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#Metropolitan Police

# metropolitan-police - Monday 15 August, 2011

MI5 called in to decrypt rioters' BlackBerry Messenger data

The Guardian says the UK’s electronic interception centre has also been asked to try and find those responsible for starting riots.

# metropolitan-police - Thursday 11 August, 2011

London police raid houses over riots

Several courts sat through the night to deal with the number of arrests over the nights of rioting and looting across several English cities.

'Vigilantes' protect areas of London as David Cameron feels pressure Riots This post contains videos

'Vigilantes' protect areas of London as David Cameron feels pressure

Cities across England were relatively quiet last night, but police have warned of a possible “catastrophe” should riots break out again.

# metropolitan-police - Wednesday 10 August, 2011

Twelfth person arrested over phone hacking allegations

London police have arrested a 61-year-old man in connection with the ongoing investigation into the alleged hacking of phone messages.

# metropolitan-police - Tuesday 9 August, 2011

Riot clean-up gets underway in London

A shocking video has emerged that appears to show people robbing a bleeding young man in London during the riots – while pretending to help him.

Hundreds arrested as riots spread beyond London (video) Riots This post contains videos

Hundreds arrested as riots spread beyond London (video)

There were 100 arrested in Birmingham overnight, while the number of arrests in London stands at 334.

# metropolitan-police - Monday 8 August, 2011

Latest: Violence breaks out in London for a third day

Looting and violence has now spread to Hackney in east London. At least 160 people have been arrested since trouble erupted on Saturday night.

# metropolitan-police - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

New arrest in NOTW phone hacking investigation

Police in London have arrested a man believed to have been a key figure at News International.

# metropolitan-police - Tuesday 26 July, 2011

From The42 'My phone was hacked' - Aldridge Hackgate

'My phone was hacked' - Aldridge

Ex-Liverpool and Ireland player expresses his shock following revelations after a surprise call from the Metropolitan Police investigating News of the World practices.

# metropolitan-police - Monday 18 July, 2011

Hacking scandal claims another victim as top counter-terrorism chief resigns

Another day, another resignation.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning: Darren Clarke’s remarkable Open triumph, how Irish households are under new financial pressure, and the new trend replacing ‘planking’…

David Cameron under pressure over links to phone hacking scandal

The UK’s most senior police officer appeared to fire a parting shot at the prime minister as Rebekah Brooks was bailed last night following 12 hours questioning.

# metropolitan-police - Sunday 17 July, 2011

Phone hacking: UK police chief Sir Paul Stephenson resigns

The hacking scandal has led to another resignation, the most senior yet.

Rebekah Brooks arrested in phone hacking probe

Brooks resigned as the chief executive of News International on Friday.

# metropolitan-police - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

US senator demands investigation into possible 9/11 phone-hacking

Highly-regarded senator Jay Rockefeller says the fallout from the News of the World raises ‘serious questions’.

# metropolitan-police - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

MPs to quiz cops on failure to investigate phone-hacking

The assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police will be grilled on why he chose not to reopen inquiries in 2009.

# metropolitan-police - Monday 11 July, 2011

Hacker group Anonymous warns UK police and judges to 'brace' themselves

A senior figure within Anonymous is thought to have given a warning that ‘tomorrow is the beginning’.

# metropolitan-police - Thursday 23 June, 2011

Metropolitan policeman fired over Facebook and text abuse

The police officer was reprimanded for posting offensive messages about his colleagues on Facebook.

# metropolitan-police - Thursday 9 June, 2011

Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

A 46-year-old politician has been released without charge on bail after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her at an address in London.

Kate Middleton and Tony Blair drawn into hacking scandal

A British MP says that a cover up operation is underway in the phone hacking scandal. It’s claimed that public figures have had their bank accounts hacked.

# metropolitan-police - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Police officer who hit man at G20 protests to face manslaughter trial UK

Police officer who hit man at G20 protests to face manslaughter trial

Ian Tomlinson, a London newspaper vendor, died after being hit and shoved by police using “excessive and unreasonable” force as he tried to make his way home from work during the G20 protests in 2009.

# metropolitan-police - Saturday 14 May, 2011

Dissident republicans 'attempted to acquire rocket launchers and missiles' ahead of Queen's visit

The developments will mean that, controversially, British police protection officers will carry firearms on the streets of Dublin next week, according to The Times newspaper.

# metropolitan-police - Thursday 5 May, 2011

London police search for man after acid attack on school-run mother

The woman was collecting her two children from school when a man approached her and threw acid at her, causing her to be hospitalised with serious burns.

# metropolitan-police - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Inquest finds Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed at G20 protests UK

Inquest finds Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed at G20 protests

The police officer who struck and pushed 47-year-old newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson during London’s G20 protests in 2009 could face manslaughter charges after a inquest found Tomlinson had died of internal bleeding.

# 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.

# metropolitan-police - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

THE METROPOLITAN POLICE have arrested six people after simultaneous morning raids on houses in London and Navan, Co Meath.

The co-ordinated raids were undertaken as part of an ongoing investigation into an online banking swindle in Britain.

The six arrested – five men and one woman, all of whom remain unnamed – are accused of stealing £358,000 (€432,000) from over ten thousand bank accounts, and at least another £3 million (€3.62m) from another ten thousands credit cards.

The gang are also believed to be behind attempts to steal another £1.14 million (€1.37m) from online bank accounts, from both online current accounts and through services like PayPal.

They are currently being held for questioning in London.

A statement for the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) said the arrests formed part of a larger operation – ‘Operation Dynamaphone’ – clamping down on “systematically obtained large quantities of personal information”.

PCeU Detective Inspector Colin Wetherill said:

We have taken this action to shut down an organised criminal network running an online phishing and account take-over operation.

A great deal of personal information was compromised and cleverly exploited for substantial profit. By disrupting the operation we have hopefully prevented further loss to individuals and institutions across the UK.

The raid is unusual in that online-only crime gangs are traditionally associated with non-EU countries where computer misuse laws are commonly far weaker.

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