The Independent Police Complaints Commission today said it is to investigate alleged corruption within the Metropolitan Police, including allegations it covered up child sex offences because of the involvement of MPs and police officers.
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An 82-year-old woman is in hospital after being attacked and robbed in Enfield. The elderly woman, with her walking stick, was leaving a Morrison's supermarket near Devonshire Road around 1pm yesterday when she was set upon by two youths. She was knocked to the ground and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Her condition is now stable.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward.
"This was a callous attack on a vulnerable member of the community who was out in the middle of the day shopping for groceries. There would have been a lot of people in the area at the time. My team is keen to hear from anyone who saw anyone suspicious and in particular two youths making off from the scene of the attack."
A 29-year-old woman was threatened with a large kitchen knife and then raped as she walked along a road in south London.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the attack in Lewisham on Sunday.
Police were called at about 2.45am. The woman was attacked while walking along Ashwater Road The suspect fled in the direction of Baring Road.
He is described as a black man, who was 5ft 10ins tall. He was wearing a blue hooded top, believed to be an 'Adidas' make with stripes down the arm. He was also wearing a sky blue 'bucket hat' and black woollen fingerless gloves.
No one has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.
The Metropolitan Police says the whereabouts of 167 registered sex offenders in London is unknown.
Scotland Yard say London's "diverse multicultural population" meant a large percentage of sex offenders were now abroad.
The longest period of time an offender had been missing was 14 years, the force said.
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering teenager Alan Cartwright, who was stabbed to death while riding a bicycle with his friends.
Police said an 18-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of today after attending a north London police station.
Alan's family yesterday appealed for witnesses to come forward after the 15-year-old was killed on Friday in what was described as a "senseless" attack.
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A man has been arrested following a fatal hit and run in Camden, where a pedestrian was killed.
The police were called shortly before 9am today following reports of a collision between a car and a man on foot on Camden Road with the junction of Royal College Street.
The car failed to stop, leaving the pedestrian with injuries.
Paramedics attended, but the victim, a 25-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers on the ground assisted by information from witnesses and the police helicopter were able to trace the car to the Finchley Road area of Swiss Cottage.
A man was later arrested nearby on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop.
He is in custody at a central London police station.
The victim's family have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled later.
The surrounding roads are still closed and motorists are being urged to avoid the area at this time.