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  • 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 »

  • Police delay Savile and Hall report
    Police delay Savile and Hall report Fri, May 1, 2015

    Publication of Dame Janet Smith's report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall carried out campaigns of abuse over decades at the BBC has been postponed at the request of the Metropolitan Police. 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 »

  • Ex-Met Chief Investigated Over Lawrence Claims
    Ex-Met Chief Investigated Over Lawrence Claims Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens is being investigated over claims he failed to disclose information to the Macpherson inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence murder probe. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed it was investigating the peer following a referral from the London force. The probe was launched by the watchdog after a complaint by the murdered teenager’s father Neville Lawrence last October. The Met said the complaint was in relation to Lord Stevens' role when he was deputy commissioner and disclosure to the Macpherson Inquiry 17 years ago. More »

  • Hatton Garden robbery: Detective chief inspector Paul Johnson explains what …
    Hatton Garden robbery: Detective chief inspector Paul Johnson explains what … Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    British police investigating the burglary of up to 70 safe deposit boxes from London's jewellery business district have given more details on 9 April of how the thieves managed to make off with valuables estimated to be worth up to £200m ($300m). London's Metropolitan Police said there was no sign of forced entry from outside the building over the Easter weekend. Instead, there was evidence the thieves disabled the lift to access the lift shaft, which took them to the basement were the safe deposit boxes were located. "They forced open shutter doors into the basement where Hatton Garden Safe Deposit is based and then made their way to the vault area. More »

  • Raided vault alarm response probed
    Raided vault alarm response probed Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    The Metropolitan Police has refused to confirm whether it attended the activation of an alarm at a Hatton Garden safety deposit vault that was raided over the Easter weekend. More »

  • Jewellery Heist: Gems 'Already Out Of Country'
    Jewellery Heist: Gems 'Already Out Of Country' Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Gems stolen in one of the largest and most daring jewellery heists ever will already be out of the country, a former Flying Squad chief believes. Jewellery and precious stones, which could be worth millions of pounds, were snatched by thieves from a vault in Hatton Garden, London, over the weekend. A statement from the Metropolitan Police said heavy cutting equipment was then used get into a vault at the premises, where 60 to 70 safe boxes were raided. More »

  • UK police seek gang behind '200 million pound' heist
    UK police seek gang behind '200 million pound' heist Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - British police were hunting for a gang on Wednesday who raided safety deposit boxes in London's major jewellery business district, making off with cash and gems in what local media said could be the country's biggest-ever heist. London's Metropolitan Police said the thieves used heavy cutting equipment to get into the vault at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd, where they are believed to have broken into 60 to 70 boxes. According to the Sun newspaper, the gang are thought to have tunnelled their way in through one wall to access a lift shaft at the building on Friday, while businesses in Hatton Garden, home to almost 300 diamond, gold and gem dealers and more than 50 shops, were closed for the Easter holidays. "Robbery at one of the biggest safe deposits in Hatton Garden over the Easter weekend," London gemologist Thelma West wrote on Twitter. More »

  • Safe Deposit Boxes Raided In Jewellery Quarter
    Safe Deposit Boxes Raided In Jewellery Quarter Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Up to 300 safe deposit boxes have been broken into at a central London vault over the Easter weekend. A statement from the Metropolitan Police said heavy cutting equipment had been used to get into a vault at the premises in Hatton Garden. Officers from the Flying Squad are currently at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit as the investigation continues. Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: "I'm told that there are 600 boxes on the premises, 300 of which have been raided. More »

  • Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria
    Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Jihadists who travel to Syria to join Islamic State are being "logistically and militarily" supported by Turkey on a daily basis, according to Bashar al Assad. The Syrian president has accused his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of ignoring would-be terrorists as they attempt to cross the border between the two nations. As many as 500 Britons are thought to have made their way to Syria to join the ranks of Islamic State – including three teenage girls from east London, who are now believed to be in the city of Raqqa, an IS stronghold. Despite this, several terror suspects have been successfully captured in Turkey before they have managed to cross the border, including three teenage boys, who have since been arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of terrorism offences. More »

  • UK police investigate death threat against BBC chief over Clarkson sacking
    UK police investigate death threat against BBC chief over Clarkson sacking Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Police in Britain said on Sunday they were investigating a death threat against Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC, made on the day he dropped celebrity TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson from the "Top Gear" motoring show. London's Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement it was looking into "an allegation of threats to kill," against Hall which was reported on March 25, the day Hall announced Clarkson would not return to the show. The police did not say if there was a connection between the death threats and the Clarkson case. The Mail on Sunday newspaper published photographs which it said showed Hall, 64, and his wife had been placed under round-the-clock protection at their home by a team of elite bodyguards in response to the death threat. More »

  • VIP Child Abuse: New Police Corruption Claims
    VIP Child Abuse: New Police Corruption Claims Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Three further claims of police corruption are being investigated where officers are accused of protecting VIP child abusers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed they are now overseeing investigations into 17 allegations of police misconduct between the 1970s and 2000s. One of the new claims alleges the Metropolitan Police in central London had gathered "evidence against MPs, judges, media entertainers, police, actors, clergy and others", the IPCC confirmed. The IPCC is also considering six further referrals from the Metropolitan Police relating to "similar matters". More »

  • Police watchdog to investigate more claims of child abuse cover-ups Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Britain's police watchdog said on Friday it was investigating an allegation a senior Scotland Yard figure ordered officers to drop an inquiry into child sex abuse which involved Members of Parliament, judges, media figures, actors and clergy. The allegation is one of three new claims being examined by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which earlier this month revealed it would look into 14 cases where police were accused of suppressing evidence and halting paedophile inquiries because they involved MPs and police officers. "Two months later an officer was called in by a senior MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) officer and told to drop the case," the IPCC said in a statement. The other two new allegations both related to police action during another abuse inquiry during the 1980s. More »

  • Father of slain U.S. blogger says no progress in Bangladesh probe Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The father of a U.S. blogger who was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh complained on Thursday about the lack of a breakthrough in the month since the killing. Bangladeshi-born Avijit Roy was murdered on Feb. 26 outside a book fair in the capital Dhaka. His father Ajoy Roy, who met police earlier this week, told reporters on Thursday that "apparently no progress has been achieved". Media group Reporters Without Borders rated Bangladesh 146th among 180 countries in a ranking of press freedom last year. More »