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Met Police statement on 'racist online forum' claims

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Statement from the Metropolitan Police on allegations that officers used a secret online forum to express racist views about some ethnic groups:

We can confirm that concerns were raised in April 2015 with the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) regarding comments made by some members of a group on Facebook.

The group administrators have set the privacy settings for the group as "secret" but we understand it to include former and serving MPS officers among its members.

DPS is assessing the information it has received to determine whether any serving MPS officer or staff may have committed any acts of misconduct and will also look to see if any criminal offences may have been committed. Should either be disclosed they will be fully investigated.

Subsequent to these concerned being raised in April, the MPS was contacted in June 2015 by a group representing the traveller community with concerns about the same Facebook group.

We have responded to confirm that the concerns raised by the group and the information it has provided are also being looked at in detail as part of the DPS assessment.

If anyone is aware of behaviour in any setting, including online, that they believe falls short of the high standards we set for our officers or police staff we would encourage them to report it to us.

– METROPOLITAN POLICE SPOKESMAN

Met Police to roll out footprint scanners across London

The Metropolitan Police are rolling out new footprint scanning technology to help catch criminals.

The scanners allow them to match a suspects' shoes to prints found at a crime scene.

An initial trial in Barnet has already led to nearly a hundred convictions. The scheme is due to be rolled out across the whole of London soon - and could eventually be used nationwide.

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Three arrested after stabbing in north London

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A man is in a critical condition in hospital after a stabbing in north London.

Three men were arrested after police were called shortly after 10.15am to reports that a man had been stabbed on Portland Rise Estate.

Paramedics and the London Air Ambulance also attended.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Two more arrests in murder inquiry

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Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Southwark have arrested two more people.

A 28-year-old man was arrested today on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

No further action will be taken against another man, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.

Two more men, arrested yesterday on suspicion of gross bodily harm, have been bailed until mid-June, pending further inquires.

Police were called just after 2.30am yesterday to a disturbance on Queen Elizabeth Street, close to Tower Bridge.

Officers and London Ambulance Service went to the scene and found a critically injured man. The man, thought to be 20, was taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead at 3.45am. His relatives have been told.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place today.

Although we are in the early stages of the investigation we believe that an argument involving a number of men and women took place in Tower Bridge Road. This then continued in Queen Elizabeth Street where the victim subsequently died.

The area around Tooley Street has a popular nightlife and I would ask that anyone who had been to a club in the area and may have witnessed the assault to contact us.

A number of night buses also use this route and it is possible that someone travelling to work, or heading home, may have seen something that will assist our investigation.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves, Metropolitan Police
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