Erol Incedal: The trial we couldn't report

  • 26 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Tower Bridge seen at night

On 13 October 2013, armed police blew out the tyres of a car near the Tower of London. That much we know for sure about the arrest and prosecution of Erol Incedal for preparing for acts of terrorism.

Since then, he has faced two trials for preparing for acts of terrorism. But what was his alleged plan?

Well, we simply do not know - and the jury at his retrial has decided it did not buy whatever it was being told he was supposed to have done.

This has been the most secret prosecution since World War Two - and it has ended with the only defendant being cleared.

A few journalists were permitted to hear to some of the secret Old Bailey sessions - but they will go to prison if they reveal what they learned.

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The Britons signing up for Jihad

  • 26 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Ifthekar Jaman in Syria
Ifthekar Jaman used his online status to attract others to his cause

When Ifthekar Jaman, from Portsmouth, arrived in Syria in 2013 and began posting images of himself posing as a jihadist fighter - and, somewhat bizarrely, occasional pictures of cats - he seemed something of an exception.

Here was a 23-year-old who had arrived in the middle of an increasingly internecine conflict, saying it was his duty to take up arms because he saw Muslims being slaughtered.

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MPs 'monitored by Scotland Yard during 1990s'

  • 25 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Peter Francis in his various guises
Peter Francis: transformed his appearance as he went deep undercover

A former undercover police officer has told BBC News that Scotland Yard kept intelligence files on MPs during the 1990s.

Ex-Special Branch officer Peter Francis says he saw files on 10 Labour MPs which he and others regularly updated.

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Syria: How should police deal with those who try to go?

  • 16 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Three teenagers suspected of travelling to Syria were detained in the Turkish city of Istanbul this month

Four arrests in three days of young men whom police suspect of trying to head to Syria.

We don't know the full detail of the allegations in each of these cases, but the level of counter-terrorism police activity at the moment underlines that Syria is not going away.

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Why migration is changing almost everything

  • 6 March 2015
  • From the section UK
An immigration stamp in a passport
Permission to enter: But will the bearer stay?

Everything is changing. Well, almost everything... That's the message in the projections calculated by Oxford University's Migration Observatory team who have come up with a fascinating glimpse at the shape of England.

The BBC has published figures from Oxford which, although they have limitations, tell us a great deal about the story of modern migration.

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Islamic State: Profile of Mohammed Emwazi aka 'Jihadi John'

  • 8 March 2015
  • From the section UK
Emwazi
Emwazi in one of the videos in Syria which feature the killing of hostages

What do we know for sure about Mohammed Emwazi?

Mohammed Emwazi was born in Kuwait in 1988 and came to the UK in 1994 when he was six years old. He was educated at the Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in St John's Wood, north London.

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How to reverse surge in religious hate crime?

  • 9 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Jani Rashid shakes hands with Rudi Leavor
Jani Rashid has been appointed to the ruling body of a synagogue in Bradford

Last week there was a report in the French press that an Israeli salon was marketing a discreet hair-based kippa - the small cap worn as a visible symbol of Jewish faith - to European Jews who don't want to be that visible any more.

It is the kind of story that feels like it's a sign of the times in the wake of the Paris attacks and heightened concern among British security chiefs for the safety of Jewish communities here.

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Has the new abuse inquiry got what it takes?

  • 4 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Young girl (pic posed by model)

Last year's catastrophic double-failure to launch the historical child sex abuse inquiry posed serious questions for Home Secretary Theresa May and her team.

Two chairs appointed, two chairs resigned and there was a deepening sense of despair among people who've been abused that the truth would never come out.

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Is it extreme to make universities combat extremists?

  • 1 February 2015
  • From the section UK
A loudhailer next to a blackboard

Europe is reeling from the Charlie Hebdo killings - something that Home Secretary Theresa May described as an attack on freedom and democracy.

Yet the coming fortnight will see a Parliamentary battle over how the principles of freedom apply to universities in an age of global terrorism threats.

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Analysis: Why can’t we sue the police for negligence?

  • 28 January 2015
  • From the section UK
A police line at a crime scene
Negligence: When it comes to the police, it's the legal line that can't be crossed

You call the police in your moment of need and they don't turn up until it's too late.

But while you may want to drag them through the courts, your chances of winning - for now - are probably nil.

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