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  1. Four Met officers have been cleared of gross misconduct over an 18-year-old man who died when his moped crashed as he was being followed by police. Henry Hicks, 18, was trying to flee from officers in two unmarked cars when he died, an inquest jury found. Police were following Mr Hicks at more than 50mph when he crashed on a moped in Islington, in December 2014. A Met Police disciplinary panel ruled the four officers were not technically in a police pursuit at the time. The Hicks family left within seconds of the decision being announced and made no comment. Image copyright Google Image caption Henry Hicks died after he collided with another vehicle on Wheelwright Street in Islington The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had previously concluded the pursuit had been carried out without proper authorisation and the officers should face disciplinary proceedings. However, the panel ruled the accusations were not proven as they were not technically engaged in a pursuit, as defined by police rules. Stop and search Under Met Police policy, the control room has to be immediately alerted to pursuits, which must be authorised in all but exceptional circumstances. Mr Hicks died when his moped crashed into a minicab in Wheelwright Street, near to Pentonville prison. He was found to be carrying seven bags of skunk cannabis and multiple phones. The teenager had been stopped and searched at least 71 times between October 2011 and December 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41697985
  2. 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?
  3. Hey folks, If I have posted in the wrong section I do apologise. However, does anyone know if the HTCU (high tech crime unit) within the Met Police has some "brand new" technology that no one seems to of heard of that can break/hack into Apple iPhones (old and new) or am I being fed a load of bull by PSB??? Thanks.
  4. On 16th March 2017, committed police supporters @PoliceCommander and @DC_ARVSgt will host an evening with acclaimed author and former prisoner of war John Nichol at New Scotland Yard raising funds for the Police Dependants’ Trust. With an evening of great company at the new home of the Metropolitan Police, guests will hear the astonishing personal story of best-selling author and captured airman John Nichol. Tickets at £10 are only available to Police personnel, and can be bought online here. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Police Dependants’ Trust, and we are grateful for the kind support from Police Oracle who have sponsored the event, and to the Metropolitan Police for providing the venue. Describing himself as an ‘ordinary guy who just happened to find himself in extraordinary circumstances, John Nichol was shot down during the first Gulf War in 1991. The first the world saw of RAF navigator Flight Lieutenant John Nichol was as a tortured British prisoner-of-war, beaten and humiliated by his captors. The ensuing pictures were flashed around the world and became an enduring symbol of the 1991 Gulf war and would change John’s life forever. Tickets are strictly limited and include drinks and light refreshments courtesy of Police Oracle. All proceeds will be donated to the Police Dependants’ Trust. – THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO POLICE PERSONNEL ONLY – Date: 16th March 2017 Time: 6pm – 8pm Location: New Scotland Yard, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JL Tickets are £10 and can be booked at www.pdtrust.org/tickets
  5. Terror review suggests London police forces should merge By Nick Beake Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC News 28 October 2016 London Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers during a Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack Training exercise Image caption The review makes a total of 127 recommendations A major review of London's ability to deal with a terror attack has suggested the three police forces serving the capital could be merged. Lord Harris of Haringey said the Home Office should consider combining the Met Police, the City of London Police and the British Transport Police (BTP). The review was ordered by mayor Sadiq Khan to assess London's security. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was "good argument" for a merger, but others had concerns. Saying the current set-up was "confusing" and the move would save money, Sir Bernard added: "We should get improved operational effectiveness and that's what this report is talking about: how to respond to a terrorist incident - would we respond better together? And I think we would." But the City of London Police said the paper itself had noted that merging forces would cause "significant disruption". In his review Lord Harris, a security adviser who chaired the Metropolitan Police Authority, concluded that any response to a terror attack would now be "substantially faster and more effective" than five years ago. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Lord Harris during a routine operation with British Transport Police officers Image caption The mayor announced the review with Lord Harris at Liverpool Street station in May But, he said, even though the intelligence agencies and the counter-terrorist police operating in London were among the best in the world, the city should be prepared for an attack with multiple fatalities. The review also found that, once the Met had completed its recruitment of 600 extra firearms officers, there would be no need for a further increase. To do so "would be at the cost of transforming the look and feel of our capital city", it said. A total of 127 recommendations were made in the paper. line Recommendations included in the review Armed police outside Downing Street A London-wide pilot of technology where all phones are sent a message alerting of a major attack Increasing the number of firearms instructors so marksmen can be trained quicker A comprehensive review of safety and security on the River Thames, commissioned by the mayor, to report by May 2017 A review of perimeter security at London City Airport - flights were disrupted last month after protesters gained access to the runway The capacity of London's major trauma centres should be reviewed Bolster mental health services to support those at risk of radicalisation. Security guards and bouncers should be trained to help prepare against an attack There should be four dedicated 24/7 Hazardous Area Response Teams and a similar number of Mass Casualty Vehicles strategically located around London All London schools to have a plan for how to prepare for a terrorist attack line Lord Harris also said live CCTV streaming should be extended across London. Earlier this year Mr Khan intervened after Westminster Council announced it would turn off its fixed CCTV cameras to save money. City of London Police said it welcomed the review but warned against merging it with the Met. "As the report clearly states, policing in London needs stability and certainty, not upheaval and disruption," they said. The BTP's Paul Crowther welcomed the report but said: "Over the past eight years, there have been a number of studies that have examined the rationale and effectiveness of a dedicated transport police force. "Each study has unequivocally concluded that there is a need for a specialist national force, which can provide 'end to end' policing and an understanding of this complex environment. "Terror review suggests London police forces should merge https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/37794847?client=ms-android-orange-gb
  6. Scotland Yard considers probe into IPCC police misconduct allegations Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent 08 October 2016 UK New Scotland Yard sign Scotland Yard is considering whether to launch a criminal investigation into claims the Independent Police Complaints Commission deliberately suppressed evidence during an inquiry into alleged police misconduct. Three police officers were cleared at a misconduct hearing in July and have lodged a criminal complaint with the Met about the conduct of the IPCC. Scotland Yard said it was "assessing" information relating to "two linked allegations of crime". The IPCC said it was "aware" of the allegations. The IPCC has previously apologised for failings in the way it dealt with the case, It concerned a black firefighter, Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, who was Tasered by police during a disturbance at Harrow, north-west London, in September 2011. The fireman claimed he had been assaulted and racially discriminated against by police. Undisclosed material Last year, the Metropolitan Police apologised and paid him compensation to settle a civil claim he had brought against the force. Three months ago, as a hearing was due to start against three policemen accused of gross misconduct, their legal teams say they received material that had not previously been disclosed. It allegedly contained accounts from eyewitnesses, including other police officers and bystanders. The IPCC withdrew from the case and the officers were formally cleared. At the time, the watchdog issued an apology to Mr Kennedy-Macfoy and the officers saying that it had identified "procedural shortfalls". It said they "related to disclosure of relevant material and the need for further investigative work, including witness interviews, which it became clear were not conducted during the investigation". The organisation set up an "in-depth review" headed by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman. However, the police officers have made a formal complaint alleging the IPCC deliberately withheld evidence and that criminal offences may have been committed. The IPCC commissioner in charge of the misconduct investigation into the police officers was Jennifer Izekor. In a statement commenting on the allegations made by the officers about the IPCC, Ms Izekor said: "I am confident that these allegations are without foundation. "It would be inappropriate to say more at this stage." 'Lives tarnished' Scotland Yard said: "We can confirm that in September the MPS [Metropolitan Police] received two linked allegations of crime, relating to issues arising from a misconduct hearing in July 2016 which was halted because of issues with disclosure. "The allegation [sic] has been recorded and is being assessed," the force said, although it did not specify against whom the complaints had been made. An IPCC spokesman said: "The MPS has made us aware that two linked allegations are being assessed and as such it would be inappropriate to say more at this stage." If an investigation were to be launched, it is thought it would be the first time that a police force had examined criminal allegations made against the police watchdog. John Downes, the lawyer representing the officers, said their lives had been "tarnished" by the misconduct allegations. "We welcome the news that officers from Scotland Yard are assessing the criminal claims against the IPCC. My clients have suffered for the past five years since the original incident. "They now hope the allegations they have made against the IPCC are taken seriously by the Metropolitan Police and look forward to being updated soon."Scotland Yard considers probe into IPCC police misconduct allegations - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37594421
  7. More guns are being seized in cities across Britain as the number of firearms being smuggled into the country increases, Britain’s most senior police officer has said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, told a hearing at London’s City Hall that a rise in gun crime in the capital was being put down to an increase in the number of weapons coming into the country. Rising number of guns being smuggled into UK, Metropolitan police say http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/rising-number-of-guns-being-smuggled-into-uk-metropolitan-police-say?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard Quite a worrying story if criminals can smuggle firearms into the country on this scale, then surely it's only a matter of time before terrorist's do so.
  8. This is the extraordinary moment a police car collided with a cyclist, drove over a bike and then sped off after tensions flared during a mass bike ride in central London. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/moment-police-car-collides-with-cyclist-crushes-bike-and-drives-off-a3237741.html Video on the London Evening Standard website via the link.
  9. Teenager arrested over Tower Hamlets police stabbing 2 hours ago From the section London Image copyright Google Image caption The officer was attacked near Bunsen House, Bow A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was stabbed in the stomach in Tower Hamlets, east London. Two officers attended a car park near Bunsen House, Bow, at 23:30 GMT on Sunday after receiving reports of anti-social behaviour. A knife was recovered and the suspect was taken to an east London police station for questioning. The officer is in a "serious but stable condition" according to the Met Police. Two officers attended the scene following reports of anti-social behaviour and a moped being ridden near to flats. Nobody else was arrested. Scotland Yard said there is not believed to be any link to extremism or terrorism. My thought's are with the officer and his family, I hope they make a full and speedy recovery. http:// www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34829464
  10. Rave crowd clashes with riot police in Lambeth 1 November 2015 From the section London Media captionPolice said that officers were attacked when they arrived to close a Halloween event in Lambeth, south London Crowds throwing bottles, chairs and a suspected petrol bomb have clashed with riot police at an illegal rave in central London. The Met Police said officers had been attacked when they arrived to close the event at an address in Whitgift Street, Lambeth, late on Saturday. Four officers had been treated for injuries at the scene and a number of arrests had been made, the force said. Police said the event had now been shut down. "The disorder and criminal damage around the venue has stopped," said a Met Police statement at about 07:00 GMT on Sunday. "There are no further reports of officers injured at this time. There is one report of a member of the public, a man, being treated by London Ambulance Service." 'Mayhem' Earlier, a force spokesman had said: "As well as attacking police the group also caused criminal damage to private vehicles and property in the area." Crowds first gathered on Black Prince Road at Albert Embankment, across the river from Westminster, before dispersing down Lambeth Road on to Lambeth High Street and nearby Whitgift Street. They reportedly charged at police, set fire to bins and chanted "scum" and "pigs". A witness described the scene as "mayhem". 'Stay peaceful' Nearby residents have taken to social media to vent their frustration at the disturbance. Rhodri tweeted: "They're now gathering on my street. There are families here with young kids that don't deserve this disruption. #Lambeth." The event - called Scumoween: A Nightmare On Scum Street - had been advertised on Facebook to take place in Whitgift Street, starting at 20.00 on Saturday and lasting until 06:00 on Monday. Of 13,000 invited guests on the social networking site, about 4,000 said they planned to attend. On Wednesday, organisers had advised: "Stay peaceful, stay calm. Patience and numbers is in our favour. Do not antagonise the police. We don't need to. "At the end of the day we want to leave them remembering our good attitudes, we just came to dance, we are not their enemy." Anyone with any information about the disorder is urged to contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. View the full article
  11. The number of UK officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been cut from 29 to four, the Metropolitan Police says. The Met said the "vast majority" of the work in its inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance had been completed. It said no conclusion had been reached but it was now following a "small number of focused lines of inquiry" which was why the team had been cut. Madeleine's parents said they "fully understand" the decision. They said they remained "hopeful" their daughter would be found. Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershire, was three years old when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007. 'Exceptional case' Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, from the Met, said: "The Met was asked to take on this exceptional case as one of national interest. "We were happy to bring our expertise to bear only on the basis that it would not detract from the policing of London; and the Home Office have additionally funded the investigation above normal grants to the Met. "That will continue at the reduced level." Thursday 3 May 2007: Timeline 20:30 Kate and Gerry McCann leave their apartment to have dinner at a Tapas bar 21:05 Gerry McCann checks on Madeleine and her siblings 22:00 A man is seen carrying a child wearing pyjamas heading towards the ocean 22:00 Kate McCann raises the alarm that Madeleine has gone missing Clickable map and timeline Mr and Mrs McCann said: "We are reassured that the investigation to find Madeleine has been significantly progressed and the Met has a much clearer picture of the events in Praia da Luz leading up to Madeleine's abduction in 2007. "Given that the review phase of the investigation is essentially completed, we fully understand the reasons why the team is being reduced. "We would also like to thank the Home Office for continuing to support the investigation. "Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of inquiry." 'Potential sightings' Officers have now finished bringing together and investigating the information held by Portuguese police, the UK investigation and the private investigators working on behalf of the McCann family, the Met said. The force said the inquiry had taken 1,338 statements and collected 1,027 exhibits but had not reached a conclusion yet. Officers investigated more than 60 persons of interest, the Met said, adding that a total of 650 sex offenders had also been considered as well as reports of 8,685 potential sightings of Madeleine around the world. Having reviewed all of the documents, "7,154 actions were raised and 560 lines of inquiry identified", the Met said. It said more than 30 requests had been made to "countries across the world asking for work to be undertaken on behalf of the Met". Detectives have been working through material and following lines of inquiry since the Home Office requested a review of the case in May 2011. Operation Grange, which is supporting the Portuguese police, became a full investigation in July 2012. Madeleine McCann case: Police team cut to four - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34661256 Without wishing to sound to callous about bl**dy time, there are more pressing needs facing the met facing the met right now.
  12. Three police officers escaped injury when a submachine gun was fired as they carried out inquiries. At least 14 shots were discharged from the semi-automatic weapon, damaging an unmarked police vehicle. Submachine gun fired at police officers in north-west London The Guardian http://gu.com/p/4dkhp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  13. The family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in 2011, have won the right to appeal over a finding that he was lawfully killed. An inquest jury concluded last year that the marksman who killed him in Tottenham, north London, did not behave unlawfully. The family is challenging a High Court ruling that they could not apply for judicial review. Lord Justice Sales allowed their application for permission to appeal. The judge warned the family against thinking his decision meant their appeal must succeed. He said their case was "arguable" and had reached his decision on the basis that "there is a real prospect of success on appeal". He added: "A further compelling reason for the grant of permission is that the shooting dead of a suspect by police is always a matter for careful scrutiny." The Duggan family and their lawyers argued the jury's conclusions were contradictory. 'Deeply distressed' The officer involved said he believed Mark Duggan had a weapon in his hand when he opened fire and thought he was going to shoot at police. The jury found it was more than likely that Mark Duggan had thrown a gun onto some grass outside the car, where a weapon was found. The three High Court judges who previously ruled out a judicial review said none of the grounds of challenge had been established. Mark Duggan's shooting in August 2011 sparked riots in London and across England which lasted for several days. His mother, Pamela, said she remained "deeply distressed" about her son's death and the inquest finding. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34647727 Another waste of money, maybe if he hadn't turned to a life of crime his mother wouldn't be in this distressing situation.
  14. Fears of a renewal in serious youth violence in London are growing after it was revealed that youth gang offences are up 23% in the last year, while a spate of fatal incidents in the last month has once again focused attention on Boris Johnson’s key pledge to tackle serious youth crime in the capital. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/11/police-cuts-blamed-rise-in-youth-gang-offences-in-london Can't say I'm surprised it's not rocket science after all. Our political leaders make all the right noises when one of our own is killed in the line of duty, but sad fact is they really don't give a damn.
  15. Police have been told they are not allowed to wear a Union flag badge on their uniforms in tribute to colleagues killed on duty because it breaches regulations, it is reported. http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/union-flag-badge-tribute-to-fallen-police-against-regulations-11364010043032 Here we go again this issue has raised its head yet again. Call we old fashioned but we should be proud to display our national flag. As for it being a political issue sure some would argue the poppy is also a political statement but to be blunt that's their problem not mine :-)
  16. A suspected thief has died after being restrained by members of the public and then handcuffed by police. For full story please use the following link. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/10/suspected-thief-restrained-by-members-of-public-and-police-dies-in-hospital At least it seems the officers quickly identified suspect was ill and summoned medical assistance right away. It's unfortunate that this person has died, but if he had just committed a robbery I suspect he didn't take kindly to bring detained. As such any attempt to detain him can be a frightening, violent, traumatic experience for all concerned.
  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33586626 Putting aside the sensitive subject matter, I think this raises some important discussion points around the fact that nothing on the Internet is ever fully hidden. There is also another more detailed story here from The Independent with some images which could be screenshots of the alleged racist posts.
  18. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, accused of firing at a special constable who was trying to question him. The youth was one of two boys - one on foot and one on a bike - chased along Exeter Road, Feltham, by two special constables at 22:35 BST on Thursday. A firearm, believed to be an air weapon, was found at the scene. A 22-year-old officer sustained minor injuries which were not caused by the firearm. Police are still trying to trace the second suspect, involved in what Acting Ch Insp Hannah Wheeler described as a "traumatic incident". She said: "The bravery and courage shown by our specials last night was extraordinary." She added that the police "will ensure they receive the recognition they deserve". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33575120
  19. MSC Camden Borough

    Greetings to you all.I've recently applied to become a Special (again) after dropping out of training before it had commenced. So, having applied and selecting Camden as my first choice and Islington as my second, I was wondering if any of you guys are based there or are in the same position as me in terms of wanting to work there.If so, how are both boroughs on day-to-day basis? I'm presuming both boroughs have some sort of night life, and yeah, North London's biggest stadium right beside them, so there will be some sort of excitement on many days of the year without a doubt. And also, how long did it take you any of you guys to receive some sort of confirmation after submitting your applications?If any of you guys can give a bit more information than I know on both boroughs, I would be extremely grateful - thanks in advance.
  20. Met gun officer faces trial over Azelle Rodney murder Kate Nelson Azelle Rodney Former police marksman Anthony Long arrived at court this morning to face trial for the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney. Read more at: http://www.london24.com/news/crime/met_gun_officer_faces_trial_over_azelle_rodney_murder_1_4103311 Copyright © LONDON24 This should be an interesting one, there hasn't been anything on the BBC or Sky today.
  21. Hackney taser

    More recent video of deployment. Good that the uploader included some more context in the video description, not something you see very much in these types of videos: EDIT: Although it does look like an officer gets zapped at about 30 secs
  22. I suspect a lot of you have seen it, but it's the first time I've seen it so I thought I'd share:

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