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.
Lee Miles of the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) has said his agency is working with international Partners to find the source of the malicious emails:
– Lee Miles, deputy head, NCCU
The NCA are actively pursuing organised crime groups committing this type of crime.
We are working in cooperation with industry and international partners to identify and bring to justice those responsible and reduce the risk to the public.
Tens of millions of UK email users may be having their financial details stolen in a "mass spamming event," according to experts in cyber crime.
The National Crime Agency warned that small and medium businesses are the top targets of the messages that appear to be legitimate emails from banks.
The emails come with attachments that appear to be files containing details of a suspicious transaction, but in fact harbour malicious software.
The screen will then display a countdown timer that demands the payment of 2 Bitcoins (around £536) - a form of currency used for Internet transactions - in ransom for the decryption key.
The National Cyber Crime Unit advises that anyone whose computer is infected should report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Cambridge University's Students' Union said it is "alarmed" by claims that police 'tried to spy' on its members.
The Guardian newspaper has obtained a video of an officer trying to recruit an informant to target protest groups.
The Students' Union said it "condemned" the action and wants the government to look at how UK security forces use surveillance.
The National Union of Students (NUS) described it as "an absolute scandal".
The NUS said it undermines students' right to protest and demands to know just how widespread the practice is.
The Guardian claims police officers tried to spy on students at Cambridge University.
Footage obtained by the newspaper appears to show an officer trying to persuade an activist to become an informant in return for money.
The officer asks for information on potential supporters of groups including UK Uncut, the English Defence League, Unite Against Fascism and anti-fracking demonstrators.
He requested names of students going to protests and lists of the vehicles they were using.
But the would-be informant was secretly filming the meeting to expose what was going on.
Cambridge University declined to comment, saying it's a police matter.
A spokesman for the county's police force said:
"Officers use covert tactics to gather intelligence, in accordance with the law, to assist in the prevention and detection of criminal activity."
A Police and Crime Commissioner who has announced a £1,500 pension plan for police dogs has defended the scheme, saying it has been developed in recognition of their hard work and to aid their handlers.
Paddy Tipping said proposals to create the fund for Nottinghamshire Police dogs were developed because he was "concerned to learn" officers were having to pick up the dog's costs when they had retired from the force.
Around six police dogs retire every year, he said, and generally the handler who has worked with them takes them home to live out the rest of their lives, footing the cost of food and medical bills in the process.
The plans, which were announced today and will be rolled out next month, have met with criticism from campaigners who say the money, which will total around £39,000 for the force's 26 police dogs, is a rough deal for taxpayers.
Andrew Mitchell deserves an apology from the police officers accused of giving a misleading account of a discussion with the former Chief Whip, the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers said.
Sir Hugh Orde told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:
– Sir Hugh Orde
I watched every moment of the select committee and it was not a good day for policing.
The stark fact is the other three officers should have apologised in the same manner and style as the chief constables did.
The three police officers accused of giving misleading accounts of a meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell as the "plebgate" scandal erupted should apologise for their actions, the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has said.
Sir Hugh Orde called on Police Federation representatives Inspector Ken MacKaill, Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones to apologise in the same way as the chief constables representing their forces.
A draft code of ethics setting out the standards of behaviour "expected of everyone in policing" in England and Wales has been launched by the College of Policing.
The standards of behaviour are:
- Honesty and integrity
- Authority, respect and courtesy
- Equality and diversity
- Use of force
- Orders and instructions
- Work and responsibilities
- Fitness for work
- Challenging and reporting improper conduct
The code of ethics was created "to help officers and staff make principled, confident and professional decisions" and to "assist police leaders and supervisors at all ranks "make good decisions about operating strategy, policy and tactics."
Warwickshire Chief Constable Andy Parker has said he was "embarrassed" that his officers had become involved in a heated anti-cuts campaign in the wake of the Plebgate incident.
"My officers got involved in a political campaign which was ill thought-through and has led to a lot of public confidence issues for us," he said.
"I would certainly like to apologise to Mr Mitchell because this added to the already big impact of the Plebgate campaign and it is embarrassing that my force was involved in the way it was."