Undercover officer won't face prosecution over relationship

  • 14 December 2018
  • From the section UK
Jim Boyling
Image caption The CPS has said there are no grounds to prosecute the officer

An environmental campaigner who says she was tricked into a sexual relationship with a former undercover police officer has said she is appalled that a legal attempt to force his prosecution has failed.

The woman, known only as Monica, was in a relationship for six months with former DC Jim Boyling - and says she would never have consented to sex had she known his true identity.

Mr Boyling, whom Monica knew in 1997 as Jim Sutton, posed as a fellow activist as part of a plan by a secret Scotland Yard unit to infiltrate Reclaim the Streets, an environmental protest group.

But in a detailed judgement, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said that while the High Court recognised the strength of Monica's feelings that she had been tricked, the court could not intervene in the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to charge Mr Boyling with a crime.

Three years ago, Scotland Yard settled a string of cases where it admitted that women had been subjected to an abuse of police power and violation of their rights, after they were tricked into relationships with SDS officers.

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Met Police's gangs database shared victims' data - watchdog

  • 16 November 2018
  • From the section London
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The data protection watchdog says the Metropolitan Police's database of gang members has been illegally sharing information on hundreds of victims who aren't involved in gang crimes.

The workings of the database - called the gangs matrix - is also potentially racially discriminatory, the Information Commissioner's Office said.

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Lobby group admits unlawful whistleblower dismissal

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Image caption Shahmir Sanni was sacked after speaking to the media about his concerns

A major right-of-centre lobby group linked to a network of Brexit campaigners has admitted illegally sacking the whistleblower who first revealed allegations of unlawful referendum campaign spending.

Shahmir Sanni was fired by the TaxPayers' Alliance after revealing his concerns that the official Brexit campaign, where he had previously volunteered, had broken electoral law.

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Jewellery linked to £16m Harrods woman seized

  • 2 November 2018
  • From the section UK
The jewellery seized by officers: A diamond cluster and bar necklace, a magic Alhambra bracelet, a diamond Panthere pendant and a sapphire and ruby serpent pendant Image copyright NCA
Image caption The 49 items of jewellery were seized by officers on Tuesday as part of a continuing investigation

More than £400,000 of jewellery from the world-famous Christies auction house has been seized by the National Crime Agency, as part of a major investigation into a woman who spent £16m in Harrods.

The 49 items of jewellery were seized on Tuesday by officers investigating the woman and her husband - who are the first targets of a new power looking into unexplained wealth invested in the UK.

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Who is Anjem Choudary and why was he in prison?

  • 19 October 2018
  • From the section UK
Poster behind Choudary includes small print words "Islamic State Is Solution", spelling ISIS Image copyright Demotix
Image caption The poster behind Choudary at this April 2014 demonstration includes the words "Islamic State Is Solution" - the initial letters spell ISIS

The radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been released from jail. He's considered one of the most influential and dangerous radicalisers in the UK because of his connection to a long line of terrorism suspects.

His release comes less than halfway through a five-and-a-half-year sentence after being convicted of inviting support for Islamic State. His departure from prison comes approximately four months earlier than it would have otherwise occurred because of the time he spent bailed on an electronic tag before his conviction. But it does not mean he is free to do as he pleases. So how dangerous is he - and what is being done to manage the threat security chiefs believe he poses?

Who is Anjem Choudary - and what did he do?

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Woman who spent £16m in Harrods revealed

  • 10 October 2018
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Zamira Hajiyeva once spent £150,000 in a single day in Harrods, west London

A woman who spent £16m at Harrods in a decade can now be identified as Zamira Hajiyeva - the first target for the UK's new anti-corruption law.

Mrs Hajiyeva lost a legal battle to stay anonymous after the media argued the public should know the full facts.

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Westminster attack: Could Khalid Masood have been stopped?

  • 3 October 2018
  • From the section UK
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Inquests into the March 2017 Westminster Bridge attack have revealed, for the first time, what the authorities knew about the attacker.

The inquests heard evidence from police officers, an MI5 witness and Masood's mother and wife, which revealed key information about the attacker's past, his mindset - and whether he could have been spotted and maybe stopped.

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Edward Snowden surveillance powers ruled unlawful

  • 13 September 2018
  • From the section UK
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The UK's bulk interception powers, exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, have been found to be illegal by the European Court of Human Rights.

In a landmark judgement, the court ruled agencies had violated rights as there were no proper safeguards.

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Reality Check: Do we really know the scale of UK migration?

  • 23 August 2018
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Estimates suggest 630,000 immigrated to the UK last year, but how accurate is that number?

Latest figures show that net migration from the European Union is at its lowest level since 2012 - but how are the numbers gathered, and how reliable are they?

The system the UK used to use to estimate long-term migration was, in the words of the Office for National Statistics, "stretched beyond its purpose".

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Did MI5 miss chance to catch Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi?

  • 31 July 2018
  • From the section World
Image caption Salman Abedi killed 22 people in the bombing at Manchester Arena in May 2017

It has emerged that the Manchester Arena bomber was rescued by the Royal Navy from Libya's civil war - three years before he killed 22 people at a pop concert in the city and months after he first came onto MI5's radar.

Does this new fact raise questions about whether anything could have been done earlier to identify Salman Abedi as a threat - and stop him before he attacked?

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