Met chief defends ‘strong record’ after claims of race crisis

December 3, 2020

Cressida Dick says stop and search has helped save young black lives Cressida Dick said the stop and search strategy had helped cut stabbings by 25%. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Britain’s top police officer has denied her force’s leadership were too slow to realise it had race a problem and said its controversial tactics have not […]

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Met warns protesters against joining London anti-lockdown rally

November 28, 2020

The Metropolitan police has warned people against joining a mass anti-lockdown protest due to take place on Saturday in central London, saying that such gatheringsare banned under current coronavirus legislation. A Met statement said: “Protest is not currently a permitted exemption to the prohibition on gatherings under the current coronavirus regulations. “Strict regulations have been […]

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First Met police spy operation involved sex with Vietnam activist, inquiry told

November 13, 2020

Scotland Yard’s very first operation to spy on leftwing campaigners began in the 1960s with an undercover police officer who is now accused of having an intimate relationship with an activist, a public inquiry has heard. The undercover officer, whose real name was Helen Crampton, is now dead. It is alleged that she had a […]

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Lockdown: Met apologises for arrest threats to journalists covering protest

November 7, 2020

Police showed ‘disregard of the the principles of a free media’, says Society of Editors Police block off Oxford Street, London, to contain protesters on the march on Thursday. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images Scotland Yard has apologised after journalists and photographers covering an anti-lockdown protest were told to leave and threatened with arrest. Journalists at […]

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Met police told to reveal if spies still used in political groups

November 3, 2020

The head of the inquiry into undercover policing has insisted that Scotland Yard reveal whether it is currently deploying spies in political groups. The surprise intervention from Sir John Mitting came on the second day of public hearings in the inquiry into spying operations that targeted mostly leftwing groups for at least four decades. The […]

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The Guardian view on race and the Met: making matters worse

October 22, 2020

Last year the Metropolitan police commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said that the confidence of black and minority ethnic Londoners in the force was improving, two decades after the Macpherson report described it as “institutionally racist”. Plenty of people disagreed at the time. But with one recent poll showing that 77% of black people believe the […]

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Met police restraint contributed to death of mentally ill man, jury finds

October 9, 2020

The police’s inappropriate use of restraints on a mentally ill man contributed to his death, an inquest jury has found. Kevin Clarke, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2002, was living in supported housing at the Jigsaw Project, a residential support service, at the time of his death on 9 March 2018 following […]

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Police call for tougher stop and search rules after officer’s death in Croydon

September 26, 2020

Police officers believe there needs to be an urgent review of the stop and search protocols used when arresting suspects, following the fatal shooting of Sgt Matiu Ratana. As the Metropolitan police and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launch investigations into the death of the popular 54-year-old custody sergeant, questions remain as to […]

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More firearms finding way on to UK streets, Police Federation warns

September 26, 2020

More firearms are finding their way on to Britain’s streets with devastating consequences, the head of the body representing rank-and-file police officers has warned. John Apter, national chair of the Police Federation, which speaks for more than 120,000 officers in England and Wales, spoke out amid growing concerns about the welfare of frontline officers. He […]

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New tactics against ‘county lines’ drug dealing are working, say police

September 20, 2020

Police say new tactics have enabled them to drive the expansion of ‘county lines’ drug dealing into reverse, and have vowed to eradicate it from the country’s worst-affected area. County lines – whereby drug-dealing gangs from cities expand their operations to other areas – had been growing every year, with rural areas such as Norfolk […]

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