Defence and security

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is reported to have expressed ‘very deep concerns’ about Chinese firm Huawei’s role in upgrading the UK's mobile network. His comments came after the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, had questioned why Huawei were involved with the country's new 5G network. Alex Younger said the US, Australia and New Zealand had already banned Huawei from...

Police win PM’s backing for new moped crime tactics

New police tactics to tackle criminals who use mopeds to commit crimes in London have won the backing of Prime Minister Theresa May. But the ‘robust’ methods, which involve police ramming suspects off their scooters during pursuits, have been condemned by Labour’s shadow home secretary. At least two suspects have suffered broken bones after being knocked off their mopeds as police...

MI6 chief breaks cover to warn of new threats to UK security

The head of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6 says the UK’s enemies should not underestimate our ability to respond to the threats they pose. In a rare public speech,...

Knife crime at record high with more than 39,000 incidents

The number of killings in England and Wales has hit a ten-year high, according to new figures. In the 12 months to June this year, there were 719 murder and...
“You can’t keep the public safe on the cheap.”

Novichok poisonings send property market in Salisbury tumbling

The novichok poisoning attack in Salisbury and its aftermath has caused a slump in the city’s house prices. Figures from the Land Registry show that property prices fell by almost...
Donald Trump

£18m security bill for Donald Trump’s visit to UK

The U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK this summer ran up a security bill of almost £18 million. Policing Trump’s three-day visit cost an estimated four times more than that of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), said a “significant operation” was mounted due to nationwide...