London terror alert: How serious is it?

  • 28 April 2017
  • From the section UK
Police cordon in Willesden Image copyright Graham Eva/BBC

Two counter-terrorism operations in the space of a few hours. This is a fast-moving story - new facts are emerging all the time.

I'll keep this blog updated through the day with what we know, along with some analysis from the Home Affairs Unit, the BBC team that has covered terrorism for more than a decade.

Six people have been arrested in connection with this second investigation - five at or near the property and a sixth person in Kent.

Again, all of them are being held under Terrorism Act powers so police have 14 days to charge or release.


Whitehall: Contained and controlled

Image copyright AFP
Image caption The suspect was under surveillance for "some time" before being arrested

It's understood that the man arrested in Whitehall yesterday is Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali.

Read full article London terror alert: How serious is it?

Why nobody seems to know if crime is up or down

  • 27 April 2017
  • From the section UK
A man in handcuffs Image copyright Getty Images

Back in 1993, a rapidly rising Tony Blair caught the public's attention by pledging to be "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime".

Liverpool toddler Jamie Bulger had been murdered and violence would soon peak at around four million incidents a year. Records show the public were really worried about crime.

Read full article Why nobody seems to know if crime is up or down

London attack: Who was Khalid Masood?

  • 26 March 2017
  • From the section UK
Khalid Masood Image copyright Metropolitan Police

The man police say was responsible for the Westminster attack has been formally identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.

He had at least three children.

Read full article London attack: Who was Khalid Masood?

London attack: What security chiefs have long been preparing for

  • 23 March 2017
  • From the section UK

The carnage on Westminster Bridge and inside the grounds of Parliament is the attack that security chiefs here in the UK have long been preparing for.

Terrorism looks not just to kill and maim - but to create panic and such a sense of disorder that it rocks a city or nation to its foundations.

Image copyright PA
Image caption The days when terrorism meant large, complex bombs and months of planning are gone

Read full article London attack: What security chiefs have long been preparing for

Scotland Yard accused of hacking campaigners' email accounts

  • 21 March 2017
  • From the section UK
Colin Newman dressed up as a fish Image copyright Helen Scott Daniels
Image caption Greenpeace activist Colin Newman is one of those allegedly hacked by Scotland Yard

The police watchdog is investigating whether Scotland Yard detectives used hackers in India to target campaigners, including Greenpeace organisers.

The claim was made in a letter from a purported whistleblower who says hundreds of email accounts were monitored without legal authority.

Read full article Scotland Yard accused of hacking campaigners' email accounts

'My friends call me Lara Croft'

  • 14 March 2017
  • From the section UK
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionPC Kelly Ellis says her friends have dubbed her Lara Croft

PC Kelly Ellis has her finger hovering over the trigger of her Heckler and Koch G36 rifle.

She has a split second to decide whether to open fire on a man who appears to be drunk and suicidal and is holding a shotgun, pointing it at the ground.

Read full article 'My friends call me Lara Croft'

Metropolitan Police appeal against Worboys rape ruling

  • 13 March 2017
  • From the section UK
John Worboys Image copyright PA
Image caption John Worboys was jailed for life in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women in his taxi

Police have launched an unprecedented appeal at the Supreme Court against a ruling that they failed victims of one of the UK's most dangerous rapists.

Judges said Scotland Yard had breached the human rights of two women because officers did not properly investigate and potentially apprehend John Worboys.

Read full article Metropolitan Police appeal against Worboys rape ruling

Young offender backgrounds to be considered by judges

  • 7 March 2017
  • From the section UK
Police scene Image copyright Getty Images

Judges should consider whether a young criminal has suffered discrimination as an ethnic minority before deciding their sentence, under a new guideline.

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales says offending may be partly a product of discrimination and "negative experiences of authority".

Read full article Young offender backgrounds to be considered by judges

UK terror attacks: What we know about disrupted plots

  • 6 March 2017
  • From the section UK
Tarik Hassane
Image caption Tarik Hassane: One of the most recent and dangerous plotters

Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Metropolitan Police, the UK's most senior counter-terrorism police officer, has used a speech to make a renewed call for public help to counter threats.

He says there have been 13 disrupted terror plots since 2013.

Read full article UK terror attacks: What we know about disrupted plots

Police 'rationing' puts public at risk, warns watchdog

  • 2 March 2017
  • From the section UK
Policeman Image copyright iStock

Some police forces are putting the public at risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks, the police standards watchdog has warned.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said some forces are "downgrading" 999 calls, in order to justify responding to them more slowly.

Read full article Police 'rationing' puts public at risk, warns watchdog