Met Police specialists sent to Ukraine

Experts from New Scotland Yard are traveling to Ukraine to help recover the bodies of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash.

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Police warned over Taser use

Police have been warned over the use of Tasers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said they should not be used as a first response. Figures show Tasers were used more than 2,000 times in London last year. The IPCC urged forces across the UK not to use Tasers as a default if other options are available.

Police warned over Taser use
Police warned over Taser use. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Cyclist dies in car collision

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Police tape Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A male cyclist who was involved in a collision with a car in Merton early this morning has died in hospital. The 25-year-old's next of kin has been informed. The driver of a silver Honda Accord who stopped at the scene was arrested. Police are requesting that anyone with information should ring the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157.

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Metropolitan specialist forces to host open day

The Metropolitan Police Service will host an open day at their Mounted Training establishment in Surrey today. This is a chance for specialist units that support the force on a daily basis to showcase their talents.

Demonstrations will include mounted officers jumping through rings of fire, a helicopter pursuit and a public order demonstration. There will also be an appearance from the newest puppy recruits. There will be an opportunity to talk to officers about their work and entry is free all day.

"This open day promises to be fun and enjoyable for visitors of all ages. It is a perfect opportunity to come and see some of the exciting and varied police units that support daily policing on London's streets. There will be plenty of officers on hand to chat to and answer any burning questions you may have about individual units, whether that be about sniffer dogs, the mounted branch, the police helicopter, the Territorial Support Group or the even Marine Police Unit."

– Mark Bird, Chief Superintendent

Lawyer hails police move 'step in right direction'

Cecilia Goodwin, a lawyer who campaigns for reform of the Metropolitan Police, told ITV News that the force's move to recruit exclusively from London was a "step in the right direction".

Ms Goodwin added: "I think there is a long way to go, but it is a positive step [...] I think we are still in the early stages [...] This goes towards what we are working towards".

New police recruits at West Ham as drive announced

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New recruits lining up supported by the local community and their friends and family #community #opshinekf http://t.co/wH6t2kE3CH

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Commissioner @mps and Boris @mopacldn inspect new recruits outside West Ham Football Stadium http://t.co/6ylCFfNy1m

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