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About 1,700 policemen under probe for sexual assault on colleagues

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British Metropolitan Police will institute an investigative team to probe a total of 1,633 sex offences and domestic abuse cases involving 1,071 officers in the last 10 years.

The decision to probe the cases emerged after it was discovered that officer David Carrick, turned out to be a serial rapist.

Reports on Monday said that Carrick pleaded guilty to dozens of rape charges as he used dating sites like Badoo and Tinder to meet his victims.

The cases are now subject to urgent scrutiny after it emerged the 48-year-old Carrick was allowed to remain in the Met despite being accused of rape, assault, harassment, domestic abuse and burglary.

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The force said Monday that the allegations range from arguments to rape – and many of those involved continue to serve without restrictions and without being charged or subject to a misconduct hearing in each of the cases.

End Violence Against Women Coalition director Andrea Simon said: “This is an institution in crisis. That Carrick’s horrific pattern of egregious behaviour was known to the Met and they failed to take appropriate action demonstrates just how broken the systems which are supposed to keep the public safe from perpetrators of rape and abuse are.

“This case is a horrendous example of police failures and their complete lack of oversight and accountability. The police are clearly incapable of identifying perpetrators in their midst, even when they exhibit textbook patterns of predatory behaviour.”

The cases are understood to include that of a serving Police Constable previously accused of a sexual assault who was last year held on suspicion of groping a female colleague in a police station.

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The officer, in his 40s, was released under investigation after he was arrested in June when the woman reported being grabbed while on duty.

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A woman also accused him of sexual assault in 2011, the Met said, but the Serious Crime Directorate found the case “failed to meet the evidential threshold”.

The cases are endless in the system and should be addressed as they are already getting out of hand.

Concerns have also been raised nationally about how forces deal with allegations of domestic abuse.

Michael Parker, a North Yorkshire Police officer, was jailed last October for five years for subjecting a colleague he was in a relationship with to controlling or coercive behaviour.

The report showed that a total of 1,080 out of 1,319 police and staff reported for the offence in a three-year period were still working.

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Only 36, or 2.7%, were sacked, while 203 resigned or left the police.

And the findings came after a report last year found hundreds of Met officers have been getting away with law-breaking and misconduct.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has said he believes hundreds of corrupt officers are serving within the Met and should be sacked.

 

Culled from News Express

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Navalny: Again, Europe moves against Russia, demands explanation over opposition leader’s death

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A groundswell of pressure is being mounted from many countries in Europe on Russia over the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, many of them summoning diplomats in their countries to explain the situation.

Apart from the United Kingdom government, other countries seeking full explanations over the death of the 47-year-old strong opposition leader, serving a 19-year sentence, said to have occurred in a Russian prison include Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Navalny, who created an uproar across the world when he nearly died of poisoning in 2020, was said to have died in a remote prison in the Arctic, on Friday, an incident many Western countries, which accused Kremlin of the poisoning incident, blame on Moscow.

The incident, coming a month ahead of presidential elections, which incumbent Vladimir Putin is favoured to win, has further hit a heavy blow on the opposition politics in the country, as Navalny is seen as rallying point against the Russian strongman.

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However, Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of the Russian opposition leader, was quoted as vowing on Monday to carry on her husband’s work, saying she would continue to fight for the freedom of Russians and the country, calling on the people to stand with her as the struggle moved into the next stage.

“It is terrible that Alexei Navalny has paid the ultimate price for his fight for a free and democratic Russia,” Hanke Bruins Slot, the Netherlands’ foreign affairs minister, posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“This afternoon, I summoned the Russian ambassador to the ministry to demand clarification on his death,” she said late Monday. “We strongly urge Russia to release Navalny’s body to his family and relatives.”

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It came with Minister Tobias Billstrom Foreign Minister of Sweden who made the same claim on Monday, saying in a statement he had summoned Russia’s ambassador, and called for the European Union to consider “a new sanctions regime targeting the internal repression in Russia.” 

Earlier before then, Jose Manuel Albares, Foreign Minister of Spain, had said on Friday, that his country was demanding that the circumstances of the death be clarified.

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Police kills woman who invaded a church with blazing gun

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A woman has been shot and killed after police responded to her spontaneous shooting as she entered at church in Houston, Texas, injuring a five-year old child, while many worshippers scampered away in different directions.

Reports say the incident occurred at a celebrity non-denominational church, and one of the largest religious venues in the United States, owned by Pastor Joel Osteen, with the said woman with a child and armed with a long gun releasing shots, quoting Houston police chief Troy Finner as telling reporters.

Off-duty police officers working security at the venue quickly, were said to have shot back and killed her at the church, said to be a converted former sports arena which could seat some 16,800 people, Finner was quoted as saying, adding “a five-year-old kid was hit and is in critical condition at our local hospital.”

“Another man in his 50s who didn’t have anything to do with it, I don’t think is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg,” he said.

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One witnessed was quoted as saying: “When I entered the sanctuary I saw people running and saying: they are shooting, they are shooting, and we could hear gunshots. We tried to open some doors in the hallway but they were locked. Some people went out to get to their cars, but others like me did not know where to go.

“A church volunteer hid them in the bathroom, piling furniture up against the doors and warning them not to move. There were children on the third and fourth floors, the parents were worried about the children. We put things in God’s hands.”

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UK suspends British-Nigerian MP for anti-Israel comments on Gaza

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Despite immediate apologies she tendered over the matter, the United Kingdom has suspended British-Nigerian minister MP Kate Osamor for including Israel in the list of countries committing genocide following the country’s activities in the Gaza strip.

In the remark she made on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Osamor, had added Gaza to the list of ‘recent genocides,’ in her statement via a weekly newsletter, where she posted a photo of herself signing the Holocaust Education Trust’s commemoration book in Westminster.

The outing, which was followed with a post on her X, where she wrote: “Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day, an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of other people murdered under Nazi persecution of other groups and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and now Gaza,” had caused outrage.

Osamor, however, quickly beat a retreat, by later posting an apology on social media on Friday night, through the same X, where she wrote ‘Holocaust Memorial Day is a day to remember the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and the genocides that have occurred since. I apologise for any offence caused by my reference to the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Gaza as part of that period of remembrance.”

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The Board of Deputies, the Jewish Labour Movement, and the Holocaust Educational Trust reacted to her controversial remarks, while MailOnline, quoted a Labour source as confirming on Sunday evening that the Chief Whip suspended Osamor from the Parliamentary Labour Party pending an investigation.

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism, was also quoted as saying: ‘The International Definition of Antisemitism, adopted by the Labour Party, lists comparing Israel to Nazis as an example of antisemitism. That is what Kate Osamor effectively did.

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“The Labour Party has acted correctly in taking swift action against Ms Osamor and we will be following the matter with interest. There are some who wish to drag the Party backwards to darker days when views like those expressed by Ms Osamor were common, and they must fail.’

A Jewish Labour Movement spokesperson added, “This is wholly inappropriate. This week we have been commemorating the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust – and those who perished in subsequent genocides, as listed by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Unilaterally co-opting the war in Gaza, despite the horrific suffering there, on to that list is wrong and offensive.”

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