming The Surface' On Cybercrime
    Police 'Skimming The Surface' On Cybercrime Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Police are just "skimming the surface" in their efforts to tackle cybercrime, according to Britain's most senior policeman. In an interview hosted by Sky News with six young people from children's newspaper First News, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said hundreds of extra officers were being recruited in the fight against online crime. "I think we're only skimming the surface," he said. More »

  • Web policing 'a massive challenge'
    Web policing 'a massive challenge' Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Police are only "skimming the surface" despite efforts to protect children online, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said. More »

  • Counter-terror drill in capital
    Counter-terror drill in capital Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A major counter-terrorism exercise is being carried out in London to ensure emergency services are ready "should the worst happen", Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe has said. More »

  • Marksman 'Convinced Of Danger' In Rodney Killing
    Marksman 'Convinced Of Danger' In Rodney Killing Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Specialist firearms officer Anthony Long fired six shots at Azelle Rodney in just 2.1 seconds. The 58-year-old, who has since retired from the Metropolitan Police, says he stands by his decision even though he never saw Mr Rodney with a weapon. Mr Rodney was in a car with two other men at the time. More »

  • Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested
    Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    By Chang-Ran Kim and Joshua Hunt TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp moved into damage control mode on Friday after its new communications chief, an American and its first senior woman executive, was arrested on suspicion of illegally bringing pain killers into Japan just two months after her high-profile appointment. Japanese media reports on Friday quoted police investigators as saying 57 highly addictive Oxycodone pills from the United States were scattered in a small parcel addressed to Hamp in Japan and labelled "necklaces". The former General Motors Co and PepsiCo Inc executive told police she did not think she had imported an illegal substance, a spokesman for Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department said. More »

  • De Menezes Family Take Fight To European Court
    De Menezes Family Take Fight To European Court Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    No one has been held to account over the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot by police in London, a European court has been told. The 27-year-old Brazilian was killed by Met Police marksmen on an underground train at Stockwell station after he was mistaken for a suicide bomber almost 10 years ago. Relatives of Mr de Menezes have taken his case to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that individual police officers should be held responsible for his death. More »

  • Azelle Rodney: Policeman Fired Eight Shots
    Azelle Rodney: Policeman Fired Eight Shots Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    A former police firearms officer accused of murdering a suspected armed robber was "not acting lawfully when he opened fire" almost as soon as the suspect came within his gun sights, a court has heard. Anthony Long, a former specialist firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police, was trying to stop an armed gang in north London in April 2005 when Azelle Rodney was killed. Mr Rodney was one of three men in a VW Golf being followed by police, who had intelligence the trio were on their way to rob a group of Colombian drug dealers. More »

  • Met racism claims justified - chief
    Met racism claims justified - chief Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The head of the Metropolitan Police has said there is "some justification" to allegations that the force is institutionally racist. More »

  • Big Increase In Facebook And Twitter Crimes
    Big Increase In Facebook And Twitter Crimes Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Police are investigating a rapidly rising number of crimes involving Facebook or Twitter across the UK as the use of social media grows. A total of 38 out of 45 police forces saw a rise in the number of crime reports that involved Facebook in 2014, while 24 forces said they also received more which mentioned Twitter last year than in 2013. The country's largest force, the Metropolitan Police, received 1,207 crime reports which mentioned Facebook in 2014, up from 935 in 2013 and 997 in 2012. More »

  • London police to get 20,000 body cameras Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    London's police officers are to be equipped with 20,000 body-worn cameras, more than in any other city, to help them gather evidence and improve public confidence in them, authorities said on Wednesday. "For too long our equipment has lagged behind the technology almost everyone has in their pockets to capture events as they unfold," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said in a statement. "Soon, more of our officers will be able to make a record of the very challenging circumstances they are asked to deal with." The Metropolitan Police is under scrutiny over the use of "stop and search" powers which critics say disproportionately affect people from ethnic minorities and fuel distrust. More »

  • Danny Cipriani Arrested Following Car Crash
    Danny Cipriani Arrested Following Car Crash Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Danny Cipriani has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following an early morning car crash the day after he starred for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham. Cipriani was given a breath test and taken to a west London police station before being released on bail. A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called at approximately 5.15am on Monday, 1 June to reports of two cars in collision in Imperial Road, SW6. More »

  • Children Forced To Steal In 'Oliver Twist' Gangs
    Children Forced To Steal In 'Oliver Twist' Gangs Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Kevin Hyland, a former Met Police detective, says more needs to be done to stop youngsters being exploited in criminal operations. "We are in the 21st century and yet we have Oliver Twist scenarios happening in our streets and cities. Mr Hyland says modern slavery - which can involve sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude or forced criminality - is a "very lucrative" business in Britain. More »

  • 30,000 police linked to asbestos
    30,000 police linked to asbestos Tue, May 26, 2015

    Up to 30,000 police officers might have come into contact with toxic asbestos, the Metropolitan Police confirmed today, after discovering it in the force's former training facilities. More »

  • 'Campaign to remove' gay officer
    'Campaign to remove' gay officer Tue, May 19, 2015

    A gay police officer was subjected to discrimination, harassment and victimisation in his work for the Metropolitan Police, an employment tribunal has ruled. More »

  • Mother And Twin Daughters Were Strangled
    Mother And Twin Daughters Were Strangled Fri, May 15, 2015

    Shighi Kotuvala, 37, and her 13-year-old twins, Niya and Neha Rethishkumar, were discovered at their home in Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, east London, on Tuesday afternoon. The next morning, officers found their father Pullarkattil Kunjunny Rethish Kumar, 44, hanged at a reservoir in nearby Walthamstow. Post-mortem examinations on the females - who police said were found with no visible signs of injuries - show they were strangled to death. The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Metropolitan Police's directorate of professional standards is reviewing the police response. More »

  • Mother And Daughters Found Dead At Home Named
    Mother And Daughters Found Dead At Home Named Wed, May 13, 2015

    Officers made the first discoveries on Tuesday after concerns were raised about the welfare of the residents living at a house in Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, east London. Upon forcing their way in, police found the bodies of the mother Shighi Rethishkumar, 37, and two daughters, Niya and Neha aged 13. The father, Rethishkumar Pullarkattil, 44,  who was missing from the property, was found hanged around six miles away at Woodford Reservoir, Walthamstow, at 8.17am on Wednesday. The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Metropolitan Police's directorate of professional standards is reviewing the police response. More »

  • This is NOT how you flush cannabis down the toilet
    This is NOT how you flush cannabis down the toilet Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Metropolitan Police uncovered *quite* the mess today. More »

  • Well, this is quite the crime scene…
    Well, this is quite the crime scene… Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Metropolitan Police uncovered *quite* the mess today. More »

  • Here’s how thieves stole £200 million in gold, jewels and diamonds
    Here’s how thieves stole £200 million in gold, jewels and diamonds Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Met Police has released details of the Hatton Garden robbery. More »

  • UK trader sought in U.S. over flash crash due in court on Wednesday Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    A futures trader who was arrested in Britain over charges that he helped spark the May 2010 "flash crash" on U.S. financial markets will appear in a London court on Wednesday, British police said. "He will appear in Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow," a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police said. Navinder Singh Sarao was criminally charged on charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud and manipulation, the U.S. Justice Department said earlier on Tuesday. More »

  • Hacking Probe: Piers Morgan Questioned Again
    Hacking Probe: Piers Morgan Questioned Again Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Scotland Yard detectives have questioned former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan for a second time in connection with claims of phone hacking. Mr Morgan was previously interviewed under caution in 2013 by officers looking into allegations of interception of voicemails by Mirror Group journalists. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "A 50-year-old man was interviewed under caution on April 21 2015 by officers from Operation Golding in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails. Mr Morgan, who has consistently denied involvement in phone hacking, said in a statement: "Some time ago I was asked to attend an interview with officers from Operation Golding when I was next in the UK. More »

  • Pilot Arrested With Knives At Heathrow
    Pilot Arrested With Knives At Heathrow Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    A pilot who was due to fly more than 250 passengers from London to Hong Kong has been arrested for allegedly carrying a knife. The pilot with Cathay Pacific, who is thought to be 61, was held around an hour before his Boeing 777 was due to take off from Heathrow on Saturday evening. The pilot was taken to a local police station and was later bailed until next month. A Met Police spokesman said: "On Saturday at around 9.10pm police at Heathrow Airport were called to a staff search area after a search of a member of flight crew, for a flight later that night, found them in possession of some knives. More »

  • South Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster
    South Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    By James Pearson and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police clashed with thousands of protesters, blocking their way to the presidential palace, where they hoped to demand a more vigorous government response to a ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives a year ago. About 13,000 police and 470 police buses were deployed in the area around Seoul's main ceremonial thoroughfare and 100 protesters were arrested, an official of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. A fire department official said nine protesters and three police were taken to hospital while three protesters received first aid at the site. More »

  • Hatton Garden robbery: 'Inside agent' likely involved in £200m heis …
    Hatton Garden robbery: 'Inside agent' likely involved in £200m heis … Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    An "inside agent" may have been involved in the audacious jewel and cash heist at a safety deposit vault in central London, a former armed robbery detective said on 13 April. Thieves used heavy cutting equipment to get into the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit between 2 and 5 April, breaking into 60 to 70 boxes. London's Metropolitan Police said. Jim Dixie, a former detective for the Metropolitan Police's armed robbery and other armed crime unit, known as the Flying Squad, said he believed the criminals received help to break into the vault. More »

  • Man Arrested Over Syrian Preacher's Murder
    Man Arrested Over Syrian Preacher's Murder Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani, who was shot dead in northwest London. The 46-year-old suspect was arrested on Sunday evening in Brent, the Metropolitan Police said. He remains in custody at a central London police station. Mr Arwani -  a critic of the Bashar al Assad regime -  was found in his Volkswagen Passat in Wembley with gunshot wounds on 7 April. More »

  • Jewel Heist: Victims' Anger As Alarm Ignored
    Jewel Heist: Victims' Anger As Alarm Ignored Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The Metropolitan Police has come under fire after it emerged officers initially failed to go to the scene of the Hatton Garden jewel heist despite a burglar alarm going off. A security firm had contacted the force about an intruder alert at the safe deposit company shortly after midnight on Good Friday. More »