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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.

PC Howard awarded £37,000 in race discrimination case

Black firearms officer PC Carol Howard, who won the race bias case against the Met, has been awarded £37,000 by employment tribunal.

The 35-year-old from the Diplomatic Protection Group brought a claim of discrimination earlier this year. An employment tribunal found that the Met "directly discriminated" against her between 31 January and 29 October 2012.

Policing the Carnival: 11 stabbings yesterday

Police dealt with 11 stabbings yesterday Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

In relation to policing the Carnival, the Metropolitan Police says there were 11 stabbings yesterday.

On Colville Terrace, a 29 year old man sustained a serious stab wound and is being treated in hospital while eight other individuals received knife wounds.

An 18 year old man received stab wounds in Southam Street and in a separate incident another man received a serious stab wound.

In total there were 252 arrests over Sunday and Monday.

"Although early indications are that reported crime is down at this year's Notting Hill Carnival, I am concerned by the number of stabbings over the weekend.

Stabbings are up on last year, and in some cases these are just centimetres from being a murder. Each will be thoroughly investigated and we will do everything possible to ensure those who brought trouble to Carnival are placed before the courts.

Our proactive operations in the days leading up to Carnival and the weekend itself were a great success and meant we were able to stop many crimes before they happened.

Two of my officers were injured during an arrest yesterday and this shows the risks they must take. I would like to thank all the officers and support staff for their hard work in the most difficult of weather conditions. Their commitment is a major factor in ensuring the Carnival is a safe and enjoyable event for the vast majority of those attending."

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, MPS Commissioner


Over a quarter of searches had 'no reasonable grounds for suspicion'

More than 250,000 of the one million searches conducted last year could have been illegal Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Metropolitan Police Service, which employs more than 31,000 officers, has signed up to the Best Use of Stop and Search code of conduct previously announced by Home Secretary Theresa May, who has admitted the power was being misused.

The changes are being brought in after Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found that 27% of stop and searches did not contain reasonable grounds for suspicion, meaning more than 250,000 of the one million searches conducted last year could have been illegal.

In addition, black and minority ethnic members of the public were up to six times more likely to be searched than white people.

Under the scheme, forces who sign up voluntarily will agree to more limits on blanket Section 60 stops, used on the anticipation of serious violence without suspicion a person is carrying weapons, while better records will be kept of each instance and published online.

The Met said it was introducing those two elements of the new plan from today and comes after Section 60 searches were used as a tactic in combating violent crime at this year's Notting Hill Carnival.

Elderly man dies following collision in Croydon

A 79-year-old man has died after being hit by a car on Selsdon Park Road Croydon. Police on a routine patrol came across the collision on Saturday morning, near the junction with Farnborough Avenue. The pedestrian was rushed to St George's Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The driver of the Peugeot 307 was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and remains in custody.

Former police community support officer faces prison

A former police community support officer with the Metropolitan Police is facing a prison sentence after admitting he contacted the Sun to say a supermodel was attending a police station accused of assault.

Paul Randall - who is 49 years old - was told by a judge at the Old Bailey: "This reveals a serious breach of trust and a prison sentence is likely."

Randall, of south west London, admitted one count of misconduct in public office.

He will be sentenced on September 18.

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.

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