Tag Archives: metropolitan police

Miranda Rights

No 10 was “kept abreast” of the decision to detain David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, a spokesman has said. Mr Miranda was held at Heathrow for nine hours on Sunday, while in transit from Germany to Brazil. He has launched a legal challenge over the police’s use of anti-terror laws to […]

PC Pleb

Andrew Mitchell has quit as government chief whip after weeks of pressure over an argument with police officers in Downing Street. The Tory MP has admitted swearing at officers in the incident but again denied calling police “plebs”. He told David Cameron – who has stood by him – that “damaging publicity” meant he could […]

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Unreasonable Force

A police officer who hit Ian Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground at the G20 protests has been found not guilty of manslaughter. PC Simon Harwood, 45, of south London, denied the manslaughter, in April 2009, of Mr Tomlinson, 47, on the grounds that he used reasonable force. Mr Tomlinson, was […]

Twilight of the Institutions

As I pointed out on Legal Eagle’s thread on this issue, I think it’s very important that we take violent crime more seriously than fraud or non violent property crime. Violence does things to people and communities that fraud does not, and eliding this difference or wishing it away will lead us to a situation […]

Because responsible Mothers go out looting with their children…

Violence broke out in four English cities as rioting and disorder spread across London for a third night. Hundreds of people attacked and looted shops in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Nottingham in what police called “copycat criminal activity”. There were smaller disturbances in the Medway towns in Kent and also in Leeds. It comes as […]

Stop the world, I want to get off

They used to tell jokes about John Major tucking his shirt into his underpants and painting himself grey before entering the Commons. It was an oddly innocent accusation to fling at a sitting Prime Minister. Now we’re learning that the rot goes all the way down (and up), with no end in sight. The Metropolitan […]

Read all about it…

The last edition of the News of the World has been published, its front page declaring: “Thank you & goodbye.” In a full-page editorial the paper offers an apology. “Quite simply, we lost our way,” it says. Publisher News International axed the 168-year-old tabloid in the wake of phone-hacking allegations last week. Scotland Yard Assistant […]

Below the bottom of the barrel

In 1997, during the controversy over my first novel, a media organisation obtained an ex-directory landline telephone number. The media organisation in question wanted to talk to me, but I was proving elusive, so it obtained my parents’ number. I had not lived at home for some years. To this day I do not know […]

Kettling Zombies

It’s really annoying. You go to all the trouble of arranging a Royal Zombie Wedding Celebration and nobody comes… …because they’re kettled by the police a few blocks away being stopped and searched, questioned, arrested and drug tested. “Sorry son, you’re positive for formaldehyde. We’ll have to take you in…” We asked if we could […]