Defence and security

Facebook will give the Metropolitan Police cameras for their firearms teams in a bid to stop mass shootings and terror attacks being live-streamed. Scotland Yard said armed police will wear the company's cameras during training exercises and the footage will be used by Facebook to develop algorithms to recognise firearms attacks. The technology will help the tech giant alert police to...

Arrests and protests at arms fair as mayor tells organisers: ‘Get...

London mayor Sadiq Khan has told organisers of the ‘world’s biggest arms fair’ to “get out of London”. Police made more than 116 arrests during protests leading up to the start of the three day event held at London’s ExCel in Custom House. London mayor Sadiq Khan sent a letter to the event organisers, Clarion Events, stating he will “take any...

Concern grows about China’s role in 5G upgrade

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...

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...

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,...
Police

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 manslaughter cases, up 14 per cent on 630 for the previous period. The figures excluded deaths from major incidents such as the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. Crimes involving knives or...
Novichok poisoning

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 10 per cent after Russian exile Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia, 33, were attacked in March. A police officer, Det Sgt Nick Bailey, was also taken seriously ill after responding...
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...