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Police chief in charge of hacking inquiry to retire

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers gives evidence to a Commons Home Affairs Committee in July 2011 Credit: PA/PA Wire

The senior policewoman leading Scotland's Yard investigation into illegal newsgathering is to retire after the Olympics, the Met has confirmed.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers is in charge of the three linked inquiries into phone hacking, illicit payments and computer hacking.

She has also been leading MPS inquiries into the potential involvement of intelligence services in relation to detainees held abroad.

Ms Akers has served for 26 years and in 2007 was awarded the Queens Police Medal for services to policing.

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Six Londoners charged in connection with trafficking Indian woman

Enkarta Balapovi, 53, a butcher of St John's Wood, north London, faces one charge of trafficking within the UK and five counts of rape. Shanaz Begum, 56, a shop worker, also of St John's Wood, is accused of two counts of trafficking - the first into the UK and the second within Britain.

Shashi Kala Obhrai, 53, an optician, of Northwood, north west London, is charged with trafficking within the UK, ABH and making threats to kill. Balram Kumar Obhrai, 58, a computer entrepreneur from the same area, is accused of trafficking into the UK and making threats to kill.

Aleemuddin Mohammed, 34, a supermarket manager from Harrow, also in north west London, faces a similar count of trafficking into the UK and another of sexual assault on a female.Shamina Yousuf, 32, a secretary, of nearby Edgware, is charged with trafficking into the country and ABH.

Six charged over trafficking woman

Six people, including a butcher and an optician, have been charged in connection with trafficking an Indian woman, Scotland Yard has said. The suspects, all from London, face a number of counts including rape, sexual assault and making threats to kill the victim, from Hyderabad.

They will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on bail on June 7.

Met Police: Scotland Yard sergeant alleged to have 'made a racist comment'

The male officer is alleged to have made a racist comment in the company of other officers. One of his colleagues subsequently reported the incident to a supervisor. The police sergeant has been suspended from duty while inquiries continue.

No members of the public were involved in the incident. The incident has been referred to the IPCC.

Racism and racist language is totally unacceptable. The action taken in response to this allegation demonstrates the MPS's determination to act swiftly and to support those that challenge others when alleged racist language is used.

– Metropolitan Police statement

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'Sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction'

Alison Saunders, chief prosecutor for CPS London, said she had advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission to charge Pc MacFarlane despite the CPS's decision not to charge him in January.

In March, the complainant's lawyers challenged that decision and, in accordance with standard CPS practice, Grace Ononiwu, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, directed that the case be reviewed by a more senior lawyer who was not previously involved.

That review is now complete and the conclusion, based on all the evidence now available, is that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction to charge Pc MacFarlane with a racially aggravated public order offence contrary to Section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986 and Section 31 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

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