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Judge sentences Scotland Yard ex-officer to 36 life terms for…

In a shocking case that has dominated headlines in the UK, an Indian-origin judge on Tuesday handed down 36 life sentences to a serial rapist convicted of violent and brutal sexual offences against a dozen women over a 17-year period as a Scotland Yard police officer. Justice Parmjit Kaur "Bobbie"…

London paedophile, 61, jailed for having sex with minor girl…

A paedophile in north London, aged above 60, has been sent to jail for having sex with a teenage girl. Anandarajah Bremakumar from Colindale, Barnet, abused the girl in 2010 when she was 16 but the police came to learn about the incident only in 2019 when a report was…

Jaswant Singh Chail who wanted to ‘kill’ late queen with…

A British Sikh man who wanted to “assassinate” Queen Elizabeth II on Christmas Day in 2021 and was caught on the grounds of Windsor Castle armed with a crossbow has admitted to committing treason. Jaswant Singh Chail, who identified himself as an “Indian Sikh”, wanted to kill the late monarch…

Met Police ‘missed chances’ to save pregnant mother who was…

A new report has revealed that the Metropolitan Police missed many chances to protect a woman from her former husband in the six years before he killed her with a crossbow. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo fired an arrow into Sana Muhammad's, 35, stomach at her Ilford home on 12 November, 2018. Muhammad…

Hundreds of police face sack as part of clean-up –…

Hundreds of officers in London are likely be sacked for sexual and domestic abuse offences, Britain's most senior policeman said on Tuesday as he sought to regain public trust after an officer admitted being a serial rapist. London's Metropolitan Police, which has been rocked by scandals in recent years, was…

London police officer pleads guilty to 24 counts of rape

A serving London police officer has admitted carrying out 24 counts of rape in a near two decade-long campaign of abuse against women, making him one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders. The Metropolitan Police and the country's prosecution service said David Carrick, 48, had used his position of power…

161 Met officers on restricted duties over racism, sexual misconduct…

There has been a rise in the number of Metropolitan Police officers put on restricted duties because of ongoing investigations into allegations of racism or sexual misconduct levelled against them.While 43 officers were not allowed to hold public-facing roles at the end of November because of the allegations of racism,…

Pakistan denies uranium-tainted cargo found at Heathrow Airport came from…

Pakistan on Thursday (12) rejected the reports in British media that a uranium-tainted cargo package that landed at London's Heathrow Airport last month originated from Karachi, saying the news is "not factual". The BBC reported on Wednesday that British counterterrorism police were investigating after border officers seized cargo contaminated with…

‘Alcohol goes to your brain within five minutes’: Neurosurgeon warns…

According to data from the NHS, 1 in 3 drivers who are killed in road traffic accidents is over the legal alcohol limit. Also, each year, there are reportedly 280 fatalities due to drink driving. After losing his 18-year-old son to drink driving, a US-based neurosurgeon Dr Brian Hoeflinger has…

Met Police steps up response to robbery: ‘We are not…

Officers across the Met are conducting proactive and high-visibility patrols to protect young people from robbery after sunset. It has been reported that school-going children are also being targeted by criminals as they return to their studies after the Christmas recess. On Thursday (5) night, Met commissioner Sir Mark Rowley…

Trainee officer sacked over concerns about his hearing ability wins…

A trainee officer sacked from the Met Police has won a discrimination claim against the force.Shafi Karim worked as a probationary officer for five before he was dismissed in 2021 after his bosses raised concerns about his hearing abilities. He was advised to use a Rogers Pen wireless microphone as…

Racist thug avoids jail for throwing scalding hot water in…

The Metropolitan Police has questioned a court's decision to suspend the sentence of a man who threw scalding hot water over a police officer's face during a racist attack. Earlier this month, the Uxbridge Magistrates' Court suspended the 26-week prison term of Astric Mala, 47, who a attacked the officer.…

Ex-Met officer who paid woman for sex during Covid lockdown…

A former Met Police officer, found guilty of misconduct during pandemic restrictions, has been barred from returning to any policing role.Hassan Mahmood visited a woman in her house in Mitcham in south London in January 2021 and paid her for sex. He was fined £660 at the City of London…

EXCLUSIVE: Investigate Clarkson for hate crime

A RETIRED judge has asked the Metropolitan Police commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, to investigate TV celebrity, Jeremy Clarkson, for hate crime. It follows the former BBC Top Gear presenter’s column in The Sun in which he said he hated the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Clarkson wrote, “At night, I'm…

London’s mayor powers could be reviewed: Report

Senior figures in the government are believed to favour a review of devolution for London amid concerns over mayor Sadiq Khan’s handling of the Met Police and the fire service.His recent announcement on the expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (Ulez) across the capital next summer has further ruffled the…

Sadiq Khan to seek re-election as London mayor for record…

Sadiq Khan will seek re-election as the mayor of London as the Labour party has chosen him as its candidate for the 2024 election. If the incumbent succeeds in his bid to win a third term, he will be the first person to achieve the feat in the history of…

Police investigate Tory MP Bob Stewart for ‘racist’ comments on…

Conservative MP Bob Stewart is being investigated after being accused of racially abusing a Bahraini rights activist. Sayed Alwadaei, who had fled his native country in 2012 after being jailed and tortured for taking part in pro-democracy protests, complained to the Met Police that Stewart told him to “get stuffed”…

Supervisors close ranks to defend colleagues facing racism allegations: former…

A retired Met Police detective of south Asian heritage has said officers close ranks to defend their colleagues facing allegations of racism.Shabnam Chaudhri, who previously claimed an officer had held a weapon to her head while calling her a ‘P**i, said racism is disguised as banter in the police force.She…

‘Censored’ from reading out ‘racist and sexist’ messages from Met…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has claimed that he was stopped from reading out sexist texts from Metropolitan Police officers at meeting, adding that he was being 'censored' from reading those messages. Khan claimed he was not allowed to read out horrific messages of racism and sexism from the officers in…

Met officer ‘unaware’ her lavish life was funded by husband’s…

A now-sacked Met Police officer who lived a “lavish life” claimed she was unaware that her Albanian husband was a drug dealer.Constable Rasvinder Agalliu was booted from the force last month after a police disciplinary panel rejected her claim that she did not know about Julian’s criminal activities that funded…

My turban reminds me to protect and serve: Met Police…

Met Police Sikh Association chair Ravjeet Gupta has said his turban reminds him to protect and serve. In a blog published on the Met Police website following the 25th anniversary of the Association, Gupta spoke about the role his faith plays in keeping London safe. He said Sikhism believes “in…

Victim of London’s fatal stabbing identified as Omar Abdullah

A young man stabbed to death in London’s Westminster on Monday has been identified as Omar Abdullah, as the Met Police have appealed for information from the public to find out the attackers. Officers, who arrived at the spot in the vicinity of Lilestone Street, found Abdullah, 21, dead at…

Woman threatened by Met police officer in road rage incident 

A Metropolitan Police officer has been found guilty of threatening a woman driver in a road rage incident in Wandsworth. Trainee detective constable Ajitpal Lotay appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (30). The officer, who is attached to the south east command unit, has been found guilty of a…

Man guilty of manslaughter after ‘accidentally shooting friend’ in Harlington

A man has been convicted of manslaughter after accidentally shooting and killing a friend on Halloween in Harlington. Chiragh Chiragh, 39, of Paulhan Road, Harrow, was convicted guilty of manslaughter and possession of a weapon with intent to endanger life by the Isleworth Crown Court last week. Mohamed Muhyidin, 28,…

West London man jailed for 28 years for shooting lover’s…

A west London man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the attempted murder of his lover’s wife.Firad Muhammed of Ellison Gardens, Ealing, travelled to his victim’s home in Bromley in October 2020 and shot the 32-year-old man in his legs twice. He fled the scene leaving no…

Met Police officer bombarded ex with homophobic, racist deportation threats…

A misconduct panel found a Met Police officer had sent dozens of “grossly obscene, racist and deeply distressing” messages to his former boyfriend. Police constable Mohammed Afzal’s text messages to his former partner in 2020 included “ur going back to P**iland I mean Karachi wasteland" and "go find the Hindu…

Man guilty of stabbing Walthamstow dad-of-two to death while protecting…

A man was found guilty of murdering a Walthamstow dad-of-two following a stabbing in Brent in June last year. Abraheem Sikander, 24, of Dale Grove was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday (7) of murdering Mohammad Raza Gulzar, 29. Sikander was also found guilty of possession of an…

‘Budding beauty queen’ Rasvinder Agalliu removed from Met force after…

A 'glamorous' Met Police officer who wanted to be an actor has been removed from the service after police found narcotics, large amounts of cash and a cannabis farm at her London home, according to reports. PC Rasvinder Agalliu based at the Central West Command Unit was dismissed on Tuesday…

Two met officers jailed for sharing misogynistic and racist messages…

Sarah Everard's killer Wayne Couzens' colleagues in the Metropolitan Police were jailed for sharing misogynistic and racist messages on WhatsApp, according to reports. PC Jonathon Cobban, 35, and former PC Joel Borders, 45, were sentenced for three months by District Judge Sarah Turnock at Westminster magistrates court. They were members…

London gets resilience centre to shield capital’s small businesses from…

Businesses in London have been urged to join a new scheme which was launched on Tuesday (25) to protect them from the growing threat of cybercrime. The new measure was facilitated by funding from mayor Sadiq Khan who wants to make London the world's safest city to do business online.…

Met Police report: Systemic bias towards black and Asian officers,…

British Asian officers and staff of the Metropolitan Police are substantially more likely to receive an allegation of misconduct than their white colleagues, a damning report has concluded. Baroness Louise Casey's review into the UK’s largest police force has found racial disparity exists in the misconduct system and “white officers…

Review into Met Police’s culture to pitch for easier sacking…

A much-awaited review into the Metropolitan Police’s culture and standards is pitching for easing of procedures to sack misogynist and racist officers of the force, media reports said. According to the probe by Baroness Louise Casey, too many “abhorrent” individuals continued to remain on the frontline of Scotland Yard because…

Ricky Reel: Police issue fresh appeal as family allege ‘race…

The Metropolitan Police on Friday (14) made a fresh appeal for information regarding the tragic death of Ricky Reel in Kingston in 1997 as his family alleged that 'race played a role' in his death. According to the family, racism played a key role in the tragedy as he 20-year-old's…

Met Police to record ethnicity of drivers during stops

Britain’s largest police force has said it is actively working on the commitment to record the ethnicity of drivers stopped by its offers.The Metropolitan Police ran such a pilot in London for six months last year after being asked by the Mayor’s Action Plan on Accountability and Trust in Policing.However,…

More than 600 domestic and sexual abuse allegations against Met…

The Metropolitan Police has formed a specialist team to investigate domestic and sexual abuse allegations against police personnel, reports said. It was reported that the new Domestic and Sexual Offences Unit, nicknamed the Daso team, has received 625 complaints so far. The unit resembles the fictional unit, AC-12, in BBC…

Met officer Nadeem Patel charged after woman run over and…

Two Metropolitan Police officers, including a British Indian personnel, were charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a woman was killed in an accident. Shante Daniel-Folkes, 25, from Norwood, died at the scene after being struck by a police car in Stockwell Road, Brixton, on June 9 last year.…

Six police officers and an ex-officer face probe over ‘offensive’…

UK police watchdog has started a criminal investigation against six serving police officers and a former officer over 'discriminatory, derogatory or pornographic' messages on a WhatsApp group, according to reports. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched the probe against five officers serving with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary…

Maryam Nawaz reunites with her father Nawaz Sharif after 3…

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has reunited with his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif in London three years after authorities returned her passport following a court order. Maryam, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president, who arrived in London on Thursday, was received by her brother Hassan Nawaz Sharif and son…

Former Met officer suspended for posting racist content on WhatsApp

A former Metropolitan Police officer has been suspended for posting 'vile and deplorable' racist and derogatory comments on a WhatsApp group, which included former Met officers, media reports said. Rob Lewis, who has been working on contract with Border Force, has allegedly created the group. According to the BBC, his…

Suella Braverman proposes to give ‘anonymity to suspects’ to stop…

British home secretary Suella Braverman may ensure suspects anonymity before they are charged in a radical change to the existing criminal justice system, according to reports. The minister told a Young Conservatives event on Monday (3) that the government is considering such a proposal due to concern over the identification…

New chief declines to call Met Police institutionally racist

Sir Mark Rowley, the new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, refused to call the force institutionally racist, although he said he was “candid” about the challenges it was facing. Specifically asked if the Met was institutionally racist, he said he was “not interested in using labels that are being kicked…

Met Police boss vows to ‘ruthlessly’ root out racists from…

New Metropolitan Police boss Sir Mark Rowley has vowed to “ruthlessly” root out racists and misogynists from the organisation. He admitted Scotland Yard had been “far too weak” in taking on those who undermined the honest and dedicated majority. But he said he was determined to “get the culture right”…

Met Police officer investigated for 13 child sex offences

A serving officer of the Metropolitan Police is facing trial for his alleged involvement in child sex. Police constable Hussain Chehab has been charged with 13 offences including sexual activity with an underage girl and taking indecent images of children. Chehab, arrested in July 2021, is accused of sexual activity…

Met Police not properly recording grounds for strip and search:…

The Metropolitan Police needs to improve its recording of the grounds for stop and search, a watchdog has found. His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) estimated in its report that close to 76 per cent of all stop and searches conducted by Scotland Yard during…

Rapper Chris Kaba: Met’s firearms officers threaten to hand in…

The suspension of a firearms officer of the Metropolitan Police following the fatal shooting of rapper Chris Kaba last week is believed to have demoralised their colleagues who are threatening to surrender their weapons. “They were planning to hand in their tickets and step back from armed duties” after the…

Chris Kaba’s family accuses police of being slow and vague…

The family of Chris Kaba, who was killed in a police firing in south London last week, has accused the watchdog IOPC of being slow in its investigation into the incident. Kaba’s cousin Jefferson Bosela, said the family was informed of the 24-year-old rapper’s death 11 hours after his death…

Free-speech campaigners slam police for arresting anti-monarchy protesters in UK

Rights groups have deplored the arrests of anti-monarchy protesters in the UK during events following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Two young people have been arrested in Scotland since Sunday over breach of peace and public order while a man was rounded up in England for similar reasons. The…

Rights groups urge Met Police chief to scrap facial recognition…

Campaign groups come together to urge the Metropolitan Police to do away with the “privacy-eroding” facial recognition technology. In an open letter to Sir Mark Rowley, the new commission of the force, 14 charities including Big Brother Watch, Liberty and Black Lives Matter UK, claimed that the technology was “inaccurate…

Dame Cressida Dick ‘felt intimidated’ into stepping down as Met…

Dame Cressida Dick “felt intimidated” into stepping down as the chief of the Metropolitan Police after an ultimatum from London mayor Sadiq Khan, a review into the circumstances leading to her resignation has concluded. Dame Cressida - the first woman to head the Met Police - quit as its commissioner…

Sadiq Khan says report accusing him of unfairly ousting ex-Met…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that he has 'been disturbed by the apparent degree of bias' in the draft report over the handling of former Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick, media reports said. Sadiq Khan has written to home secretary Priti Patel regarding the report by Sir Tom Winsor,…

Met Police apologises for racially stereotyping people of Turkish heritage

The Metropolitan Police has apologised over its training material which appeared to "racially stereotype" people of Turkish heritage.Scotland Yard said it “misjudged the wider impact” of a case study in the material, which had been “designed by educational professionals”. A Turkish Muslim man was the subject of the case study…

UK to jail men who sexually harass women in public…

The UK is planning to jail men who sexually harass women in public for up to two years under the new rules proposed by the government, media reports said. The Home Office launched a consultation in this regard for amending the 1986 public order act to create a new offence…

Amid soaring cost of living, partnership work key to reduce…

As the cost of living crisis threatens to reverse reductions in violent crime, closer partnership between the Met Police and communities is key to preventing and tackling violence, London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday (11), a release from his press office said. He visited Engine Room youth centre in…

58 per cent of 650 children strip-searched by Met Police…

Metropolitan Police strip-searched 650 children between 2018 and 2020, according to new data which also revealed the ethnic disproportionality of the action. The data, analysed by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, showed that almost three out of five (58 per cent) children subjected to strip searches…

Windsor Castle intruder Jaswant Singh Chail charged with treason

A man, arrested with a crossbow at Windsor Castle in London last year, has been charged with treason. Met Police said Jaswant Singh Chail from Southampton has also been charged with making threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to "alarm her Majesty”. The 20-year-old man…

Sadiq Khan under legal scrutiny for giving Met Police larger…

A privacy campaign group and a politician have mounted a legal challenge to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to provide the Met Police with larger access to number plate recognition cameras in the British capital. Police previously had access only to ‘reads’ (number plate identifications) from Automated Number-Plate Recognition (ANPR)…

Don’t strip at London nightclub’s ‘porn idol’ event, Met police…

The Metropolitan Police warned officers against participating in 'porn idol' events at a nightclub in London even if they are off duty, media reports said. The force said that officers may face 'disciplinary action' if they participate in the event. Men and women strip for cash prizes in the weekly…

Hundreds of Met officers and staff lose £450,000 in concert…

A Metropolitan Police officer based in central London was arrested and freed under investigation following a concert ticket fraud worth £450,000, reports said. Around 400 Met officers and staff paid for cheap tickets through the social club fund, ran by the accused officer, which did not materialise and were not…

Hundreds of young Londoners saved from County Lines gangs by…

HUNDREDS of young Londoners have been diverted away from the dangers of County Lines gangs by an intervention scheme set up by mayor Sadiq Khan, according to a report published on Wednesday (27). The Rescue and Response report, by Brent Council on the impact of the £5.6 million scheme, revealed that…

Woman lay dead unnoticed in her flat for more than…

An elderly woman lay dead unnoticed in a London flat for more than two years but her landlord received rent all along.Met Police found the skeletal remains of Sheila Seleoane in February this year after receiving a phone call from a neighbour, an inquest heard. The force believes the 61-year-old…

Comedian Paul Chowdhry attacked while driving in London

British Indian comedian Paul Chowdhry said he was attacked when he was driving in central London, in yet another incident of ethnic minority people becoming targets of thugs.He confirmed the incident in an Instagram message on Saturday but said he was “fine”.His message came in response to two posts which…

Man guilty of murdering British Indian mother in London and…

A man was found guilty of murdering a British Indian mother of two in London and attacking another stranger, the Metropolitan Police said. James Sinclair, 31, will be sentenced on Friday (8) for killing Shadika Mohsin Patel, 40, in East Ham. Later, he attempted to kill another woman after he…

Two arrested for girl abduction, 3, in East London

TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of abducting a child who was snatched from her carer in East London on Thursday (30). Manjinder, 3, was found "safe and well" within an hour of being taken from her legal guardians after an urgent search and appeal was launched, Met Police…

Man charged with murder of Zara Aleena in Ilford

A man of no fixed abode has been charged with the murder of Zara Aleena, who died after being attacked at Cranbrook Road, in Ilford, the Metropolitan Police said. Aleena, 35, was found with extensive head injuries on Sunday (26) morning and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Jordan McSweeney, 29,…

London mayor and Met police launch new victim voice survey

A NEW anonymous survey was launched on Tuesday (28) that will help improve the service that crime victims receive from the police. The survey, which has been set up by London’s Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Met, will capture the views and experiences of victims of…

Strip searches of children: Met police refers eight more cases…

The Metropolitan Police has made eight more voluntary referrals to the Independent Office for Police Conduct involving strip searches of children.The referrals come as the police watchdog is investigating four Met Police officers over an alleged inappropriate strip search of a black girl, identified as Child Q, at an east…

Grandson charged with murdering his 89-year-old grandmother in Croydon

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his 89-year-old grandmother in south London, Scotland Yard said.Verushan Manoharan, 31, was charged by detectives investigating the murder of Sakunthala Francis in Croydon earlier this week.He was arrested at the scene a short time after Francis was found dead with…

Child Q: Four Met police officers to be investigated over…

A police watchdog is investigating four Met Police officers over an alleged inappropriate strip-search of a black girl at an east London school more than a year ago.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the officers were served with gross misconduct notices. The watchdog is also considering whether the…

Croydon man who created ‘rape list’ and stalked 121 victims…

A Croydon man has been jailed for two years and eight months for stalking in relation to aggravated offences against 121 victims, the Metropolitan Police said. Vishaal Vijapura, 28, of Shirley, Croydon, was sentenced to two years and eight months' imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday (14). He also received a…

Exclusive: Asians need to “Step Up” when it comes to…

His cancer came without notice, and for three months Keyur Patel – known as Kiwi – was planning his own funeral. Now, 10 years on, Kiwi is “grateful” that he can tell his story and live the life he thought would end prematurely. The Met police sergeant remembers vividly the…

Partygate: 27 MPs now want PM Boris Johnson to resign

There is a gradual build up of members of Parliament from within the UK's ruling Conservative Party who have voiced their concerns over the partygate scandal, calling for party leader Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister. The total number of openly critical MPs has risen to 27 since the…

Shocking! Autistic girl, 15, left traumatised after Met Police cut…

THE mother of an autistic, mixed-race girl has said that the Metropolitan Police handcuffed her child and had her underwear cut off in the presence of male officers while on her period, according to a report.  She added that the 15-year-old was left traumatised by the incident in December 2020…

Sadiq Khan: Met Police must answer why Boris Johnson wasn’t…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has said that the Metropolitan Police must “explain” why prime minister Boris Johnson was not fined for attending a party during the Covid lockdown, according to a report.  Khan's comments came after Britain's ITV news channel on Monday (23) published new photographs of Johnson drinking at…

Met officer dismissed for ‘gross misconduct’

A Met Police constable has been dismissed for failing to safeguard a woman who was later killed by her partner.Sandeep Khunkhun, attached to London’s North West Command Unit, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour, following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.The Scotland Yard…

Neil Basu frontrunner to head National Crime Agency

OUTSPOKEN counterterrorism chief Neil Basu is believed to be in contention to head the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).The Indian-origin assistant commissioner of the Met Police is likely to be interviewed for the role of director-general of the NCA later this week.The post became vacant after Dame Lynne Owens stepped…

Sabina Nessa’s killer Koci Selamaj jailed for at least 36…

A man was jailed for life on Friday for the brutal murder of a female teacher found dead a short walk from her London home in a killing that fuelled public anger about violence against women in Britain. Sabina Nessa, 28, was attacked and killed after leaving her home in…

Sabina Nessa’s parents describe her killer as an ‘animal’ after…

Primary school teacher Sabina Nessa's parents told her killer that 'he had no right to touch her' after he refused to face them in court. Koci Selamaj, 36, beat and strangled Nessa, 28, as she walked through a park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on 17 September. He refused to leave…

Met police officer pleads guilty to voyeurism

A POLICE officer has admitted to offences including voyeurism after he was caught filming a woman when she was trying on clothes in a London shop.Met Police constable Swaleh Chaudhry, 36, attached to the Met Police Taskforce has been suspended from duty following his arrest at South Side Shopping Centre,…

Met Police: 20 fines will be issued to people who…

LONDON’S Met police probing the alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown laws by prime minister Boris Johnson and his staff in Downing Street said Tuesday (29) that 20 initial fines will be issued."We will today initially begin to refer 20 fixed penalty notices to be issued for breaches of Covid-19 regulations,"…

East London murder: Man charged with Yasmin Begum’s death

DETECTIVES investigating the death of Yasmin Begum in East London have charged a man with murder.Quyum Miah, 40, of High Street, Homerton, who was arrested on Sunday (27) has also been charged with burglary and two counts of fraud by false representation, Met Police said in a statement on Monday…

Maher Maaroufe charged with the murder of Sabita Thanwani

A man with no fixed address has been charged with the murder of teenager Sabita Thanwani, the Metropolitan police said.  Maher Maaroufe, 22, has been charged with Thanwani’s murder and also assaulting an emergency worker. Thanwani was found dead at student accommodation in London on Saturday (19). She was studying psychology…

Sikh fan ‘racially attacked’ at Arsenal’s Premier League match against…

FOOTBALL club Arsenal has said it contacted a fan who was allegedly subjected to racial abuse and physical attack during its Premier League match against Liverpool in London last week.A Sikh fan was reportedly attacked and his turban knocked off in the toilets of the Emirates Stadium during the halftime…

Family pays tribute to Sabita Thanwani

THE FAMILY of student Sabita Thanwani have paid tribute after a man was arrested on suspicion of her murder and assault in her student accommodation in London.Thanwani, a 19-year-old British national, was found with serious injuries to her neck at Arbour House student flats in Clerkenwell, London, last Saturday (19).In…

British Indian teenager murdered in London’s student flat

SCOTLAND YARD have arrested a Tunisian national on suspicion of the murder and assault of a British woman of Indian origin in her student accommodation in London.Sabita Thanwani, 19, was found with serious injuries to her neck at Arbour House student flats in the Clerkenwell area of London on Saturday…

Police officer, jailed for murder of Sarah Everard, charged with…

A former London police officer, who was jailed for life last year for a rape and murder that horrified the nation, was charged on Friday (18) with four new counts of indecent assault which took place just weeks earlier. Wayne Couzens, 49, whose job was to guard diplomatic premises, abducted…

Police officers accused of domestic abuse are still in service,…

NEW data has revealed that more than 1,000 police officers accused of domestic abuse are still in service, according to a media report.  Eight out of 10 such officers kept their jobs after the allegations, with a small fraction being disciplined or dismissed, the Guardian reported. A series of freedom…

Eastbourne man admits murdering Sabina Nessa

AN Eastbourne man has pleaded guilty to murdering primary school teacher Sabina Nessa at the Old Bailey on Friday (25), according to a media report.  Koci Selamaj, 36, beat and strangled Nessa, 28, as she walked through a park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on 17 September. He will be sentenced…

Met Police arrest suspect in 2000 murder of Sri Lankan…

British war crimes police have arrested a suspect in connection with the 2000 murder of high-profile Sri Lankan journalist Mylvaganam Nimalrajan during the country's brutal civil war, they said on Thursday. Officers from London's Metropolitan Police War Crimes team arrested a 48-year-old man in Northamptonshire, on Tuesday and subsequently released…

Manchester bomber’s brother gets extended jail term for assault

THE BROTHER of the 2017 Manchester suicide bomber and an Iraqi asylum seeker behind a botched London Underground train bombing had their sentences extended on Tuesday (22) after being found guilty of assaulting a prison officer.Hashem Abedi, 24, Ahmed Hassan, 22, and fellow convicted terrorist Muhammed Saeed, 23, were all…

Exclusive: “If you raise something you are going to be…

On 31 July 2015, former Met police sergeant, Gurpal Virdi, stood on the steps of Southwark Crown Court and breathed in the air. He had just spent the week in the dock charged with a historic case of racially and sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy. The jury took just 50…

Exclusive: “STOP CULTURE OF POLICE COVER UP”

There must be a root and branch investigation into the culture of racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia in every police service in England and Wales. That is the demand from south Asian and black MPs, as well as serving and past police officers. They have told Eastern Eye that they do…

Man jailed for stealing over £200,000 to fund gambling habit

A man has been jailed for three years for stealing over £200,000 from his charity employer to fund his online gambling habit, the Metropolitan Police said.  Manjinder Virdi, 37, of Rathmore Road was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday (14). According to the Met Police, Virdi joined the Poplar-based…

Racism is an issue with Met Police, professional standards chief…

A senior officer has admitted that racism is a problem in the Metropolitan Police, however, he denied that Met was a "racist organisation". Deputy assistant commissioner Bas Javid, brother of health secretary Sajid Javid, told BBC Two's Newsnight that some officers "have racist views and are racist". His comments came…

Met chief’s resignation sparks row between Sadiq Khan and Priti…

THE dramatic resignation of the London Met Police chief has sparked a row between mayor Sadiq Khan and home secretary Priti Patel as Khan did not warn the Home Office or Queen he was going to get rid of the commissioner, according to a media report.  The MailOnline reported that…

Met Police chief Cressida Dick resigns after scandals rock force

CRESSIDA DICK announced her resignation last night (10) after a string of scandals rocked London's Metropolitan Police, including racism, sexism and a serving officer murdering a young woman. Dame Cressida, who became the first woman to head the force in 2017, said she had "no choice but to step aside" after London…

Sunak admits attending Downing Street lockdown party

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has admitted to attending prime minister Boris Johnson's lockdown birthday party in 2020 but refused to say what happened when he entered the room and claimed that he was there for a meeting to discuss the Covid-19 situation. His comments came after Johnson's five aides, including longstanding…

Patel ‘appalled and sickened’ by Met Police behaviour

BRITISH home secretary Priti Patel said she was "appalled and sickened" by the behaviour of Metropolitan Police officers, following reports about how officers in London had joked about rape, killing black children and beating their wives. The Met Police said it was "deeply sorry" after the findings were published by…

Met commissioner on notice after ‘shocking’ findings by watchdog

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has put Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick "on notice" after "shocking" behaviour by some officers was found, media reports said.  A report by the police watchdog on Tuesday (1) found out that London police sent each other "shocking" racist, sexist and homophobic messages, piling pressure on…

UK ‘partygate’ report slams ‘failures of leadership’

A long-awaited report into claims of lockdown-breaking parties at British prime minister Boris Johnson's offices was published in part on Monday (31), criticising "failures of leadership" that allowed events to go ahead. Political and public anger at the revelations put Johnson's position as leader under threat, but senior civil servant…

Blogger claims Pakistan behind attempted contract killing

AN EXILED political blogger has accused Pakistan of being behind a plot to kill him after a would-be hitman was convicted in a British court.Supermarket worker Muhammed Gohir Khan, 31, was found guilty of plotting to kill Ahmad Waqass Goraya after being recruited by middlemen apparently based in Pakistan.The judge…

Indian-origin financial consultant sues Baroness Mone

A FINANCIAL consultant of Indian origin has demanded “unlimited damages” from Conservative peer Michelle Mone following a “racist remark” she allegedly made more than two years ago.Richard Lynton-Jones sued her with a 10-page writ, claiming her remarks caused “enormous distress, embarrassment and injury to his feelings.”His lawyers sought at least…

Johnson gives Commons grilling over No10 parties a miss

GRIEF-STRICKEN MPs branded Boris Johnson a "liar" as the prime minister on Tuesday (11) gave a Commons grilling over No10 parties a miss. Instead he sent Paymaster General Michael Ellis to answer an important question on an email inviting staff to a "BYOB" lockdown party. Labour's Angela Rayner said the…

Sikh teen ‘dragged by hair’ in Ealing street robbery

A SIKH teenager was saved by a supermarket van driver after he was violently attacked by three miscreants on Windmill Road in Ealing, West London, on Tuesday (4) evening. The 18-year-old suffered an injury to his face and fell bloodied onto the road when the driver stepped in. His brother…

Suspect’s father says, ‘Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son’

WHILE London police are investigating the Christmas Day security breach at Windsor Castle, the alleged intruder’s family in Southampton said it is going through a difficult phase following the incident. “Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son,” Jasbir reportedly said of Jaswant Chail who was arrested on Saturday (25) from…

Racist remark: Met Police officer sacked

A Metropolitan Police officer has been dismissed without notice after gross misconduct was proven at a disciplinary hearing, a statement from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has said.  PC Harry Chandler, based at a North East Borough Command police station, was sacked following an investigation by IOPC. Chandler…

Police issue public appeal in British Sikh teenager’s murder

THE SCOTLAND YARD on Sunday (28) issued a public appeal for information related to the murder of a British Sikh teenager, stabbed to death in a fight involving a group of people on a west London street. The Metropolitan Police officially named the victim as Rishmeet Singh, earlier named locally…

Sikh police officer, who spent lockdown at home to protect…

A Sikh police officer who shielded to protect his family during lockdown has died following a month-long battle with Covid in hospital, The Daily Mail reported. Met Police officer Amar Kalirai, 30, passed away on October 21 and showed 'no fear' during his five-year service, his colleagues revealed. He had spent his…

Rape charge against serving Met police officer Adam Zaman

A serving Metropolitan police officer has been charged with rape, which allegedly took place last week at a hotel in London, reported The Guardian. Adam Zaman, 28, is accused of raping a woman on Sunday (24) evening while he was off duty, and was arrested the following day, the Met…

Ex-Met police officer gets suspended jail term for harassing colleagues

A FORMER Scotland Yard officer has been handed an 11-month suspended prison sentence for harassing a number of colleagues, the Metropolitan Police said on Thursday (14). Ajay Singh, 24, was attached to the North Area Basic Command Unit of the Metropolitan Police in London and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown…

Sabina Nessa murder: Third man arrested in ‘significant development’

BRITISH police said on Sunday (26) they had arrested a man on suspicion of the murder of a female teacher found dead in a London park last week. Sabina Nessa, 28, left her home in south London on the evening of Sept. 17 to make the short walk through a…

Murder probe after primary school teacher’s body found in Kidbrooke

THE Metropolitan Police named the primary school teacher who was found dead near a community centre in south-east London on Saturday (18). Sabina Nessa, 28, was found dead near the OneSpace community centre in Cator Park, Kidbrooke. A man, in his 40s, arrested on suspicion of murder has been released…

Man extradited from Pakistan remanded over wife’s murder

A MAN extradited from Pakistan has been remanded in custody in connection with the murder of his wife. Zafar Iqbal, whose wife Naziat Khan was strangled to death in south London 20 years ago, virtually appeared before Croydon Magistrates Court from Heathrow police station on Wednesday (15). Iqbal, now 61,…

Man jailed for three years for defrauding woman of her…

A security guard who posed as a businessman to con a lonely woman in a romance scam has been jailed for three years. Qaiser Saeed, 40, of Botwell Lane, Hayes, was sentenced on Tuesday (7) at Isleworth Crown Court for fraud by false representation, the Met Police said. In May…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Criminalising a generation of Asians’

Revealed: 10 south Asians stopped and searched every hour during pandemic Police in England and Wales stopped and searched almost 10 south Asians every hour during lockdown. Eastern Eye has found that during April 2020 and March 2021 they detained almost 86,000 south Asians. This is a rise of more…

PETA files complaint against Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies as horse…

Based on a complaint from Prevention of Ethical Treatment of Animals, a case has been registered against celebrated filmmaker Mani Ratman’s production house Madras Talkies stating that a horse died during the shoot of his forthcoming film Ponniyin Selvan at a private land near a film studio on August 11.…

Police name victim of homophobic murder at Tower Hamlets

POLICE have named the victim of a 'horrific' homophobic murder at Tower Hamlets as Ranjith Kankanamalage, 50, as detectives appeal for help to catch his killer, the Daily Mail reported. He was found dead with head injuries in Tower Hamlets Cemetery on August 16. Kankanamalage, also known as ‘Roy’, had…

Police appeal for help to identify man in Stamford Hill…

THE Met Police are appealing for help to identify a man following a number of unprovoked assaults in Hackney. Last week, Police received a third party report of an assault that occurred on Stamford Hill at the junction with Colberg Road. The victim was knocked unconscious during the incident and…

Muslim police officer under investigation for racist tweets

A FEMALE police officer, hailed as a hero for tackling anti-lockdown protesters last year, is under investigation for allegedly posting a series of racist tweets. Ruby Begum mocked the 9/11 terror attacks and called for a retribution for Israel during its conflict with Palestine in 2014. “Must be stupid if you…

Shocking report says children in Lambeth’s foster homes ‘abused for…

HUNDREDS of vulnerable children - aged two to 19 - suffered sexual abuse, rape, violence and intimidation in children’s homes run by London’s Lambeth council over several decades from the late 1960s, according to a report on Tuesday (27). The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) condemned the south…

Sadiq Khan launches multi-million package to engage young Londoners

MAYOR of London Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (20) has launched a multi-million package of measures aimed at engaging young Londoners in various activities this summer, especially for the wards at higher risk of violence and with higher levels of poverty and deprivation.     Set up by Khan, England’s one-of-its-kind Violence…

Man accused of plot to murder Pakistani blogger appears in…

A MAN accused of plotting to kill an exiled Pakistani political blogger appeared in a British court on Monday (19), in a case linked to concerns about human rights in the south Asian country. Muhammad Gohir Khan, 31, was charged last month with conspiracy to murder Ahmad Waqass Goraya, one…

Asian man kicked, punched at Wembley as football fans go…

AN Asian man was repeatedly kicked in the head by fellow white England fans as chaos ensued inside Wembley Stadium on Sunday (11).   Videos circulating on social media show a furious brawl that erupted between a set of fans- just minutes before the Three Lions took the field against…

Kim Johnson MP accuses Met Police of racism

LABOUR MP Kim Johnson has accused the Metropolitan police of institutional racism after she and her family were stopped by officers in central London last month, reported The Guardian. The MP said they had arrived in Covent Garden near the end of the England v Scotland Euro 2020 match when…

‘Predatory’ man jailed for raping woman he met on Shaadi.com

A man found guilty of raping a woman after they met on a dating site has been sentenced to nine year imprisonment. Chinmay Patel, 34, from Leeds, was jailed at a Southwark Crown Court hearing in London after he was convicted of two counts of rape at the same court…

Black Met police officer wins her job back, tribunal says…

A black police officer with the Metropolitan police, who was dismissed last year, has won her job back after a tribunal said her sacking was unfair. Supt Robyn Williams was dismissed in March 2020 after being convicted for possessing a child abuse video that she recieved unsolicited via WhatsApp and…

Met Police is still systemically racist, says former chief superintendent

THE former highest-ranking Asian female police in the Metropolitan Police has claimed the force is still institutionally racist, recalling her experiences of discrimination as recently as 2019. Chief superintendent Parm Sandhu was the most senior BAME woman in the capital’s police force, prior to her retirement two years ago. She…

Institutional racism in Met is ‘worse now,’ claims ex-chief superintendent…

  INSTITUTIONAL racism in Metropolitan police is “worse now” than what it was 20 years ago, Parm Sandhu, one of the UK’s former most senior female Asian police officers has claimed, adding that the Met is “not a safe environment for black and Asian officers".   “Institutional racism exists in…

Patel ‘rejects Met chief’s positive discrimination plan to hire more…

HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has firmly rejected Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick's call for "positive discrimination" to be introduced during the recruitment process to hire more people from ethnic minorities. The Met chief proposed applying a form of positive discrimination to increase BAME recruits saying police forces must reflect…

EXCLUSIVE: Top Asian cop Neil Basu slams race report

“Unedifying” row over despatch box “puts back equality, diversity and inclusion” by Barnie Choudhury Britain top south Asian police officer has told a global audience that institutional racism does exist in Britain – contrary to the government’s latest report on racism. The Met’s assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, was speaking during…

Six people, including former Met officer, jailed for intercepting drug…

SIX people, including a former Metropolitan Police officer, were jailed for more than 64 years on Thursday (13) by a UK court for intercepting rival drug gang couriers to seize hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Southwark Crown Court pronounced the sentence after they admitting a range of offences following an…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Stop weaponising race’

By Barnie Choudhury THE UK government must stop “weap­onising race” and using it as a political tool to further its political agenda, a panel of experts has told Eastern Eye. The experts, who were taking part in a virtual debate, unanimously concluded that Britain today was more divided about race…

‘Gaming is far-right’s training ground’

  By Nadeem Badshah FAR-RIGHT groups accused of spewing racial hatred are using computer games to try and radicalise teenagers during lockdown, experts have warned. Researchers have found that UK white nationalist groups are targeting younger recruits and run Call of Duty Warcraft gaming tournaments for its supporters. Hope Not…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘RACIST JUDICIARY’ CULTURE OF DENIAL

After last year’s exposé, we challenge the judiciary to prove it is not institutionally racist By Barnie Choudhury The judiciary is 20 years behind the Met Police in accepting it is institutionally racist. That is the damning accusation from named and anonymous south Asian, black and white judges. In a…

Three brothers convicted of stabbing man to death

THREE brothers and another man have been convicted of stabbing a man to death after chasing him with knives following an ongoing dispute. Brothers Kamal, 23, Sukhminder, 25 , and Michael, 28, Sohal stabbed Osvaldo de Carvalho, 22, to death in West Lodge Avenue on 24 September 2019, the Metropolitan…

Scotland Yard issues new appeal in murder of Satnam Singh…

Scotland Yard on Monday (8) issued a new appeal for information in connection with the killing of an Indian-origin man in west London in 2017 to mark the four-year anniversary of his death. Satnam Singh, 45, was killed four years ago and a reward of £10,000 remains on offer for…

Stop culture of drugs denial: Community leaders call on families…

Exclusive By Barnie Choudhury Parliamentarians and religious leaders are urging south Asian families to work with the police to tackle the blight of drugs which they say are “decimating our communities”. Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, a senior imam at the Muslim Council of Britain, told Eastern Eye, there had been a…

East London man convicted of terrorism offences and trying to…

A MAN from east London has been convicted of terrorism offences following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command. Mohammed Chowdhury, 24, of Bethnal Green was found guilty on Wednesday(10) of attempting to possess an explosive with intent to endanger life or property. He was also convicted of…

WE’RE COMING FOR YOU: Met chief warns Asian drug criminals,…

Exclusive By Barnie Choudhury A senior police chief has warned south Asian drug gangsters “we will get you”. Eastern Eye can exclusively reveal that 1,710 Asians are currently in jail for drug related crimes – an overrepresentation of three times their number in the nation’s population. In an exclusive interview,…

One dead, 10 injured in multiple violent incidents in Croydon

A man has been stabbed to death in south London in a spate of violence that has left 10 injured late on Friday(5), police have said. Metropolitan police officers responded to five reports of stabbings in Croydon within less than three hours. Paramedics fought to save the man’s life but…

Met remembers UK’s first female Asian police officer

THE Metropolitan Police on Monday(1) remembers PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu, the first female Asian and Sikh police officer in the UK, as today marks the 50th anniversary of her joining the force and serving from 1971 to 1973. The Met Police conducts a virtual event on Monday to remember Sandhu's…

Met Police names Vimla Matai,61, as the victim of fatal…

THE Metropolitan Police on Thursday(21) named Vimla Matai, 61, as the victim of a fatal collision in Harrow. Police also appealed for witnesses and anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward. The Met police informed that next of kin have been notified following the identification. According to a statement, Police…

Met Police to record ethnicity data for vehicle stops; Sadiq…

THE Metropolitan Police on Monday(18) launched a pilot project to record ethnicity data for vehicle stops by roads policing officers. It will help to better understand proportionality relating to ethnicity, and it was first announced as part of the Mayor’s action plan published in November 2020, a statement said. Roads…

Met Police says 30 per cent of the applications received…

THE Metropolitan Police has said that 52 per cent of the new recruits for the direct entry detective scheme in 2020 were females. Besides, 30 per cent of the applications received in November 2020 under the scheme, which started in 2017, were from black, Asian and minority ethnic(BAME) candidates. The…

Man convicted of encouraging acts of terrorism against the Bangladeshi…

A MAN who encouraged terrorist attacks on the Bangladeshi government in online posts has been convicted in the UK on Wednesday(13). Munna Hamza, 50, was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of encouraging acts of terrorism in three online posts between 2015 and 2018 after he was reported for encouraging…

Charities ‘at breaking point’ as domestic abuse cases rise

by LAUREN CODLING A POLICE force in England received more than 75 calls a day on average relating to domestic abuse over the past eight months. The data emerged as charities cautioned they were at “breaking point” owing to the huge increase in abuse incidents during the pandemic. Police forces…

Investigation launched into death of mother and daughter in Hounslow;…

THE specialist crime command (homicide) of Metropolitan Police has named the mother and her two-year-old daughter who were found dead in west London on Monday(14). They were identified as Shiwangi Bagoan, 25, and Ziana Bagoan. They were pronounced dead at the scene in Old Meadow Lane, Hounslow, after police and…

Ilford shopkeeper detained in hospital indefinitely for killing his children

Ilford shopkeeper who killed his two children during lockdown has been detained in hospital indefinitely. Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, of Aldborough Parade, Ilford was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday(10) for killing his children Pavinya(19 months) and Nigish (3) in April this year. He admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished…

Tributes paid to Ealing hospital worker beaten to death; son…

SON was charged with the murder of 'kind' Ealing Hospital worker in west London. Hansa Patel, 62, was found suffering from head injuries at the home she shared with her husband and son Shanil Patel, 31, in Drew Gardens, Greenford. Patel was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday(25). The…

Rishi Sunak allocates funds for UK’s new Counter Terrorism Operations…

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced to set aside millions of pounds to establish a “world-leading” Counter Terrorism Operations Centre (CTOC) based in London. As part of a Spending Review for the next year’s budgetary plans tabled in Parliament on Wednesday (25), the Sunak said he would allocate an additional…

Man found guilty for selling jewellery containing elephant hair

A jeweller who sold jewellery made of poached elephant hair has avoided jail with a suspended sentence. Rajtharan Mahalingam, 40, of Down Lane, Isle of Wight was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday(24) of seven counts of purchasing or offering to purchase, sell, keep for sale or commercially…

Covid regulations breach: Licenses of two west London businesses suspended

THE licenses of the Milan Palace and Tudor Rose in Southall were suspended for three months following frequent breaches of the Covid regulations, the Met police has said. Besides, the Tudor Rose was given a £1,000 fine for one breach and the Milan Palace should pay £7,000 as fine for…

Met police should hire 40 per cent of new recruits…

BRITAIN’s biggest police force must hire 40 per cent of new recruits from ethnic minority backgrounds, while officers will have to justify stop and search to community panels as part of a major race action plan unveiled on Friday(13). The plan will set the Met a target for new recruits,…

Indian-origin man found guilty in Southall fatal stabbing

AN Indian-origin man was found guilty of manslaughter following a fatal stabbing in Southall in August last year. Gurjeet Singh Lall, 36, St Mary’s Avenue South, Southall attacked Allan Isichei, 69, after a brief verbal row over Lall’s spitting in the street. Isichei was pronounced dead later. [caption id="attachment_118936" align="aligncenter"…

Daesh supporter convicted for encouraging terrorism in UK

An Islamic State (Daesh) supporter, who promoted the global terror group on social media including through a video that called for an attack in central London, has been convicted of terrorism-related offences following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. Shehroz Iqbal, 29, from east London, was found…

System failures: The preventable murder of Banaz Mahmod

by PROF AISHA K. GILL, Professor of Criminology at the University of Roehampton THE true-crime drama Honour drew fresh public scrutiny to the murder of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod in 2006 – an entirely preventable one. The mistakes that contributed to Banaz’s death typify the ways in which the police fail…

Owner of a wedding venue reported for £10,000 fine for…

THE owner of an event venue in west London likely may attract £10,000 fine after a wedding reception took place at the venue which was attended by more than 100 people. Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to the Tudor Rose in Southall in the evening last week. After…

Neighbours say Brentford family was ‘lovely’ as investigation continues into…

INVESTIGATION continues into the ‘murder-suicide’ of three-year-old Kailash and his parents Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj,36, and Kailash Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan(42) at the family’s flat in Brentford, west London, on Tuesday(6) morning. The bodies of Poorna and Kailash were discovered by the Met police. Sithamparanathan was also pronounced dead at the scene.…

Young BAME men face ‘disproportionate impact’ of ‘ambiguous’ Covid-19 rules

By S Neeraj Krishna YOUNG men from black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities were facing a "disproportionate impact" of "unclear and ambiguous" Covid regulations being enforced in the UK, a parliamentary committee has observed. Reports on Monday (21) said the Joint Committee on Human Rights said it was "unacceptable" that…

UK helps repatriate ancient Hindu idols stolen from India

A SET of three idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman, stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu decades ago, were returned to the Indian government on Tuesday (15), after a collector voluntarily offered to hand them back on discovering their true history. The theft dated back to 1978, and…

Video of Sadiq Khan being heckled with ‘despicable abuse’ sparks…

A VIRAL footage of Sadiq Khan being heckled with “mindless Neanderthal abuse” has sparked widespread outrage across the UK. The video was shot as the mayor of London faced an aggressive mob while heading to City Hall amid a protest by black-cab drivers last week. Reports said a crowd gathered…

East London man who murdered two women and hid bodies…

A "HEARTLESS" East London man who killed two women and hid their bodies in a freezer at his home has been jailed for a minimum of 38 years. Zahid Younis, 36, of Canning Town, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday (3) of of murdering Mihrican ‘Jan’ Mustafa, 38,…

Police appeal for information as knife-wielding father abducts three children…

DETECTIVES have launched an "intense investigation" into the abduction of three children from a foster home in south London, and have issued an urgent public appeal for information. Bilal Safi, Mohammed Ebrar Safi, and Mohammed Yaseen Safi - aged six, five and three - were taken forcibly away allegedly by…

Labour MP accuses police of racial profiling, institutional racism after…

LABOUR MP Dawn Butler has accused the Met Police of racial profiling, after she and a male friend were pulled over while driving through Hackney in a "nice car" on Sunday (9). The former shadow equalities minister said there was "institutional racism in the police", adding that it was "about…

Man extradited from India convicted of rapes, murder in east…

A 35-year-old man, who was extradited from India last year, has been found guilty of "a string of rapes that culminated in murder" in the UK more than a decade ago. Aman Vyas was convicted of the rape and murder of Michelle Samaraweera and the rape of three other women,…

Ninth-century Shiva idol smuggled to UK set to be flown…

A STRIKING ninth-century statue of Lord Shiva, which was stolen from a temple in Rajasthan and smuggled to the UK, will be returned to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Thursday (30). The 4ft-tall stone Nataraj idol, in “chatura pose with jatamakuta and trinetra”, is a rare depiction of…

Met Police suspends officer in ‘get off my neck’ arrest…

THE Metropolitan Police has suspended an officer after video emerged showing a man in north London being detained using techniques "not taught in police training". Footage posted on social media showed the man being held on the ground shouting: "Get off me... I haven’t done anything … get off my…

Charity runs with plan to help ‘blue light’ workers

by LAUREN CODLING MEMBERS of the public have been urged to take part in a charity run designed to raise funds for emergency service personnel whose mental health has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. According to the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra (BLSO) charity, the mental wellbeing of some workers…

Counter-terrorism police arrest four men in east London and Leicestershire

FOUR men reportedly linked to extremist Islamist ideology were arrested on Thursday in London and central England on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. Armed officers arrested three men aged 17, 27 and 31 at two addresses in east London, while unarmed colleagues detained a 32-year-old man in the county of…

UK police watchdog launches probe into allegations of racial bias…

BRITAIN's police watchdog has announced a review into whether the forces discriminate against ethnic minorities. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Friday (10) that the probe, to begin in the coming months, will initially look into the use of stop and search powers and the use of…

Met Police officer accused of conspiracy to steal cash

A serving Metropolitan Police officer is accused of joining a conspiracy to steal cash being handed between crime gangs. Kashif Mahmood, 31, from Harlow, Essex appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (8) along with four others. He is charged with conspiracy to acquire criminal property, contrary to the Criminal…

Neil Basu urges public to take up 45-minute online course…

NEIL BASU has urged people to take up a 45-minute online course to be in a "stronger position" in the fight against the "scourge of terrorism". The counter-terror policing chief’s call to the public came as Home Secretary Priti Patel warned that the "threat by lone actors is growing", while…

Priti Patel fumes at ‘unacceptable thuggery’ as far-right groups clash…

PRITI PATEL has condemned the “unacceptable thuggery” after some far-right protesters clashed with police in central London, as thousands defied appeals to avoid large gatherings on Saturday (13). Scenes from central London showed violent scuffles near the boarded-up statue of former prime minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square as right-wing…

Sadiq Khan calls for probe as video shows police tasering…

SADIQ KHAN has called for an investigation after British rapper Wretch 32 posted a video of police using a taser stun gun against his father, after days of anti-racism protests. The footage from a police body camera shows 62-year-old Millard Scott falling down the stairs after being tasered during a…

‘Stand up, stand together’ against inequality, says Neil Basu as…

NEIL BASU has said this is “a time to stand up to racists, to inequality and injustice” in a “personal message” to his policing colleagues in the UK. “The death of George Floyd horrified us all, and rightly so,” said the assistant commissioner of the Met Police. “All the good…

BAME people more likely to be penalised for lockdown breaches,…

SCOTLAND YARD has revealed that a disproportionately high number of people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds were being fined or arrested for lockdown breaches, prompting allegations of racial bias. Data released on Wednesday (3) showed that the Metropolitan Police said it had issued 973 fines, or fixed penalty…

Covid-19 a chance to “build environment of equality”, says campaigner

by LAUREN CODLING A LEADING equalities campaigner has said that the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to “build an environment of equality of opportunity and justice for everyone”. Lord Simon Woolley, founder of Operation Black Vote (OBV), made the comments on the eve of the publication of the Public Health…

Met Police accused of racism as video of officer detaining…

THE Met Police has been accused of racial profiling as public outrage grew over a video that showed a policewoman handcuffing a black off-duty ambulance in Lewisham. The now viral video, which was recorded on May 21, showed the officer questioning and detaining the man even as he agreed to…

Two men jailed for over 12 yrs for money laundering…

Two men have been jailed in the UK for a total of 12 years and nine months for their involvement in a global money laundering operation involving £2.4 million and an attempt to launder a further £1.6 million. Vijaya Kumar Krishnasamy, 32, and Chandrasekar Nallayan, 44, were sentenced on Friday…

Asian men jailed in one of ‘the Met’s biggest drugs…

TWO British-Indian men have been sentenced to a total of 34 years in "one of the Met’s biggest drugs busts" worth over £20 million. Shakti Gupta, 34, from Birmingham, and Baldev Singh Sahota, 54, from Oldbury in West Midlands, were jailed for 18 years and 16 years, respectively, following a…

Top British-Indian woman officer settles racial discrimination case with Met…

A TOP British-Indian woman police officer has struck a confidential settlement with the Met Police, after initiating legal action against Scotland Yard over allegations of racial and gender discrimination. Parm Sandhu, a chief superintendent with the Metropolitan Police, had claimed that she was denied promotions and opportunities at work due…

Murder investigation launched after man strangled to death in Hayes

Scotland Yard detectives have launched an appeal for witnesses after a man was found dead following an assault in an alleyway in west London. Baljit Singh, 37, who lived in the Hayes area of London, was pronounced dead at the scene after the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service were…

Gory killing of toddler and three-year-old shocks East London

A Sri Lankan man with critical knife wounds has been placed under police guard at a hospital on suspicion of stabbing his one-year-old girl and three-year-old boy to death in East London. Nithin Kumar, 40, allegedly “exploded” and stabbed the children at a flat in Aldborough Road North in Ilford…

Man jailed for lying about having Covid-19, spitting at police

A 23-year-old man in the UK has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for lying about having Covid-19 and spitting at a police custody officer, in the first such case heard in a British court. Karan Singh, from Croydon in south London, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to three…

Call for action as domestic abuse arrests surge to 4,093…

An influential parliamentary committee of British lawmakers on Monday (27) called for urgent action from the government over a surge in domestic abuse cases amid the coronavirus lockdown, with London alone registering 4,093 arrests in the six weeks up to April 19. The House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee found…

Court jails Stanmore man for unlawful possession of guns

A 19-year-old Indian man has been jailed for firearms offences, after a Scotland Yard unit seized a set of guns from his home in London. Hrithik Sakaria from Stanmore in north London was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty to two counts…

Do not judge the police ‘too harshly’, says Neil Basu…

The UK’s counter-terrorism chief, Neil Basu, has made a plea for compassion as police officers adjusted to “new responsibilities” of dealing with the lockdown, adding that “how we police this pandemic will be remembered for many years to come”. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner struck a…

Met Police asks former officers to rejoin force

Scotland Yard has appealed to the retired officers to consider returning to the force and those nearing retirement to postpone those plans to help cope with the massive workload due to the coronavirus pandemic. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is writing to all former Met officers, who retired within the…

Police appeal for info on suspect in woman’s murder in…

DETECTIVES investigating a 40-year-old woman’s murder in East Ham have renewed pleas for help to identify the suspect. The CCTV footage accessed by the police showed the man in Altmore Avenue near Barking Road, where Shadika Mohsin Patel was stabbed multiple times on March 19. Police and the London Ambulance…

UK police warns against surging coronavirus scams

SCOTLAND YARD has warned the public to be vigilant against scamsters eyeing to exploit people’s vulnerabilities amid the coronavirus chaos. The Metropolitan Police said the majority of the incidents reported related to online shopping scams, where members of the public ordered and paid for personal protective equipment which never arrived.…

Police arrest man suspected of stabbing Indian woman in Newham

Scotland Yard detectives on Friday (20) arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of murdering an Indian woman in east London. Shadika Mohsin Patel had been found stabbed on Thursday in Newham. “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found 40-year-old Shadika with serious injuries. She was taken to…

Hounslow man jailed for sexually assaulting girl known to him

THE Isleworth Crown Court in London has sentenced an Indian man to three and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. Nikunjkumar Vaidh, 36, from Prince Regent Road, Hounslow, was on Monday (16) found guilty of two counts of molesting a child under 13 years, after…

Scotland Yard launches murder probe into death of Indian man…

SCOTLAND YARD has launched a murder investigation into the death of a British Indian, who had been brutally assaulted by eight people in west London 17 years ago. Rajesh Verma, 42, who died in May 2018, had suffered severe brain damage in the attack at Acton Park in August 2003.…

Scotland Yard issues new appeal for man murdered with baseball…

Scotland Yard issued a new appeal in London on Friday (6) for information in connection with the murder of a man in west London in 2017. Satnam Singh, aged 45, was killed three years ago and a reward of £10,000 remains on offer for any information that leads to the…

Met Police suspect gang rivalry led to college boy’s murder

HOMICIDE detectives have launched an investigation after finding a 16-year-old boy battered to death near a Gallions Reach DLR station in East London. The body of Shanur Ahmed, who reportedly died of head injuries, was discovered in a scrubland on Tuesday (3). The boy had been reported missing by his…

Sadiq Khan pitches ‘associate citizenship’ idea in Brussels

SADIQ KHAN wants Londoners to have the choice of availing “associate citizenship” of the European Union. The Mayor, who had written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the idea, was in Brussels today (18) to discuss with European leaders on retaining London-EU links. Associate citizenship would allow Britons to retain…

Sanjeev Chawla to be extradited from UK to India soon

SCOTLAND YARD officers are preparing to hand over alleged bookie Sanjeev Chawla to their counterparts in Delhi Police by Thursday (13) to face match-fixing charges in Indian courts. The 50-year-old British national is a key accused in the match-fixing scandal involving former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje in 2000. According to officials…

Police confirm all three men killed in Ilford stabbing incident…

Scotland Yard on Friday (24)formally identified the three men killed in a stabbing incident in east London last week as Indian nationals who were living in the area. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Command said the men killed were 29-year-old Narinder Singh Lubhaya, 30-year-old Harinder Kumar and 37-year-old…

Man jailed for ‘preying on vulnerable teenage girls’ online

A man was sentenced to six years in prison and placed on the sex offenders' register for life by a London court on Thursday for online child sex offences. Valmiki Rampersad had pleaded guilty to 26 offences including four counts of causing/inciting a girl, aged 13 to 15, to engage…

Man charged over street fight killings of three compatriots

A 29-YEAR-OLD Asian-origin man has been charged by Scotland Yard in connection with the killing of three compatriots originally from India’s Punjab in a street fight in east London over the weekend. Gurjeet Singh was charged on Tuesday (21) evening with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place to appear before Redbridge…

Met police officer jailed for three years for bringing false…

A police constable in the UK has been sentenced to three years'' imprisonment for falsely accusing a man of sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl. Hitesh Lakhani, a Metropolitan Police officer, accused a street cleaner employed by the local authority in west London of the child sex assault after an argument…

Two men plead guilty to supplying over £20 million worth…

Two men on Thursday (9) pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to supply illegal drugs after specialist officers of Scotland Yard made one of the largest seizures of cocaine in the UK, worth more than £20 million, involving the duo. Baldev Singh Sahota, 53, and Shakti Gupta, 34, appeared…

Road accident victim’s sister urges drivers to avoid frosty windscreen

THE sister of a junior doctor who lost her life after being struck by a car on a zebra crossing has on Monday (6) urged drivers to clear frost from their car windscreens. Jasjot Singhota, 30, suffered serious internal bleeding with head injuries when she was thrown into the air by the…

Man jailed for 20 years over acid attack

A 53-YEAR-OLD Indian-origin man has been jailed for 20 years by a UK court for leaving his neighbour in east London with "catastrophic injuries" after throwing acid over him during an argument. Santokh Johal must serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars with the remainder on licence or parole,…

London Bridge terrorist was convicted for POK terror training camp…

THE man who stabbed and killed two people in the London Bridge terrorist attack on Friday (29) has been identified as a convicted terrorist who was jailed seven years ago over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp on land owned by his…

Ten held for money-laundering, trafficking

TEN Indian-origin suspected members of an organised crime group believed to have flown an estimated £15.5 million out of the UK to Dubai in suitcases have been charged by the British authorities. The nine men and one woman, aged between 30 and 44, were arrested on Wednesday (20), as part…

London mayor urges Kashmir protesters to “act respectfully” over Diwali

by LAUREN CODLING AND RITHIKA SIDDHARTHA  LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan urged demonstrators to act respectfully over the Diwali weekend, ahead of planned anti-India protests due to take place in the city over the weekend. Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world will celebrate the annual festival of lights on…

Met Police impose conditions on Free Kashmir protest

Police have imposed conditions upon anti-India marches and rallies in London on the Kashmir issue on Diwali this Sunday (27). According to Met Police, an estimated 5,000-10,000 protesters plan to commence their march from Richmond Terrace near Downing Street and converge outside the Indian High Commission in London. DAC Matt…

London mayor condemns anti-India march planned on Diwali, calls for…

Mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned plans to hold an anti-India march in London on the Kashmir issue on Diwali next Sunday (27), saying it would deepen divisions in the UK capital and called on the organisers and prospective participants to cancel the protest rally. According to Met Police an estimated…

Extradited Indian man accused of rape and murder charged on…

An Indian man accused of rape and murder in the UK ten years ago has been charged with the crimes as he landed in London after being extradited from India, Scotland Yard said. Aman Vyas, 35, landed at Heathrow Airport on Friday (4) night and will appear before Uxbridge Magistrates'…

Barry Gardiner: Politicians should not use Kashmir issue to divide…

by Barry Gardiner Over the past few weeks many people have contacted me about the situation in Kashmir and the events that have taken place since the Indian Parliament revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Let me start by saying that I would not expect any Indian politician to…

Lord Jitesh Gadhia urges India and Pakistan to look beyond…

Lord Jitesh Gadhia and former Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), General David Petraeus, have called on India and Pakistan to look beyond Kashmir to focus on internal challenges and resume their bilateral economic ties. Lord Gadhia and General Petraeus have written a joint column for The Daily…

Trump mocks Sadiq Khan after Met police Twitter account is…

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has reignited his war of words with Sadiq Khan, blaming the London mayor for the hacking of the Metropolitan Police's Twitter account. On Friday night (19), hackers broke into the Twitter account of London's Metropolitan Police and tweeted a series of strange messages. While some messages…

UK’s most senior Asian policewoman accuses Met Police of discrimination

ONE of Britain's most senior female Asian police officers has accused the Metropolitan Police of discrimination and has begun legal action. Parm Sandhu, who is of Indian heritage, claims she was denied promotion because of her race and gender, and the first hearing in her case is due to take…

Nick Ferrari calls mayor Khan ‘incompetent’ for his response to…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has been called "incompetent" for his failure to tackle knife crime in the city. Broadcaster Nick Ferrari on Monday (1) has called for Khan to be removed as the mayor of London following four violent deaths in the city over the weekend, including that of a…

UK has world’s best counter-terror machine, says Neil Basu

The UK's chief of counter-terror policing, Neil Basu, praised his Scotland Yard team for having foiled 19 "murderous plots" since March 2017 in the wake on an inquest into the deaths of eight people killed in the London Bridge terror attack in June 2017. The Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, in…

UK drug traffickers laundered millions through sham companies

An extensive criminal gang led by Indian-origin gangster Baljinder Kang and his right-hand man, also from India, has been dismantled by UK authorities as the duo were convicted of drug smuggling and money laundering amounting to millions of pounds. While Kang had pleaded guilty to all the charges against him…

Life sentences for two men who shot student to death…

An Indian-origin man in the UK was on Tuesday (14) jailed for life along with his British accomplice for killing a 22-year-old man who was shot at "point blank range" while travelling in a car as part of a drug-dealing feud last year. Juskiran Sidhu, 28, and Philip Babatunde Fashakin,…

Sikhs call for more positive interaction between community and police

by Nadeem Badshah A COMMUNITY leader has criticised the police for meeting faith representatives without much influence and also slammed some Sikh groups for failing to attend key meetings with authorities. Harmander Singh is chairman of the National Sikh Security Forum and the Metropolitan Police Sikh Forum. He was among…

Bangladeshi murder suspect in UK court after extradition from India

A Bangladeshi man wanted in the UK on charges of murdering his wife and two daughters has appeared before a court in London after being extradited from India over the weekend. Mohammed Abdul Shakur's case marks the first of its kind successful extradition from India to the UK. According to…

A reported £140 million worth of gold stolen in robberies…

British Asian homes are at the centre of more than £140 million worth of gold jewellery stolen in the UK over the past five years, a freedom of information request revealed on Saturday (23). So-called "Asian gold", bought as wedding gifts and known to be stored in homes of South…

Police patrols at British mosques after Christchurch shooting

  POLICE in Britain were providing "reassurance patrols" around mosques following the deadly gun rampage in New Zealand earlier today (15). London mayor Sadiq Khan and Britain's top counter-terror officer said the police presence would be stepped up as people went to Friday prayers. "I want to reassure the Muslim…

Three small bombs sent to London airports, rail station

BRITISH counter-terrorist police said they had launched an investigation into who sent three small bombs to two London airports and a major rail station today (5). The three devices, sent to Heathrow and London City airports and Waterloo train station earlier in the day, "appear capable of igniting an initially…

‘Spotlight racism again’

by SUNDER KATWALA Director, British Future I THOUGHT about Stephen Lawrence most days when the Macpherson report came out 20 years ago. It sparked our most prominent national debate about race and injustice to date. And I had recently moved to Eltham, so I was living on Well Hall Road,…

‘Met Police still has issues with racism and diversity’

by NADEEM BADSHAH A FORMER Metropolitan Police sergeant says evidence shows Britain’s biggest force is still “institutionally racist” and needs to improve its record on retaining ethnic minority staff. With the Met Police marking 20 years since the publication of the landmark Macpherson Inquiry into racism within its ranks, Gurpal…

UK’s first black chief constable talks of tackling prejudice in…

by LAUREN CODLING RACISM still needs to be tackled in the police force, a former officer has said, as his memoirs detailing his experiences of facing discrimination in the service are published. Michael Fuller was a police officer for more than 35 years, becoming Britain’s first-ever black chief constable. However,…

Drug smuggler who used children to sell heroin and cocaine,…

An Indian-origin man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half-years in jail for his part in an illegal drug trafficking network in the UK. Bhavin Patel, 27, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court in London on Thursday along with an accomplice, 25-year-old Lawrence Amoah, who was jailed for five years and seven…

Man convicted of supplying class A drugs worth £60k

A man has been found guilty of a £60,000 conspiracy to supply illegal drugs after a trial in the UK this week. Baljit Gill was convicted of two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, one charge of conspiracy to supply class B drugs and one charge of conspiracy…

Neil Basu: Brexit upheaval could lead to ‘radicalisation’ and increase…

Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism chief, assistant commissioner Neil Basu, has warned that the "febrile" atmosphere around Brexit could be enhancing the risk posed by far-right terrorism in the UK. The UK is due to leave the 28-member European Union (EU) on March 29. However, the government of prime minister Theresa May…

Medical secretary faked cancer to con family out of £250,000

An Indian-origin woman who admitted to lying to her family and friends about suffering from terminal brain cancer to con them out of over 250,000 pounds was sentenced to four years of imprisonment by a UK court on Friday (14). In 2013, Jasmin Mistry told her then husband, Vijay Katechia,…

Why Asian officers are urging ethnic community to consider policing…

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN police officers have urged ethnic minority communities to consider a position in the service, as it was revealed last week that the institution is lagging “decades behind” on diversity. A poll commissioned by The Guardian found that the proportion of the population of England and Wales…

Dealing with change in class of drug users

by Nadeem Badshah ASIAN drug dealers are increasingly selling to middle-class users, running home delivery services where they give out business cards and use chip and pin payment, according to experts. Community leaders have warned that the criminals are luring more wealthier clients behind closed doors, rather than on the…

Community unites to seek justice for slain leader Zakariyya Islam

Britain is in the midst of a knife crime epidemic. The total number of offences involving a knife or bladed instrument that have been recorded by police in the year to March 2018 rose to 40,147, a seven-year-high. London has become a city ravaged by bloodshed as a result of…

Doctors save baby after pregnant mother killed in crossbow attack

A pregnant Indian-origin woman has been killed after an arrow pierced through her abdomen in a crossbow attack in London. Devi Unmathallegadoo's unborn bay survived after an emergency Caesarean section. The baby is fighting for his life in hospital following the attack on Monday evening in Ilford, east London. On…

Indian-Origin Man Gets 6-Year Jail In UK For Harassing Woman

An Indian-origin man who waged a long campaign of harassment and intimidation against a woman in London has been sentenced to six years. Sirtaj Bhangal, 35, was jailed at Isleworth Crown Court in London on Friday (26) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of an imitation firearm…

Two men get 40 years in jail for murdering Indian-origin…

Two men convicted of the fatal stabbing of an Indian-origin man earlier this year have been sentenced to a total of 40 years in jail by a London court. Balbir Johal, 48, was attacked in the Southall suburb of west London in March and rushed to hospital with stab wounds…

Burglars ‘target’ Asian gold, police warn

by LAUREN CODLING ASIAN families have been warned to take extra precautions during the festive season of Navratri and Diwali as the risk of their valuables being targeted by burglars increases, the Metropolitan Police cautioned last week. Last year there were more than 1,800 burglaries recorded which involved Asian victims,…

Sadiq Khan’s popularity sinks after long summer of violent crime

A long summer of violent crimes has resulted in London Mayor Sadiq Khan's popularity plunging to its lowest yet. Khan’s ratings have slipped from +22 in May this year down to +4 on Monday (10), according to the YouGov study commissioned by Queen Mary University of London. “Sadiq Khan has…

Police get more time to question man arrested over Westminster…

BRITISH police on Wednesday (15) obtained more time to question a man arrested outside the Houses of Parliament for attempted murder and suspected terrorism after a car ploughed into cyclists before crashing into protective barriers. Three people were injured when the 29-year-old, named by media as Salih Khater, careered over…

Met Police return stolen 12th century Buddha back to India

A 12th century bronze Buddha statue stolen from an Indian museum 57 years ago, which resurfaced in London, has now been returned to the country, police said on Wednesday (15). The statue with silver inlay was one of 14 stolen from the Archaeological Survey of India site museum in Nalanda in the…

Knife crime probe ordered as latest victim named

A MAN stabbed to death in south London last Sunday (20) has been named by police. Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, was found with fatal stab wounds between Upper Green East and Montrose Gardens in Mitcham in the early hours of Sunday. Despite the efforts by para­medics and police, he later died…

London Killings: Sadiq Khan criticised for his slow response

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is yet to meet any of the bereaved families in the London killings, resulting in him being criticised for his slow response. Khan said he was "angered and heartbroken" by the spiraling number of deaths and added that criminals who use knives "will feel the full force of…

Neil Basu is UK’s new head of counter-terrorism

A SENIOR Metropolitan Police officer of Indian origin has been promoted to be the UK’s counter-terrorism chief. Neil Basu, 49, currently  a deputy assistant commissioner at the Met Police, will be the new assistant commissioner for specialist operations, according to a statement on Monday (5). He is the first officer…

Shopkeeper beaten to death in North London

A shopkeeper was killed after he was punched for refusing to serve cigarette paper to under-age UK teenagers at his shop in north London. Vijay Patel, 49, was attacked in Mill Hill area of the city on Saturday (6) night and rushed to hospital, where he died of head injuries…

Keith Vaz’s private life probe suspended for medical reasons

A parliamentary investigation into allegations surrounding the private life of Britain's longest-serving British Asian MP Keith Vaz has been "suspended for medical reasons", a report said. The 61-year-old Labour party MP was hit by newspaper allegations last year that he had paid male escorts. The Goan-origin politician had issued a…

Romford doctor appears in court over 118 sexual offences

A 47-year-old family doctor on Thursday (31) appeared before court charged with 118 sexual offences, including sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13. Manish Shah, from Romford area of London, had been charged with 65 counts of assault by penetration and 52 allegations of sexual assault by Scotland Yard earlier…

Burglars loot jewellery worth millions from Indian chain in East…

A gang of thieves smashed their way into the UK branch of an Indian jewellery shop in a "meticulously planned and audacious raid" and stole £1.8 million worth of gold, diamond and other jewels, police said today. Scotland Yard today released CCTV footage and images of the raid at Joyalukkas…

Police charge Romford-based doctor with 118 sex offences

A 47-year-old doctor in east London was today charged with 118 sex offences, including one assault on a child under 13, by the Scotland Yard. Dr Manish Shah, from Brunel Close in Romford, is accused of 65 counts of assault by penetration and 52 allegations of sexual assault, the Metropolitan…

Man with knife arrested outside UK Parliament

A man was arrested today near the gates of the UK Parliament for possession of a knife and tasered by Scotland Yard officers, an incident that comes nearly three months after an Islamist carried out a terror attack in the high-security area. The Metropolitan police said the man -- in…

Pakistan Airlines crew detained, plane searched at Heathrow

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane flying to Heathrow Airport was thoroughly searched and its 14 member crew detained by British authorities after landing in London over information that there were narcotics on board the flight. The incident happened on Monday (15) when PK 785 from Islamabad to London arrived…

Scotland Yard probed for alleged use of Indian hackers to…

The UK's police watchdog has began an investigation into allegations that Scotland Yard used hackers in India to illegally spy on the email accounts of British journalists, environmental campaigners and activists. The UK's Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) appealed to a whistleblower, believed to be a serving or retired Metropolitan Police officer…

Indian-born police officer accused of misconduct after complaint about “racist”…

An Indian-born police officer who raised concerns about a "racist" toy monkey at work was accused of gross misconduct, according to the BBC. The officer reported seeing the black toy animal wearing an policeman's shirt at Belgravia police station in central London. However the detective was investigated for making the…

olisa takes up met police diversity role Mum

CHIEF superintendent Victor olisa will be the Metropolitan Police’s strategic lead for diversity and inclusion, replacing denise Milani, the Met’s senior expert on diversity and inclusion. Milani will take on a new role as director of business change. olisa, the borough commander at Haringey for three years, said: “We’ve come…

Suspect Bidhya Sagar Das believed to be father of murdered…

A man has been arrested by Scotland Yard on suspicion of brutally murdering a one-year-old boy and critically injuring the toddler's twin sister, believed to be his children, in north east London. Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, had been on the run after the toddlers were attacked on Saturday, in what police are describing as a suspected…

“Minority roles models needed” in Met police

The lack of female role models from diverse communities within the Met police is hindering efforts to recruit Asian and black officers, Scotland Yard’s deputy commissioner has claimed. Over the past year, the proportion of minority officers working in the organisation has increased by just one per cent, and the…

50 families taken to courts in UK anti-terror drive

At least 50 families, comprising mostly teenagers, across the UK have been taken to family courts as part of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism drive, a senior Metropolitan Police officer said on Sunday (30). Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner for specialist operations at the Met Police and head of the UK’s national counter-terrorism…

Mayor orders diversity review for Met police

Sadiq Khan has hailed Britain’s biggest police force for reaching 4,000 ethnic minority officers for the first time – but admits “we need to do far better”. In an interview with Eastern Eye, the mayor of London said he will get legal advice on what the Metropolitan Police can do…

Former cabinet minister hits out at Met police and voting…

A former cabinet minister has criticised the Metropolitan Police for not taking strong action over vote fraud in Tower Hamlets in east London. The government review of the country’s voting system released last Friday (12) found evidence of malpractice among Britain’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. In a report presented to…

Met police accused of racism in teenager’s death probe

The parents of a student whose body was pulled from the River Thames two years ago have accused the Metropolitan Police of racism because of their alleged handling of the case. Krishna Chummun,19, went missing on August 7, 2015, after playing football with friends in Enfield, north London. His body…