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Metropolitan Police officer was moved 'from child abuse inquiry'

A former senior Metropolitan Police officer says he was moved from his post when he revealed plans to investigate politicians over child abuse claims. Clive Driscoll says his inquiry into 1980s London children's homes was "all too uncomfortable to a lot of people". He also believes there were "disruption tactics" within the Met during his inquiry that led to the conviction of two of Stephen Lawrence's killers. The Met defended its murder inquiry and said Lambeth investigations continued. List of suspects Mr Driscoll told BBC Newsnight that while conducting a 1998 inquiry into allegations of abuse in children's homes in Lambeth, south London, in the 1980s, he was passed a list of suspects' names, including politicians, that he wanted to investigate. Speaking for the first time since retirement, he said: "Some of the names were people that were locally working, some people that were, if you like, working nationally. "There was quite a mix really because it appeared that it was connected to other boroughs and other movement around the country." He said after he had shared his suspicions at a meeting, he was taken off the investigation.

Ulverston tree poisoners sought by police

Police in Cumbria are seeking those responsible for poisoning a clump of trees. Holes were drilled in the roots of eight trees on Yewbarrow Road in Ulverston and poison poured in. Cumbria Police described it as a "shocking act of criminal damage" which would result in the trees dying. The force appealed for anyone with information about the incident, which has happened over the past few days, to get in touch.

Baby born at Birmingham Crown Court:

The 25-year-old woman was there with a friend who was giving evidence in a trial. She went into labour in the witness room on Tuesday and paramedics were called. Her newborn girl was later taken into a waiting ambulance. A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Crews were called at 2.40pm to reports that a 25-year-old pregnant woman had gone into labour." The spokesman added: "Two ambulances attended and the baby was born inside the court building. Both the baby and mother were taken by ambulance to Birmingham Women's Hospital." Victim Support West Midlands tweeted its thanks to people who helped inside court.

Probes over Devon and Cornwall 'police contact' deaths

Investigations have been launched into the deaths of five people who had previously been in contact with Devon and Cornwall Police. A report by the Office of National Statistics detailed five deaths, including three described as "other death following police contact", and two "apparent suicides following police contact". The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating, and Devon and Cornwall Police said it would be inappropriate to comment further. Det Supt Sam De Reya, head of professional standards at Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Any death following police contact is of concern to us, and for the families involved it can be devastating."

Sixteen arrests in Boscombe police raids against drugs

Sixteen people have been arrested following a series of police raids in Bournemouth. Officers raided 13 properties in the Boscombe area of the town throughout Tuesday. Dorset Police described it as a "day of action" against drug dealers. Those arrested were detained on suspicion of drug-related offences, including supplying controlled drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine, as well as possession of cannabis. Addresses in Carysfort Road and Christchurch Road were among those raided. The age of those arrested ranged from 17 to 51. Insp Chris Weeks said the operation, one of the biggest in Dorset in recent years, was based on intelligence gained from the local community.

Leicestershire Police trial facial recognition software

A suspect caught on camera could be identified in seconds due to new technology being tested by Leicestershire Police. The NeoFace system compares measurements taken from an image of a face and compares it to the 92,000 on the force's database. Officers said early results had seen a "high success rate of identification". Concerns over privacy were rejected by senior officers who said a match did not constitute evidence. Images could come from anywhere but CCTV or police body cameras had been the most common source so far.