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#London Metropolitan Police

# london-metropolitan-police - Sunday 19 March, 2017

Police investigating after boy (1) dies and girl (1) critically injured in London

The incident is being investigated by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command division.

# london-metropolitan-police - Thursday 7 August, 2014

17-year-old arrested for 'phoning in a bomb threat' to Las Vegas from 9,000km away

The teenager was arrested in London one hour after claiming there was a bomb under a car on the Las Vegas strip.

# london-metropolitan-police - Thursday 23 January, 2014

London woman driven by jealousy attacks former friend with acid

Mary Konye followed her victim Naomi Oni before throwing a glass cup of sulfuric acid on her.

# london-metropolitan-police - Saturday 28 January, 2012

British police arrest 5 in tabloid bribery probe

Four current and former employees of The Sun and one police officer were arrested as part of the investigation into police bribery this morning.

# london-metropolitan-police - Monday 7 November, 2011

From The42 Ferdinand death threat delivered to Loftus Road Sad

Ferdinand death threat delivered to Loftus Road

The Queens Park Rangers defender, currently involved in both an FA and police racism inquiry, was the intended recipient of a threatening letter sent to the club’s West London ground.

# london-metropolitan-police - Friday 18 February, 2011

Shocked tourists witness battle in London's Trafalgar Square that leaves three in hospital UK

Shocked tourists witness battle in London's Trafalgar Square that leaves three in hospital

The famous square was the scene of battles between rival European gangs according to reports.

# london-metropolitan-police - Friday 13 August, 2010

FOUR RIOT police in the UK have been charged with beating of a man who they were arresting on terrorism charges n 2003.

36-year-old Babar Ahmad was arrested in his home in southwest London in December 2003 and is now facing extradition to the United States on terrorism charges.

During the raid, Ahmad was allegedly beaten, choked and subjected to religious verbal abuse – during which officers allegedly forced him into a praying position and shouted; “Where is your God now? Pray to him!”.

He was released six days later.

The charges

“Mr Ahmad suffered a number of injuries during that arrest, including heavy bruising to the head, neck, wrists and feet,” said Simon Clements, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crime Division.

“Our conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge four of the officers involved in the arrest of Mr Ahmad with causing actual bodily harm to him.”

It has been reported that before the raid, the police were informed that Ahmad was believed to be be connected to al Qaeda and was the head of a south London terrorist group.

Police Constables Nigel Cowley, John Donohue, Roderick James-Bowen and Mark Jones from the Met’s Territorial Support Group will appear before magistrates on September 22.

“I am pleased that the CPS has decided that a jury will hear the evidence in this case and it will now be for the jury to determine whether any police officer should be punished for the assault upon me in December 2003,” Ahmad said in a statement.

Extradition to the USA

Although he has never been charged with any crime, Admad was re-arrested in 2004 in connection with another terrorism charge – for allegedly soliciting funds for rebels in Chechnya and Afghanistan on the internet during the 1990s.

He has spent the past six years in custody, waiting to hear a ruling on is High Court appeal regarding whether his extradition to the United States would contravene the European Convention on Human Rights.

Admad has already been granted £60,000 in compensation from the Metropolitan police in 2009, after police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson admitted that he had been the victim of a “prolonged attack”.

Criticisms of the Territorial Support Group

The Metropolitan police’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) has recently come under pressure to show that it hold officers accountable for their conduct when interacting with the public.

The public were outraged following a ruling concerning the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests.

Video footage showed Tomlinson being violently pushed by a police officer, in an unprovoked attack, as he walked home from work through the protests. Tomlinson later died of injuries suspected to have been caused by the incident.

The public were outraged that a police inquest concluded that the officer in question could not be charged with manslaughter.

# london-metropolitan-police - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

AN ANTI-TERRORISM radio advert has been banned in Britain following complaints that it would lead to the harassment and victimisation of innocent people.

The London Metropolitan Police released the advert, which gave examples of kinds of “suspicious” behaviour and encouraged people to report neighbours that may display them. The ad stated:

“The man at the end of the street doesn’t talk to his neighbours much, because he likes to keep himself to himself. He pays with cash because he doesn’t have a bank card, and he keeps his curtains closed because his house is on a bus route. This may mean nothing, but together it could all add up to you having suspicions. We all have a role to play in combating terrorism; if you see anything suspicious call the confidential anti-terrorist hotline.”

The campaign was released by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), which has since removed the advert following 18 complaints from listeners.

The British advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that the behaviours described could be displayed by a law-abiding citizens and the adverts had the potential to cause “serious offence”.

The watchdog said in its ruling, that despite the advert conveying its message in “a measured and reasonable tone and was not, therefore, sensationalist, it still had fundamental problems:

“We considered that some listeners, who might identify with the behaviours referred to in the ad, could find the implication that their behaviour was suspicious, offensive. We are also considered that some listeners might be offended by the suggestion that they report members of the community for acting in the way described.”

Acpo released a statement saying:

“The aim of the series of adverts was to alert the public to a range of behaviours that individually could mean nothing but taken together may be construed as suspicious and might be an indication of terrorist activity. This advert was based on trends identified by police and specific circumstances which had been amongst evidence given in court at terrorism trials.”

The advert is just one of a series of ant-terror radio advertisements, and will be the only one removed from the airways.

A similar ad in the same series states:

“The man two desks down from you at work looks at online aerial photos, because he’s thinking of moving house. He rents three lockups, full of his mother’s things he just can’t throw out. He paid for a flight with cash, but that’s because he’s a spontaneous kind of guy. This may mean nothing, but together it could all add up to you having suspicions…”