#AceNewsReport – Oct.22: Police were called at 07:48hrs on Thursday, 21 October to Sandy Hill Road, SE18 to a man collapsed in the street: London Ambulance Service attended and the man, aged in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene: A crime scene remains in place: The victim’s next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by specialist officers.
#AceDailyNews reports that MET detectives have launched a murder investigation after a a man in his 20’s was found ‘fatally stabbed’ on Thursday morning in Woolwich
The investigation is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command. He said: “Sandy Hill Road is a residential area and I would ask anyone who was in that area early on Thursday morning to get in touch with us if you saw anything unusual or out of place: Similarly, please check any doorbell or dashcam footage in case you have captured something that could prove useful for our investigation. No piece of information is too small.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, in charge of policing for Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley, said: “My thoughts are first and foremost with the victim’s family who are now having to come to terms with losing their loved one: We understand the shock this will cause in the community and we are here to listen to your concerns. I would encourage people to speak to their local officers and ask any questions they may have: I will also be meeting with partners and community representatives to discuss the incident and how we can continue to work together to prevent serious violence.” There have been no arrests at this stage.
To provide information, call the incident room on 0208 721 4622. OR To remain completely anonymous phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.22: The charges were authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division (SCCTD): Ali remains in custody and will first appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 21 October….
#AceDailyNews reports on MET UPDATE: That a man has been charged with murder of Sir David Amess MP: Ali Harbi Ali, 25 (01.02.96) of north London, was charged on Thursday, 21 October with murder (contrary to common law), and preparation of terrorist acts (contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006) :
Matt Jukes, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, said: “I want to send my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sir David Amess, who died so tragically last Friday: Sir David’s dedication to his family, his constituents and his community, and his positive impact on the lives of so many has shone through: Today’s charge is a significant milestone in the case, but the work from my colleagues in the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command will continue apace: There has been considerable speculation in the media about the background, history and motivation of the man now charged: I understand the huge level of public interest in this case, but now a charge has been brought, it is vitally important that everyone exercises restraint when commenting on it publicly, to ensure future court proceedings are not prejudiced in any way.”
The Attorney General’s Office issued the following advice on 18 October, relating to media reporting and online commentary about this case: Following the arrest of a man in Essex on Friday, 15 October, the Attorney General reminds editors, publishers and social media users that for the purpose of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (the Act), proceedings are active and the strict liability rule under the Act therefore applies: In particular, the Attorney General wishes to draw attention to the risks in publishing material, including on-line, that asserts or assumes, expressly or implicitly, the guilt of any of those arrested, or that otherwise interferes with the administration of justice in this case, for example allegations of wrongdoing of any individual arrested in relation to this matter.
The Attorney General’s Office will be monitoring the coverage of these proceedings: Editors, publishers and social media users are reminded of their responsibilities under the Act and should take legal advice to ensure they are in a position to fully comply with the obligations imposed by the Act.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: Officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology along main roads in and around London, as well as in violence hotspots, to target vehicles which activated the technology, showing a link to violence and drug crimes.
#AceDailyNews reports that more than 100 arrests in violence and drugs crack-down as officers from the MET teamed together with six other police forces: Surrey; Kent; Essex; Hertfordshire; Thames Valley; and British Transport Police, to disrupt and prevent violence, drugs and gang activity.
19 October 2021 17:40
Youth workers from the charity Bounce Back, who interact with young offenders offering support and guidance to help them find ways out of criminal lifestyles, also joined the operation, working in dedicated custody suites providing immediate intervention.
The operation, which ran from 12-14 October, resulted in (MPS only):
119 arrests for knives and drugs offences
18 knives/weapons recovered
A number of drug seizures, including a cannabis factory
£5,795 cash seized, with an additional individual seizure of €451,000
45 vehicles seized.
Inspector Pete Luciano, of the Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “Our number one priority is tackling violence and the drivers which fuel it – we know this includes drugs supply. The use of ANPR technology is a valuable tactic we use to target criminals bringing drugs and weapons onto the streets of London. Operations like this form part of the wider work being carried out across the Met to tackle violence in all its forms: officers are running bespoke operations alongside day-to-day activity, to make communities safer: We are working alongside other police forces and sharing intelligence across borders to intercept criminals using the road networks. My message is clear: if you are involved in the supply of drugs or exploitation of others, we will identify you; stop you and arrest you: Crucially during this operation we were joined by a youth worker who supported individuals on the cusp of violence. This meant young people received instant support, independent of police. Operations like this, which include a collaborative approach, can have a real impact on finding longer-term solutions for those engaging in criminality.” ……….It is absolutely critical that we, along with our partners, drive down violent crime in London – this is the top priority for all in the Met………….Our plans are strong and officers are using a range of tactics from prevention and diversion activities to enforcement. Our continued efforts are starting to have a collective impact, with data showing positive reductions across serious violent crime categories.
This year to September 2021 (CYTD), compared to the same period prior to the pandemic in 2019, has seen:
Homicides decrease by 10%
Knife crime decrease by 32%
Knife crime with injury decrease by 20%
Knife Injury (victims under 25 and non-domestic abuse) decrease by 27%
Personal robbery decrease by 45%
Personal robbery knife injury decrease by 36%
Gun crime decrease by 36%
Lethal barrel discharges decrease by 28%
Despite these reductions, we are not complacent and know there is more to do. Our determination to tackle these crimes remains strong and we will continue to work with our partners, and use every power and tactic available, to serve and protect our communities.
Communities also have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime and we urge anyone who may have information to tell us, so that we can tackle violence together. We need information about crime or those who carry a weapon, or those that exploit people for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.
If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their websitehttps://crimestoppers-uk.org/.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: Officers attended and found a 34-year-old man [Victim 1] suffering from stab injuries. They immediately provided first aid: The man was taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
#AceDailyNews reports on a MET Appeal after man found with stab injuries on bus in Tower Hamlets after police were called at 00:48hrs on Wednesday, 20 October to Mile End Road, E3 following reports of a man seen in possession of a knife on board a Route N25 bus the man was taken to hospital and his condition remains critical
Two other men – aged 34 and 22 – were also taken to hospital for treatment to slash injuries; their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.
A crime scene remains in place. Enquiries continue.
Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 244/20Oct. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.18: Police were called to the High Street, Beckenham at 01:22hrs on Sunday, 17 October following reports of an assault: Officers attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics and found a 42-year-old man with a serious head injury: He was treated at the scene before being taken to a south London hospital where he remains in a critical condition. His next of kin have been informed.
#AceDailyNews reports that MET Detectives are appealing for help to identify a man following serious assault in Beckenham on Sunday morning ….Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the assault or who has information about what took place.
Detective Inspector Tom Revell of the South Area Command CID said: “Initial enquiries suggest that the assault occurred after a confrontation in the street between the victim and another man: We believe the person in the picture we are releasing will be able to assist us with our enquiries: If he sees this appeal, I would urge him to come forward and make himself known to the police: If anyone else who sees this appeal knows who he is, I would ask them to pass that information on to us.”
Information can be provided by calling police on 101 and giving the reference 536/17OCT. Alternatively, it can be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: The investigation is being led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command who are working closely with colleagues from the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Essex Police…..
#AceDailyNews reports that Counter Terrorism Command leading investigation into Sir David Amess murder have confirmed it as a ‘Terrorist Incident’ and have arrested a 25yr-old-man
Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon formally declared the incident as terrorism. The early investigation has revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism.
Essex Police responded to an incident at an address in Eastwood Road North, Essex, shortly after 12:05hrs on Friday, 15 October.
At the scene, officers found a man with multiple stab wounds. He was given emergency medical treatment by emergency services, but sadly died at the scene.
Although formal identification has yet to take place, the man was identified as Sir David Amess, Member of Parliament for Southend West. Specialist officers are supporting his family.
A 25-year-old British man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody at a police station in Essex.
As part of the investigation, officers are currently carrying out searches at two addresses in the London area and these are ongoing.
It is believed that he acted alone, and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident at this time. However, enquiries into the circumstances continue.
Detectives would urge any witnesses or anyone with information about this incident to contact police.
If you have any information that could assist the investigation, then please call police in confidence on 0800 789 321. Anyone with moving footage or pictures is asked to submit them via this link
+ We would remind media that with proceedings now active, nothing should be published that creates a substantial risk of serious prejudice or impediment to this case.
#AceDailyNews reports that a video on social media appearing to show men impersonating two police officers: MET Police were called at 18:51hrs on Tuesday, 12 October to a residential block in The Shaftesburys, Barking IG11.
🚨 We're aware of a video circulating appearing to show two men impersonating police officers in east London. The incident took place in Barking on 12 Oct.
We want to speak to the men pictured – can you name them? ☎️ 101 ref CAD 6640/12 Oct.
A woman reported that two men had attended her address. They were claiming to be police officers and were dressed in crude uniform including caps, harnesses and ‘asps’ (batons) and said they were there to search the property.
14 October 2021 12:35
They were initially allowed in before the residents became suspicious and asked to see their identification, which they could not produce.
Upon being further challenged the suspects left the address. They were followed and fled in the direction of Abbey Road.
Officers attended and conducted an area search but the males could not be located.
It is not believed that anything was stolen from the address and there were no reports of any physical injuries.
An investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests at this time.
Police would like to speak to the two men pictured and ask anyone who has information that could help to call 101 ref CAD 6640/12 Oct.
Guidance on checking the identity of a police officer
Unfortunately, there have been occasions when fraudsters have posed as police officers, both in person and on the phone, to trick people into giving them personal information and defraud them of money.
If one of our officers contacts you in person, they’ll show you their police warrant card. This is proof of their identity and authority.
Remember if you’re unsure about whether the person you’re dealing with is a genuine police officer – stop – and call us on 101 to check their identity.
In an emergency always call 999: For more information, please visit our website
#AceNewsReport – Oct.16: Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a man was stabbed in Camden: The man was taken to hospital where his condition has been assessed as not life-threatening.
#AceDailyNews reports that MET Officers are appealing for information or witnesses after a 26yr-old-man was found with stab injuries early morning Saturday in Camden High Street, Can you help?
16 October 2021 08:55
Detectives from Central North CID are investigating. There has been no arrest at this early stage:
Anyone with information or any witnesses who are yet to speak with police are asked to call 101, ref 1384/16oct. To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: Jason Bell, 40 (17.07.81) of Broxwood Way, Primrose Hill was arrested later the same day and was charged on Monday, 11 October with the following offences:
#AceDailyNews reports that MET Police were called to Broxwood Way, Primrose Hill shortly before 01:00hrs on Sunday, 10 October following reports of a disturbance and found a woman was found with stab wounds. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, she was pronounced dead at the scene…..
She has since been named as 37-year-old Nicole Hurley. Her family are being supported by specialist officers.
Murder of Nicole Hurley.
False imprisonment in relation to a third party.
Driving a motor vehicle dangerously in the early hours of Sunday, 10 October.
Driving whilst disqualified and with no insurance.
Bell was remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 12 October.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: Police had appealed for help to locate Jason Bell, aged 40, who was wanted in connection with the death of a woman in Camden: He has been located and arrested on suspicion of murder.
#AceDailyNews reports that MET Police had appealed for help to locate Jason Bell, aged 40, who was wanted in connection with the death of a woman in Camden: The death is being investigated by detectives from Specialist Crime. Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances.
CASE NOTES: Police were called shortly before 01:00hrs on Sunday, 10 October, to a disturbance at a flat in Broxwood Way, Primrose Hill: Officers attended the location and found a woman, aged in her 30s, suffering stab injuries. Officers administered first aid prior to the arrival of paramedics. Despite the efforts of emergency service the woman was pronounced dead at the scene: The woman’s family have been informed. A post-mortem examination and formal identification will take place in due course: A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder later on 10 October.
On Sunday, the MET said: “As a matter of procedure, MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.”
Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was sexually assaulted by the prince at three locations – London, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
Her case claims Prince Andrew engaged in sexual acts without Ms Giuffre’s consent, including when she was 17.
The Met also confirmed it had completed its review into allegations reported in June by broadcaster Channel 4 News that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK.
The force said it had “reviewed information passed to us by a media organisation in June” and decided that “no further action will be taken”.
In August 2019, US financier Epstein was found dead in his cell in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
News SyndicationPrince Andrew – seen walking with Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park in New York in 2010 – has faced scrutiny over his ties to the convicted sex offender
The Met previously ruled out opening an investigation into Epstein, but in August Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the force would review the decision.
The Met added that it will continue to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who are leading the investigation into matters associated with Epstein.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: Police were called just before 19:00hrs on Friday, 8 October to reports of a shooting in Upton Lane, E7. A number of suspects fired shots into a barber’s shop injuring three males, and moments later stabbed one of the victims…
#AceDailyNews MET detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after a triple shooting in Forest Gate on Friday Night around 19:00hrs and a 22-year-old who sustained gunshot and stab injuries is in a critical condition, and the two other victims – a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth – remain in hospital. Neither are in a life-threatening condition.
Further to our earlier tweets, detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating the triple shooting in Forest Gate. One man is in a critical condition. Please SHARE the appeal for information and witnesses, incl details about a black Audi A7https://t.co/qndZ4693K7
Further to our earlier tweets, detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating the triple shooting in Forest Gate. One man is in a critical condition. Please SHARE the appeal for information and witnesses, incl details about a black Audi A7https://t.co/qndZ4693K7— Newham MPS | North East BCU (@MPSNewham) October 9, 2021
To prevent further violence in the area a Section 60 has been authorised for the borough of Newham. This applies until 15:00hrs on Saturday, 9 October and gives officers additional stop and search powers
Detective Sergeant Mat Freeman, of specialist crime, said the use of a firearm in a “crowded part of Newham” was “callous and reckless”.
Officers attended and administered first aid prior to the arrival of London Ambulance Service, who took all three males to hospital.
The 22-year-old man who had sustained both gunshot and stab injuries remains in hospital in a critical condition. The two other victims also remain in hospital. They are a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth; neither of whom is in a life-threatening condition.
A car that was believed to have been used by the suspects, a black Audi A7, was abandoned in Devenay Road, E15. Crime scenes remain in place both in Upton Lane and Devenay Road and forensic work is ongoing.
DS Mat Freeman, Specialist Crime, said: “The use of a firearm last night in a crowded part of Newham was callous and reckless. I am determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice: I am appealing for information from members of the public and for any witnesses who have yet to speak with police to come forward. It is possible that members of the public may have captured footage of the incident or of those involved on phones or dashcam, and I ask anyone with material such as this to get in touch: The suspects made off in a black Audi A7 which was found abandoned. I need to hear from anyone who saw a group behaving suspiciously with this vehicle or recalls seeing an unfamiliar black Audi A7 parked in the area. …..At this early stage of the investigation, there have been no arrests.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 6941/08Sep. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.06: On 26 September 2016, the former officer completed a MPS vetting form as part of her application to become a Special Constable.
#AceDailyNews report the ‘Outcome of misconduct hearing for Former Special Constable Alina Patrichi-Stoian, who was attached to the East Area Basic Command Unit’ was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Discreditable Conduct and Honesty and Integrity.
It is alleged that when completing this vetting form the former officer did not disclose that she had previously been arrested in 2004 when she illegally entered and then attempted to leave the UK and without a valid travel document.
It is also alleged that while serving as a Metropolitan Police Special Constable, the former officer received money transfers from individuals to whom the former officer’s partner had provided counterfeit identity documents.
The legally qualified chair found the allegations proven and, had she remained a serving officer, she would have been dismissed without notice.
#AceNewsReport- Oct.05: Morteza Ahmadi 38 (02.03.83) of no fixed address, has been charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, two counts of causing actual bodily harm, two counts of sexual assault by touching of a female aged over 16 and one count of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a hammer.
#AceDailyNews reports that a man has been charged with two counts of GBH after hammer attack in Westminster on Oct.03: Ahmadi is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 4 October ..update will follow ….
Police were called at 22.54hrs on Friday, 1 October, to reports of a man attacking people in Regent Street, W1: Three women – one aged in her 20s, one in her 30s and one in her 40s, as well as a man in his 50s, were found injured.
They were taken to hospital before being discharged.
One of the women and another woman at the scene, who was not injured, also reported they had been sexually assaulted.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.04: Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service colleagues. Two men, one aged in his 20s and the other in his 30s, were taken to hospital suffering stab injuries. Neither is in a life-threatening condition. One of the two men has been arrested in connection with the incident.
#AceDailyNews reports on MET Appeal after two men stabbed in Putney it took place at around 0155hrs on Sunday, 3 October, police were called to a fight in Upper Richmond Road near the junction with Putney Hill Road, Putney.
At this early stage, officers believe the two men had been among a much larger group who were fighting in Upper Richmond Road, possibly having been drinking in venues nearby. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances, including identifying any available CCTV.
Detectives from the Met’s South West BCU are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information the incident to call 101 and quote reference 738/03oct: To remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.04: He was arrested on 2 October by Hertfordshire Constabulary and suspended the same day by the Metropolitan Police. We await the outcome of criminal proceedings.
#AceDailyNews reports that a Met Police officer PC David Carrick, 46, who is based within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was charged by Hertfordshire Constabulary on 3 October with rape. The officer was off-duty in Hertfordshire at the time….and a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) ….developing report …PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, appeared before St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.
A Metropolitan Police officer accused of raping a woman he met on Tinder has been remanded in custody:
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I am deeply concerned to hear the news today that an officer from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence. I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too: Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage………..I am deeply concerned to hear the news that an officer from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence.
The court was told he “emphatically denies” attacking a woman after the pair went for drinks in St Albans: Mr Carrick, who is currently suspended from duty, is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on 1 November: He was off-duty at the time of the alleged offence in September last year, police said: Mr Carrick appeared at court via videolink from a police station in Stevenage, wearing a white collared shirt, and spoke only to confirm his identity: The court heard he is alleged to have taken the woman back to a Premier Inn after visiting two pubs in St Albans: The attack is alleged to have taken place the following morning.
Defending Mr Carrick, Ryan Dowding said: “He emphatically denies the allegations.” He was charged by Hertfordshire Constabulary on Sunday after his arrest on Saturday.
Mr Carrick was based within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, Scotland Yard said.
“I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too.
“Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.”
The Met said Mr Carrick had been suspended from duty and added that a referral had been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
A spokesman for the IOPC confirmed a referral had been made to them over the weekend and it was being assessed.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.02: Officers attend along with the London Ambulance Service. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, a 35-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed…..
#AceDailyNews reports on MET Appeal after a ‘fatal shooting’ in Croydon after police were called shortly before 0500hrs on Saturday, 2 October, to reports of a male shot in Birdhurst Road
A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course: A murder investigation has been launched, led by DCI Katherine Goodwin of Specialist Crime.
DCI Goodwin said: “My thoughts are with the family of the victim. They will be supported by specialist officers: Although our enquiries are at a very early stage, I believe the victim may have attended a house party which continued through the early hours of Saturday morning, near to the scene of the shooting in Birdhurst Road, Croydon: Officers would like to speak to anyone who was at that party. Even if you do not think you saw or heard anything significant, please contact police if you were there” I also want to appeal for any witnesses, anyone with information or anyone who may have relevant dashcam or other footage to please get in touch.”…………There has been no arrest at this early stage.
To provide information, please call the incident room 020 8785 8244. To remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “Sarah’s kidnap, rape and murder was one of the most dreadful events in the 190-year-history of the Metropolitan Police Service.
#AceDailyNews reports on MET Commissioner’s statement after Wayne Couzens given whole-life term for murder of Sarah Everard together with their response on ‘safeguarding’ in the future ….
“This hearing has revealed the full brutality of this man’s crimes against Sarah.
“I am absolutely horrified that this man used his position of trust to deceive and coerce Sarah, and I know you all are too. His actions were a gross betrayal of everything policing stands for.
“What he did was unthinkable and appalling. He showed himself to be the coward he is through his lies and seeking to minimise his true responsibility for his crimes.
“Police officers are here to protect people, to be trustworthy, courageous and compassionate. His every action is the exact opposite of that.
“As the judge said, he has eroded the confidence that the public are entitled to have in the police. It is critical that every subject in this country can trust police officers when they encounter them.
Metropolitan Police: Our response to issues raised by the crimes of Wayne Couzens
Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to a whole-life term for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
The full horrific details of his crimes are deeply concerning and raise entirely legitimate questions.
This is the most horrific of crimes, but we recognise this is part of a much bigger and troubling picture.
There have been other horrific murders of women in public spaces, including the killings of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, and very recently of Sabina Nessa.
All of these bring into sharp focus our urgent duty to do more to protect women and girls.
First and foremost, here are some of the measures we have introduced:
• We will soon publish a new strategy for tackling violence against women and girls. This will outline how we will prioritise action against sexual and violent predatory offenders.
• We have established specialist Predatory Offender Units and since last November they have arrested more than 2,000 suspects for domestic abuse, sex offences and for child abuse.
• The Met is growing and we are deploying 650 new officers into busy public places, including those where women and girls often lack confidence that they are safe.
• We are also stepping up reassurance patrols and providing an increased police presence where it is most needed by identifying key “hotspot” locations for offences of violence and harassment. We are allocating officers solely for patrol in those areas.
• Understanding the concerns of women in London is really important to us and we are undertaking a range of activity so we can better listen and respond.
We expect the best of our officers and when they fall below our standards they undermine the public’s trust in us.
Couzens’ crimes are the most extreme example of this betrayal. They have been shattering for everybody and of course people have questions about the integrity of officers.
We only want the best of the best in the Met and we will always act when our employees fall below the standards we and the public expect and erode the trust we depend upon.
All officers must and will now expect to work harder to gain the confidence of the public and be understanding and tolerant of reasonable questioning of their actions and identity as they go about their duty to protect Londoners.
Background on Wayne Couzens
Wayne Couzens transferred into the Met from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) in September 2018. His first posting was to South Area, serving initially in a Safer Neighbourhood Team, before joining a response team covering the Bromley area in February 2019.
He then moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in February 2020 where his primary role was to patrol diplomatic premises, mainly embassies.
Couzens stopped being paid as a police officer immediately following his guilty pleas. This was as soon as legally possible. The Met held an accelerated misconduct hearing following his guilty plea. He was dismissed on 16 July.
Couzens was a serving and vetted police officer when he joined the Met. He had no criminal convictions or cautions and he was not subject to any misconduct proceedings during his time at the Met.
We are not aware of any other concerns raised by his colleagues, or anyone else, regarding his behaviour prior to him joining the Met or since.
Following his arrest, as the public would expect, we reviewed his vetting. This review confirmed he passed vetting processes.
However, it also found one of a range of checks may not have been undertaken correctly.
This check related to information regarding a vehicle which was registered to Couzens and that was linked to an allegation of indecent exposure in Kent in 2015.
Kent Police investigated this allegation and decided to take no further action. Our review found that the record of this allegation and outcome may not have been found during the vetting checks.
However, the review we conducted found that despite this there was no information available to the Met at the time that would have changed the vetting decision.
We continue to build up a picture of Couzens’ career and wider activities. We would like to appeal for anyone who has information of concern about Couzens - whether police colleagues or members of the public – to contact us directly.
We want the public to have confidence in our vetting and are taking extra measures to ensure our processes are the best they can be and address any potential weaknesses.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) is currently conducting an inspection of the Met . We have formally written to the Inspectorate and asked that their work in this, and in the annual all-force police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy inspection, pays particular attention to our vetting practices.
Vetting is a snapshot in time and unfortunately, can never 100% guarantee an individual’s integrity.
Vetting is one of a number of activities that we undertake to preserve the integrity of our organisation and it is only as good as the day on which it is carried out.
Therefore we re-vet officers periodically. We have Right Line, a confidential number which allows officers and staff to anonymously report wrongdoing. We have our dedicated Directorate of Professional Standards who are committed to proactively rooting out officers who do not meet our standards and let the public and the police down. Not only that but we have internal and external inspections to scrutinise our processes.
Uniform and police equipment
Couzens betrayed Sarah and all of us when he used his knowledge, status and equipment to deceive and abduct Sarah and we do not understate the impact this has had on public confidence.
The fact that he used equipment given to him by the Met is reprehensible and it compounds the dreadful nature of his crimes.
Nevertheless, it has to be the case that officers are able, on occasion, to take some or all of their equipment with them, between places of duty and where needed, travelling to and from work. They do not require explicit permission. It is a personal decision that has to be done for legitimate reasons and that they will have to justify if challenged.
Couzens used his warrant card as part of his deception to identify himself as a police officer. Every officer carries a warrant card.
Officers must only use their warrant cards for specific purposes – identification or to demonstrate they are acting as a police officer.
Met officers also take an oath where they promise to be a police officer around the clock and are expected to intervene even if off duty if they see someone committing an offence or there is another need to protect the public. In these circumstances their warrant card helps them identify themselves and demonstrate they are acting as an officer.
The Met received an allegation of indecent exposure some 72 hours before Sarah was abducted. That crime was allocated for investigation but by the time of Sarah’s abduction it was not concluded.
The progress of that investigation was voluntarily referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct and is subject to an investigation by them. It also remains the subject of a live criminal inquiry.
It is important for us to re-evaluate our approach to indecent exposure. This is part of our re-evaluation of our strategy for tackling violence against women and girls.
We are reviewing our crime screening process in respect of indecent exposure. We want to better understand the information we have as part of our approach to the identification and policing of crime hotspots.
We believe this is an under-reported crime.
We do not underestimate how difficult it can be for people to talk about these offences but we would urge anyone who is the victim of this sort of offending to report it to us quickly so we can respond.
We are also focused on improving detections both for indecent exposure but for a broader range of offences committed mainly against women.
What to do if you have concerns an officer is threat to you / How do you prove an officer is genuine?
We completely hear the legitimate concerns being raised and we know women are worried. All our officers are concerned about the impact of these horrific crimes on trust in the police and we want to do all we can to rebuild that trust.
It is unusual for a single plain clothes police officer to engage with anyone in London. If that does happen, and it may do for various reasons, in instances where the officer is seeking to arrest you, you should then expect to see other officers arrive shortly afterwards.
However, if that doesn’t happen and you do find yourself in an interaction with a sole police officer and you are on your own, it is entirely reasonable for you to seek further reassurance of that officer’s identity and intentions.
Our advice is to ask some very searching questions of that officer:
Where are your colleagues?
Where have you come from?
Why are you here?
Exactly why are you stopping or talking to me?
Try to seek some independent verification of what they say, if they have a radio ask to hear the voice of the operator, even ask to speak through the radio to the operator to say who you are and for them to verify you are with a genuine officer, acting legitimately.
All officers will, of course, know about this case and will be expecting in an interaction like that – rare as it may be – that members of the public may be understandably concerned and more distrusting than they previously would have been, and should and will expect to be asked more questions.
If after all of that you feel in real and imminent danger and you do not believe the officer is who they say they are, for whatever reason, then I would say you must seek assistance – shouting out to a passer-by, running into a house, knocking on a door, waving a bus down or if you are in the position to do so calling 999.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.29: The court heard that Jacob abused five different boys at different times between October 1979 and May 2007….
#AceDailyNews reports that former caretaker and scout leader jailed for historic sex offences between 1979 – 2007 of Victor Jacob, 76 (12.08.45) of Balmoral Crescent, Macclesfield, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, 24 September after being found guilty following a five week trial of 36 offences in total. These included multiple counts of: Indecent assault on boys under 16 years, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity with a child and indecency with a child he was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order(SHPO) …..
CASE NOTES: Jacob was the caretaker and groundsman at the school the five victims attended in Bromley, and he also came into contact with them through his work as a Scout leader: The circumstances each time were similar; the boys were all aged 11 and upwards, and due to different circumstances in their lives, they were groomed by Jacob to gain their trust before he then sexually abused them. The offences took place at multiple locations: In 2017 three men came forward to police independently of each other and alleged that they had been abused as boys by Jacob: An investigation was launched by detectives at the South East Public Protection Team, who identified a further two victims: Jacob was interviewed under caution in February 2018 and charged by postal requisition in October 2019.
Detective Constable Mark Tarrant of the South East Public Protection Team said: “Jacob’s conviction and sentence is a prime example that no matter the passage of time, the Metropolitan Police Service will seek to investigate and punish those who abuse vulnerable people: The five boys he abused are now men and have carried the weight of what happened to them for an incredibly long time. I commend each of them for their bravery through what has been a distressing process. No more victims will suffer at Jacob’s hands, and I hope that allows all five men some comfort as they move on with their lives.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.29: The investigation was launched by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command in August 2019 after intelligence highlighted a Romanian organised crime group (OCG) operating between Romania and the UK.
#AceDailyNews says that thirteen people have been arrested in raids by MET officers and the Romania Police simultaneously executed a number of warrants in early morning raids on Tuesday, 28 September, as part of a proactive operation targeting the human trafficking of Romanian citizens to the UK: As enquires continue……
CASE NOTES: Romanian adult nationals have been recruited and trafficked to the Kingsbury area of north London to work on building sites as unskilled labourers: Four warrants were executed in Harrow and Brent. Cash and a firearm were also seized: The males were found housed in multi-occupancy addresses with mattresses covering the whole floor space. Occupants were found sleeping in extremely cramped conditions. They are now receiving support from specialist officers: Eight men have been arrested in London for human trafficking. They have been taken to a north London police station: A further five men were arrested in Romania where gold and around 250,000 Euros were seized from the OCG: Officers have been working in conjunction with the Romanian authorities on this investigation: Four warrants were executed in Harrow and Brent. They were carried out with the assistance of officers from the Taskforce’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) and Romanian Police: Those arrested are aged between 22 and 49 years old. They have been arrested for a variety of offences, including causing another to complete forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking contrary to the modern slavery act 2015.
Detective Constable Dec Wilson, from Central Specialist Crime, said: “These arrests in the UK and abroad are the result of working closely with our partners in Romania for the past 18 months, to identify those involved in the human trafficking and labour exploitation: This Eurojust Joint Investigation Team should serve as a warning to other organised crime networks that the Met is committed to working with international law enforcement to target those committing modern day slavery offences in London: We need the public’s help as they have an important role to play in recognising and reporting modern slavery. If you suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, report it. You will always be taken seriously, and protection and support is available: Often those affected do not see themselves as potential victims of labour exploitation and many will have been coerced into this life to make money for an organised crime network: We believe there are victims of modern slavery in every borough across London and the public may encounter them every day, possibly without realising. As well as being exploited for labour, victims have been found working in construction, domestic servitude, agriculture, cannabis factories and in places you use yourself, such as car washes, barbers and nail bars: Victims are often told the police and authorities in the UK are not to be trusted and with limited English the victims are unable to seek help, even if they want to.”
If you suspect that you, or someone you have come into contact with, may be a victim of modern slavery or trafficking and require support, please call The Salvation Army’s 24 hour confidential referral helpline on 0800 808 3733. This is the best way to get support to anyone you suspect might be a victim……………….You can also report a suspicion or seek advice through the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700. This is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year…………….You can also report to the police online or by calling 101, in case of an emergency dial 999. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.