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British police must respond to concerns of George Floyd protesters, warns watchdog

British police must respond to “real and growing concerns” about racism within their own ranks, a watchdog has said, as protests continued across the UK in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the US. → Read More

Madeleine McCann: German suspect battling to be freed from prison with rape conviction appeal

The German suspect being investigated over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is battling to be freed from prison. The man, named by German media as Christian Brueckner, is believed to be a rapist who was jailed in December for raping a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal. → Read More

Madeleine McCann: ‘We believe she is dead’ say German prosecutors as investigation homes in on suspect

German investigators believe that Madeleine McCann is dead, an official has said as they appeal for information on a new suspect. Britain’s Metropolitan Police are still treating the inquiry as a missing person investigation and say there is no definitive evidence on whether she is alive or dead. → Read More

Madeleine McCann: Suspect first reported to German investigators in 2013 and raped US woman

The German paedophile being investigated over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance was first linked to the case in 2013 and is in prison for raping an American woman, it has been revealed. A senior officer from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said information was given in response to an appeal by Gerry and Kate McCann on the country’s equivalent of Crimewatch. → Read More

Coronavirus: Social media firms only taking down one in 10 posts reported for ‘dangerous’ misinformation, research finds

Social media platforms are removing less than one in 10 posts spreading “dangerous” coronavirus misinformation, a new study suggests. Conspiracy theorists have mounted protests in the UK and around the world over claims that the pandemic is fake or part of a sinister plot, while fraudsters are selling fake cures and urging people to disregard official advice. → Read More

Madeleine McCann: Police identify German man as suspect for disappearance 13 years ago

Police have identified a German man as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 13 years ago. The 43-year-old suspect, who has not been named by Scotland Yard, is currently in prison for unrelated offences in Germany. The country’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) is now leading the investigation, which it is treating as a murder inquiry. The Metropolitan Police → Read More

Police fining and arresting black and Asian people disproportionately under coronavirus laws in London

Police are fining black and Asian people disproportionately under coronavirus laws in London, new figures show. Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police show that more than a quarter of fines for lockdown violations (253) have been handed to black people, who make up 12 per cent of the capital’s population. → Read More

Anthony Grainger: Police drop misconduct proceedings against senior officer over shooting of unarmed man

Misconduct proceedings against a senior police officer accused of misleading an inquiry into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man have been dropped. → Read More

National Crime Agency takes no action against senior police officer after investigation into mystery allegations

A senior police officer who was arrested and suspended from his job has been cleared of mystery allegations after a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation. Officials refused to disclose what Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts, of Cleveland Police, had been accused of but said they would take no further action. → Read More

Police shut down almost 90 county lines spreading drugs and 'mayhem' across UK

Police have shut down almost 90 “county lines” phone numbers that were used to deal drugs from London across the country in a national crackdown. Officers are targeting senior “controllers” who operate branded phone lines to sell their product, and then organise distribution of heroin and crack cocaine to smaller cities and towns. → Read More

Hong Kong: UK gave training and 'support' to police accused of abuses against protesters

Britain has given training and “support” to the Hong Kong police force condemned for shooting, beating and tear gassing protesters, The Independent can reveal. UK ministers were among those appealing for moderation over months of rallies last year, when officers were accused of torturing demonstrators and making arbitrary arrests. → Read More

Julian Assange 'too ill' to attend latest court hearing in US extradition case

Julian Assange was too ill to attend the latest court hearing in his battle against being extradited to the US, a court has been told. The Wikileaks founder is wanted by American authorities to face 17 charges under the Espionage Act and conspiracy to commit computer intrusion after the publication of hundreds of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011. → Read More

England’s relaxed coronavirus lockdown is becoming impossible for police to enforce

Yesterday, police officers received new guidance on how to enforce the eased coronavirus lockdown in England. It said that they could no longer reprimand people for being outside because they could leave home “for any reason, subject to restrictions on gatherings and overnight stays”. → Read More

Coronavirus laws changed to mean relatives are not 'childcare' after Dominic Cummings scandal

Childcare has been defined to exclude relatives caring for children in new coronavirus laws following the Dominic Cummings scandal. The prime minister’s chief adviser drove from London to County Durham with his wife and son on 27 March, when lockdown restrictions made it illegal to be outside “without reasonable excuse”. → Read More

Coronavirus: New lockdown laws in England make it illegal for couples living apart to have sex indoors

New coronavirus laws in England have made it illegal for couples who live in different homes to have sex indoors and stay overnight. The Health Protection Regulations previously banned people leaving home without “reasonable excuse”, but the provision has been replaced by stringent curbs on where people can sleep and gather together. → Read More

Coronavirus police powers must be narrowed to stop racial disproportionality, government told

“Increasingly vague” police powers to enforce the coronavirus lockdown must be narrowed as fines are handed out disproportionately by race and region, the government has been told. → Read More

Coronavirus laws still make it illegal to gather in groups of more than two, police warn ahead of hot weekend

It remains illegal to socialise in groups of more than two in public under coronavirus laws, police have warned as the UK heads into another hot and sunny weekend. Boris Johnson announced that lockdown rules will be eased to allow gatherings of up to six people, but the changes will not come into force until Monday. → Read More

Coronavirus contact tracers will not tell police if people have breached lockdown

Contact tracers will not inform the police if people reveal that they have broken coronavirus lockdown laws, the government has said. There are concerns that infected people may not be honest about where they have been, or who with, if they fear that they or their loved ones will be penalised. → Read More

Dominic Cummings: Police findings spark calls for attorney general to resign after backing adviser

The attorney general is facing calls to resign after appearing to pre-empt the result of a police investigation into Dominic Cummings. Suella Braverman was accused of “serious constitutional impropriety” after backing a previous Downing Street statement that said the prime minister’s chief adviser had “behaved reasonably and legally”. → Read More

Dominic Cummings might have broken lockdown law by driving to Barnard Castle, Durham Police conclude

Dominic Cummings might have broken coronavirus laws by taking a trip to Barnard Castle with his family, police have said. Durham Constabulary said it would not be taking any further action against the prime minister’s chief adviser. → Read More