Azelle Rodney: Police shooter evidence explained

  • 3 July 2015
  • From the section UK

Why was a former police firearms officer found not guilty of the murder of a suspect he shot six times in 2005?

Anthony Long, who spent almost all of his career as an armed officer, shot dead Azelle Rodney after he and other officers surrounded the vehicle carrying the suspect and two accomplices.

Police believed the three men had planned an armed robbery of a Colombian drugs gang.

Anthony Long, 58, was a career firearms officer with commendations from both the Metropolitan Police's commissioner and a judge.

Mr Rodney, 24, was the third man he had shot dead. He had injured two others, one of whom was a man stabbing a four-year-old girl.

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7/7 attacks: Ten years on, how safe is the UK?

  • 30 June 2015
  • From the section UK
London bus bomb aftermath 7/7
Four bombs on three Tubes and a bus killed 52 and injured many more in 2005

Almost exactly 10 years ago, Londoners saw the bleeding and the injured emerge from the Underground - survivors of the 7 July bomb attacks.

The four bombs on three Tubes and a bus killed 52 and left many more with life-changing injuries.

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Tunisia attack: What can UK police do?

  • 29 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Police on beach
The Metropolitan Police has launched a massive operation

The investigation into the Tunisia beach attack has become one of the largest counter-terrorism operations the UK has seen in a decade.

Just a week away from the tenth anniversary of the 7 July London suicide attacks, the Metropolitan Police has launched an enormous operation to establish what happened, support families and help the Tunisians pursue every possible lead.

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IS online: Can it be stopped?

  • 22 June 2015
  • From the section Europe

A Europe-wide police team is being formed to track and block social media accounts linked to Islamic State (IS).

They aim to get new accounts closed down within two hours of them being set up. Rob Wainwright, Europol's director, told the BBC that the new team, which starts its work on 1 July, "would be an effective way of combating the problem".

What's the scale of the self-styled Islamic State's presence online?

Briton Imran Khawaja, now jailed, took part in online propaganda strategy for extremists

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IS recruits: Victims or criminals?

  • 16 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Thomas Evans/Abdul Hakim
Thomas Evans changed his name to Abdul Hakim - and was killed fighting with al-Shabab

Just over 18 months ago, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service nailed its colours to the mast over Syria, making clear that fighting in Syria would almost certainly lead to the criminal dock back home.

The language and responses of police, politicians and prosecutors hardened. Arrests under terrorism legislation went up.

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Skilled workers immigration cap hit

  • 11 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Heathrow arrivals

The government's immigration cap for non-EU skilled workers has been hit for the first time, blocking the arrival of some nurses, doctors and teachers.

The cap, which applies to posts earning above £20,800, is a measure introduced under the coalition government in 2011.

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Three ways secret data collection fights crime

  • 11 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Ethernet cables being plugged in

A massive report on the future of the UK's investigatory powers has been published.

David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, calls for a complete rethink of the current framework that allows agencies to collect communications and data - and says the laws need to be "comprehensive and comprehensible".

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How do you change the Met's face?

  • 8 June 2015
  • From the section UK

There's a very telling moment in the BBC's landmark series on the Metropolitan Police, which begins on Monday on BBC One.

As teams of officers prepare for a street festival in Brixton, the south London suburb that is one of the hearts of black Britain, a commanding officer says the last image he wants to see that day is a cop in a confrontation with a black youth.

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Cocaine in sewage: London tops league table

  • 4 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Public toilets in Hampstead

Scientists say London has the highest concentration of cocaine in sewage of anywhere surveyed in Europe.

The data from the European Union's drug monitoring body found the capital slightly ahead of Amsterdam.

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The Syria suspect and the funeral

  • 4 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Wreckage in a Syrian city
Warzone: Would AZ try to join it?

If you want an example of how much energy security officials are putting into the question of possible threats from Syria, have a look at the case of a man known by the cypher "AZ".

I can't tell you his real name because he is accused of links to extremism that have not been put before a criminal court. That means his identity must be protected unless a court says otherwise.

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