The Chief Constable of West Mercia Police has offered an "unreserved apology" to ex-Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell over the 'Plebgate' meeting.
West Mercia Police chief constable has overturned a ruling that three officers who met Andrew Mitchell had no case to answer for misconduct.
In questioning the 'integrity' of plebgate officers the IPCC has dramatically raised the stakes in standoff between politicians and police.
Metropolitan Police constable James Patrick told the committee that he believes the force was under-recording rape and serious sexual offences by between 22 and 25 percent.
He said he found that in 80 percent of the serious sexual offence cases recorded as "no crime", the designation was "incorrect".
Other cases were recorded as "crime-related incidents" - a category covering allegations made by third parties but not directly confirmed by the supposed victims.
"In reviewing these, I found that in 70 percent of cases, they shouldn't have been crime-related incidents, they were clear crimes," Pc Patrick said.
Police officers giving evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Committee described a range of methods allegedly used by police forces to misrepresent crime statistics:
Recording crimes in the wrong category, or not at all, in order to make them less visible.
Offenders and police officers colluding to improve crime detection rates. An offender might admit a number of offences in return for inducements, such as being charged for lesser offences.
Putting resources into areas that are measured by performance indicators, whether by focussing on particular types of crimes or geographic areas.
Can involve false confessions, but more commonly involves giving suspects cautions when there is not enough evidence to convict them or similar.
Police officers are routinely massaging crime statistics in order to improve their forces' performance figures, an influential committee of MPs has been told.
Serving and former police officers have told a hearing of the House of Commons Public Administration Committee about techniques including "cuffing", "nodding", "skewing" and "stitching" which he said officers use to make the figures look better.
Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin said he was "shocked that apparently such manipulation of police statistics could possibly happen on such a wide scale and become so institutionally prevalent".
Among those to speak to MPs was Metropolitan Police constable James Patrick, who is currently awaiting disciplinary proceedings. He said he became concerned after joining the force in 2009 and finding robberies being logged as "theft snatch" in order to get them "off the books".
The extent of this in the borough I was initially in was large," Pc Patrick told the committee. "They were showing in some reports... a 400% increase in street robberies.
"If you looked at the same reports a couple of days later, robberies would be static, but theft snatch would have increased by a large amount."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has renewed its appeal for witnesses of the Hillsborough disaster on 15th April, 1989:
The IPCC's Hillsborough Witness Appeal is ongoing. If you have info contact us http://t.co/JuyGP4NZ9Z
The IPCC said: "We want to deliver the most comprehensive account of what happened at Hillsborough and its aftermath. To do that we need your help".
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it has identified 240 amended Hillsborough police accounts.
The IPCC's latest Hillsborough investigation update revealed 101 police officers have been interviewed so far and 10 more are arranged.
"Given that we have so far established that 22 of the officers are now deceased that leaves us with 218 officers to interview", it said in a statement.
"Contact with seven former officers has led us to taking the view that they are not fit for interview on health grounds, while nine other former officers have declined to be interviewed", the IPCC added.
The IPCC's renewed Hillsborough Witness Appeal has received more than 1,500 responses to date, the investigation's lead commissioner announced.
IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said, "From the responses to the appeal so far the major incident room has identified more that 750 matters for investigators to follow up on and speak to witnesses further".
"The witness appeal has also prompted more than 200 requests from witnesses to see their original accounts", she said, adding, "Work is ongoing to facilitate these requests".
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it has asked the family of a Hillsborough victim if they would like it to investigate recent allegations made against the UK's most senior officer, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.
The IPCC wrote on Twitter:
Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a well in south London, Scotland Yard said.
Officers were called to the discovery outside an address in Audley Drive, Warlingham, shortly before 2pm yesterday.
The Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating.
– Metropolitan Police spokesman
The body, which is an adult, is currently unidentified. A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
Anyone with information can call police on 020 8721 4961 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A spokesman for the National Crime Agency has said that the best advice is not to open any attachments in emails that appear to be from your bank.
If you are in any doubt at all, call your bank to ask whether they sent the email.
Cyber crime officers have said that the malicious emails often appear to be genuine communications from a bank.
They come with attachments that appear to be files such as a voicemail, fax, an invoice or details of a suspicious transaction.
If you receive such an email:
- Do not to click on any attachments
- Update your antivirus software and operating systems
- Back up important files
If your computer is infected with malicious software:
- Disconnect it from the network
- Call a professional to clear the machine
- Report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk