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Misconduct hearing for Metropolitan cop Shanoor Ali, accused of punching…

Metropolitan Police officer Shanoor Ali is set to face a hearing at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London between February 22 and 24 in connection to an accusation of misconduct against a woman. It has been alleged that Ali assaulted the woman on June 27, 2021, at a place…

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"…

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…

Leyton man jailed for life for murdering fellow hostel resident…

A Leyton man has been jailed for life for murdering fellow hostel resident following a row over text messages in August last year. Mahi Noor, 25, of Lea Bridge Road in Leyton, has been sentenced for killing Abdi Khadar Adan, 32, after the former was found guilty following a trial…

Serving member of British Army accused of terrorism offence remanded…

A judge on Saturday (28) adjourned legal proceedings against a serving soldier in the British army who is accused of terrorism and explosives-related offences and remanded the 21-year-old in custody, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. London's Metropolitan Police said on Friday they had charged Daniel Abed Khalif from Stafford…

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…

Man arrested after uranium found at UK’s Heathrow Airport

A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with an investigation linked to the discovery of traces of uranium found in a cargo package at London's Heathrow Airport, the UK Metropolitan Police said on Sunday. The man was arrested on suspicion of a terror offence on Saturday and…

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…

Bhupinder Singh Gill set to become first-ever Sikh assistant referee…

A match official will make history when Southampton take on Nottingham Forest in a relegation match on Wednesday evening.Bhupinder Singh Gill will become the first ever Sikh-Punjabi assistant referee in the English Premier League. He, along with Marc Perry, will assist Thomas Bramall, who will be the referee in the…

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.…

‘There is no peace without justice,’ says grieving mother of…

The mother of Ricky Reel whose body was found in the River Thames 25 years ago has said 'publishing the book Ricky Reel: Silence is Not an Option and receiving a human rights award for her fight for justice' were the two positive things happened in her life in 2022.…

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…

‘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…

Police will be forced to pay £25 per day under…

London mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that police officers will be forced to pay £25 a day to travel to work under the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) expansion plans, according to a report. More than half of Metropolitan Police officers live outside of London, and many drive to…

Two teenagers arrested over London murder; police seek public help

Two teenage men were detained at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday (6) by police probing the murder of 21-year-old Omar Abdullah, who succumbed to his injuries after getting stabbed last month, along with another man who is receiving treatment in a hospital. The two accused, aged 18 and 19, were later…

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…

EXCLUSIVE: “Ticking time of disparities”

Civic leaders, MPs, experts and senior doctors have warned that the UK is sitting on a “ticking time bomb of disparities” among south Asian and black communities. They told Eastern Eye that the 2021 census figures, released on Tuesday (29 November) should raise concerns among government. They urged ministers to…

Neil Basu terms Braverman’s comment on migrants ‘horrific’

Britain’s former counter-terrorism head Neil Basu has criticised home secretary Suella Braverman’s “inexplicable” and “horrific” comments on migrants, drawing a parallel between her remarks and the ‘rivers of blood’ speech. “I find some of the commentary coming out of the Home Office inexplicable,” the most senior British Asian police officer…

Meghan faced death threats as a royal: Neil Basu

The UK's most senior police officer of colour has said the duchess of Sussex faced "disgusting" threats to her life during her time in the royal family. Neil Basu said that as head of counter-terrorism, he had to deal with credible threats from far-right extremists against Meghan Markle and her…

London Fire Brigade chief promises to sack racist, sexist firefighters…

London Fire Brigade (LFB) commissioner Andy Roe has vowed to sack racist and sexist workers following an explosive inquiry that revealed 'dangerous levels of prejudice' within the biggest fire service in Britain. Promising a "zero tolerance" approach towards staff members who have been found to have "behaved appallingly", Roe said…

Union ‘sceptical’ of reforms in institutionally misogynist and racist London…

The union representing UK firefighters said Saturday it was "sceptical" London Fire Brigade (LFB) leaders would implement reforms after an independent review concluded the service was institutionally misogynistic and racist. The LFB has promised a "zero tolerance approach to discrimination, harassment and bullying" and accepted around two dozen recommendations from…

Biggest ever UK fraud operation busts phone scammers who targeted…

UK police on Thursday said their biggest ever counter-fraud operation had disrupted an international criminal network targeting hundreds of thousands of victims in millions of spam phone calls. The Metropolitan Police spearheaded the 18-month global probe into the iSpoof.cc website, working with Europol, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies…

People of Asian backgrounds account for 8 per cent of…

People with Asian backgrounds accounted for nine per cent of all strip searches in police custody in England and Wales in the year to March 2022, official data released by the Home Office showed. This was slightly higher than the proportion of people of Asian ethnicities held in custody during…

Nine police officers under investigations over racist conversations on duty

A top watchdog has opened investigations into the allegations that police officers responsible for guarding nuclear facilities and materials were engaged in racist and other offensive conversations. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said its two probes would look into the accusations that nine officers of the Civil Nuclear…

‘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…

Damning UK report slams police for inadequate vetting of officers

A culture of misogyny and predatory behaviour is "prevalent" in many police forces across England and Wales, and fuelled by lax vetting standards, according to a report published Wednesday after a high-profile murder. Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens was last year jailed for life for the kidnap, rape and…

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.…

Bangladeshi man ‘mauled by dog’ while on London holiday spends…

A Bangladeshi man experienced his worst ever holiday in life after he was allegedly mauled by a dog while in London last month. Businessman Md Mahbubar Rashid Jewel, 52, said that following the attack he couldn't sleep because of the pain. The Asian man also lost £700 on flights and…

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.…

Met chief says he will be ruthless in rooting out…

The Metropolitan police commissioner has promised that he 'will be ruthless in rooting out' racists from the force following the emergence of a WhatsApp group chat scandal involving serving and retired officers, according to reports. Former Met officer Rob Lewis, who created the group, was suspended this week for posting…

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…

London Assembly ‘to grill’ Sadiq Khan over Cressida Dick resignation

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been summonsed to face London Assembly on his role in the resignation of former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier this year. Khan will be the first sitting mayor to be summonsed in this way through by the Assembly’s police and crime committee, reports said.…

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…

Police clash with Iran protesters in London and Paris

Police clashed with demonstrators trying to reach Iran's embassies in London and Paris on Sunday. French police used tear gas and employed anti-riot tactics to prevent hundreds of people protesting in the capital from marching on Tehran's diplomatic mission, AFP reporters and eyewitnesses said. In London, police said they made…

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…

Leicester police stabbing: Man charged with attempted murder

A man was charged with attempted murder following the stabbings of two police officers in in Leicester Square on Friday (16), the the Metropolitan Police said. Mohammed Rahman, 24, from west London, has been charged with attempted murder of a male constable; and with causing grievous bodily harm with intent…

Doctor suspended for a year for not revealing shoplifting records

A Manchester hospital doctor has been suspended for a year for not revealing her shoplifting records to the General Medical Council. Sunita Sharma had been caught trying to steal jeans and sunglasses from Harvey Nichols’ Knightbridge store in London and a handbag from Harrods in 2008. She was arrested after…

Top Met officer admits that police overstepped with anti-monarchy protesters

A top police official has admitted that officers who arrested anti-monarchy protesters don’t understand the law, according to media reports. The chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, added that people have a '100 per cent' right to stage such protests. “That’s part of our democracy, that’s what we…

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…

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…

Nepal cricket team captain Sandeep Lamichhane faces rape accusations

Nepal Police have initiated an investigation against the captain of the national cricket team Sandeep Lamichhane in an alleged case of raping a minor. This comes after a 17-year-old girl filed a complaint at Gaushala Metropolitan Police Circle against Lamichhane claiming that she was raped twice. Police in a statement…

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…

Shamima Begum was smuggled into Syria by Canadian spy, claims…

A new book has claimed that Shamima Begum was smuggled into Syria by a Canadian spy to join Daesh (Islamic State group), according to media reports. The book 'The Secret History of the Five Eyes' by Richard Kerbaj has accused Canada of withholding information about Begum's whereabouts while the Metropolitan…

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,…

UK police watchdog declines to investigate stopping of Black athlete…

London's Metropolitan Police said on Thursday that Britain's police watchdog had decided not to investigate an incident in which the car of a Black athlete was stopped in the capital earlier this month for the second time. Portuguese 400m runner Ricardo dos Santos was stopped in the early hours of…

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 police detail ‘remarkable’ probe into IS ‘Beatles’ cell

UK police lifted the lid Wednesday on a years-long probe into the notorious Islamic State (IS) kidnap-and-murder cell dubbed the "Beatles" by their captives. Counter-terrorism officers said the hostages' recollections helped "zero in" on three of the British captors. The IS cell members, who tried to keep their identities hidden,…

UK police release image of suspect in 87-year-old pensioner killing

London police on Wednesday released CCTV footage of a man suspected of knifing an 87-year-old grandfather to death, while on his mobility scooter, in a crime that has shocked the country. The pensioner was murdered in Greenford, west London, in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Police.…

‘World is so cruel’, says mother of child who died…

THE MOTHER of a girl who was killed in a gas explosion in a south London house has said their world “has been torn apart” following the tragedy last week. Sahara Salman, four, who was due to start her schooling in September, died as her house collapsed following the explosion…

Black athlete Ricardo Dos Santos criticises UK police after car…

London police said on Monday (15) it had voluntarily referred itself to the conduct watchdog after armed officers stopped the car of a Black athlete in the capital for a second time. Portuguese 400m runner Ricardo dos Santos was stopped in the early hours of Sunday (14) by officers on…

Former doctor Lalitkumar Muljibhai Nirmal jailed for sexual offences

A 79-year-old former doctor has been jailed for 15 years and six months for a series of non-recent sexual offences over an 11-year period, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Lalitkumar Muljibhai Nirmal of Malham Close was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday (10). Earlier, he pleaded guilty…

‘Racist’ stop and search forced Hesham Sharif to forego his…

A man from Leeds has given up his plans to become a police officer he was subjected to a stop and search which he believed was based on 'racist profiling'. Hesham Sharif, 33, a British Somali, always wanted to follow a similar career path as his brother who is an officer…

Leytonstone murder: Boy, 17, charged with fatal daylight stabbing of…

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Ghulam Sadiq, 18, who was stabbed to death in High Road, Leytonstone, on Saturday (6). He sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The teenager was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a…

‘ISIS Beatle’ Aine Davis charged with terror offences after arrest…

A British man accused of being part of an Islamic State (IS) kidnap-and-murder cell known as the "Beatles" has been charged with terrorism offences after returning to the UK, police said Thursday."A 38-year-old man has been charged with various terrorism offences following an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command,"…

Lady Mone pays £50,000 to settle Lynton-Jones’ claim over racist…

A LEGAL case between Conservative peer Michelle Mone and Indian-origin financial consultant Richard Lynton-Jones over a “racist slur” has ended with the baroness paying £50,000 to settle his claim. “Both parties have settled their differences on a no fault or damages basis… and the matter is now concluded,” the peer’s…

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…

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…

No strip search without presence of appropriate adult: Police watchdog…

THE Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has issued recommendations to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) over safeguarding issues highlighted by referrals concerning the strip searching of children. Eight new referrals concerning strip searches of this nature were received from the MPS in June after the IOPC made further inquiries.…

Three Met officers shared ‘racist and sexist’ messages with Sarah…

A court has heard that three Metropolitan Police officers shared posts discussing rape, domestic abuse and violence against women in a WhatsApp group with Wayne Couzens, the ex-cop who killed Sarah Everard, reports said. The officers, Jonathon Cobban, 35, William Neville, 34, and Joel Borders, 45, have denied the charges. The ‘racist,…

More than 15,000 people attend London Sri Murugan Temple chariot…

THE 'Ther' annual chariot festival of the London Sri Murugan Temple was held with fanfare on Sunday (24) at East Ham in the British capital. The event saw participation of more than 15,000 people on Eastham Street and the colourful celebrations were a spectacular treat for the eyes.  The chariot…

Family’s agony 16 years after Grandad, 68, brutally beaten and…

IN a curious case, the mystery about the death of a granddad in East Ham still remains unresolved even after 16 years. Mehar Singh Kataria, 68, in Byron Avenue in East Ham was killed on February 3, 2006, reportedly for £200. According to reports, his killer remains on the loose…

Housing association apologises over woman, 58, lay dead in UK…

A housing association has apologised for not realising one of its residents had been dead for two and a half years, according to reports.  Peabody housing association failed to report the death of Sheila Seleoane, 58. She died in Lord's Court in Peckham in 2019, but her body wasn't discovered…

Former Metropolitan Police officer Swaleh Chaudhry sentenced for voyeurism offences

A FORMER Metropolitan Police officer, who was found to possess extreme pornography and indecent images of children after detectives searched his house, has been sentenced, the police said in a press release. Detectives in Wandsworth launched an investigation after former PC Swaleh Chaudhry was seen filming a woman as she…

Ismail Mohamed, 24, charged over armed robbery of boxer Amir…

A fourth man has been charged with the armed robbery of former world boxing champion Amir Khan in April, reports said. Ismail Mohamed, 24, is accused of targetting Khan, his wife, Faryal Makhdoom and a friend when they left an east London restaurant. The boxer's £72,000 watch was snatched by…

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s offenders’ GPS-tagging scheme is working as…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday (21) announced an extension to his pioneering GPS tagging pilot programme which tags knife crime and domestic abuse offenders released from prison. The GPS tagging crime scheme recently surpassed 1,000 tagged offenders and is working to quickly identify those who break their license conditions,…

‘Real’ Mo Farah is a student in Turkey, wants to…

As Britain’s most successful male athlete revealed recently that his original name was not Mo Farah and that he had been trafficked into the European nation when he was young, the natural question is where is the ‘real’ Mo Farah now.Media reports said the ‘real’ Mo Farah is a student…

‘Predatory’ man jailed for kidnapping, sexually assaulting injured woman he…

A MAN has been jailed for four years after he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young woman, who was in a vulnerable state, in central London. Thirty-one-year-old Sharif Abbas of Nightingale Road, Haringey, was sent to four years of imprisonment for sexual assault and four years for kidnapping by the…

UK police investigate after Mo Farah says he was child…

LONDON's Metropolitan Police said it had opened an investigation after multiple Olympic and world champion athlete Mo Farah told a BBC documentary that he was a victim of child trafficking. The 39-year-old said he was brought to Britain from Djibouti at the age of nine and was forced to do…

Kevin Spacey due in UK court again to face sexual…

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey was on Thursday due to make his latest British courtroom appearance after he was charged last month with sexually assaulting three men and granted unconditional bail. The 62-year-old star, who last faced a UK court over the four counts of sexual assault on June 16, was…

Over 100 hate crimes reported in London football stadiums in…

NEW figures have revealed that more than 100 hate crimes were reported in London football stadiums between 1 June 2021 and 31 May this year, the BBC reported. During the period, the Metropolitan Police handled 18 violent hate crimes, including one where the victim was injured, the report added. According…

UK and European police forces marred by growing ‘culture of…

A new report has warned that there is a growing ‘culture of extremism’ among the UK and European police forces, the Guardian reported.  The report by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has added that there is an increase in officers sharing racist and far-right content online. It further said…

Sir Mark Rowley appointed as new Metropolitan Police commissioner

BRITISH home secretary Priti Patel on Friday (8) announced the appointment of Sir Mark Rowley as the new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. Sir Rowley was formally appointed by Her Majesty the Queen following a recommendation from the home secretary, after a highly competitive recruitment process. Sir Rowley QPM…

Five found guilty of murdering teenager in Redbridge revenge attack

FIVE people have been found guilty of murdering teenager Mohammed Usman Mirza in Redbridge, London, in an apparent revenge attack for the attempted murder of another man two months earlier. The defendants’ trials were split due to Covid-19 restrictions in place last year. Following a seven-week trial at the Old…

The rise and fall of Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson lasted just three years as British prime minister. Weakened by scandals, he refused for months to resign but on Thursday was poised to quit, forced by his own colleagues.July 2019: triumphant victory After Theresa May's resignation, Brexit figurehead Johnson is elected head of the Conservative party in July…

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…

Ilford man sentenced to 18 years for killing his wife

A MAN who was convicted of murdering his wife at their home in East London has been handed life imprisonment. Forty-one-year-old Muhammad Ilyas of Kingston Road, Ilford, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday (1) and will serve a minimum sentence of 18 years, the Metropolitan Police said in…

Two Met officers get dismissed for highly offensive and discriminatory…

A THOROUGH investigation living up to professional standards examining a year worth’s of social media messages has resulted in the dismissal of two officers without notice on charges of highly offensive and discriminatory behaviour. A misconduct hearing held for PC Sukhdev Jeer and PC Paul Hefford, both attached to the…

Man sexually assaulted Woman, 24, in McDonald’s carpark, police release…

THE Metropolitan Police on Friday (1) released an e-fit image of the suspect in the sexual assault in Newham in early June. According to the police, the victim, a 24-year-old woman, was returning home from a night out with a friend on 3 June when she stopped at McDonalds on…

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…

Three men charged over robbery of former world boxing champion…

Three men have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery more than two months after former world boxing champion Amir Khan was threatened and robbed at gunpoint in east London.On April 18, a few men approached Khan in Leyton and robbed him of his expensive watch after threatening the boxer…

Kevin Spacey denies sexual assault charges in UK court, gets…

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey on Thursday "strenuously" denied claims that he sexually assaulted three men, as the US star appeared in a London court to face charges. Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram granted him unconditional bail until the next hearing, set for 9:30 am (0830 GMT) on July 14 at…

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…

Kevin Spacey due in London court on Thursday to face…

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey has been formally charged with sexual assault and will appear before a court in London later this week, police said on Monday. The Metropolitan Police said the 62-year-old actor would appear at Westminster Magistrates Court at 0900 GMT on Thursday to face four counts of sexual…

Bomb disposal experts blow up suspicious package found in Westminster

Police in London on Tuesday said road closures and cordons had been lifted in Westminster, Britain's political district around parliament, after dealing with a suspicious package.Police were called earlier to investigate a suspicious package found at Parliament Street, London's Metropolitan Police said."The item was found to be non-suspicious," City of…

Did Basu’s views on race cost him top police job?

SCOTLAND YARD’S head of counter-terrorism policing, Neil Basu, said he was “disappointed” with the way the process for a new appointment which involved a promotion has been handled, and plans to seek an explanation from the Home Office, a UK media report has claimed. Basu, a Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner…

Sir Salman Rushdie heads list of British Asians recognised in…

Author Sir Salman Rushdie and cricketer Moeen Ali are among a number of British Asians honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Wednesday (1). With doctors, politicians, educators, authors, community leaders and philanthropists among the 13.3 per cent of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background, this list showcases…

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…

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson: Nearly 20 Tory MPs have…

FOUR lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservatives have pulled their support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a damning report that detailed a series of alcohol-fuelled parties at 10 Downing Street that broke Covid-19 lockdown rules. A day after the report was published, describing a boozy culture at his Downing Street…

Neil Basu urges police chiefs to admit institutional racism to…

BRITAIN's most senior minority ethnic police officer has urged police chiefs to admit institutional racism to "win back trust", according to a report.  Neil Basu, an assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan police and former head of counter-terrorism, added that “positive discrimination” should be introduced to boost numbers of minority ethnic…

‘Police service must acknowledge its institutional, structural and systemic racism’…

IN JULY 2020, the Metropolitan Police stopped and searched the car of two athletes, Bianca Williams, and her partner, Ricardo dos Santos. The shocking bodycam and mobile phone footage went viral. It was shown by the TV news channels, and shared on social media. The incident brought shame, once again,…

‘Partygate’ inquiry report prompts renewed calls for Johnson’s resignation. Will…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson presided over a culture of lockdown-breaking parties that featured drunken fighting among staff, according to a long-awaited inquiry Wednesday (25) that prompted renewed calls for his resignation. "Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen," the report by senior civil servant Sue…

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…

Nearly 30 years’ after the killing of Stephen Lawrence in…

NEVILLE LAWRENCE, the father of slain teenager Stephen, criticised England and Wales police forces for their “refusal” to admit to institutional racism and mend their ways.Stephen, a black Briton, had been killed in a racially motivated attack while he was waiting for a bus in south London in April 1993.Six…

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…

Priti Patel seeks review of London mayor’s police powers

BRITAIN’S home office has commissioned an independent review of the London mayor’s police powers, according to a media report.Sir Tom Winsor, who recently retired as Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary, will examine whether the mayor should have less influence on the appointment and removal of the capital’s top police…

‘DI Ray shows what is possible’

THE significance of DI Ray on ITV was that such a crime drama, with an Asian actress in the lead role, has been made at all – Parminder Nagra plays Detective Inspector Rachita Ray in the four-episode thriller which ended last week. Parminder – if I can call her by…

Man arrested in London after four people found dead

BRITISH police on Monday (25) said a man had been arrested on suspicion of murder after three women and a man were found dead at a property in south London.Officers forced entry to a residential address in the Southwark area of the capital after reports of a disturbance at about…

Johnson gives Partygate apology, Starmer calls him ‘a man without…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson on Tuesday (19) apologised to MPs after he became the first British leader fined for breaking the law, but faced opposition calls to quit for the sake of integrity in politics. Addressing parliament for the first time since the April 12 fine, he reiterated that he…

Man charged following incident near Downing Street

BRITISH police said they had charged a 29-year-old man who was armed with a knife when he confronted two ministry of defence police officers near prime minister Boris Johnson's official residence in central London on Monday (18). Prashanth Kandaiah was charged with attempted grevious bodily harm and possession of a…

Johnson to face MPs’ fury over ‘Partygate’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will face angry lawmakers on Tuesday (19) for the first time since being fined for breaking his own coronavirus laws by attending a party at his Downing Street office.An embattled Johnson last week became the first modern British leader to be fined for breaking the…

Johnson and Sunak fined for breaching lockdown rules

British prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak are to receive fines for breaching strict coronavirus lockdown rules, a government statement said on Tuesday (12). Police have been investigating 12 gatherings at Downing Street and the Cabinet Office after an internal inquiry found Johnson's staff had enjoyed alcohol-fuelled parties,…

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,…

Hyderabad man arrested for stabbing Indian student in London restaurant

AN Indian man from Hyderabad has been charged with attempted murder after a female student from Kerala was stabbed inside a restaurant in east London. Sriram Ambarla, 23, was arrested from Hyderabad Wala biryani restaurant in East Ham(London) for stabbing Sona Biju, who worked part-time as a waitress at the…

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…

Indian American doctor killed trying to stop carjacking

AN INDIAN American doctor was fatally run over attempting to stop a carjacking in Washington, DC, police said.Rakesh Patel, 33, from Silver Spring in Maryland, was training as a critical care fellow at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.Media reports said the incident took place when Patel was meeting his girlfriend Tuesday…

GG2 Power List shows rise of Asian female high-fliers

WOMEN are very much on the move – rising to roles not previously seen before and smashing glass ceilings in the process. The GG2 Power List was unveiled on Tuesday (8) evening at Eastern Eye publisher AMG’s high-profile and glittering GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards, where the role of highflying women…

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…

‘Partygate’ probe: Johnson responds to police questionnaire

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has submitted his response to a police questionnaire relating to Downing Street parties that may have breached coronavirus regulations, his office said.  Police are investigating claims Johnson attended gatherings that may have violated Britain's strict distancing and virus prevention rules. Public outcry over the so-called "partygate"…

London police hit by new ‘offensive’ messages scandal

THREE London police officers were charged on Thursday (17) with sharing "grossly offensive" messages, prosecutors said, in the latest scandal to hit the UK capital's increasingly tarnished force. The messages were posted in a WhatsApp group chat that also included former officer Wayne Couzens, who was last year jailed for…

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…

‘New Met chief must have a fresh mandate’

LONDON needs a police service it can respect and trust. And the police officers serving London’s communities need the leadership that can foster that trust and respect. I want to say upfront that the police officers I meet day-to-day are often amazing; both in my local borough of Brent, and…

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…

Police send Johnson questionnaire in ‘partygate’ probe

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has received a legal questionnaire from police investigating claims of lockdown-breaking parties in his Downing Street office, his spokesperson said on Friday (11). "We can confirm the prime minister has received a questionnaire from the Metropolitan Police. He will respond as required," his spokesperson said…

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…

UK police to contact 50 over Downing Street lockdown parties

MORE THAN 50 people believed to have attended lockdown parties at British prime minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street will be contacted by police to explain their involvement, officers said, as they considered widening their investigation. A statement from the Metropolitan Police said officers would start contacting people from the end…

Johnson faces renewed pressure to apologise to Starmer

PRIME minister Boris Johnson faced renewed pressure on Tuesday (8) to apologise to opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer for what critics have called a misleading "Trumpian" attack on him last week.Johnson - facing calls to step down after months of scandals - accused Sir Keir of failing in 2013 as…

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…

‘Boris Johnson has lost the support of his party’

Senior Tory politician says ‘partygate’ apology is not enough PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has “lost the support of many parliamentarians” and needs to do more than just apologise for the “partygate” scandal, a senior Tory parliamentarian has said. Senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report, details of which were made public…

Johnson sorry for ‘partygate’ but vows to stay on

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday (31) apologised after his government was criticised for "failures of leadership and judgment" in allowing lockdown-breaching parties at his offices. Johnson's position has been hanging by a thread because of the steady drip of revelations since late last year, but he has in…

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…

UK police deny delaying ‘partygate’ probe into Johnson

LONDON POLICE on Friday (28) denied delaying a long-awaited government report into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street that have put prime minister Boris Johnson's future in jeopardy. Weeks of so-called "partygate" revelations forced Johnson to order a senior civil servant to look into the claims, and the report was due…

Downing Street party report not received yet, minister says

THE findings of a British government investigation into Downing Street parties during Covid lockdowns has not yet been handed to prime minister Boris Johnson's office, a junior minister said on Friday (28). "I spoke to someone in Downing Street about half an hour a go and they certainly didn't indicate…

‘Partygate’ probe: Johnson promises cooperation with police

THE threat to British prime minister Boris Johnson's position deepened on Tuesday (25), as police said they were investigating lockdown-breaking parties at his Downing Street office and government departments. Johnson's spokesman promised his full cooperation while the Conservative leader said he welcomed the probe as a chance to move on…

Tory MP says she was sacked for her ‘Muslimness’

A British lawmaker has said she was fired from a ministerial job in prime minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government partly because her Muslim faith was making colleagues uncomfortable, the Sunday Times reported. Nusrat Ghani, 49, who lost her job as a junior transport minister in February 2020, told the paper…

‘Blackmail’ accusations: William Wragg to meet police

A British Conservative lawmaker said he would meet police to discuss his accusations that Boris Johnson's government had attempted to "blackmail" parliamentarians who were suspected of trying to force the prime minister from office. William Wragg, chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee and a member of Johnson's…

Contempt of court: TV expert solicitor Sophie Khan jailed

A High Court judge in the UK has jailed a prominent solicitor for refusing to hand over her clients' files after her firm was forcibly shut down, the BBC reported.  Sophie Khan describes herself as a legal expert on Tasers and has frequently appeared on TV and radio. Her Leicester-based…

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 confirms attending lockdown party but will not quit

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson on Wednesday (12) offered "heartfelt apologies" for attending a lockdown-breaching party held in his Downing Street garden, but deflected calls to resign. It comes a day after he skipped an urgent question session in the Commons, instead sending Paymaster General Michael Ellis to answer on his…

Johnson faces parliament over party scandal

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson faced damning headlines on Wednesday (12) as he prepared to answer MPs' questions over new claims he and his top officials breached Covid restrictions by holding a drinks party. The embattled leader has been silent since an email was leaked late on Monday (10) that…

The Crown: Pakistani star Humayun Saeed roped in to play…

Earlier, it was speculated that Pakistani star Fawad Khan will be seen playing the character of Dr Khan in The Crown. Pakistani star Humayun Saeed has been cast to portray the character of Dr Hasnat Khan in the much-anticipated fifth season of Netflix’s globally successful series The Crown. On the…

Racist message: Met investigates Tory peer Michelle Mone

THE Metropolitan police started investigating Conservative peer Michelle Mone for an allegedly racist message she is accused of sending to a man of Indian heritage, reported the Guardian.  Richard Lynton-Jones, complained to the police last summer that during a disagreement following a fatal yacht collision in 2019, Lady Mone told…

Sadiq Khan forced to defend London council tax hike

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has been forced to defend plans to impose his biggest hike in council tax bills since assuming office, reported Evening Standard. This includes £20 a year for the next three years to help ease the financial crisis at Transport for London – though the first year’s…

Raab vows to stop violence against women by putting “fear…

Britain's justice secretary said Wednesday he wanted to put the "fear of God" into those who threaten women and that restoring women's faith in the legal system was his "top priority" following a string of high-profile murders in London. Dominic Raab said he was "shocked and horrified" by the recent…

Man charged over anti-vaccine protest outside Javid’s home

A man responsible for allegedly staging an anti-vaccine protest outside health secretary's home, has been charged. In a video footage, posted online, shows someone delivering a letter with an anti-Covid vaccine message outside Sajid Javid's London address in Fulham. The man addresses the camera, claiming the letter puts the health…

London castle intruder ‘sought to avenge colonial-era massacre in India’

BRITISH police said Monday (27) they were assessing a video purportedly made by a man who tried to break into a castle where Queen Elizabeth II was spending Christmas in which he said he “wanted to kill her. In the video, obtained by The Sun tabloid, a masked figure in…

Crossbow-carrying intruder detained at Queen’s castle in London

A MAN armed with a crossbow who broke into Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II is spending Christmas, has been arrested and detained for mental health treatment, police said Sunday (26). "Security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings,"…

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…

UK police chiefs to admit forces are institutionally racist

BRITAIN'S most senior police officials are expected to make a public admission that their forces are institutionally racist, the Guardian has reported. It said discussions began on Thursday (9) and their adviser said declaration are to be made if to be believed by BAME communities. According to the Guardian more…

UK police arrest man for allegedly trespassing in parliament

British police on Wednesday (1) arrested a man on suspicion of trespass, after he allegedly breached security at parliament and prompted a temporary lockdown at the sensitive London landmark. It came amid heightened security in the UK after MP David Amess was stabbed to death while meeting constituents in October…

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…

Murder probe after British Sikh boy, 16, dies in Southall

THE Metropolitan Police has launched a murder investigation following the fatal stabbing of a British Sikh boy, 16, in west London. Ashmeet Singh died after being stabbed in Raleigh Road, Hounslow on Wednesday (24) night. Despite the best efforts of emergency services, the boy died at the scene a short…

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…

Two jailed for laundering £25 million through shell companies

A company director and a cash and carry worker have been jailed for more than 11 years for laundering £25 million through a series of shell companies posing as legitimate alcohol businesses. Following a HMRC investigation, Avtar Singh Mann, 50, Mandeep Singh Dhillon, 40 and Santokh Singh Bharj, 54, were…

Raab rapped for ‘misogyny’ gaffe

JUSTICE secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday (6) came under fire after saying that "misogyny is wrong, whether it's a man against a woman or a woman against a man". His confusion about the definition arose during an interview with the BBC in which he was asked why the government rejected…

Sadiq Khan calls for thorough inquiry into Met failings

THE inquiry into police failings over the murder of Sarah Everard must “leave no stone unturned”, mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said. Home secretary Priti Patel announced earlier that a new two-part inquiry would examine police vetting practices, professional standards and wider issues around workplace conduct following the conviction…

Raab promises to fight ‘nonsensical’ human rights laws

JUSTICE SECRETARY Dominic Raab has promised to fight “nonsensical” human rights laws that allow foreign criminals in the UK escape deportation. Members of the public want offenders sent back to their native countries, Raab told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Tuesday (5). “Too often they see dangerous criminals…

Shabnam Chaudhri: The only way to help the Met is…

It was classed as banter, and as a probationer and then a junior officer I put up with casual sexism and racism. The canteen culture not only went unchallenged but was dismissed as “boys will be boys”. [caption id="attachment_162093" align="alignright" width="232"] Shabnam Chaudhri[/caption] Looking back, I’m ashamed to say that…

Man charged with murder of teacher Sabina Nessa

A 36-year-old man was to appear in court in Britain on Tuesday (28), charged with the murder of a young teacher whose death sparked renewed calls to improve women's safety. The young woman's death, like that of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in March this year, has galvanised public opinion over the…

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…

UK police release suspect under investigation over murder of Sabina…

BRITISH police said on Friday (24) they had released under investigation a man held over the murder of a teacher in a London park last week that has provoked an outburst of public grief and anger over the issue of violence against women. Sabina Nessa, 28, left her home in…

Friends and neighbours to hold vigil for Sabina Nessa on…

FRIENDS and neighbours of Sabina Nessa will hold vigil for Sabina Nessa, a primary school teacher who was found dead at the weekend, reports said. The peaceful vigil will be held at 7 pm on Friday (24) evening in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke. The community of Kidbrooke in Greenwich has invited…

School in Lewisham ‘devastated’ by teacher’s death

THE head of Rushey Green primary school in Lewisham has described Sabina Nessa, 28, who was found dead in Kidbrooke as a 'brilliant teacher'. Lisa Williams told The Guardian that Nessa was ‘kind, caring and absolutely dedicated to her pupils’. Nessa was a teacher at the school and her suspected murder…

Adam’s ritual killing: UK police appeal for new info after…

UK police appealed for fresh information two decades after the torso of a young boy believed to have been killed as a human sacrifice was found in the River Thames. The boy's headless and limbless body was found floating in the river in central London in orange shorts on September…

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…

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…

EXCLUSIVE: A “lifetime of opportunity missed”

As Asian and Black police attack recruitment of new officers, we reveal that not one single force represents diverse communities The president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) has criticised the way police forces across England and Wales have recruited new officers as a “once in a lifetime opportunity…

Pitch invader arrested on suspicion of assault after Bairstow collision

A man who invaded the pitch in the fourth test between England and India at the Oval on Friday has run into trouble with the authorities after he was arrested on suspicion of assault for colliding with batsman Jonny Bairstow. The man, identified as YouTuber Daniel 'Jarvo' Jarvis by British…

Pope and Woakes edge England ahead of India in fourth…

Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes both scored valuable fifties on their return to Test cricket as England recovered from a top-order collapse to build a lead over India at the Oval on Friday. Pope made 81 on his Surrey home ground and all-rounder Woakes exactly 50 before England were dismissed…

Exclusive: Black and Asian police officers denounce new recruitment campaign…

THE president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) has criticised the way forces across England and Wales have recruited new officers as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity missed”. Speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye, Inspector Andy George said the NBPA was “very concerned” that not one single police force was representative of…

Tony Eastaugh to head immigration enforcement

HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has appointed former counter-terror police chief as the head of immigration enforcement after Channel migrant crossings hit new daily high, reported The Telegraph. Tony Eastaugh has been appointed as the new "interim" director general of immigration enforcement. Eastaugh will replace Tyson Hepple, who has spent nearly…

Exclusive: Afghanistan ‘will become terror base’

BRITAIN’S top counter-terrorism police officer has warned that Afghanistan will again become a base for exporting terrorism, and predicted lone-wolf attacks “probably within two years”. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said the Taliban take-over in Afghanistan earlier this month will…

Security concern over safety of exiled Pakistani dissidents in UK

PAKISTANI exiles living in London have been warned that their lives are in danger, claimed media reports on Saturday (7), raising fresh concern over authoritarian regimes targeting foreign dissidents in the UK.   British security sources are concerned that Pakistan might be planning to target some people from the Pakistani…

Woman wearing Charlie Hebdo T-shirt stabbed in London park

UK police on Monday (26) said they were investigating the knife attack on the woman in a London park wearing a T-shirt with a cartoon from Charlie Hebdo, the French magazine targeted by jihadists.   The 39-year-old victim suffered a stab wound and was seen with blood pouring down the…

UK this week (July 19-24): Six highlights you should be…

WHILE the world kicked off Olympics in Tokyo, Britain saw an eventful and unusually hot week. Freedom was in the air as the country ended all the lockdown restrictions on July 19.   Here are some highlights of this week- July 19 to 24:   India opens medal tally  …

‘Youth violence in UK is bubbling, will erupt this summer’

AGGRAVATED by Covid lockdowns, mental health problems and months out of education, youth violence might erupt over the summer, a media report stated on Friday (23) citing UK experts’ warning.   With more than 20 young people reported to have been killed in the capital since the start of the…

‘Ban’ sought on entry of leading Pakistani politician into UK

A PAKISTANI national has filed a complaint with the Metropolitan Police in London, accusing a leading politician from the south Asian country for her "anti-Semitic" statement against prime minister Imran Khan's children, media reports said on Wednesday (21). The complainant sought a “ban” on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president…

Campaign for safer streets

THE kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard in London on March 3 this year has been a landmark tragedy, similar in some ways to the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi on December 16, 2012. Both cases triggered national vigils by women and demands for safer…

Cressida Dick should leave office ‘when her term ends’ next…

FORMER Chief Crown Prosecutor for North-West England Nazir Afzal OBE has said that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick should leave office when her current term expires in April next year. His comments came after reports claimed that she intends next month to attempt to extend her five-year fixed contract. "Her…

Government changes stance on masks in public places

“Mixed messaging” has been coming from the UK government over the use of masks and social distancing as the country is headed towards its Freedom Day on July 19, as per media reports. While UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Sunday (11) urged Britons to remain “cautious”, vaccine minister Nadhim…

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…

Bangladesh police arrests five counterfeit drug manufacturers

A SERIES of raids by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) exposed a syndicate of counterfeit drugs manufacturers in Bangladesh; five people, including a woman were arrested on Monday (28). The arrestees are Lubna Akhter, Anwar Kazi, Ram Chandra Basak, SM Tajmul Tariq, and Kanak Kumar Shaha, the Dhaka Tribune report said. Acting…

Seven dead, 50 hurt in Bangladesh blast likely caused by…

At least seven people were killed and another 50 people were injured after a powerful explosion ripped apart a three-storey building in central Dhaka on Sunday, Bangladeshi officials said, citing a gas pipeline as the likely cause. Police said the explosion was so forceful that it broke the windows of…

‘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…

Why ‘coconut’ slurs can break race hate laws

LAWYERS and police chiefs have warned British Asians that using the word “coconut” as a slur towards another person risks breaking hate crime laws. They said the jibe, often used towards BAME people by members of their own community, accusing them of shunning their heritage to get ahead, may incite…

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…

H.H Shree Raj Rajeshwar Guruji visits Leicestershire Police to bolster…

INTERNATIONALLY renowned spiritual leader H.H Shree Raj Rajeshwar Guruji during his visit to Leicester had a meeting with chief inspector Kam Mistry of the Leicestershire Police. Shree Raj Rajeshwar Guruji as part of his mission to build better engagement between the Hindu/Indian faith community and Police, will continue to meet…

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…

Deliveroo plan to train riders to spot crimes is criticised

CONCERNS have been raised over Deliveroo’s new project to train its riders to spot crimes in the UK, with some claiming that it will give rise to “quasi-police”. The company also faces questions over the safety of its riders, most of whom are from the BAME community, amid allegations that…

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…

INVESTIGATION: “Pandemic of child abuse”…in south Asian communities

Exclusive The government, police and councils are failing thousands of south Asian children, some just a few months old, who have been sexually abused, an eleven month Eastern Eye investigation has uncovered. Using freedom of information requests, we asked 50 councils and 13 police forces how they collate figures for…

Inquest condemns errors that led to London Bridge killings

AN INQUEST jury on Friday (28) condemned official failings that allowed a convicted terrorist to kill two people in a central London knife attack nearly two years ago. Usman Khan, 28, stabbed to death Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, while attending a prisoner rehabilitation programme at Fishmongers' Hall,…

UK cops to work with Indian police to smash people…

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH officers will work with Indian police forces to tackle people smuggling gangs, it has emerged, as experts welcomed the move and called for an overhaul of the immigration rules. National Crime Agency (NCA) officers are expected to work in cities, including in Delhi and in…

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…

Muslims attacked with stones and eggs outside Ilford Islamic centre

THE Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation in to an alleged Islamophobic attack where Muslims attending a mosque in east London have been pelted with eggs and stones. Worshippers were attacked on Tuesday (4) evening outside the Ilford Islamic Centre that prompted condemnation from local politicians, reported Sky News. Staff at the…

EXCLUSIVE: Khan’s post-pandemic London recovery plan

Mayor reveals why he was forced to put up congestion charges in the capital by Barnie Choudhury London mayor, Sadiq Khan, promised to fight to make sure his city recovers from the pandemic, if he were re-elected on Thursday (6). Europe’s first south Asian and Muslim mayor of a capital…

Justice for Seema Misra

  By Amit Roy IMAGINE a scene in which Paula Ven­nells has her knee pressed on Seema Misra’s neck so she cannot breathe. This is effectively what Vennels, chief executive of the Post Office, and her sen­ior staff did when pursuing a malicious prosecution of Seema, a subpostmaster in West…

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…

Indian-origin woman among those injured in Indianapolis shooting

AN Indian-origin man has said his niece was among those who were injured in a mass shooting incident at the FedEx facility in the US city of Indianapolis that left eight people dead, according to a media report. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said at least eight people died…

‘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…

Uber Eats driver from Pakistan killed in fatal carjacking in…

MOHAMMAD ANWAR, 66, of Springfield, Virginia, was killed last week in an alleged assault by two teenage girls in a carjacking attempt. Anwar, an Uber Eats driver was making a delivery at that time in Washington when the two girls aged 13 and 15 allegedly assaulted him with a Taser.…

Why the right to protest is vital in a democracy

  By Sailesh Mehta  IT IS in the nature of all governments, whether democratically elected or autocratic, to amass more and more power until their citizens say “enough”. Ministers of state do not like protesters. Bad ones crush all dissent; good ones allow just enough steam to escape before the…

Man charged with murder of law student in Walthamstow stabbing

DETECTIVES from the Metropolitan Police investigating the fatal stabbing last week of 18-year-old Hussain Chaudhry in Walthamstow, have charged a man with murder yesterday (21) and arrested another two 18-year-olds on Monday (22). Marvin Ward, 18, of Westwood Road, Ilford, is scheduled to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday…

Tributes to law student, 18, stabbed to death in Walthamstow

A TEENAGER, Hussain Chaudhry, 18, was stabbed to death while his mother and brother suffered slash wounds when an unidentified person tried to rob designer jackets from their home-run business in London. The law student died clutching the knife wound on his neck, outside their house on Lea Bridge Road,…

‘It’s scary that I too could be a victim’

by LAUREN CODLING THE murder of Sarah Everard has “reinforced the fear” of travelling and going outside alone, women have said, as they detailed the measures they take to feel safe. The body of Everard, 33, was found last week in a woodland area of Kent. The marketing executive was…

Focus on women’s safety

By Amit Roy THE Sarah Everard case is doing untold damage to the reputation of the Metropolitan Police. There is the obvious point that it is a police officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, a member of Scotland Yard’s armed parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, who has been charged with the kidnap…

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…

ECB appoints Cindy Butts as chair of commission for equality

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed Cindy Butts as chair of the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket, reported the BBC. Formed in November 2020, the Commission will look to tackle inequalities and discrimination in all forms of cricket. "I am committed to ensuring that cricket has…

‘Prosecute anti-vaxxers’

  By Amit Roy IT IS one thing for individuals to say they don’t want to take the Covid vaccine, however wrong that decision might be. But for conspiracy theorists to spread or retweet misinformation with a view to discouraging others from taking the jab should surely be treated as…

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…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We must better explain stop and search of Asians’

    By  George Willoughby AN INVESTIGATION by Eastern Eye can reveal that police stop and search an Asian person every 10 minutes in Eng­land and Wales. The latest Home Office figures show officers stopped more than 57,800 Asians in the year ending March 2020. That is nearly up 46…

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…

UK launches new traineeship pilots in construction and rail sectors

THE British government on Monday(8) launched a new sector specific traineeship pilots in construction and rail to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2021. Apprenticeships provide people with the opportunity to earn and learn the skills needed to start an exciting career in a wide range of industries ranging…

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…

REVEALED: DRUG SHAME IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Exclusive By Barnie Choudhury MPs and experts have called for an overhaul of the Home Office’s strategy to tackle drug-related crime after an Eastern Eye investigation revealed a steep increase in the number of south Asians being arrested for drug offences. After an 11-month investigation, we can disclose that in…

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…

Two remanded in custody following fight using weapons in Southall

Two men of Indian origin were charged following a large fight in Southall, the Metropolitan Police said. Sukwir Singh, 22, and Lakha Singh, 29, of Norwood Gardens, Southall, has been charged with affray and threatening a person with a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place. Police were called on…

Former councillor Chaudhary Mohammed Iqbal jailed for electoral offences

A former Redbridge borough councillor has been jailed for electoral offences and banned from holding elected office for five years, the Metropolitan Police said. Chaudhary Mohammed Iqbal, 51, Cecil Avenue, Barking was sentenced for three counts of making false statements in candidate nomination papers, and one count of perverting the…

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…

Nazir Afzal says his house was attacked after he joined…

A former regional chief prosecutor has said that his family home in Manchester was attacked after he joined a campaign to prosecute Dominic Cummings into alleged lockdown breaches. Nazir Afzal has said that his car was 'slashed' outside the home after he announced he had urged the Metropolitan police and…

Bangladesh director charged after film depiction of police angers force

A Bangladeshi film director has been arrested and charged after a scene depicting police harshly interrogating a rape victim and highlighting attitudes towards violence against women in the conservative nation sparked the ire of the force. The first half of Nabab LLB, a fictional courtroom drama about rape and the…

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…

Song reignites drive to seek justice for Asian student

By Nadeem Badshah FOR Sukhdev Reel, it has been a daily fight for justice and answers since her son Ricky died 23 years ago. No one has been charged over the death of the computer science student, who was 20 when he went missing following a racist attack in Kingston,…

London mosque attacker jailed for stabbing prayer leader

A homeless man was jailed for more than seven years on Monday (14) after he attacked a prayer leader at a London mosque with a knife. Daniel Horton, 30, attacked Raafat Maglad, a 70-year-old muezzin, who makes the call to prayer at London Central Mosque, on the edge of Regent's…

Sadiq Khan launches new £190,000 fund to fight racism as…

SENIOR LEADERS from cities across the world have joined London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday(8) as part of a shared commitment to putting the fight against racism at the heart of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Khan also launched a new £190,000 Civil Society Roots Incubator for partnerships working to…

Massive protest in London against India’s farming reforms; 13 arrested

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE protested and blocked traffic in central London on Sunday(6) over Indian agricultural reforms that have triggered mass demonstrations in India, and police made 13 arrests over breaches of Covid regulations. A crowd of demonstrators converged on the Indian embassy, located on Aldwych, a major artery in the…

UK police probe mercenaries from Sri Lanka’s civil war

London police said on Monday (30) they have launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by British mercenaries who trained a security force accused of brutalising Tamil people during Sri Lanka's civil war. The war crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police said it was acting on a referral received in…

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…

Britain may allow families to gather for Christmas as Covid…

BRITAIN could ease stringent Covid-19 rules to allow families to gather for Christmas as signs indicate that coronavirus cases are starting to flatten as a result of current lockdowns, health secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday(20). The UK has the worst official Covid-19 death toll in Europe and prime minister…

Lord Ahmed resigns from the House of Lords in the…

LORD Nazir Ahmed resigned from the House of Lords last Saturday (14) after a parliamentary panel upheld the findings of the Lords Commissioner for Standards that the peer breached the code of conduct for members. The conduct committee’s report, which was seen by seen by Lord Ahmed before last Saturday,…

New report flags ‘racism’ against BAME officers in police forces…

A NEW report has found out that black, Asian and minority-ethnic (BAME) police officers are treated more harshly than their white colleagues when a complaint is made against them. A National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) report revealed that BAME  officers were subjected to 'unfounded investigations' based on poor evidence and…

Councils urge people to avoid festival crowds during Diwali

by LAUREN CODLING COUNCIL leaders have urged faith communities to follow lockdown guidelines during Diwali, as a top police officer confirmed the service would investigate reports of rule-breaking during major religious celebrations. David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, warned officers would intervene if large groups gathered during…

Dhruv Chhatralia receives British Empire Medal; says it will ‘inspire’…

BHAGAVAD GITA teacher Dhruv Chhatralia received the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BME) during the Navaratri festival after being included in The Queen’s 2020 New Year honours list for voluntary service to Hinduism and developing young people. It was presented by Martin Russell, the Queen’s Representative Deputy…

“It was a miracle”, says father whose family survived the…

Sukhdev Singh, 39, has said that it was a 'miracle' that his family survived the gas explosion ripped through their flat in Southall, west London, last week. His five-month-old baby daughter Manseerat was rescued by a 'hero' fireman following the blast. "There was dust everywhere. My concern was to get…

Gas explosion in Southall shop kills two

TWO people have been killed and 16 others, including two children, were evacuated following a suspected gas explosion at a shop in west London, firefighters have said. The blast happened at a phone shop and barbers on King Street, Southall, at around 6.20am on Wednesday(21). According to reports, four adults…

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…

Builder who killed three men in self-defence freed in UK

A builder who was arrested in connection with the killing of three men following a deadly knife fight on the streets of east London will not face any murder or manslaughter charges as the incident was deemed to be an act self-defence. Gurjeet Singh, 29, had been arrested by the…

Sadiq Khan urges employers and businesses to embed anti-racist practices…

LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan declared City Hall a committedly anti-racist organisation on Tuesday(13), and urged employers and businesses to do more to embed anti-racist practices in their operations and culture. He also unveiled a toolkit which offers practical guidance to businesses to help diversify their workforce and foster a truly…

Life sentence for Whitemoor prison attack convicts

Brusthom Ziamani, 25, and Baz Macaulay Hockton, 26, convicted of trying to murder a prison officer in Whitemoor prison in eastern England were handed life sentences. The two wore fake suicide belts and shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greater) as they launched the attack in January this year. The pair targeted…

Labour party suspends Claudia Webbe MP following harassment charge

LABOUR has suspended Leicester MP Claudia Webbe from the party and the party whip following a harassment charge against her, reported the BBC. The Leicester East representative has been charged with harassing a woman between September 2018 and April 2020. "It would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing…

Man jailed for cheating many women after forming ‘romantic relationships’

A man has been jailed for fraud by false representation after cheating many women in the past seven years. The Harrow crown court sentenced Vimal Popat, 41, of Salt Hill Drive, Slough on Thursday (24) to four years and four months’ imprisonment for nine offences. The sentences will run concurrently.…

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…

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,…

Mixed reaction to ending use of ‘Islamist’ in terror attacks

by LAUREN CODLING COMMUNITY leaders have welcomed the recent claim that police are considering dropping the term “Islamist terrorism” when describing terror attacks, asserting that such language did “not help community cohesion.” According to reports last week, the term could be changed to “faith-claimed terrorism” or “terrorists abusing religious motivations”.…

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…

UK makes face coverings in shops mandatory with fines up…

PEOPLE who fail to cover their face in public will risk a fine of up to £100 as the government has made use of facemasks compulsory in shops across England from next week. The new legislation will come into force in England on July 24, after weeks of wrangling from…

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…

Boris Johnson warns coronavirus still out there as UK police…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Friday (26) urged the British public to continue to observe social distancing rules after several police officers suffered injuries as they broke up street parties over the last few days. With the UK experiencing sunny weather this week, crowds were seen flocking in hordes…

UK police declares stabbing rampage an act of terror

THE stabbing rampage in the southern English town of Reading in which three people were killed and three taken to hospital was an act of terrorism, police said on Sunday (21), terming the attack in a sunny park an "atrocity". Detectives said a man had run into a park in…

Leicester mayor gives ‘absolute assurance’ of support to Gandhi statue

THE mayor of Leicester has given “absolute assurance” that statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the heart of the central England city will be protected, as an online petition created to save the under-threat monument attracted over 6,000 signatures. Peter Soulsby committed his support in response to a letter from former…

Pakistani court sentences three to life for murder of politician…

A PAKISTANI court sentenced three men to life in prison on Thursday (18) for their part in the assassination of a Pakistani political leader who was stabbed to death in London in 2010. The conviction was hailed as "ground-breaking" by British authorities who aided the trial. Imran Farooq, 50, was…

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…

Thousands ignore Covid-19 warnings to join anti-racism protests in UK

THOUSANDS of people ignored coronavirus warnings to join anti-racism protests in the UK on Saturday (6). "No justice, no peace, no racist police," they chanted, while some placards read: "There is a virus greater than Covid-19 and it's called racism". The demonstrations held in solidarity with US protests in the…

Johnson terms Flyod killing ‘appalling, inexcusable’, backs ‘lawful, reasonable’ protests

BORIS JOHNSON on Wednesday (3) condemned the killing of George Floyd by police in the US, but declined to say whether he had spoken about the issue with key ally Donald Trump. "I think what happened in the United States was appalling, inexcusable," the prime minister told lawmakers in Parliament,…

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…

No ‘big bang’, but things ‘will get busier’, Sunak tells…

RISHI SUNAK interacted with traders at a London street market on Monday, assuring that business would pick up in coming days as people started to get their lives back to normal following the lockdown easing. "How's it been? Slow? It'll get busier," the chancellor told a market trader at the…

Sadiq Khan, Sundar Pichai slam racism as ‘I can’t breathe’…

THOUSANDS of people defied lockdown restrictions and gathered across London on Sunday (31) in solidarity with the "Black Lives Matter" protest against the police killing of an unarmed black man the US. Protesters held up signs saying "Justice for George Floyd", who died in a police custody while an officer…

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…

Neil Basu: Reading thrillers helps me switch off

by AMIT ROY NEIL BASU, assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police and the most senior Asian police officer in the country, has talked to Eastern Eye – not about his work as the national lead for counter-terrorism policing in the UK – but about something completely different. “I really enjoyed…

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…

Nazir Afzal: ‘Rochdale was a landmark in how we deal…

by LAUREN CODLING A FORMER chief crown prosecutor has spoken of his experiences working on the Rochdale child sexual abuse case in his new memoir, and revealed the racism he faced in its aftermath. Nazir Afzal’s The Prosecutor charts his time working in the justice system, as well as detailing…

Data shows around 100 children protected from online abuse during…

THE Online Child Abuse and Exploitation Unit (OCSAE) has arrested 45 suspected offenders and protected almost 100 children during the four weeks of lockdown in the UK, the new figures released by the Metropolitan Police shows. As many as 92 children were protected and 68 warrants executed from 23 March…

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…

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…

Bangladesh extends shutdown till May 5

Bangladesh has extended the nationwide shutdown for 10 more days until May 5 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.  The government initially declared a general holiday on March 26 for 10 days. Later, that was gradually extended till April 25. The latest extension happened because of the…

Terror threat to UK hospitals during coronavirus lockdown, says senior…

There are fears that terrorists may be looking to target hospitals and other places on the coronavirus pandemic frontline in the UK, according to a counter-terrorism officer who said that additional security advice is being issued to the country's NHS Trusts. Scotland Yard chief superintendent Nik Adams, the National Coordinator…

Hillingdon man charged with child sex offences

A 22-year-old on Wednesday (22) appeared before a UK court charged with child sex offences, including sexually grooming a minor girl. Mihir Aggarwal, from Hillingdon, London, was arrested by Scotland Yard officers on Tuesday and produced before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. “He was charged with attempting to engage in…

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…

UK’s Covid-19 lockdown in question as trains remain packed

The UK''s strict three-week lockdown announced by prime minister Boris Johnson to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus remains in question with the country's underground trains seen packed during the rush hour on Tuesday as people continue using the limited services in operation. Johnson on Monday enforced the strictest…

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.…

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…

Top police watchdog officer sues home office in race discrimination…

The home office is being sued by a top police officer, who claims he’s being paid less than a black female colleague because he is a white man. Matt Parr, one of the five inspectors of constabulary monitoring UK’s police forces, noted that his annual salary of £140,000 was way…

Action urged over how-to videos for fake documents

By Nadeem Badshah FRAUDSTERS are posting videos on YouTube showing people how to make fake passports and Indian Aadhar cards, an Eastern Eye investigation has found. The world's biggest video sharing website has been urged to take action with concerns that criminals could learn the tricks in the footage and dupe…

Masked men assault Nawaz Sharif’s personal physician in London

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation after former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif's personal physician was injured in a robbery incident near Park Lane, London. Dr Adnan Khan was allegedly assaulted with metal rods by two masked men, who snatched his wristwatch on Monday (9) night. Khan was in London…

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…

Adieu to pioneer of Asian Media

LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan has led tributes to Ramniklal Solanki, a giant of Gujarati journalism and pioneer of British Asian media, who passed away on Sunday (1), after a brief illness. He was 88. Mr Solanki was in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, when he suffered a stroke last week. He was admitted…

My father: The Editor’s Editor

This is a tribute I never thought I would have to write or indeed ever wanted to write. It is the most difficult of assignments, but it is one my father would never have shirked. For my brother Kalpesh, sister Sadhana, late sister Smita and I, Ramniklal Solanki was not…

Portrait of Ramniklal Solanki as a newspaperman’s newspaperman

By Amit Roy What was Ramniklal Solanki really like as a man? In all the years that I have known him, I can honestly say I have never heard him raise his voice or lose his temper. He always came across as gentle. If I had a camera to hand,…

Indian ‘mule herder’ jailed for online scam in UK

AN Indian man has been jailed along with four gang-members for  over 30 years in an online fraud case involving a £10-million payment diversion scam. Satish Kotinadhuni, 44, had been arrested from his home in east London in June last year. The Southwark Crown Court sentenced him on Friday (28)…

London’s safety top priority for mayoral candidate Rory Stewart

by LAUREN CODLING INDEPENDENT London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart has pledged to make the safety of Londoners a priority. Having spent time speaking to thousands of voters during his campaign trial, ahead of the election in May, Stewart has found a common concern from most is the level of safety…

Police charge man in mosque stabbing

LONDON police said on Friday (21) that they had charged a 29-year-old man in the stabbing of a prayer leader at a mosque in Park Road. Daniel Horton, charged with section 18 GBH and possession of a bladed article, is due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Police…

Man stabs muezzin at London Central Mosque

SCOTLAND YARD detectives have initiated a probe into the attempted murder of the London Central Mosque’s muezzin during afternoon prayers today (20). The alleged attacker was wrestled to the ground by worshippers, and later arrested by police officers. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “A 29-year-old man, who is…

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…

Court convicts siblings in terrorist attack plot  

A MAN who unwittingly told covert police officers of his plans to launch a terrorist attack, and his sister who kept the plans secret have been convicted on Monday (10). The latest ruling on Luton-based siblings came following a six-and-a-half-month counter-terrorism investigation. The sentencing of the duo is scheduled to take place…

Neil Basu backs emergency anti-terror law

IN his first major statement after the Streatham attack, Britain's counter-terrorism chief backed the government’s plan to end automatic early release of terror convicts. “With 3,000 or so subjects of interest currently on our radar and many convicted terrorists soon due to be released from prison, we simply cannot watch…

Man shot dead in London by UK police in terror…

A man was shot dead by armed Scotland Yard officers in south London on Sunday in a terror-related stabbing incident which injured at least two people. Emergency services, including paramedics and armed police, responded to the incident on Streatham High Road, from where social media images showed plain-clothed policemen pursuing…

Hope Indian government will address concerns on Citizenship Act: Dominic…

Amid anti-CAA protests in India, the UK on Thursday (30) said it hopes that the Indian government will address concerns of the people over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as its manifesto commitment is "with all, development for all and trust of all". Outgoing British High Commissioner to India Dominic…

Robbers attack elderly couple at home

DETECTIVES from the Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses and information after two violent burglaries over two nights on the borough where the suspects have targeted Asians for gold and other valuables. In one incident, the suspects targeted and assaulted an elderly couple in their own home. That incident occurred…

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…

Policeman jailed for lying about child sexual assault

A POLICE constable 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 over cleaning up…

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…

Anti-Islamic slogans found in south London

IN A latest suspected hate crime incident, unknown miscreants painted anti-Islamic slogans on a building close to a mosque and cultural centre in the British capital. Metropolitan police rushed to a building near the North Brixton Islamic Cultural Centre on Brixton Road in south London on Wednesday (1), following reports…

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,…

Indian tycoon converts old Scotland Yard HQ into luxury hotel

INDIA-born business tycoon MA Yusuff Ali's LuLu Group has launched its new Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London with a £300-million investment. The hotel is located within the premises of the old headquarters of the Metropolitan Police. Ali’s business had bought the property in Whitehall area near Downing Street four…

Barnie Choudhury: ‘Met should focus its resources on policing’

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY Former BBC journalist I HAVE been really lucky during my professional career. It is not just the variety of roles I have undertaken, but the people I have been blessed to meet and from whom I have learned. In 1997, I was reporting about the Black Police…

‘Cash cow of parking is breaking up society’

by NADEEM BADSHAH ROWS over parking spaces around places of worship can be resolved by council bosses relaxing the rules during holy days, community leaders have suggested. They have also called for worshippers to park their vehicle responsibly before prayers and urged religious groups to carry out more research into…

UK court orders Indian-origin car thief to pay back over…

An Indian-origin man sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for handling 19 stolen vehicles worth over £700,000 last year has been ordered to pay back £1.4 million Chirag Patel was subject to a confiscation order under the UK's Proceeds of Crime Act at Croydon Crown Court on Friday and the confiscation…

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…

London Bridge: Several hurt after stabbing

  LONDON Bridge has been shut down this afternoon (29), after several people were injured and a man was held following a stabbing in the British capital. The Metropolitan Police said it was called at 1:58 pm (1358 GMT) to a stabbing at a premises near the bridge, which in…

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…

Man convicted of murdering ex-wife with crossbow

A MAN who killed his pregnant ex-wife by firing a crossbow at her has been convicted of murder. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51, was found guilty by a jury of the murder after a trial at the Old Bailey. He will be sentenced at the same court next Friday (29). The jury…

Uber taxi driver jailed for sexual assaulting ‘vulnerable’ female passenger

An Indian-origin taxi driver found guilty of sexually assaulting a female passenger when she was in an "extremely vulnerable condition" during a ride back to her home in London was sentenced to 16 months in prison by a UK court on Tuesday (12). Temur Shah, who worked for ride hailing…

Man jailed for 15 years for rape and robbery of…

An Indian-origin man who raped and robbed a woman at knife-point in south-east England has been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment by a UK court. Diljeet Grewal was found guilty of rape, sexual assault and aggravated burglary at Islewoth Crown Court and sentenced on Friday to 15 years behind bars,…

Man convicted for wife’s, two children’s murder

A BANGLADESHI has been found guilty of the murder of his wife and two children at their family home in East Ham over 12 years ago. Immediately after committing the crime, Mohammed Abdul Shakur, 45, fled to his home country. He was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Thursday (31) of…

Triple murder suspect extradited from India found guilty in UK

A Bangladeshi man extradited from India on charges of killing his wife and two minor daughters in London was on Thursday (31) convicted of the triple murder by a UK court. Mohammed Abdul Shakur, 45, was found guilty at the Old Bailey court in London of the murder of his…

Police probe crowdfunding page targeting Gina Miller

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into a crowdfunding page set up online seeking funds to hire a 'contract killer' for Gina Miller, the prominent Indian-origin anti-Brexit campaigner who has won two major landmark court rulings over Parliament supremacy. The 53-year-old investment fund manager, born Gina Nadira Singh in British…

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…

Violence and intimidation unacceptable, says Johnson on Kashmir protests on…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (23) said "violence and intimidation anywhere is wholly unacceptable", as pro-Pakistani demonstrators plan to stage Kashmir protests outside the Indian High Commission in London on Diwali day. During the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session in Parliament, Conservative Party MP Bob Blackman spoke of…

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…

GG2 Diversity Conference speakers address issues around inclusion in workplace

THE GG2 Diversity conference opened last Thursday (10) with speeches by a number of inspirational speakers, including politicians, campaigners, academics and senior executives. The conference was hosted by the Asian Media Group (AMG), which publishes Eastern Eye, Garavi Gujarat, Asian Trader, Pharmacy Business, the Asian Rich List and the GG2…

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'…

Asians in UK warned to protect family gold

ASIAN families have been urged to keep their gold safe during the festive season of Diwali and Navaratri, as there is an increased risk of their valuables being targeted, police said. Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police show that more than £50 million worth of gold and jewellery were stolen…

Police appeal for the public’s help to find girl who…

Police on Sunday (22) released the picture of a girl who hurled racist abuse at an man on a bus on September 14. Commuters were left horrified when the girl made racist remarks against a man on a bus in West London. The girl started screaming at the passenger after…

Lord Jeffrey Archer: I’m not surprised to see Indians doing…

by AMIT ROY LORD Jeffrey Archer’s 25 published titles have sold 250 million copies in nearly 100 countries and been translated into 37 languages. In India, which Archer estimates he has visited “20 to 25 times over the years”, he has an especially devoted following. The author was taken aback…

India to raise with UK issue of pro-Pakistani protests outside…

BRITISH Pakistani groups-led protests turned violent outside the Indian high commission in London on Tuesday (3) resulting in the arrest of two people. The Indian authorities will take up with the UK the matter of damage inflicted to the Indian high commission in London during the protests yesterday, media has…

London is ‘acid attack hotspot of western world’

THE number of acid attacks has hit record levels in London, with 752 such offences taking place last year. The 2012 to 2018 figures show that number of acid attacks surged from 66 in 2012 to 252 last year. About 17 attacks were carried out on children under the age…

Priti Patel tells Sadiq Khan ‘to spend his money on…

Home secretary Priti Patel on Friday (23) demanded assurances from Sadiq Khan that he was "putting as much resource as you possibly can into the Metropolitan Police Service”. In a letter to Khan, Patel alluded that the London Mayor was spending money on public relations that could go towards fighting…

Stolen Indian artefacts returned

by AMIT ROY TWO stolen art treasures, which were handed over last week to Ruchi Ghanashyam, the Indian high commissioner in London, will be sent back to India. A limestone relief, originating from Andhra Pradesh and estimated to be about 2,000 years old; and a 300-year-old Navaneetha Krishna bronze figure…

Priti Patel launches plan to crackdown on violent crime

Home secretary Priti Patel on Monday (19) launched plans to pave the way for new powers to tackle violent crime in the UK. Patel has opened a consultation process that would lead to changes in the UK's Offensive Weapons Act to give courts additional powers to issue control orders related…

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…

Man stabbed outside UK Home Office

A man was taken to hospital after being stabbed on Thursday (15) outside Britain's Home Office headquarters in London. One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, the city's Metropolitan Police said. The Home Office is responsible for tackling crime and the government has recently launched…

Tackling extremism needs a multi-faceted approach, say experts

by LAUREN CODLING AN independent senior government advisor has urged “a whole society response” on radicalisation, as the UK’s counter-terrorism chief claimed last week that homegrown terrorists were being recruited due to a lack of social mobility. Sara Khan, the lead commissioner for countering extremism, said she believes all of…

Sadiq Khan tells Boris Johnson to recurit more police in…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has urged prime minister Boris Johnson to recruit police officers "much quicker" to tackle the city's knife crime rise. Saying the capital's Metropolitan Police is "under-resourced and overstretched", Khan said the city needs more officers than the 20,000 pledged by Johnson over three years. Khan said:…

Neil Basu urges politicians to be careful of what they…

BRITAIN'S counter-terrorism chief has urged politicians to be careful of what they say publicly. Without directly referring to prime minister Boris Johnson's earlier remarks comparing Muslim women to "letterboxes" and describing black people as "piccaninnies," Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, said anyone making such comments would be barred…

Metropolitan Police still racist: Campaigners

  By Nadeem Badshah CAMPAIGNERS have dismissed the claim by the chief of Britain’s biggest police force that it has “transformed” and is no longer institutionally racist. This year marks 20 years since the damning inquiry into the Metropolitan Police over its handling of the racist murder of black teenager…

Neil Basu says better social mobility a must to win…

BETTER social mobility and education could do more to win the fight against violent extremism than policing and state security combined, feels Britain's counter-terrorism chief Neil Basu. The Metropolitan police assistant commissioner said that up to 80 per cent of those who wanted to attack the UK were British-born or…

Mother of boy killed by allergy urges to teach people about…

By Nadeem Badshah THE mother of a schoolboy who suffered a fatal allergic reaction when cheese was thrown at him, has called for a law change as it emerged last week that the Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into his death. Karanbir Singh Cheema, who had allergies…

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…

Faith groups back Church of England’s ‘digital charter’

by NADEEM BADSHAH FAITH groups have supported the Church of England’s first-ever digital commandments to combat abuse and fake news on social media. The church has drawn up a “digital charter” based on five Christian values, including not sharing sexually explicit, threatening or racist posts, speaking to others online as…

As holidays begin, border agents investigate forced marriages in Britain

With summer holidays beginning in Britain this week, officials are redoubling efforts at the border to stop young people being dragged into forced marriages. At a Heathrow Airport arrivals gate, an AFP reporter watched as officials from a special task force comprising police, immigration agents and charity workers intercepted a…

Sadiq Khan says rise in youth crime linked to poverty

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has attributed a spike in youth violence to social exclusion and austerity. Deprivation, school exclusions and poverty, exacerbated by the Conservatives' austerity spending cuts have resulted in a 71 per cent increase in violence between 2012-13 and 2017-18, said Khan based on data from a range…

London mayor Sadiq Khan honours victims of the 7/7 London…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday (7) paid tributes to the victims of the 7/7 bombings on the 14th anniversary of the attacks in London. Khan stood side-by-side with chiefs of the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and City of London Police and laid flowers at a 7/7 memorial. Fifty-two…

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…

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…

Experts urge more awareness of food allergies at places of…

by NADEEM BADSHAH FAMILIES need to be educated about suffering a severe allergic reaction following the death of a schoolboy who had cheese thrown at him, experts have recommended. They have also called for places of worship and the NHS to work together to raise awareness of food allergies. This…

Barnie Choudhury: London mayor Sadiq Khan would be the right…

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY, Former BBC journalist BACK in 2002, I was investigating how the Metropolitan Police was dealing with a senior ethnic minority officer they had accused of corruption. In his corner was a relatively unknown human rights lawyer and Labour councillor. Unlike other south Asians who had a taste…

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…

‘I’m not going to grieve him,’ says wife of London…

THE widow of the ringleader of the London Bridge attack told an inquest on Thursday (6) that she would not grieve his death. Describing Khuram Butt's final moments with the family, his wife said he gave her a peck on the cheek before going to meet his fellow jihadis --…

London Bridge inquest: Family member’s warning was not passed to…

POLICE officials investigating the ringleader of the London Bridge attack were not aware that Khuram Butt was reported to a terror hotline, an inquest heard on Tuesday (4). A senior counter-terror office who was investigating Khuram Butt two years before the 2017 London Bridge attack admitted there was a "failing"…

Man attempts to assault Ramadan worshippers with a hammer in…

Ramadan worshippers detained a man at a mosque in Southall after he reportedly attempted to attack people with a hammer. The Metropolitan police said officers was called to a mosque in Hayes Road, Southall, shortly after 4.30 am of Monday (3). “A 38-year-old man is reported to have attempted to…

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,…

Extremist jailed for terror offences

A NORTH London man who threatened to kill police officers has been jailed for two years and four months for terror offences. Mohammed Hamza Ghani, of Barnet, was arrested in January after he phoned the anti-terrorist hotline to "claim he would kill people or police officers." When officers arrived at…

‘Unprecedented’ rise in threats against MPs

There is an "unprecedented" increase in the number of threats against MPs and Brexit divide may have contributed to the rise in attacks. Between January and April this year, the number of crimes soared to 152, a rise of 90 per cent compared with the same period last year. Cressida…

London Bridge attack inquest: Video shows wiping knife on beard…

ONE of the London Bridge attackers was seen washing blood off his knife and wiping it on his beard after killing eight people, an inquest has heard. Khuram Butt, 27, was caught on CCTV cameras cleaning his ceramic knife inside Black and Blue restaurant. Another terrorist, Youssef Zaghba, 22, was…

‘Low value crime’ needs high priority

by NADEEM BADSHAH SHOPKEEPERS have called for more action to be taken against criminals by police and ministers after new figures showed the number of thefts has risen. Incidents have increased following the introduction a £200 threshold by police before criminals are pursued. Figures from 25 police forces suggest there…

Britain warns against ‘all but essential travel’ to Sri Lanka

Britain on Thursday (25) warned against "all but essential travel" to Sri Lanka following the terror attacks on Sunday (21) that claimed at least 359 lives. "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks…

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…

Pinner stabbing: Man charged with shopkeeper’s murder

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a newsagent who was stabbed to death while opening his shop in north London. Ravi Katharkamar was believed to have been attacked while opening the Marsh Food and Wine in Pinner at about 6 am on March 24. Alexander Stephen…

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…

Mind the language

by Amit Roy WHAT are the lessons from the Christchurch massacre? Could it happen here? And what do we do to prevent another horror? The questions people ask of Shamima Begum are also ones that need to be put to Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian who allegedly carried out the…

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,…

Labour MP describes finding her dad bruised in a care…

A LABOUR MP has told Parliament how her elderly dementia-hit father was left bloodied and bruised at a care facility, and she received no explanation for how he got these injuries. Rosena Allin-Khan, in a parliamentary adjournment debate she secured on Wednesday (27) into the safeguarding of vulnerable people in…

‘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…

Shamima Begum stripped of British citizenship

RADICIALISED teenager Shamima Begum has been stripped of her British citizenship, it was announced on Tuesday (19). Begum, 19, was one of three school girls from east London who fled to Syria to join Daesh (the so-called Islamic State group) in 2015. She claimed to have been married to a…

British Sikh woman’s honour killing story hits UK TV screens

A high-profile honour killing case of a British Sikh woman who was taken to India by her UK-based family and then killed in Punjab over 20 years ago is set to be revived as a television documentary this week. Surjit Kaur Athwal was perceived as bringing shame on her conservative…

“Depressing” stats expose extent of abuse against girls

by LAUREN CODLING PEERS and activists condemned “depressing” statistics showing the extent of sexual harassment and violence against women, as it was revealed more than two thirds of British and Indian females experienced sexual misconduct in the past six months. The new study, conducted by charity ActionAid, highlighted the impact…

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 arrested after Muslim schoolgirls filmed in ‘disturbing’ racist video

A MAN has been arrested after police investigated a video that shows a man following Muslim schoolgirls and calling for them to be sterilised. A male in his 60s was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on Monday (28) on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. In the video,…

UK Expresses Regret After Separatists Burn Indian Flag On Republic…

THE British government today (28) expressed regret over reports that the Indian flag was burnt during a demonstration organised by separatist groups outside the Indian High Commission in London on Saturday, when India celebrated Republic Day (26). The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it was disappointed that separatist groups…

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…

Minorities tell their stories of everyday racism as hate spreads…

by LAUREN CODLING A LONDON bus driver violently attacked by a passenger while doing his job and a British author told he “did not belong in the country” illustrate the pervasive racial hostility that ethnic minorities across the UK experience and endure every day. On Monday (17), a video emerged…

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…

Indian Origin PC Fired In UK After Unsatisfactory Police Performance…

Indian origin Scotland Yard police constable, PC Bhupinder Kalsi was fired after a Metropolitan Police Unsatisfactory Police Performance meeting on Monday (19). The police department found her service was completely incompetent and she was guilty of unsatisfactory service. The police constable was removed from the list of British police staff…

Virendra Sharma MP calls for decisive action against temple burglaries…

A veteran Indian-origin MP in the UK has urged the British government to take a decisive action against the recent burglaries at two temples in London and treat them as a hate crime. Virendra Sharma, a Labour Party MP who represents the suburb of Ealing Southall which has a sizeable…

British woman abuses Air India staff for denying alcohol

A video has gone viral of a 50-year-old woman abusing Air India staff on a flight from Mumbai to London after she was denied alcohol on the plane. According to Mail Online, the business class passenger is believed to be British and she created a ruckus when cabin crew denied her another bottle…

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…

Religious idols stolen from Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden

The Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden was burgled on Friday, 9 November 2018 at around 12.30 pm and several religious idols were stolen. The Metropolitan police have appealed for information that will help to identify any individuals involved in this incident and to assist in the return of the idols.…

UK plans new fund for Indian soldiers who fought in…

The UK government has unveiled plans to offer support to Indian soldiers who fought for Britain during the two World Wars but lost out on pensions and other benefits accrued to British armed forces personnel at the time. UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the government is keen to…

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…

Sajid Javid wins top honour at GG2 Leadership Awards

BRITAIN'S home secretary, Sajid Javid, the first Asian to hold the prestigious post, won the top honour at the GG2 Leadership Awards in London last evening (24). Javid, who is of British-Pakistani heritage and was appointed home secretary in April, was presented the coveted GG2 Hammer Award for shattering through the…

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…

UK Starts Car Wash Scheme to Tackle Labour Abuses And…

A government scheme to tackle labour abuses and modern slavery at Britain's hand car washes was announced on Monday (22), following concerns that Eastern European workers are being exploited and enslaved at thousands of unregulated sites across the country. The Responsible Car Wash Scheme will recognise businesses that operate legally,…

Radical Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary released from prison

Radical cleric Anjem Choudary, long a thorn in the side of British authorities, was released from prison on Friday having served half his sentence for encouraging support for the Islamic State group, British media reported. The 51-year-old was jailed for five-and-a-half years in 2016, and will serve the rest of his sentence…

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,…

Gangs Taking Over Homes of Vulnerable in UK

By Nadeem Badshah Vulnerable people who have their homes taken over by drug gangs who befriend them need more help from communities, former police officers and campaigners have urged. British Asians with disabilities are among those being exploited by criminals who use the victim’s property to stash weapons and illegal…

Police arrest terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s right-hand man at London hotel

A key aide of Dawood Ibrahim, India’s most wanted terrorist, was arrested by British police at London’s Hilton Hotel on Friday (17). Jabir Siddiq, aka Jabir Moti, is believed to be the right-hand man of Dawood, managing his investments in the UK, UAE and around the world. The Pakistani national,…

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…

Incident at Westminster “deliberate act”, man held on terrorism charges

POLICE arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences on Tuesday (14) saying he appeared to deliberately drive into cyclists before ramming a car into security barriers outside the British parliament in what appeared to be the second attack on the building in just under 18 months. The man, in…

Getting to grips with gangs

by NADEEM BADSHAH CONCERNS OVER ASIAN COMMUNITY’S ‘FAILURE’ TO DEAL WITH RISING PROBLEM ASIAN community leaders are failing to tackle the growing trend of children being lured by gangs, ac­cording to one of Britain’s leading crime fighters. Nazir Afzal, former chief prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said “there is a…

Peers honour contribution of Indian suffragette women

by LAUREN CODLING ‘OVERLOOKED’ Indian suffragettes were praised by senior peers and academics at a House of Lords event last Thursday (6). The celebration of Indian women’s contributions for the British Suffrage movement was held in Westminster, marking 100 years since women were legally allowed to vote. Conservative Muslim peers…

Killers jailed for 100 years

A GANG who murdered a rival have been jailed for 104 years between them, a court heard last week. Sukhjinder Singh, also known as Gurinder Singh, from Southall, was set upon on 30 July 2016 in an attack that included weapons such as knives, swords and base­ball bats. Singh was…

Home secretary Javid reveals he was mugged for his phone…

Home secretary Sajid Javid today (17) revealed that he was mugged on the streets of London for his mobile phone. In an interview with the Sun on Sunday newspaper, the the cabinet member said he is looking into giving police more power to pursue so-called moped gangs of thieves, notorious…

Indian invasion

by HOWARD ROBIN FIRMS AND MOGULS CASH IN ON UK REAL ESTATE RETURNS COMPANIES and private individuals from the In­dian subcontinent have been pouring money into prime UK property, targeting some of Britain’s most prestigious and historic tracts of real estate. The transactions range from luxury apartments in London and…

‘Save our children’

by NADEEM BADSHAH GRIEVING PARENTS ADDRESS CAUSES OF RISING CRIME A MUM who lost her daughter to gun crime has appealed to Asians parents to do more to protect their children and speak out against violence. Iffat Rizvi, whose daughter Sa­bina was shot dead after being caught up in a row…

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…

How to tackle rising knife crime

by NADEEM BADSHAH ACTIVISTS CALL ON SOCIAL MEDIA FIRMS TO MONITOR CONTENT ON THEIR PLATFORMS INTERNET giants have been urged to act to stop knife crime escalating after an Eastern Eye investigation found videos promoting violence between gangs from different parts of the UK. One clip on YouTube showed hood­ed…

YouTube urged to pull videos as knife crime increases

by NADEEM BADSHAH INTERNET giants have been urged to act to stop knife crime escalating after an Eastern Eye investigation found videos promoting violence between gangs from different parts of the UK. One clip on YouTube showed hooded men from black and Asian backgrounds in a music video which made…

Tens of thousands rally as Bangladesh job protests spread

Tens of thousands of university students marched in cities across Bangladesh on Wednesday (11) in one of the biggest protests faced by prime minister Sheikh Hasina in her decade in power. Students fighting against a controversial policy that sets aside government jobs for special groups have united in mass protests…

Man murdered in knife attack in Southall

A 48-year-old man has been killed in a knife attack in the city's Southall suburb, police said today, amidst a rise in street crimes in the British capital . Scotland Yard has identified the victim as Balbir Johal, a logistics planner and a resident of Slough, who was attacked on…

Muslim MPs targeted with suspicious packages

Four Muslim MPs have been targeted with similar suspicious packages containing a mysterious sticky liquid and a letter calling for 'Punish a Muslim Day'. MPs Rushanara Ali and Rupa Huq and their colleagues Afzal Khan and Mohammad Yasin are the four Labour party MPs to receive the same kind of…

Suspicious package sent to Labour MP Mohammad Yasin’s office

Two people were sent to hospital after a package containing a suspicious liquid was sent to Labour MP Mohammad Yasin's office. Police were immediately called and staff members on the first floor of the Norman Shaw North building in Westminster were told to either stay shut in their offices or…

Acid attack survivor calls for tougher action following sentence guidance

by LAUREN CODLING AN ACID ATTACK survivor has said the British government needs to do more to tackle acid crime as new sentencing guidelines were implemented earlier this month. Corrosive substances will now be recognised as “highly dangerous weapons”, after a string of violent acid attacks in the UK. The…

UK police investigating ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters

Britain's counter-terrorism officers are investigating a series of anti-Muslim letters circulated across the country calling for people to participate in a 'Punish a Muslim Day' on April 3. Residents in London, Yorkshire and the Midlands regions of England have reported receiving the letters branded as "malicious correspondence" by police. West…

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…

British teacher tried to groom 110 children to launch terror…

A British teacher was on Friday found guilty of trying to create an army of children to launch several terror attacks across London. Umar Haque reportedly showed his wards violent videos that contained scenes of people being decapitated and forced them to role-play attacking law enforcement officers. "His plan was…

Sikh Man’s Turban ripped off outside UK Parliament

A Sikh man's turban was ripped off outside UK Parliament in an attack that was reportedly racially motivated. The incident happened when Ravneet Singh, from India's Punjab, was waiting outside Portcullis House to meet Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi. The attacker reportedly shouted "Muslim go back" before approaching Singh and…

Man charged with killing three teenagers in car crash

An British Asian man was on Monday (29) remanded in custody on charges of three counts of death by dangerous driving after a road collision that killed three teenage boys in London last week. Jaynesh Chudasama appeared by Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in London, where he was denied bail and remanded…

Man arrested with sword outside Buckingham Palace denies engaging in…

A 26-year-old man of Bangladeshi-origin, who was arrested with a sword near Buckingham Palace and charged with a terror offence, has denied engaging in the acts of terrorism. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, from Luton area of England, appeared at the Old Bailey court in London via a video link from Belmarsh Prison,…

Acid attack survivor says UK should study third-world prevention plans

by LAUREN CODLING THE survivor of an acid attack has welcomed British retailers’ refusal to sell corrosive substances to under 18s, but said the government should be taking note of the responses of third-world countries to acid crime. Jabed Hussain was sprayed with a corrosive substance by two attackers in…

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…

Acid attacks: UK retailers sign up to voluntary ban on…

Sales of products containing dangerous levels of acids and corrosive substances have been banned in the UK for under 18s under a new voluntary government plan aimed at stopping growing acid attacks. In the year to last April, police recorded more than 500 attacks in England and Wales, double the…

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…

Tower Hamlets seeks support of shop owners ‘to keep people…

by LAUREN CODLING A DELIVERY driver who survived an acid attack four months ago said he continues to suffer the emotional effects of the incident, as he helped launch an initiative to tackle growing incidences of the crime. Jabed Hussain, 32, was sprayed with a corrosive substance by two attackers…

Men accused of terror plot against May in court

TWO British South Asian men appeared in court on Wednesday (6) over charges related to a terror plot involving the prime minister Theresa May. Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammad Aqib Imran, 21, have been accused of planning an attack in Westminster against Theresa May earlier this year. Rahman, who…

Oxford Circus station in central London evacuated after incident

BRITISH police said they were responding to an "incident" at Oxford Circus in central London this evening (24) and have evacuated the Underground station, in an area thronged with people on a busy shopping day. "Officers are responding to reports of an incident at Oxford Circus station," British Transport Police…

Final death toll of Grenfell Tower is confirmed as 71

The final death toll from the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower social housing block in London in June is 71, police said on Thursday (16) after five months of painstaking search and recovery operations. The devastating blaze spread rapidly through Grenfell Tower on June 14, with 293 people inside…

Mallya arrested again in money laundering case

Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya has been arrested in a second money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said today (3). The 61-year-old flamboyant businessman, already out on bail on an extradition warrant executed by the Metropolitan Police earlier this year, will be…

Trump tweet sparks rebuke from May

  US PRESIDENT Donald Trump sparked fury in London and yet another pointed rebuke from Prime Minster Theresa May Friday after he claimed "loser terrorists" behind a botched London train attack were known to British police. Trump took to Twitter to condemn an attack on a packed London Underground train…

Tube ‘incident being probed as terrorist attack’

BRITISH authorities are treating an incident at a London underground station as terrorism, the BBC reported, citing unnamed counter-terrorism sources. Armed police rushed to an incident at Parsons Green underground station this morning (15) with local media reporting there had been an explosion on a packed rush-hour commuter train. Passengers…

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…

Pakistani global drug-trafficking kingpin arrested in London

 A Pakistani man suspected of being the leader of a global drug production and distribution syndicate has been arrested in the UK, following investigations by the National Crime Agency and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Officers from the NCA and the Metropolitan Police detained Pakistani national Mohammad Asif Hafeez,…

Asian acid attack anxiety- ‘People scared to open their front…

by Nadeem Badshah British Asians have spoken of their fears over going out in the evenings following the spike in acid attacks – and have called for tougher sentences. Communities have said they are also afraid to open their front door and leave their car windows open after eight people…

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…

The next steps after the tragic events at Grenfell Tower

by Sailesh Mehta FROM LAW TO POLICY AND SAFETY, INQUIRY WILL HAVE LESSONS FOR ALL The Government has acted surprisingly quickly in announcing a full Public Inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower in London. There was no other political option available: as the death toll mounts and local anger…

‘Terror attacks will not divide us,’ say May and Javid…

A WITNESS has described the horrifying scenes after a white rental van plowed into a crowd outside the Muslim Welfare House in north London shortly after midnight on Monday (19). Moments prior to the collision, Aweys Sheikh Ali was running southwest down Seven Sisters Road, to help Markram Ali, 51,…

Pharmacist jailed for illegally selling drugs in UK

An pharmacist who stole almost £5,000 worth of prescription drugs and then sold them on the street has been jailed for one year by a UK court. Niren Patel had appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by abuse of a position of trust,…

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…

Islamophobia on rise after London Bridge terror attack, say Police

Islamophobic hate crimes have increased five-fold in London since the weekend London Bridge attack claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group that killed eight people, Scotland Yard figures revealed today (8). Twenty such crimes directed at Muslims were handled by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday (6), compared with a daily…

Britons take to the polls in key general election

Voters have started flocking to the polls this morning for a snap election called by prime minister Theresa May ahead of Brexit after a campaign shadowed by terrorism. May called the election in April, when opinion poll ratings for her and her centre-right Conservative party were sky high, presenting herself as the…

UK imams refuse funeral prayers to ‘indefensible’ London attackers

Over 130 imams and Muslim religious leaders in the UK have refused to perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the London Bridge attackers, saying their "indefensible actions" were completely at odds with the teachings of Islam. Imams and religious leaders from across the country and a range of schools of thought came together to…

Gurdwaras in UK offer shelter to London terror attack victims

Gurdwaras in London on Sunday (4) opened their doors for the victims stranded after the terror attack in the city by offering them shelter and food, according to media reports. Almost immediately after the attack was reported, Sikhs tweeted that their places of worship were opened for those caught up…

London attackers plough van into crowd and stab revellers, kill…

Assailants drove a van into pedestrians at high speed on London Bridge on Saturday (3) night before stabbing revellers on nearby streets, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens in what police suspect was a terrorist attack. Armed police rushed to the scene and, within eight minutes of receiving the…

Four men arrested in UK on terror charges

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack in the UK, Scotland Yard said today. The men, aged between 18 and 27, were suspected of involvement in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, the Metropolitan Police (Met) said. "All four men have been…

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…

Man held with knives near Parliament charged with terror offences

A 27-year-old man arrested with knives near the Parliament and Downing Street in London last month has been charged with preparing terrorist acts, Scotland Yard has said. Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, who was arrested on Parliament Street on April 27, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court today. Omar Ali, from…

Gareth Thomas MP reveals election pledges for Harrow West

by REENA KUMAR LABOUR’S Gareth Thomas MP has revealed how he returned from paternity leave just an hour before prime minister Theresa May called a general election, forcing the new father to get straight back onto the campaign trail. Thomas has represented Harrow West for the last 20 years, which…

‘Cufflink terrorist’ Samata Ullah jailed for 8 years

A 34-year-old British Muslim who used James Bond-style USB cufflink to store extremist data in pursuit of Islamic State’s campaign of terrorism has been jailed for eight years by a UK court. Samata Ullah of Cardiff in Wales admitted to being a member of the Islamic State terror group, terrorist…

Woman alleged to have been raped and murdered by homeless…

A hotel housekeeper, whose body had been discovered from a wasteland near Heathrow airport, last November, was raped and murdered by a homeless stranger, a court was told on Wednesday. Pardeep Kaur had been reported missing on October 17, 2016, by a relative after she did not come home from work.…

Amber Rudd vows protection against hate crimes following London terror…

By Reena Kumar HOME SECRETARY Amber Rudd has sought to reassure faith communities in Britain following last week’s terror attack in London by insisting the government will continue to monitor hate crimes against minorities. Writing exclusively in Eastern Eye, Rudd, who last week returned from a visit to Pakistan, addressed…

Toddler loses eyesight in an attack by her father who…

A one-year-old baby girl allegedly attacked with a hammer by her  father in London recently has lost her eyesight and can hear only partially. Bidhya Sagar Das was charged with the brutal murder of her twin brother, Gabriel, and her own attempted murder at a court in London earlier this…

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…

LGBT activist among two hacked to death in Bangladesh

Two people have been hacked to death today at an apartment in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said, with a local television channel identifying one of them as a leading gay rights activist. “Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death. Another person was injured,”…

Security increased in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging

Bangladesh on Thursday deployed thousands of police in the capital to prevent violence, after the main Islamist party called a nationwide strike to protest against its leader’s execution for war crimes. Jamaat-e-Islami party president Motiur Rahman Nizami was hanged late on Tuesday following his conviction for the massacre of intellectuals…

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…

Bangladesh arrests ‘Islamist militants’ after Singapore alert

Bangladesh police on Tuesday arrested five suspected Islamist militants after being alerted to their alleged extremist activities by authorities in Singapore who had deported them. Officers from Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they arrested the five in Dhaka’s Banasree district and seized jihadist materials from the former migrant workers. “They are…

Man arrested over toddler murder in Finsbury

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a one-year-old boy and attacking his twin sister Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, lived at the address in Finsbury Park area in north London where the toddlers were attacked in what police are describing as a suspected "domestic incident". Detectives confirmed "the man…

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…

Parliament in partial lockdown over package with “white powder”

A SUSPICIOUS package containing white power which was sent to Lord Nazir Ahmed prompted a lock down of parts of the Houses of Parliament today (July 7). Lord Ahmed’s office in the House of Lords, the car park and the terrace were closed for an hour and a half after…

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…

Missing woman found murdered under Hayes flyover

Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman reported missing a week ago was found underneath a flyover in Hayes. Pardeep Kaur was last seen on Sunday (16) when CCTV captured her walking down Harlington High Street at 4 pm. Her family reported the 30-year-old missing…

Are Asians safe in a Brexit Britain?

RACISM ON RISE AFTER VOTE REPORTS are coming in of Asians being targeted by far-right members of the Brexit lobby. For example, one Twitter user, Heaven Crowley, a research professor in Coventry, wrote: “This evening my daughter left work in Birmingham and saw group of lads corner a Muslim girl…

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…

London to deploy extra armed officers to protect against attacks

London’s police force will deploy an additional 600 armed officers across the capital to protect against the threat of attacks, authorities announced on Wednesday (August 3). The threat level in London remains at “severe” and the increase is not in response to any specific intelligence but is a long-term response…

Gujarat riots accused becomes first person to be extradited from…

A 40-year-old man wanted in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat was on Tuesday (18) extradited from the UK to stand trial in India, becoming the first person to be sent back from Britain 24 years after the two countries signed an extradition treaty. Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel had…

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to forestall a Paris-style attack on…

How should cities such as London set about achieving greater social integration so as to avoid the kind of terrorist outrage that occurred in Paris a year ago? Britain may be quitting the European Union, but a “conference on building better integrated, more cohesive communities”, called at City Hall on…

Family slams Britain and India as they launch Justice for…

The family of a British mother who died during a trip to India have spoken of their “pain” over not receiving justice and the “lack of help” from the UK government. Seeta Kaur, 33, who has four children, died in what the family claims are “highly suspicious circumstances” in the…

British Asian gangs ‘linked to car insurance scam’

Urgent action is needed to tackle the number of British Asian gangs defrauding insurance companies of millions of pounds each year by staging bogus crashes, experts have claimed. Leading crime fighters said the so-called “crash for cash” scam is a problem in the Asian community, with dozens of crooks working…

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Policing London’s streets

Britain’s largest police force, London’s Metropolitan Police, has “learned a lot” from regular exchanges with their counterparts in India and Pakistan, according to retiring Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. These exchanges have included assistance on individual cases, particularly those involving terrorism, the police chief told reporters on Wednesday (January 18).…

Tributes paid to London man killed in lorry tragedy

The grieving relatives of a new father who was killed after being struck by a lorry have paid tribute to a “true family man” and are appealing to witnesses to come forward with any information. Beju Shah, 46, from Harrow Weald, was hit by a reversing lorry while riding his…

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…

Tributes paid to London man killed in lorry tragedy

The grieving relatives of a new father who was killed after being struck by a lorry have paid tribute to a “true family man” and are appealing to witnesses to come forward with any information. Beju Shah, 46, from Harrow Weald, was hit by a reversing lorry while riding his…