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Met Police apology for women tricked into relationships

The Metropolitan Police has made an "unreserved apology" to seven women who were tricked into relationships with undercover officers. Scotland Yard said the women were deceived "pure and simple". The public apology and compensation covers sexual relationships conducted by officers from two now-disbanded undercover units. In a statement, the women said it would never "make up for what we and others have endured". Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said that he wanted to be absolutely clear the relationships had been wrong. He warned that any future officer who had a sexual relationship with someone they were targeting risked prosecution, even if they believed it was necessary in a life-and-death situation. The unprecedented, undisclosed settlements relate to officers who worked undercover for the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), part of the Metropolitan Police, and the separate National Public Order Intelligence Unit. Both teams deployed officers on long-term undercover operations to infiltrate radical political or social causes, such as environmental campaigns, anarchy and animal rights.

Police cuts: Terror response warning to home secretary

Police cuts could "reduce very significantly" the UK's ability to respond to a Paris-style attack, the home secretary has been warned. In a restricted document prepared for Theresa May, one of the UK's most senior police officers said that mainstream policing was essential in the fight against terrorism. The cuts are expected to be announced in next week's Spending Review. Labour has warned that savings above 10% would be "dangerous". Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he had asked George Osborne to take police cuts out of the Spending Review, while shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has written to Mrs May. The Home Office said it would not comment on a leaked document. It is expected that Chancellor George Osborne could announce cuts to the police budget of more than 20% when he addresses Parliament on Wednesday. That is more than double what the document suggests is viable to keep numbers at the level required in the event of an attack. Deepdale Gangsters injunction backed by appeal judges

A curfew and ban on carrying multiple mobile phones, placed on a man police claim was part of a violent gang, were "amply justified", judges have ruled. An anti-gang injunction was made against Joshua James Murray in 2014 over his alleged links with the Deepdale Gangsters in Preston. Challenging the order at London's Civil Appeal Court, Mr Murray's counsel claimed he was not in the group. Dismissing the claim, judges said gang members were "all in it together". The injunction, made under the Policing and Crime Act 2009, was one of seven served against alleged members of the gang. One of the others was 18-year-old Jonjo Highton, who was murdered in what police described as a "mass attack" in Preston in August 2014. Lancashire Police said Mr Murray had been involved in three violent attacks between June 2013 and May 2014.

Murder arrest in Lewis Dunne shooting case

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the fatal shooting of a teenage boy. Lewis Dunne, 16, was found on a towpath near Burrows Court in Vauxhall, Liverpool, on Sunday evening and died later in hospital. He died from a single shotgun wound to the back, a post-mortem examination found. A 20-year-old from Everton is being held at a Merseyside police station for questioning.

Five arrested after man stabbed on Hartlepool street

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Hartlepool. The 44-year-old man was attacked on Sheriff Street at about 14:15 GMT on Tuesday, Cleveland Police said. He was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds. He is said to be in a stable condition. Four men, aged between 22 and 47, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A woman, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. All five have been bailed pending further inquiries, police said

Newcastle Falcons' Rob Hawkins becomes special constable

A professional rugby player will try to tackle crime in his new role as a special constable. Newcastle Falcons player Rob Hawkins has completed his first shift as a volunteer officer for Northumbria Police. The 32-year-old hooker, who previously played for Bath and Leicester Tigers, said he is considering a career in the force when he retires from rugby. Northumbria Police said they hope he will inspire others to volunteer. Ch Insp Sarah Pitt, said: "We're really pleased that Rob has joined us as a special constable and we hope it encourages other people to think about getting involved. "Our volunteers are a vital link between us and the communities we serve and we welcome the different skills they bring from their own professions."

Kayleigh Haywood murder: Stephen Beadman appears in court

A man has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of Kayleigh Haywood. The 15-year-old girl from Measham, Leicestershire, was last seen outside Ibstock Community College on Friday. Stephen Beadman, 28, of George Avenue, Ibstock, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court earlier. Luke Harlow, 27, also of George Avenue, appeared in court charged with grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child. They were both remanded into custody and no pleas were entered. A body, believed to be that of Kayleigh Haywood, was found in a field near Ibstock, on Wednesday evening.

Tanis Bhandari death: Murder-accused told police 'he can die'

A man accused of murdering a builder on New Year's Day told police "he can die all he likes, I don't care", a court has heard. Donald Pemberton, 21, denies murdering Tanis Bhandari, 27, who had left a pub in Tamerton Foliot, in Devon. Mr Bhandari was stabbed twice in the attack, Plymouth Crown Court has heard. The trial was told he was wounded after meeting two men, who were armed with a knife and axe, and the scene was "like a massacre".

PC Yvonne Fletcher shooting: Libyan man arrested in UK

A Libyan man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder PC Yvonne Fletcher three decades ago. PC Fletcher, 25, died after being shot while policing a demonstration outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984. Scotland Yard described the arrest of the man, in his 50s, as a "significant development". He was detained on Thursday morning in south-east England and is in custody. He was also held on suspicion of money laundering. Two other Libyan nationals - a woman in her 40s and a man in his 30s - were also arrested on suspicion of money laundering at separate addresses in London and south-east England. They were later released on bail pending further enquiries, Scotland Yard said. PC Fletcher's family said in a statement that her father Tim had recently died, with his "one regret in life" being that he had "never witnessed any justice". The Met is offering a reward of up to £50,000 for information.

Church deacon Peter Keeley-Pannett jailed over webcam abuse

A church deacon who admitted encouraging a boy to expose himself on a webcam has been jailed. Peter Keeley-Pannett, 71, from Brighton, used a webcam to meet boys as young as 13 in chatrooms. He had pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court to making indecent images of children over a two-year period. Judge Robert Fraser sentenced Keeley-Pannett to 32 months in prison and ordered him to remain on the sex offenders register for life. Sentencing, he told him he posed "a high risk of serious harm to children". Keeley-Pannett, of Bristol Road, was a non-stipendiary deacon at the Diocese of Chichester until his arrest in November 2014.