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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/may/08/crypto-muggings-thieves-in-london-target-digital-investors-by-taking-phones Thieves are targeting digital currency investors on the street in a wave of “crypto muggings”, police have warned, with victims reporting that thousands of pounds have been stolen after their mobile phones were seized.
  2. https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/news/march-2022/new-park-patrol-force-launched-in-redbridge/ Parks Police disbanded and replaced by Parkguard security company.
  3. Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson 'shot at party as rival gangs clashed', says friend https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/23/black-lives-matter-activist-shot-head-numerous-death-threats/ ——- A speedy recovery and well wishes. One cannot help but see the poignant irony here, however.
  4. Misconduct hearing told 'degrading' search was carried out after she had tried to hand teenager a card. Date - 29th August 2018 By - JJ Hutber at the Empress State Building 1 Comment A sergeant is facing dismissal over allegations he unlawfully authorised the strip search of a music student after she tried to intervene in a stop and search. Konstancja Duff told a Metropolitan Police misconduct hearing today at the Empress State Building she went through a “humiliating and demeaning” search after trying to give a legal advice card to a teenager on May 3, 2013. She said she still suffers from flashbacks and is awaiting treatment for PTSD as a result of her “degrading” strip search in which she claims three female officers cut off her clothes with scissors, jeered at her, touched her breasts and genitals and ripped out her earrings. In May 2013 she worked as a philosophy tutor and was sitting with a student in the community gardens of the Wilton Estate (E8) when she heard sounds of a “child in distress” and went to investigate. She found a young teenager “surrounded” by police officers, calling out that he wanted his mum, she said. Dr Duff said: “He was saying 'please can my mum be here for the search' and 'she’s just around the corner', 'you can search me but I want my mum to be here'. “I was concerned about his welfare because he was clearly distressed. “I was aware of the problems that are quite widely known about racial profiling with stop and search. “I was concerned whether he was aware of his legal rights around stop and search.” She tried to hand him a stop and search “know your rights” legal advice card but was arrested for obstructing a police officer and taken to Stoke Newington police station. According to the hearing, the boy had a six inch serrated kitchen knife stashed in his sock at the time. Sergeant Kurtis Howard, based at North East Basic Command Unit, is accused of breaching the professional standards of behaviour with regards to authority, respect and courtesy, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct for ordering the strip search as he was the custody sergeant in duty on May 3. He denies the allegations and claims he believed Dr Duff could have had a weapon on her. Dr Duff refused to give her name or address to any of the police officers at the custody suite or those involved in her arrest and claimed officers assumed she was a “bleeding heart lefty lawyer” as she engaged in “passive non violent civil rights resistance” by refusing to speak, move or co-operate. She was charged with obstructing a police officer but was cleared at a trial in November 2013. Dr Duff did not file a complaint until May 2014. The MPS decided not to bring misconduct proceedings against the officers involved but Dr Duff appealed. She also launched a judicial review against the then Independent Police Complaints Commission. She admits Sgt Howard should not be held responsible for the actions of the officers who searched her, that he was not acting aggressively towards her and her behaviour must have been “frustrating”. But she insists he did not have legal grounds to subject her to a strip search. “My mental health and my life were quite disrupted by the incident and the criminal proceedings. “Something which is in my impact statement is how I experienced the strip search - being tied up, having my breasts and genitals touched by the officers, my earrings ripped out. “I found that really humiliating and scary. “You’ve seen the injuries. At the time I was doing this Masters. That gets completely suspended. “For a short period of time I couldn’t pay my rent. “I was experiencing a lot of flashbacks and intrusive thoughts specifically - I was suffering from panic attacks which I have counselling for now. “I do still have flashbacks which are sometimes accompanied by an involuntary facial spasm and have been diagnosed with PTSD.” View On Police Oracle
  5. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10371543/Masked-thug-hacks-officers-Croydon-battle-Taser-horrific-daylight-assault.html Terrifying video footage has emerged showing a balaclava-clad knifeman swinging a foot-long blade at two police officers while they struggle to Taser him.
  6. Poor guy, you can just see the aftermath when the video starts. (No NATO helmets on there). They seemed outnumbered, but were putting on a good fight. If only HMG had stronger leadership, we might prevent some of this violence. I don't know, but stay safe out there.
  7. According to this BBC article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-58762299 the MPS encourages knife crime by showing pictures of seizes knives on social media. The MPS approach was then compared to knife crime charities which don't share images! Are we right to show the weapons we have seized and how can we be blamed for encouraging knife crime when images of knives can be found all over non police social media.
  8. Four student film-makers were pinned to the ground and handcuffed by armed police as they made a “gangster” movie on the streets of London. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/student-filmmakers-handcuffed-by-armed-police-while-making-movie-on-streets-of-london-a4282551.html
  9. A teenager was stabbed to death when a fight broke out inside a youth offending service office in the town hall of Boris Johnson’s west London constituency. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/uxbridge-stabbing-shock-after-teenager-knifed-to-death-in-town-hall-s-office-for-young-offenders-a4282141.html
  10. A Special Constable has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service following the conclusion of a gross misconduct hearing. http://news.met.police.uk/news/special-constable-dismissed-without-notice-377726
  11. A teenager has been locked up after assaulting two police officers who found him with a hunting knife during a stop and search operation at a London Tube station. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7119081/Teenager-assaulted-two-police-officers-caught-hunting-knife-stop-search.html
  12. Thousands of bikers flooded the streets of central London to protest against the prosecution of a soldier who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/soldier-f-protest-thousands-of-bikers-demonstrate-in-london-over-bloody-sunday-prosecution-a4116921.html
  13. Image copyright PA Image caption About 40,000 vehicles a day are expected to be affected by the charge The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has come into force in central London. Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the congestion zone area at any time. Transport for London (TfL) hopes the move will reduce the number of polluting cars in the capital, and estimates about 40,000 vehicles will be affected every day. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said it was "important we make progress" in tackling the capital's toxic air. However, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said many small firms were "very worried about the future of their businesses" as a result of the "additional cost burden". Media captionLondon's ULEZ: What you need to know Most vehicles which are not compliant will have to pay £12.50 for entering the area each day, in addition to the congestion charge. Vehicles can be checked using TfL's online checker but broadly speaking, those which are non-compliant are: Motorbikes that do not meet Euro 3 standards (pre-2007 vehicles) Petrol cars and vans that do not meet Euro 4 standards (vehicles pre-2006) Diesel cars and vans that do not meet Euro 6 standards (vehicles pre-2015) Buses, coaches and lorries will need to meet or exceed the Euro 6 standards or pay £100 a day Anybody who does not pay the charge will face a fine of £160, although a first offence may result in only a warning letter. The ULEZ is set to be expanded to cover the entire area between the North and South Circular roads in 2021. London's ULEZ: How does it compare? What does air pollution do to our bodies? ULEZ: The politics of pollution TfL estimates the initial scheme will lead to a reduction in toxic emissions from road transport by about 45% in two years. Mr Khan said London's air pollution was a "public health emergency" and it was the "poorest Londoners that suffer the worst quality air". Media captionAir pollution: what are the effects on humans? Analysis Tom Edwards, BBC London transport correspondent A very damp misty morning in London and most people probably won't notice anything has changed. But London has taken a big step in trying to clean up its air. Given the go-ahead in 2013 by the previous mayor Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan brought the ULEZ forward a year and is planning to expand it in 2021. City hall says the ULEZ has already changed behaviour, with a fall in vehicles in central London and a rise in compliant vehicles ahead of launch. The plan is that London's air will be compliant with legal limits by 2025. Other cities are talking about diesel bans but London has taken the radical step that puts it in the vanguard of clean-air schemes. Other cities are watching closely. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Sandra Green from the Clear Air Parents Network said the scheme was a "really big step forward". "Air pollution caused by traffic, caused by individual cars - is causing problems for health for the next generation... and it's about time we did something about it," she said. Figures from City Hall show more than 60% of all vehicles driving through the charging zone in March were already compliant with the new restrictions. Nearly 27,000 non-compliant vehicles have been taken off the roads in the last two months, and there has been an 11% drop in the total number of cars entering central London. However, some drivers have spoken about their anger that governments had previously recommended buying diesel cars which are now being targeted by the charge. Jim Parker, managing director at car recovery company Boleyn, said the charge was "really unfair". "It's not just us, it is across the industry - everybody that owns a van or a truck and earns a living with it," he said. "We've had a local business, where the margins are so tight, they've now had to cease trading because they can't get a retrofit kit and they can't afford new vehicles." London pollution 'stunts lung capacity' Reality Check: What should owners of old diesels do? Go Ultra Low, an electric vehicle campaign backed by the government, said: "There has never been a better time for drivers to consider making the switch to electric." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47815117
  14. Thieves are targeting coffee shops in the Square Mile to carry out a spate of distraction thefts of mobile phones and valuables, police have warned. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/city-of-london-police-warn-of-distraction-thefts-rise-in-square-mile-a4089141.html
  15. A bouncer at a private party in London's exclusive Mayfair district was knifed to death as 2019 got off to a bloody start in the capital. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6544109/Woman-shot-gunman-opens-fire-inside-nightclub.html
  16. https://news.sky.com/story/sajid-javid-hints-at-cash-injection-for-london-police-amid-surge-in-violence-11547774 "The home secretary has told Sky News the police need more funding to help tackle knife crime as he hinted the chancellor would be stumping up the cash in the coming weeks. Speaking exclusively to Sky News in the wake of five fatal stabbings in the capital in just seven days, Sajid Javid said he was "deeply worried" about the spiralling violence and said he was in discussions with the chancellor to make sure the police had the financial resources they needed." Mrs May won't be happy, she and Amber RUDD have continued to deny that cutting police resources has impacted on the rise in violent crime, and the Fed were scaremongering. #cutshaveconsequences
  17. Women have been urged not to wear headphones or use mobile phones following a string of sexual assaults in north-west London. Is this a form of victim blaming or necessary advice in an imperfect world? There have been 10 sex attacks on lone women in Cricklewood since February. Police revealed more details about the assaults on Tuesday, including the attacker's modus operandi. Full story So because of the recent sex attacks the police have advised women in the area concerned to; "Always stick to well-lit streets. If possible, let someone know when you are coming home and the route you are taking and always be alert in your surroundings, so don't use earphones or handheld devices." Ho on earth can that be victim blaming?
  18. A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers responding to reports of a fight were stabbed, Scotland Yard has said https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6248309/Three-police-officers-stabbed-north-London-met-hostility.html
  19. Police should dramatically increase the use of stop and search to combat spiralling gang violence, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith demands today. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6103737/Police-dramatically-increase-stop-search-tackle-Lawless-London-major-report-demands.html
  20. Three London police officers charged with perverting course of justice after Hounslow crash https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/three-london-police-officers-charged-with-perverting-course-of-justice-after-hounslow-crash-a3914566.html
  21. Several people are injured as explosion rocks Southgate Tube station in London with locals evacuated form their homes as police probe 'suspicious packages' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5862467/Police-rush-scene-small-explosion-Southgate-Tube-Station.html
  22. A teenager was stabbed after violence erupted at an illegal street rave on a south London estate Full Story - Evening Standard Shocking bit from the article was; " “As soon as the police car turned up the crowd basically set on him. They trashed his police car, windows were smashed in on it and everything.”
  23. Britain's biggest police force is asking retired detectives to go back to their jobs to help solve a staffing crisis. Full Story - Sky News Is this the start of budget cuts being reversed? Or is that wishful thinking?
  24. A police helicopter has been tracking the violence near the Stamford Hill estates. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/819444/police-fighting-stamford-hill-london-riot-stabbing-sword-machete-helicopter Shomrim have tweeted Quite worryingly a video circulating on Twitter appears to show a youth trying to attack a police officer with a machete. Hope i am wrong
  25. Britain’s most senior police officer has been urged to rethink her support for stop and search as race relations experts warn that an increase in its use will further alienate communities and make it harder to tackle the knife crime epidemic in London. Full Story - Guardian Simon Woolley seems to be saying the police are to blame for black youths/young men not trusting them, he argues increasing the use of stop and search on black males will likely increase resentment towards the police. Is it not time people started taking responsibility for what is happening in their communities instead of blaming the police all the time?
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