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Police 'may work with paedophile hunters'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Police have admitted they may have to work with “paedophile hunters” after research revealed a rise in their evidence being used in court. Figures obtained by the BBC show 11% of court cases in 2014 for the crime of meeting a child following sexual grooming used vigilante evidence, rising to 44% in 2016. The vigilantes pose online as children then film the people they meet. Police have urged them to stop, but admitted this was proving difficult. ‘Paedophile hunter’ evidence used in court ...

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Police and prison staff to get more than 1% pay cap

The government has announced pay rises for police and prison officers which breach the 1% public sector pay cap. Prison officers will get a 1.7% rise while police will get a 1% pay rise plus a 1% bonus for the year, paid for from existing departmental budgets. No 10 also signalled the end of the 1% pay cap, saying they recognised the need for more flexibility in future. But the TUC said the pay rises being offered were “derisory” and would not address staff shortages. And Steve White, chairman of ...

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Public sector pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers

The government is to lift the 1% public sector pay cap for the first time for both police and prison officers, the BBC understands. Ministers are expected to accept recommendations for higher pay rises this week and also to pave the way for similar increases in other sectors. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said it was the “first concrete example of the pay cap being dismantled”. Unions, the opposition, and some Tories are calling for the cap to be lifted. Public sector pay was frozen for two years in 2010, ...

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German police recover stolen artworks worth 2.5 million euros

BERLIN (Reuters) – German authorities have recovered a cache of stolen artworks by neo-expressionist painter Georg Baselitz worth 2.5 million euros ($ 2.97 million) after the thieves tried to sell some of them, police said on Tuesday. Prosecutors have retrieved 15 of a total 19 paintings and drawings stolen between June 2015 and March 2016 by a gang whose 39-year-old ringleader was a courier specializing in transporting art, the police said. The two other suspects, a 51-year-old truck driver and his 26-year-old son, have been charged as accomplices. Police declined ...

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Met Police payouts to Lords over child abuse claims

The Metropolitan Police Service has paid compensation to retired field marshal Lord Bramall and the family of the late Lord Brittan over false accusations of child sex abuse. The Met has not revealed the amount paid but it is reported to be £100,000. Both men were accused by a man known as “Nick”, who is being investigated for perverting the course of justice. It comes after the Met’s child abuse investigation, Operation Midland, was criticised in a recent report. Lord Bramall, a Normandy veteran who retired from the House of ...

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Police injured outside Buckingham Palace

Two police officers have been injured while arresting a man with a knife outside Buckingham Palace. The man had stopped his car near police and officers spotted a large knife in it and went to arrest him, police said. The officers were treated at the scene for minor arm injuries but did not go to hospital, and the man was treated for minor injuries in hospital. The man, believed to be in his early 20s, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault. No members of the Royal ...

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Ian Watkins child abuse: South Wales Police criticised

Police missed a number of chances to bring paedophile Ian Watkins to justice sooner, an investigation has found. Between 2008 and 2012, South Wales Police did not adequately act on eight reports and three intelligence logs from six people about the former Lostprophets frontman’s intentions. Watkins was jailed for 35 years in 2013 after admitting 13 child sex offences. The force accepted the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) findings and “serious concern” raised. IPCC Commissioner for Wales Jan Williams said: “This investigation raised the most disturbing concerns about the way ...

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Barcelona attack: Suspected van driver shot dead by police

Spanish police have shot dead the main suspect in last Thursday’s Barcelona attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub. Police believe he was the driver of a van which careered down the Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others. He was killed some 25 miles (40km) west of Barcelona near a petrol station following a tip off. Abouyaaqoub, wearing a fake explosive belt, is reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Greatest”). An extensive manhunt was already under way when police closed in on the Subirats area, close to ...

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Spanish police stop second attack after 13 killed in Barcelona

Spanish police say they have killed five people in the town of Cambrils to stop a second attempted van attack after an earlier one in Barcelona. The attackers were wearing explosive belts, police said. Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area on Thursday afternoon. The driver of the van fled and is still at large. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was a “jihadist attack”. The authorities are now linking the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils with an ...

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Operation Sanctuary: Police defend payment to informant

Northumbria’s chief constable has firmly rejected claims that paying a child rapist to help secure convictions of sexual exploitation may have placed some victims at greater risk. Steve Ashman said the man’s information led to the conviction of 17 men and a woman for abusing girls in Newcastle. The informant was paid £10,000, and headlines have focused on criticism of that, rather than on the case. The paedophile had himself served a prison sentence for rape. The last of four trials, spread across two years, ended on Wednesday and in ...

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