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Met 'collected data which didn't help prevent crime'

The senior management of Scotland Yard moles showed a "lack of regard" for the rules after collecting information on groups "which served no purpose in preventing crime", a report has found.

My report is very clear that criticism must be levelled at the Metropolitan Police Service for keeping information, which had been gathered by undercover officers, which served no purpose in preventing crime or disorder.

This is not a criticism of the deployment of the individual officers, but of the lack of regard the SDS, Special Branch and the Metropolitan Police Service senior management paid to the rules and legislation that clearly set out what they should, and should not have, collected and retained.

– Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon

However, Mr Creedon said there was no evidence to suggest that officers deliberately targeted black justice groups that pressed for action following police shootings, deaths in police custody and serious racist assaults.

Increases in child rape cases leaving Met 'under serious strain'

The increase in reports of child abuse has left the Met under Credit: CLAUDIO BRESCIANI / SCANPIX/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Huge increases in allegations of rape and sexual assault against children is stretching police resources in London. There has been a rise of more than a third in reports in the last five years. The London Assembly has warned that the increase coupled with a lack of staff has left the Met under "serious strain."

From 2009-10 to 2013-14 the number of alleged child rapes and sexual assaults against children rose by 34%. In the last year alone allegations of these serious offenses rose by well over 10% according to figures released by the London Assembly.


Police warned over Taser use

Police have been warned over the use of Tasers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said they should not be used as a first response. Figures show Tasers were used more than 2,000 times in London last year. The IPCC urged forces across the UK not to use Tasers as a default if other options are available.

Police warned over Taser use. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Metropolitan Police diversity to be examined

Diversity in the Metropolitan Police is being examined today with a focus on policewomen on the front-line. The Police and Crime Committee is aiming to see if the Met is achieving the Mayor's goal of a force that 'reflects the city it serves.'

Diversity in the Metropolitan Police is being examined today with a focus on policewomen on the frontline. Credit: ITV News London


Cyclist dies in car collision

Police tape Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A male cyclist who was involved in a collision with a car in Merton early this morning has died in hospital. The 25-year-old's next of kin has been informed. The driver of a silver Honda Accord who stopped at the scene was arrested. Police are requesting that anyone with information should ring the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157.

Metropolitan specialist forces to host open day

The Metropolitan Police Service will host an open day at their Mounted Training establishment in Surrey today. This is a chance for specialist units that support the force on a daily basis to showcase their talents.

Demonstrations will include mounted officers jumping through rings of fire, a helicopter pursuit and a public order demonstration. There will also be an appearance from the newest puppy recruits. There will be an opportunity to talk to officers about their work and entry is free all day.

"This open day promises to be fun and enjoyable for visitors of all ages. It is a perfect opportunity to come and see some of the exciting and varied police units that support daily policing on London's streets. There will be plenty of officers on hand to chat to and answer any burning questions you may have about individual units, whether that be about sniffer dogs, the mounted branch, the police helicopter, the Territorial Support Group or the even Marine Police Unit."

– Mark Bird, Chief Superintendent
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