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Police officer named in Azelle Rodney murder trial

The police marksman who is charged with the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney can be named for the first time today.

Azelle Rodney was shot by officers in 2005

Anthony Long, previously referred to as E7, will go on trial on June 8th next year.

The ex-specialist firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police CO19 section is accused of killing Mr Rodney, who was shot by police in Edgware in April 2005.

The 24 year old died after officers stopped the car he was travelling in with two other men, fearing that they were armed and on their way to rob Colombian drug dealers.

He was hit six times, once each in the arm and back, and fatally four times in the head.

The CPS announced it planned to charge the officer in July following a public inquiry.

Men dressed as police officers handcuff and gag a woman to burgle her house

Detectives in Barnet have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to after a woman was handcuffed and gagged and her house burgled by men pretending to be police officers.

Police want to speak to the man shown in this e-fit

In August this year the men knocked on the victim's door on Eagle Drive, shouting that they were police officers. They were dressed in fake police uniforms and produced a fake search warrant.

But when the victim let them in, they handcuffed her and gagged her with a piece of tape, threatened her with a knife and demanded money.

This was a horrendous attack on a female in her own home, which has left her extremely traumatised. I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward and assist in anyway they can.

– Detective Constable Andy Deamer, Metropolitan Police

Police want to trace the man shown in the e-fit above, who is thought to be around 25 years old, as well as an accomplice who is around 28 years old, tall and stocky with short, light brown hair.

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Police appeal to trace man after brutal attack on pensioner

Detectives are asking for the public's help to trace a man seen in CCTV footage after a brutal attack on a pensioner in his own car which could leave him blinded.

The 64 year old victim was attacked in July this year on Fermoy Road in West London as he made his way to Regent Park Mosque to pray.

He stopped at a give way line in the road and saw the suspect arguing with a woman in the street. The suspect then shouted "what are you looking at?" before rushing to the victim's car and punching him repeatedly in the face.

The victim was left with serious injuries and could lose his sight

The victim was treated at a North London hospital for a fractured eye socket. He has been told by doctors he needs an operation and is at a high risk of losing his eyesight.

Police want to trace the man and the woman shown in the video as well as a witness seen walking past during the footage.

Police prepare for counter protests at EDL march

Police say they are expecting "one or more counter protests" as supporters of the English Defence League prepare to march through London today.

The group plans to stage a demonstration at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street, between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Demonstrators are set to meet at Trafalgar Square before marching along Whitehall.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers would have an "appropriate and proportional" policing team to respond to the event.

He added that the force was expecting at least one counter protest and police were already in contact with demonstrators.

Police appeal to trace man over alleged assault

Police want to speak to Alex Odonkor in connection with an alleged assault. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Police have made an appeal to trace a man after an alleged assault on a woman in Watford at the weekend.

Alex Odonkor is being sought after the victim suffered serious facial injuries.

She was allegedly attacked at an address in the north of the town and then prevented from leaving following an argument with a man shortly after midnight on Sunday.

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Met Police boat comes face to face with giant hippo

The Met Police Marine Unit has come face to face with a giant hippo on the Thames.

It's the creation of renowned Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman, the man who created the giant rubber duck which was seen floating down the Thames in 2012.

Giant hippo comes face to face with police boat Credit: Twitter/@mpsonthewater

The first UK commission from Florentijn Hofman has been towed upriver from its build site to its end position at Nine Elms on South Bank.

Giant hippo comes face to face with police boat Credit: Twitter/@mpsonthewater

Man last seen in Kew is wanted on recall to prison

Police are appealing for information to help trace a 45-year-old man who is wanted on recall to prison.

Anthony Chieke was released from prison on July 9 after serving a 42-month sentence for burglary but since broke the conditions of his licence.

He was last seen residing at a hostel in Kew but his current whereabouts remain unknown.

He is 6ft 7" tall. He is of slim build with dark hair, balding on top. He has a small bump on the right side of his head. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police said Chieke is also known as Abraham or Ibrahim Jakobovisicheke and is believed to have most recently spent time in Devon and Cornwall.

Anyone with information should contact Richmond Police on 020 8721 5894 or on 101. For an immediate sighting of Chieke call 999.

Three arrested in high-speed chase in west London

Three people, including a 15-year-old boy, have been arrested following a high-speed chase in west London of a vehicle known to have been used in a number of recent crimes in Hounslow and Hillingdon.

Officers were alerted to a vehicle making off without payment from a petrol station on the M4 at around 9pm last night and when the car was requested to stop, it made off at speed.

The vehicle was stopped after it struck a kerb and two empty parked cars in Station Approach, next to West Drayton Train station a short while later.

The driver of the car, aged 35, and his two passengers, a 36-year-old man and the 15-year-old boy, were arrested at the scene and taken to a west London police station where they remain.

Police in Hounslow said the vehicle has been seized by officers who are continuing with their enquiries.

PC Carol Howard: I've been bullied and victimised

Speaking after being awarded £37,000 by an employment tribunal, black firearms officer Carol Howard said she had been "bullied and victimised" because of her race and gender.

The 35-year-old from the Diplomatic Protection Group brought a claim of discrimination earlier this year. Credit: PA

The tribunal branded Scotland Yard "insulting and malicious" for its treatment of Ms Howard, and told the Met to review all internal complaints of discrimination made since 2009.

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