London attack: What security chiefs have long been preparing for

  • 22 March 2017
  • From the section UK

The carnage on Westminster Bridge and inside the grounds of Parliament is the attack that security chiefs here in the UK have long been preparing for.

Terrorism looks not just to kill and maim - but to create panic and such a sense of disorder that it rocks a city or nation to its foundations.

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Image caption The days when terrorism meant large, complex bombs and months of planning are gone

And this attacker sought to do so in as low-tech way as is possible.

The days when terrorism meant large, complex bombs and months of planning are gone: Western security agencies - particularly MI5 and its partner agencies - are very, very good at identifying those plots and disrupting them.

The longer it takes to plan such an attack, the more people who are involved, the more chances there will be for security services to learn what is going on.

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Scotland Yard accused of hacking campaigners' email accounts

  • 21 March 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Greenpeace activist Colin Newman is one of those allegedly hacked by Scotland Yard

The police watchdog is investigating whether Scotland Yard detectives used hackers in India to target campaigners, including Greenpeace organisers.

The claim was made in a letter from a purported whistleblower who says hundreds of email accounts were monitored without legal authority.

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'My friends call me Lara Croft'

  • 14 March 2017
  • From the section UK
Media captionPC Kelly Ellis says her friends have dubbed her Lara Croft

PC Kelly Ellis has her finger hovering over the trigger of her Heckler and Koch G36 rifle.

She has a split second to decide whether to open fire on a man who appears to be drunk and suicidal and is holding a shotgun, pointing it at the ground.

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Metropolitan Police appeal against Worboys rape ruling

  • 13 March 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption John Worboys was jailed for life in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women in his taxi

Police have launched an unprecedented appeal at the Supreme Court against a ruling that they failed victims of one of the UK's most dangerous rapists.

Judges said Scotland Yard had breached the human rights of two women because officers did not properly investigate and potentially apprehend John Worboys.

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Young offender backgrounds to be considered by judges

  • 7 March 2017
  • From the section UK
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Judges should consider whether a young criminal has suffered discrimination as an ethnic minority before deciding their sentence, under a new guideline.

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales says offending may be partly a product of discrimination and "negative experiences of authority".

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UK terror attacks: What we know about disrupted plots

  • 6 March 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Tarik Hassane: One of the most recent and dangerous plotters

Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Metropolitan Police, the UK's most senior counter-terrorism police officer, has used a speech to make a renewed call for public help to counter threats.

He says there have been 13 disrupted terror plots since 2013.

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Police 'rationing' puts public at risk, warns watchdog

  • 2 March 2017
  • From the section UK
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Some police forces are putting the public at risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks, the police standards watchdog has warned.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said some forces are "downgrading" 999 calls, in order to justify responding to them more slowly.

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Undercover policing inquiry chief has motor neurone disease

  • 20 February 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Sir Christopher: Carrying on work for now

The chair of the undercover policing inquiry has revealed he has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Sir Christopher Pitchford said his diagnosis last November meant he would eventually have to stand down from the complex and already-delayed probe.

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Undercover policing inquiry delayed amid new row

  • 15 February 2017
  • From the section UK
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The long-awaited public inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by undercover police could be delayed for years amid a growing legal row with Scotland Yard.

Newly-published documents reveal the Metropolitan Police is questioning the unprecedented size of the probe.

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Child migrants: UK to end 'Dubs amendment' commitment

  • 8 February 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Lord Dubs: Former refugee who forced government to accept plan

A key route into the UK for children caught up in Europe's migrant crisis is to close after a total of 350 arrivals.

In a written ministerial statement, the Home Office said it would stop receiving children via the so-called Dubs amendment at the end of March.

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