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  1. This is the moment at least ten police officers swooped on a car in Camden in a planned drugs raid. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/dramatic-footage-captures-firearms-officers-in-preplanned-drugs-raid-on-car-in-camden-a4211836.html
  2. A MAN, 21, was stabbed to death in a string of four knifings in just seven hours in Lawless London. Police were scrambled to attacks across the capital - West Drayton, Harlesden, Wembley and Merton - between 3pm and 10pm yesterday. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8924505/man-knifed-harlesden-fatal-london/ When are the government going to give more money to get more officers on our streets to make London streets safe again if not London will soon be come lawless.
  3. BT is facing demands from councils and police to disable the free calls function on its new “smart” telephone boxes amid claims they facilitate drug dealing and anti-social behaviour. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/smart-phone-boxes-are-a-honeypot-for-drug-dealers-bt-told-a4116226.html
  4. Crucial evidence in an attempted murder case was stolen from under the noses of police in an audacious raid during rush-hour traffic just outside the Blackwall Tunnel, the Old Bailey has heard. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/raider-stole-vital-evidence-in-attempted-murder-case-from-boot-of-police-car-stuck-in-traffic-a4115386.html
  5. Image copyright Christine Matthews Image caption Two people died of serious injuries consistent with electrocution, police said Two bodies have been discovered on train tracks between Hackney Wick and Stratford in London. Police were called to the line shortly after 01:00 GMT following reports of a casualty on the tracks. The person died at the scene after sustaining serious injuries consistent with electrocution, British Transport Police (BTP) said. At 02:31 GMT, a second casualty was found on the tracks on the line close to Stratford. A spokeswoman for BTP said: "Sadly, the person was also declared dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries consistent with electrocution." There are currently no overground services between Stratford and Dalston Kingsland while police carry out an investigation. Skip Twitter post by @LDNOverground End of Twitter post by @LDNOverground Det Chf Insp Tim Tubbs said: "An investigation is now under way to discover what happened and how these two people came to lose their lives on the railway. "At this time we are treating their deaths as unexplained as we make a number of urgent inquiries. I would ask anyone who was near Stratford or Hackney Wick last night, and saw something which they think might be relevant to contact us as soon as possible." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47649853
  6. Image copyright Alamy Image caption Mark Kennedy (left) in his police uniform and (right) in his undercover days, when he used the name Mark Stone A woman who found out her partner was a policeman paid to spy on her group of activists has said she is the victim of a "conspiracy to rape". Rosa and another woman have spoken of feeling betrayed after falling in love with men who turned out to be spies. An ongoing public inquiry into undercover policing has seen several women get apologies and compensation. Police said officers who had long-term sexual relationships with their targets "abused their positions". "If you put all these things together, you have a team of officers conspiring to rape," said Rosa - not her real name - who told BBC Wales Investigates she discovered the man she thought was her long-term partner was a paid police spy. "They know there was no informed consent. "It's the whole gang of them, and there's no other way of terming it for me than a gang. "You've got mentors, you've got handlers a whole backroom team of people monitoring - and directing it would seem - their relationships, their activities." Image caption Det Con Jim Boyling, who had a relationship with a woman he was spying on For the first time Rosa, and another woman - both from Wales - have revealed on camera the full story of how they became involved in intimate relationships which seemed genuine, but were in fact charades as police forces infiltrated groups they thought needed monitoring. BBC Wales Investigates has spoken to people and groups across the country coming to terms with finding out the men who posed as friends, fellow campaigners and in some cases lovers, were living a lie. In 2000, Rosa spent three months in South Africa looking for Jim Sutton, the man she was in love with. The trouble was that man did not really exist. Rosa met him in a London pub while she was a political activist in a group called Reclaim the Streets. The pair fell for each other quickly, to the extent that Rosa wanted to call the relationship off. Woman wants undercover officer prosecuted Police knew undercover officer was having sexual relationship Spy cops report 'will take eight years' Machynlleth woman on her life with undercover policeman "It was too intense for me… I felt like I could forget to breathe. He seemed to be my life partner, he seemed to be some kind of blueprint I didn't even know I was looking for," she added. They were together for 10 months, but the man who called himself Jim Sutton was not who he claimed to be. He was an undercover policeman. Rosa said she and Jim were talking about having children, and moving to Wales, where she had family. Then Jim stunned her by saying he wanted to go travelling - on his own - to "sort his head out". He left, saying his plan was to go to Turkey, Syria and then South Africa. After months missing, Jim got back in touch. Rosa started her own detective work, and could find no trace of the family he said he had. So she headed to South Africa, to find him. Image copyright "Rosa" Image caption Jim Boyling, who used the name Jim Sutton while working as an undercover policeman "I was walking round South Africa just saying 'excuse me have you seen this person?'. I was in torture, I needed answers." She found no trace of him, and returned to the UK. Her search continued though, and clues led her to south London, and the offices of the secret police unit Jim worked for. Just two days later he re-appeared. "I was in the fiction section - if you made a film out of this you'd say this is not realistic - and in he walked," she added. Rosa believes his reappearance was no coincidence. She believes she had triggered a response from the police and Jim had been sent to find out how much she knew. The encounter forced Jim to confess he had been living a lie. He was not Jim Sutton, he was police officer Jim Boyling. Rosa said he told her he actually empathised with activists like her and was not spying on them but was instead working on a separate, criminal investigation. She said this was another lie and said she was deceived for a second time - but that deception only came to light after she and Jim were married and had two children together. Media captionTwo women had long-term relationships with men only to learn they were undercover officers Rosa said she was so damaged that she found it easy to believe Jim. "The idea that my partner had never existed and was played by an actor, sent in by the state in order to spy on me as a peaceful green activist, was ludicrous and shook everything I believe in, so he was telling me stuff I knew, that I thought I knew," she added. There was no happy ending however. Rosa said Jim was controlling and manipulative - allegations he denies - and eventually she fled to a women's refuge in Wales and the couple divorced. Mark Stone and his partner of six years Lisa were on holiday in Italy in 2010 when she opened the glove compartment of his van looking for a pair of sunglasses. What she found inside would begin a process which dismantled undercover policing in the UK. It was a passport. The picture in it was the Mark she knew but the name next to it said his surname was Kennedy, not Stone. It also said he had children. Image copyright "Lisa" Image caption Mark Kennedy with 'Lisa' during their relationship, when he called himself Mark Stone What Lisa did not know was that the man she knew as Mark Stone was an undercover policeman and had been paid to spy on her group of environmental activists. His covert deployment had just finished and he had handed back all his false documents - including his passport. It was a stroke of bad luck for him, and the Metropolitan Police, that she found the real one. Like Rosa, Lisa said the violation of trust by Mark and his employers feels like rape. "It's been difficult for me to think of it in those words [rape] but I actually think that was what it was when it comes down to it. "And the thing that also makes me feel even more violated, most violated, is that this deception, this relationship, this abuse wasn't just being perpetrated by one person. It wasn't just between myself and Mark, it was the whole police department." Lisa, a committed environmental activist, met Mark in 2004. A willing participant in protests, he told her he was a professional climber. Although there were moments when Lisa had her suspicions, such as never meeting his parents, his stories about his difficult upbringing which left him with a frosty relationship with his family eased any concerns. On top of that, she was in love. "He wasn't just somebody who was fleetingly in and out of my life. He was somebody I did everything with. I really did think we had a future together. This was somebody I was planning my life with," she said. In 2009, Mark suddenly left. He was gone for three months, with Lisa fearing he had had some sort of breakdown. Then, out of the blue, he returned. Their reunion led to the holiday in Italy, and the discovery of the fake passport. Image copyright "Lisa" Image caption Undercover policeman Mark Kennedy on holiday with his partner Lisa and a friend began to investigate to find out who Mark really was and discovered he was married, had two children and lived in Ireland. Armed with this knowledge, Lisa and her fellow activists confronted Mark. In the face of the evidence, he had to admit who he really was. "He was in tears and I was in tears," recalled Lisa. "It was a hugely difficult and emotional evening. It's a very difficult memory to be thinking about." The confirmation that Mark Kennedy was a police spy was the first step in the undercover policing network in England and Wales collapsing. Dozens of undercover officers were unmasked, and when it emerged that police had even spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence, the teenager murdered in London in 1993, Theresa May - then Home Secretary - ordered a public inquiry. 'Some officers abused their positions' The Metropolitan Police told BBC Wales Investigates: "The Metropolitan Police Service has made clear its position on long-term, sexual relationships some undercover officers are known to have entered into with women in the past. These relationships were wrong and should not have happened. "Undercover policing is a lawful and important tactic that takes dangerous offenders off the streets and helps protect communities, but cases such as these demonstrate that some officers abused their positions." Image copyright "Lisa" Image caption Policeman Mark Kennedy at the Glastonbury Festival during the time he was working undercover Mark Kennedy and Jim Boyling both declined interviews with BBC Wales Investigates. In a statement in April 2018, Jim said his relationship with Rosa was genuine, and did not come about because she was a person of interest to the police. "I trust a more accurate picture of police covert operations may emerge from the Undercover Policing Inquiry, including perhaps the testimony of others who formed genuine relationships during the course of a deployment lasting several years," he said. Mark, speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire in 2012, insisted his relationship with Lisa was built on genuine affection, and denied filing reports about her to the police. "I know that the relationship we had - outside of what the names were - was probably one of the most loving experiences I've ever had," he said. In 2018 the Met admitted that Mark's handler and line manager knew about and approved him having a sexual relationship with another activist. Jim was sacked by the Met for gross misconduct because of his relationship with Rosa. The disciplinary panel said: "The system of control and governance over officers like DC Boyling was severely lacking." But despite apologies from the police and compensation, Rosa and Lisa say their sense of betrayal remains. "When people have had bereavement, you need to know what happened to a loved one before you can move on. In this case it almost feels as if there was a bereavement but I haven't just found out my partner has died, I found out he never existed in the first place," said Lisa. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47240670
  7. 4 March 2019 Image caption Yousef Makki and Jodie Chesney, both 17, were killed in separate knife attacks two days apart The home secretary is to chair a meeting of police chiefs to combat the "senseless violence" that has seen a rise in the number of teenagers being stabbed to death across the UK. Sajid Javid said: "Young people are being murdered across the country, it can't go on." He spoke after the murders of a 17-year-old London girl and a boy, 17, in Greater Manchester, at the weekend. New figures have suggested a 93% increase in children being stabbed. Can knife crime be stopped before it starts? Fatal stabbings at highest level since 1946 Rising knife crime in England and Wales The Home Office said Mr Javid will chair the second chief constables' round table on Wednesday, aimed at sharing experience and policing strategies for tackling violent crime. Mr Javid said: "We're taking action on many fronts... It is vital that we unite to stop this senseless violence." On Saturday evening, Yousef Ghaleb Makki, from Burnage, was stabbed to death in the village of Hale Barns, near Altrincham. Two boys, also aged 17, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody. Image copyright PA Image caption Yousef was murdered in Hale Barns, a quiet suburb where many top-flight footballers live Yousef's death came a day after Jodie Chesney was killed in a knife attack in an east London park on Friday night. The teenager was stabbed in the back as she played music with five friends in a park, the Metropolitan Police said. Officers say Jodie's attacker was a black male in his late teens but gave no further details. There are no descriptions of a second suspect. Jodie's family branded it a "totally random and unprovoked attack". Image copyright PA Image caption The playground where Jodie was found is called Amy's Play Site The teenagers' deaths follow the deaths of three others three teenagers dying in knife attacks in two weeks in Birmingham, causing West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson to brand the situation a "national emergency". Hazrat Umar, 17, was killed in Bordesley Green on Monday; Abdullah Muhammad, 16, died in Small Heath the previous week, and seven days earlier Sidali Mohamed, 16, was stabbed outside a college in Highgate. Meanwhile, figures from an investigation by Channel 4's Dispatches programme suggest the number of children and young people linked to murders and manslaughters using knives has risen by more than 75% over three years. Image caption Sajid Javid said the home office is taking action on 'many fronts' The number of police-recorded offenders aged under 18 committing homicides using a knife or sharp instrument rose by 77% from 26 to 46 from 2016 to 2018, the programme found after analysing Freedom of Information request responses from 29 out of 43 police forces. Dispatches also found there has been a 93% rise in the number of children aged 16 and under being treated for stab wounds in England. The Home Office said it set out a range of actions to tackle violent crime in October. They include a £200m youth endowment fund; consultation on a on new legal duty to underpin a public health approach to tackling serious violence, and an independent review of drug misuse. It said an extra £970m in police funding is proposed for 2019-20 and added that the offensive weapons bill currently before Parliament will introduce new offences to tackle knife crime and acid attacks. View the full article
  8. Image copyright BSG Image caption Blacklist campaign: Workers across the UK are still demanding justice A secret police document has revealed how the Metropolitan Police's Special Branch helped the illegal blacklisting of trade unionists - preventing them from getting jobs because of their political views. In one case, detectives suggested one individual was a terrorist, despite the claim being wrong. The illegal practice - exposed ten years ago - involved major construction firms accessing secret files on 3,000 workers and their union activities. But until now, little has been known about the police's role, other than a Scotland Yard admission it had been involved. Image copyright MPS Part of the secret report underpinning that admission has now been disclosed, after initially being classified as so secret it was for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's eyes only. The report - codenamed Operation Reuben - found "numerous areas of concern" with "inappropriate contact of Special Branch officers with private organisations", including with one of the two blacklisting groups, the Economic League and the Consulting Association. Blacklisting: How it worked Blacklisting began with the Economic League in 1919 which shared records on left-wing activists with industry to keep them out of the workplace It was closed in 1993 after a Parliamentary inquiry. The Consulting Association sprang up to replace it The Information Commissioner's Office raided The Consulting Association in 2009, revealing for the first time the scale of the operation - triggering legal action that continues to this day In 2016 eight major construction firms offered settlements to end legal action: Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Keir, Lang O'Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska and Vinci Image caption Mark Jenner: Gathered intelligence on 300 workers in the late 1990s The Reuben investigators found no systematic records of the relationships - but one sharing incident from 1978 had been recorded after a senior officer intervened. On that occasion, a trade union activist had applied for a job making educational videos with a company linked to the construction industry. The company passed the individual's name to the Economic League to be checked - which in turn contacted the police for any further intelligence "due to the perceived risk of involvement in education". "The receiving officer's initial inquiries revealed a potential link to [redacted] which in his opinion had not been resolved satisfactorily... he returned to EL asking for any further information, stressing the matter's importance due to the possible link to terrorism. "This was recorded as fact by the EL representative." EL then passed this on to the prospective employer - ending the candidate's chance of getting a job. Image copyright BSG Image caption Campaign: Some cases settled but more legal action is coming The applicant appears to have learned that they had been "blacked by the security people". One of their relatives was a retired senior police officer who demanded an investigation - and that appears to explain why the incident remained recorded. One major blacklisting allegation is that an officer called Mark Jenner collected information after he infiltrated the construction union UCATT between 1995 and 2000. The report says that Jenner, who used the alias Cassidy, provided information on 300 people - and 16 of those appeared in the illegal blacklist database. Operation Reuben said it found no evidence to prove that Jenner directly provided that intelligence - but it added it could not rule out other officers doing so. Roy Bentham, joint secretary of Blacklist Support Group, said that many questions remain unanswered. "The police are supposed to uphold law and order, not spy on perfectly democratic organisations such as trade unions," said Mr Bentham. "Blacklisting is a national scandal and confirmation that the police colluded with this shameful and unlawful activity is beyond the pale." Police admit role in blacklisting workers New action over construction 'blacklist' Imran Khan QC, lawyer for the Blacklist Support Group, said that the onus was now on the undercover policing inquiry to dig deep. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said that the internal report into blacklisting had established that "certain conduct" amounted to improper sharing of information under the law as it stands today. "Allegations about police involvement with the 'blacklist' will be fully explored during the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry (UCPI)," said the spokesman. "The Metropolitan Police Service will await the conclusions of the UCPI before considering any appropriate next steps." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47457330
  9. British Transport Police released an image of this suspect ( British Transport Police ) Police are hunting a man who punched an off-duty police officer in the mouth at a north London Tube station. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-hunt-man-after-offduty-police-officer-is-punched-in-the-face-a4075771.html
  10. Fraudsters are targeting “Boris bike” users to get free rides on the cycle network in a scam leaving people hundreds of pounds out of pocket. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/fraudsters-stealing-boris-bike-hire-codes-leaving-cyclists-with-huge-bills-a4075601.html
  11. Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption One of the many knives seized by police in London this year Dozens of knife offenders in London will be tagged with GPS devices upon release from jail, Sadiq Khan has said. The Mayor of London announced the project as part of his public health approach to tackle "unacceptably high" levels of violent crime in the city. Last year nearly 80 people were stabbed to death in London. The trial will target 100 offenders across the four London boroughs worst hit by knife crime - Lewisham, Lambeth, Croydon and Southwark. Those deemed most likely to reoffend will have their movements automatically checked against locations of reported crime and matches will be shared with police. Mr Khan said the causes of violent crime were "extremely complex". Trackers will be fitted to offenders leaving prison for crimes such as knife possession, wounding and grievous bodily harm under the plan to be launched on 18 February. The latest measures are part of the Violence Reduction Unit which aims to mirror an approach successfully used in Glasgow to get police, housing, health and care workers to work together to tackle violence. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47195857
  12. A newborn has been found abandoned at an east London park amid freezing temperatures. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/newborn-baby-girl-found-abandoned-london-park-amid-freezing-temperatures-a4054806.html
  13. A police officer who allegedly failed to pass on images of a suspected acid attacker is under investigation. The Met Police detective was investigating an acid attack in March 2017 in north London in which a woman suffered hand and leg injuries. The officer obtained CCTV footage of the incident but allegedly did not circulate it until 20 months later. The suspect was identified as Xeneral Webster, who went on to commit a second attack, killing a 47-year-old woman. Image copyright Thames Valley Police Image caption Xeneral Webster was jailed for the manslaughter of Joanne Rand who died after being splashed with acid In June 2017, during an argument with a man in High Wycombe, Webster took out a bottle of acid which splashed 47-year-old bystander Joanne Rand head-to-toe. She died of her injuries 11 days later. Webster was jailed for 17 years for Ms Rand's manslaughter in July. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating the police officer in a gross misconduct case, for alleged breaches of professional standards relating to his duties and responsibilities. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47044322 Not good if the officer did not circulate it until 20 months later.
  14. Police are investigating a series of carjackings in Greenwich in which a man posing as a plain clothes police officer pulled drivers over with blue flashing lights before making off with their car. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-hunt-carjacker-posing-as-police-in-greenwich-a4046976.html
  15. Mayor of London With three months to go until the launch of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the central London Congestion Charge Zone, the Mayor of London is urging London’s drivers and business owners who drive in the zone to check whether their vehicles comply with new emissions standards designed to tackle the capital’s toxic air. The ULEZ will come into effect in the current central London Congestion Charge Zone on 8 April and will replace the current Toxicity Charge. Vehicles will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge (£12.50 for cars, vans and motorcycles, £100 for buses, coaches and lorries) to travel within the zone.

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