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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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Met police staff investigated for online posts

69 Metropolitan Police staff have been investigated for posts on social media in the past five years. A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association found that the Facebook and Twitter posts were deemed homophobic, racist or "religiously aggressive".

The Met had the third highest number of employees investigated across all forces who responded.

Met Police staff have been investigated for their conduct on social media
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CCTV images released of two men linked to robbery

Police have released CCTV images of two men wanted in connection with a robbery in Haringey which took place at around 11:10 on Monday July 28 in north London.

The two males stopped an elderly man, who had withdrawn a large sum of cash from a bank in Muswell Hill Broadway, as he met his son at their car on Princess Street.

After a struggle with the elderly man, his 47 year-old son was punched in the face before the two men made off with a carrier bag containing the victim's cash.

One man is described as a light skinned black male with freckles on his face in his early 20s and approximately 5ft 9 or 5ft 10ins tall.
One man is described as a light skinned black male with freckles on his face in his early 20s and approximately 5ft 9 or 5ft 10ins tall. Credit: Metropolitan Police
One man is described as a black male in his early twenties, around 6ft tall and of large build, clean shaven and wearing a grey jumper.
One man is described as a black male in his early twenties, around 6ft tall and of large build, clean shaven and wearing a grey jumper. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The two men were last seen running down Avenue Mews into Queen's Mews before disappearing from sight.

Anyone with any information should call 101.

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Police try to trace stolen jewellery

A tray of rings similar to those stolen
A tray of rings similar to those stolen Credit: Metropolitan Police

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a jewellery store in Whitechapel have released images of items similar to those stolen and a picture of the unique hallmark etched on the missing pieces. Police think the robbers may try to pawn the jewellery and are urging anyone who has been sold the items to get in touch.

A staff member was assaulted and others were threatened with knives in the raid, which happened in May this year. Four people riding on two mopeds struck at the UKAY store on Whitechapel Road.

Part of the hallmark on the missing jewellery
Part of the hallmark on the missing jewellery Credit: Metropolitan Police

Royal police investigated over mishandling weapons

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Four police officers from the Royalty Protection unit of the Metropolitan Police are being investigated over an allegation of weapons property being mishandled. One sergeant has been placed on restricted duties after an investigation was launched in June. None of the officers being investigated have been arrested or suspended. SO14 is the branch of the Met responsible for safeguarding members of the royal family and their residences including Buckingham Palace. Weapons disposal bins are located at all royal residences open to the public and visitors are checked on arrival. The bin in relation to this investigation was reportedly located at Buckingham Palace, although a Met spokesman said he could not confirm this. Small knives and scissors are among items which must be checked in on a visitor's arrival at the palace and can be reclaimed on departure, the Royal Collection Trust website states.

Officers from the Directorate or Professional Standards are investigating an allegation of mishandling of property from the weapons disposal bin by SO14 officers ... Four officers, three sergeants and one PC, are the subject of the Directorate of Professional Standards investigations.

– Metropolitan Police

Shooting linked to firearms report

The Met's gang squad are investigating after a man arrived at a London hospital with a gunshot wound. Last night, police were called to reports of a fight in which passers-by saw firearms being brandished at Burgess Park. Detectives are linking the two incidents. The man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police were called to Burgess Park last night
Police were called to Burgess Park last night Credit: ITV news
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Police 'spying' news like 'a bomb exploding in my head'

The mother of a 20-year-old student who died in mysterious circumstances in 1997 has told ITV News that being told a secret police unit was keeping information on her was like "a bomb exploding in my head".

Ricky Reel was with his friends on a night out before they were all racially abused by two white men.

The student disappeared shortly after that incident and his body was later found in the River Thames.

Today's report found that a secret police unit kept information on families of 17 justice campaigns.

In response to the findings, Ricky's mother Sukhdev Reel told ITV News: "Please spy on criminals, what crime did I commit?"

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Police unit 'spying' on justice campaigns 'distressing'

The Chief Constable who led the report that found a secret Scotland Yard unit held information on families of 17 justice campaigns admitted it would be "distressing" for relatives to learn that their details were being held.

Scotland Yard held information on families of 17 justice campaigns.
Scotland Yard held information on families of 17 justice campaigns. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous

Mick Creedon, Derbyshire Chief Constable, added that it "must seem inexplicable" for the families who have had their details held by the force.

One reference in the report was to an unnamed individual planning to go to a funeral, even though "there was no intelligence to indicate that the funeral would have been anything other than a dignified event".

Mr Creedon said: "Unless the information could have prevented crime or disorder it should not have been retained."

Despite the report finding no evidence that covert operations targeted grieving families, the fact information that had no relevance in preventing crimes was kept, was heavily criticised.

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Justice campaign families to be 'informed' on 'spying'

Families of 17 justice campaigns - for murder victims or those who died following police contact - will be informed on what information Scotland Yard held about them.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon, who led the inquiry, said:

Operation Herne has identified emerging evidence that in addition to the Stephen Lawrence Campaign, a number of other justice campagins have been mentioned within SDS records. Seventeen such justice campaigns have been identified so far.

These range between 1970 and 2005, and are as a result of deaths in police custdoy, following police contact and the victims of murders.

It is the intention of Chief Constable Creedon and Operation Herne to inform all of the families involved and share, where possible, the knowledge and information held.

– Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon
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De Menezes family 'distressed' by spying claims

Accusations that Scotland Yard officers spied on the family of Jean Charles de Menezes has "exacerbated" the distress felt by the Brazilian's relatives - who were mourning the anniversary of his shooting yesterday.

It is shameful that the Metropolitan Police spied on the legitimate campaign activities of a grieving family who were simply trying to get the answers they deserved after their loved one was killed by police officers.

It begs the question - what exactly were the police spying for? We can only assume they were gathering information in an attempt to discredit the family's campaign for justice in order to deflect accountability for their own failings.

Hearing the news just one day after the anniversary of the shooting exacerbates the family's distress at a time when they are remembering Jean Charles and what he meant to them - a loving, caring 27-year-old, shot down in the prime of his life.

– A spokeswoman for the Jean Charles De Menezes Family Campaign
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Claims Scotland Yard spied on de Menezes family

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes - who was shot dead by officers who mistook him for a suicide bomber in 2005 - are considering legal action against Scotland Yard after it was claimed the force spied on them.

Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police in July 2005.
Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police in July 2005. Credit: PA / Family Handout

Scotland Yard is embroiled in a fresh scandal after claims officers gathered information about several grieving families involved in justice groups, including relatives of Mr de Menezes.

It is also alleged the force collected data on relatives of Cherry Groce, whose death sparked the Brixton riots, and Ricky Reel who died in mysterious circumstances in 1997.

The latest report on the force's secretive Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) will be published today. The unit, Special Branch and senior management at the Metropolitan Police are set for criticism.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon, who is leading the inquiry, will say that rules were flouted over what information should have been kept on record.

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