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Crime up in half of boroughs

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Crime has risen in almost half of London's 32 boroughs in the past year.

The latest Metropolitan Police figures shows the borough of Hillingdon featured the highest crime rise with a 14% year on year hike.

Whilst crime across the capital is still marginally down on the previous year, violent crime has risen 27% over the past year leading to concerns that the most serious crimes are on the rise.

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Police commissioner appeals for abuse victims to come forward

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The Metropolitan Police has repeated its appeal for anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, or has information about related improper behaviour by the police, to report it.

It follows the announcement earlier this week that the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, will investigate how the force dealt with allegations of child sex abuse between 1970 and 2005.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse repeated the appeal during a recent radio interview.

We understand that it is difficult, but these cases can only really progress if victims and witnesses do come forward with confidence.

We do think we are getting somewhere with these wider enquiries and we are seeing people coming forward. We have seen lots of coverage this week around allegations of cover-ups, and I think it's helpful that this is being spoken about and people are coming forward.

We will go where the evidence takes us, without fear or favour, I think that is what the public expect and that is what the investigators are doing and are keen to continue to do.

– DAC Steve Rodhouse

Anyone with information that may assist police investigations into sexual assaults or related impropriety by police officers should call police on 101.

Man in critical condition after cab collision

A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a collision with a black cab in South Kensingston.

Police have appealed for information following the incident at 8.40pm yesterday.

The collision happened on Cromwell Road, at the junction with Thurloe Place, SW7.

The man, aged in his mid-60s, was taken to a central London hospital for treatment. Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating. No one has been arrested.

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Dolphin Square named in list of allegations probed by IPCC

One of the allegations being investigated by the IPCC refers to Dolphin Square, the exclusive apartment block near the Houses of Parliament where its claimed sex parties involving under-age boys have taken place.

Among the other allegations are claims an abuse victim's statement had been altered to omit the name of a senior politician implicated in the crime.

Another allegation claims no action was taken over the discovery of a document listing MPs and police officers involved in a paedophile ring.

The 14 referrals, which span the 1970s and 2000s, being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission are:

  • An allegation of a potential cover up around failures to properly investigate child sex abuse offences in south London and further information about criminal allegations against a politician being dropped
  • An allegation that an investigation involving a proactive operation targeting young men in Dolphin Square was stopped because officers were too near prominent people
  • An allegation that a document was found at an address of a paedophile that originated from the Houses of Parliament listing a number of highly prominent individuals (MPs and senior police officers) as being involved in a paedophile ring and no further action was taken
  • An allegation that an account provided by an abuse victim had been altered to omit the name of a senior politician
  • An allegation that an investigation into a paedophile ring, in which a number of people were convicted, did not take action in relation to other more prominent individuals
  • Allegations that a politician had spoken with a senior Met Police officer and demanded no action was taken regarding a paedophile ring and boys being procured and supplied to prominent persons in Westminster in the 1970s
  • An allegation that in the late 1970s a surveillance operation that gathered intelligence on a politician being involved in paedophile activities was closed down by a senior Met Police officer
  • An allegation that a dossier of allegations against senior figures and politicians involved in child abuse were taken by Special Branch officers
  • Allegations that a surveillance operation of a child abuse ring was subsequently shut down due to high profile people being involved
  • Allegations of child sex abuse against a senior politician and a subsequent cover-up of his crimes
  • Allegations that during a sexual abuse investigation a senior officer instructed the investigation be halted and that that order had come from 'up high' in the Met
  • An allegation of a conspiracy within the Met to prevent the prosecution of a politician suspected of offences
  • Allegations against a former senior Met Police officer regarding child sex abuse and that further members of the establishment including judges were involved. It is claimed that no further action was taken
  • An allegation that police officers sexually abused a boy and carried out surveillance on him. There are further allegations of financial corruption in a London borough police force.

The IPCC said it will decide at a later date whether or not to investigate a further two Met referrals which are "of a similar nature".

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IPCC probe linked to Westminster investigation

The IPCC probe into an alleged cover up at the Metropolitan Police of child sex offences arose from Operation Fairbank.

Operation Fairbank is an investigation into alleged historic Westminster paedophile ring.

A Met Police spokesman said: "The Independent Police Complaints Commission have today announced they will manage the investigations by the Metropolitan Police Service's directorate of professional standards, concerning historic allegations of impropriety by police officers when dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.

"The allegations emerged whilst officers were working on Operation Fairbank and relate to the period between 1970 - 2005.

"The MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) recognised the severity of the allegations, and the importance of understanding whether or not our officers had in the past acted inappropriately, and therefore voluntarily referred the 16 separate allegations to the IPCC.

"Ongoing investigations and recent convictions by officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command have shown that the MPS is fully committed to investigating non-recent allegations of sexual abuse."

IPCC says claims are 'of the most serious nature'

The police watchdog is investigating claims that Scotland Yard covered up child sex offences because of the involvement of MPs and police officers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it is investigating 14 referrals detailing alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police which relate to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s.

These allegations are of historic, high level corruption of the most serious nature. We will oversee the investigations and ensure that they meet the terms of reference that we will set. Allegations of this nature are of grave concern and I would like to reassure people of our absolute commitment to ensuring that the investigations are thorough and robust.

– Sarah Green, deputy chair of the IPCC
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