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HMIC Clears Met Police Of Heavy Handed Tactics At Vigil

The Metropolitan Police acted “appropriately” at a vigil for Sarah Everard in south London earlier this month, a police watchdog has found.

The force came under intense criticism after women were handcuffed and removed from crowds on Clapham Common.

A report said there was too little communication between officers at the event but their response, amid Covid restrictions, had been “measured”. It called the media coverage a “public relations disaster” for police.

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Typhoon Jets Scramble To Russian Bomber Over North Sea

Typhoon jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept two Russian Tu-142 Bear-F aircraft as they flew close to UK borders.

The aircraft were first detected on Monday morning by Nato and tracked by Norwegian air defences. The interception was handed over to the RAF, which despatched aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in Moray.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Admits Trust In Met Is Low

The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Dame Cressida Dick, has admitted “there is much more to be done” to improve public trust in the force.

Her comments, which included a stated ambition to increase the number of black officers in the Met, follows criticism from the mother of two black women who were stabbed to death in a park in June. Mina Smallman believes the force “made assumptions” about her daughters and was slow to investigate when Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were reported missing.

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Fourteen Arrests In Bristol After Second Night Of Protests

Fourteen people have been arrested at a second night of protests in Bristol, police have said.

On Tuesday night about 130 people demonstrating against the government’s new Police and Crime Bill gathered at College Green. It came two days after another protest in the city turned violent after dark, injuring several police officers.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said there is “no acceptability” for “criminality and thuggish behaviour”.

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