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Tuesday
Oct302012

Britain's Scotland Yard Headquarters to Be Sold? 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Things are getting so bad in cash-strapped Britain that the building housing Scotland Yard headquarters could be sold off.

London's Metropolitan police have been given the task of shedding some $800 million from the various departmental budgets over the next two-and-a-half years. A big part of that solution would be to sell-off Scotland Yard's headquarters and move to a nearby, smaller building.

Currently, there are around 700 premises in the form of police stations, gas stations and traffic garages in use by the force and it's estimated that roughly a third will have to be unloaded if that steep austerity goal is to be met.
 
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Tuesday
Apr242012

Five Men Arrested in England on Terrorism Charges

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Five men were taken into custody by British police near London on Tuesday "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism," according to Scotland Yard.

The suspects, ranging in age from 21 to 30, were apprehended by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command at their homes in Luton.  Scotland Yard said the arrests were "part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation."

Authorities have obtained search warrants for each of the men's homes and are conducting thorough searches of the properties.

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Friday
Mar162012

British Brass to Require Cops to Take Annual Fitness Test

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- After a top-to-bottom review, Scotland Yard has determined that three quarters of male British cops and police staff are obese, and top brass will now be taking drastic measures to trim the fat.

According to the U.K.'s Sun, cops will now be tested for physical fitness every year.

Starting around September of next year, officers will be subjected to a 15-meter "bleep test" annually, the newspaper reports.  As part of the test, cops will be required to hold an average speed of 5.5 mph while running for just over three-and-a-half minutes.

And the penalty for not passing these requirement could be costly.  If officers fail the test three times, their paychecks will see cuts.

Some special units are regularly tested for physical fitness, but as it previously stood, an average cop could be on the force for 35 years and never be forced to prove he or she can catch a crook.

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Wednesday
Sep212011

Scotland Yard Censors ‘Ripper’ Files

English School/The Bridgeman Art Library(LONDON) -- Trevor Marriott wants the truth, but he has been met with resistance from Scotland Yard.

The retired police investigator has told the Los Angeles Times he is hot on the trail of what’s been called the world’s coldest case: the search for “Jack the Ripper,” but British authorities’ decision to withhold evidence dating back to the time of the murders 123 years ago has broken his stride.

So what could today’s Scotland Yard possibly have to hide?

At a hearing late last month, an official identified as “Detective Inspector D” explained the decision from behind a blurred sheet. He said that giving the public access to the Victorian-era records of the investigation could have a chilling effect on police informants today. The detective also warned of reprisal attacks against the kin of those who cooperated with investigators during the terror of 1888.

Marriott rejects that argument and says he just needs a little more evidence — some of it perhaps couched in the dusty files held under lock and key at Scotland Yard — to confirm his suspicion that the real “Jack the Ripper” was a German sailor named Carl Feigenbaum.

According to records, Feigenbaum was in the Whitechapel area at the time of the murders and would eventually land in the U.S., where he was executed in 1896 after being convicted of killing his landlady. Marriott wrote a book in 2007 to this effect, much of it sourced from statements made by Feigenbaum’s American attorney.

Police in London interviewed more than 2,000 people and officially investigated about 300 suspects during their original “Ripper” probe. But the murders, five confirmed, remain an unsolved mystery and have achieved a certain cult status among glory-hunting sleuths.

Another retired London homicide detective, Robert Milne, has come forward, declaring that the killer was actually a Polish immigrant named Severin Klosowski. Milne says Klosowoski’s background as a surgeon accounts for the precise wounds suffered by victims.  He presented his findings at an International Association for Identification conference this summer in Milwaukee.

With London police holding steady in their refusal to open up the books, this kind of debate is unlikely to go away anytime soon.

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Friday
Aug122011

Ex-Top NYPD Cop Bill Bratton Takes Job in UK

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bill Bratton, who headed police departments in Boston, New York and L.A., told ABC News he has accepted an offer to assist the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron in finding solutions to the problem of gang violence in the U.K.

"We will be working with the British government on the very specific issues of gangs and gang violence," said Bratton.

Bratton told ABC News he had received a call from Cameron Friday morning asking him to consider becoming a consultant to Scotland Yard. He said he thanked the prime minister for the offer and now he has come to a formal agreement.

Prime Minister Cameron had repeatedly signaled his intention to enlist the aid of Bratton, who as a police commissioner in three major U.S. cities developed a reputation for driving down crime rates and curbing gang activity. On Thursday, when addressing Parliament about the rioting and looting that began in London over the weekend, he cited Bratton by name as the kind of outside expert that Britain needed.

"I believe we should be looking beyond our shores to learn the lesson from others who have faced similar problems," said Cameron. "That is why I will be discussing how we can go further in coming to grips with gangs with people like Bill Bratton."

Bratton said that he would be working with all aspects of the government, including Cameron's office, the Home Office -- which oversees the Metropolitan Police -- and very likely with British police officials as well.

Bratton, a Boston native, was commissioner in Boston from 1991 to 1994, where he implemented the Neighborhood Policing project to curb youth violence.

Under New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton launched a "zero tolerance" crackdown on crime widely credited with restoring quality of life to New York and beginning crime's downward reduction. There he took guns off the streets and cleared a backlog of felons who were hiding in plain sight despite arrest warrants.

In Los Angeles Bratton faced down tough gang problems in troubled ghetto areas. His innovative "compstat" management strategy forced complacent cop bosses to be accountable for crime in their districts. It has been widely copied across the United States.

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Tuesday
Aug092011

British Police Station Firebombed as Police, Civilian Patrols Show Numbers

CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A gang of rioters firebombed a police station in central England late Tuesday as fiery British riots continued to spread well beyond London.

"Canning Circus Police Station fire bombed by a group of 30-40 males," Nottingham, England, police said via Twitter. "No reports of injuries at this stage. A number of men arrested. Fire service at scene."

In another tweet, officials added, "Fire at Canning Circus Police Station is extinguished, scene being preserved for forensic evidence. At least 8 arrested."

With rioting now on record in and around other British cities including Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool, a far-right group that inspired Norwegian terror bomber Anders Behring Breivik said its members also were hitting the streets to take over where police had failed.

Earlier Tuesday, London's Metropolitan Police Service said there had been 563 people arrested and 105 charged so far in the violence and arson attacks that have rattled the northern part of London and other British cities.

The police added that the past three days had left 111 officers and five police dogs injured. Injuries ranged from fractured bones and serious head wounds to cuts and sprains.

The wave of rioting now entering its fourth day was sparked by the shooting death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan in the Tottenham section of North London last Thursday. Police have said the man shot at them first. Angry protesters demonstrated against the fatal shooting in the multi-ethnic neighborhood Saturday, and the march soon degenerated into chaos.

Since the rioting began in London, buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps have been set ablaze, with many sections of London descending into chaos -- an unsettling sight less than a year before the 2012 Olympics take over the capital. Two hundred Olympic officials were to arrive in London Tuesday for a planned review of 2012 Games preparations.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron cut his summer vacation in Italy short to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee early Tuesday. Parliament will sit for a day on Thursday to debate the problem.

Speaking from 10 Downing Street Tuesday morning, Cameron told reporters that he would meet with the Metropolitan Police commissioner and the home secretary to discuss the crisis. After commending the police for their response so far, he said that there would be 16,000 police on the streets of London Tuesday night.

Cameron had a message for those rioting and breaking the law across the country. "You will feel the full force of the law, and if you are old enough to commit these crimes you are old enough to face the consequences....You are not only wrecking lives of others, not only your community, you are potentially wrecking your own lives, too," he said.

London's Ambulance Service said it had treated 16 patients, 15 of whom were hospitalized. A 26-year-old man is in serious condition in the hospital after he was shot Monday in Croydon.

London Police said all holding cells in the capital were full. Arrested rioters have been sent to police detention facilities outside London.

According to Scotland Yard, three people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was injured by a car in Brent, northwest London, while trying to stop suspected looters.

As of early Tuesday, London has seen arson attacks and looting in more than a dozen locations, including some relatively affluent parts of town, including the central neighborhood of Notting Hill. Early Tuesday, firefighters were dealing with five major blazes, including a large one at a Sony distribution center in Enfield, northeast London, where looting reportedly took place early Monday night.

Observers have said that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have not been a key factor in organizing rioters, but that many of the teenagers rioting and looting across London are communicating through BlackBerry Messenger.

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Tuesday
Aug092011

Riots in London: Police Canine Unit Takes Hit

LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Riots spreading across the UK are not only taking a toll on London's police, the canine unit has taken a hit as dogs and their handlers have been attacked with "bricks, bottles, wood and other missiles," according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police.

On Tuesday, London police -- popularly known as Scotland Yard -- said that 111 officers have been injured in the violence, as well as five police dogs.

Linpol Luke, aka "Obi," suffered a severe head injury Sunday from a thrown brick. Marshfield Mia also was injured that day after being hit by a thrown bottle.

And Monday, three police dogs -- Minstrel Blaze, Quirk Ruby and Zach -- suffered broken teeth and cuts from thrown missiles.

"The level of violence directed against our officers as they have bravely done their duty to keep London safe is unprecedented. We have over 50 officers who have needed treatment -- some may even require surgery. Our dog units and mounted section have faced tough conditions and some have suffered injuries also," deputy assistant commissioner Steve Kavanagh said in the statement Tuesday.

"We are now undertaking an operation to identify those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will not tolerate this dangerous behavior," he said.

The wave of rioting in its third night was sparked by the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old father in North London Thursday. Police have said the man shot at them first. Angry protesters demonstrated against the death Saturday and the march soon degenerated into chaos.

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Tuesday
Aug092011

Riots Continue to Rattle London; Spreading Across U.K.

CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The violence and arson attacks that have rattled north London since the weekend have now moved across all parts of the capital and are spreading on a smaller scale to other British cities -- the first time the recent unrest has flared outside the U.K.'s capital.

The wave of rioting now entering its third day was sparked by the shooting death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan in the Tottenham section of North London on Thursday.  Angry protesters demonstrated against the fatal shooting in the multi-ethnic neighborhood on Saturday, and the march soon degenerated into chaos.

After spreading across London Monday, violence soon ignited in the British cities of Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool.

As buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps are being set ablaze, many sections of London have descended into chaos -- an unsettling sight less than a year before the 2012 Olympics take over the capital.  Two hundred Olympic officials arrive in London on Tuesday for a planned review of 2012 games preparations.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has cut his summer vacation in Italy short in order to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee early Tuesday.

London's Ambulance Service said it had treated 16 patients, of whom 15 were hospitalized.  Police said 334 people had been arrested and 69 people charged with offenses, and a 26-year-old man is in a serious condition in the hospital after being shot in Croydon Monday.

London Police say all holding cells in the capital are now full.  Arrested rioters are now being sent to police detention facilities outside London.

According to Scotland Yard, three people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was injured by a car in Brent, northwest London, while trying to stop suspected looters.

As of early Tuesday, London has seen arson attacks and looting in over a dozen locations, including some relatively affluent parts of town like the central neighborhood of Notting Hill.  Early Tuesday, firefighters were dealing with five major blazes, including a large one at a Sony distribution center in Enfield, northeast London, where looting reportedly took place early Monday night.

Scotland Yard has deployed an extra 1,700 officers in the city but is still struggling to deal with the scale of the unrest.  Six thousand officers were on the street Monday night, but the rioting continued.

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Monday
Jul182011

Scotland Yard Chief Resigns as UK Phone Hacking Scandal Grows

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The growing phone hacking scandal in the U.K. has prompted the head of the famed Scotland Yard to resign.   

Sir Paul Stephenson, chief of London’s Metropolitan Police, announced his resignation Sunday amid speculation some of his officers accepted bribes from tabloid reporters in exchange for news tips, as well as because of his admitted links to a former News of the World editor he had hired for a public relations job.  That former editor, Neil Wallis, was arrested last week in connection with the phone hacking scandal.  Stephenson has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier Sunday, Rebekah Brooks, the 43-year-old executive who ran media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids, was arrested at a London police station in connection with the scandal after voluntarily arriving to answer questions about it.  Brooks, who herself resigned Friday as head of Murdoch's News International, was later released on bail.

The scandal broke almost two weeks ago when it was revealed that reporters working for Murdoch allegedly hacked the voicemail account of Milly Dowler, a British teen who was murdered in 2002.  The reporters allegedly deleted messages, leading the victim’s family to believe their child was still alive.

Brooks has denied knowing anything about reporters hacking phone accounts.

On Saturday, Murdoch took out an ad in every London newspaper to apologize for the scandal.  The ad, which Murdoch signed, read, “The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account.  It failed when it came to itself.  We are sorry.”

Murdoch shut down the profitable tabloid last Sunday in the wake of the scandal.  On Friday, Murdoch personally apologized to Milly Dowler's family.

Murdoch is scheduled to testify before Britain’s Parliament Tuesday and answer questions from lawmakers about the scandal.

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Friday
Apr292011

Police Make Arrests While Prince William and Kate Middleton Wed

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The events surrounding Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding are not yet over, but already, British police have made at least 43 arrests for a variety of offenses, according to Scotland Yard. Those offenses include breach of the peace, handling stolen goods, assault and possessing an offensive weapon.

Below, a rundown of the arrests as of 7 a.m. ET:

  • 1 for sexual assault
  • 1 for assault
  • 1 for criminal damage
  • 1 for drug offense
  • 5 for drunk and disorderly conduct
  • 1 for warrant
  • 1 for offensive weapon
  • 25 for breach of the peace
  • 1 for public order
  • 3 for theft
  • 2 for going equipped
  • 1 for another infraction

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