Police

Is the UK taking lockdown seriously?
Police officers talk with a family as they patrol in Clapham Common, south London.
Today’s big question

Is the UK taking lockdown seriously?

Government mobilising to boost compliance as data shows Britons not observing restrictions
12 Jan 2021
Police mistaken for strippers at party
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Tall Tales

Police mistaken for strippers at party

And other stories from the stranger side of life
12 Jan 2021
Thieves pelt police with stolen wine
Tall Tales

Thieves pelt police with stolen wine

And other stories from the stranger side of life
7 Jan 2021
Policeman sacked after scanning carrots to buy doughnuts
Krispy Kreme doughnuts
In Brief

Policeman sacked after scanning carrots to buy doughnuts

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Nov 2020
Trump donors contract Covid after downplaying risk
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In Brief

Trump donors contract Covid after downplaying risk

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 Nov 2020
Why everybody’s talking about undercover policing
A view of New Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police headquarters in London
In Depth

Why everybody’s talking about undercover policing

Long-delayed investigation into abuses by ‘spycops’ is one of the most complicated in British legal history
12 Nov 2020
Starmer hit by Labour revolt over ‘licence to kill’ bill
Labour leader Keir Starmer
In Brief

Starmer hit by Labour revolt over ‘licence to kill’ bill

The party leader is facing a string of resignations over whip to abstain on ‘spycops’ legislation
16 Oct 2020

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Everything we know about the Birmingham stabbing spree
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In Brief

Everything we know about the Birmingham stabbing spree

Man arrested on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder
7 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘QAnon - a dangerous online cult’
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘QAnon - a dangerous online cult’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 30 July
30 Jul 2020
Police struggle with rise in ‘confrontational protests’
Extinction Rebellion
In Brief

Police struggle with rise in ‘confrontational protests’

Reform needed to combat rise of disruptive demonstrations, report says
29 Jul 2020
Black Lives Matter: do British police have a race problem?
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In Depth

Black Lives Matter: do British police have a race problem?

BAME people 160% more likely to be fined over coronavirus lockdown breach than white peers
27 Jul 2020
Is the Official Secrets Act fit to counter modern espionage?
MI6 Building
In Depth

Is the Official Secrets Act fit to counter modern espionage?

Senior police, MI5 and MI6 sources call on government to update spying law
23 Jul 2020
‘Bomb scare’ flight in emergency landing at Stansted
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In Brief

‘Bomb scare’ flight in emergency landing at Stansted

Two men arrested after note warning of explosives found in loo on Dublin-bound plane
14 Jul 2020
Offender cops and racial bias: time to overhaul UK policing?
Police
In Depth

Offender cops and racial bias: time to overhaul UK policing?

Watchdog to investigate use of force against BAME groups as separate probe reveals criminal offenders in forces nationwide
10 Jul 2020
Quiz of The Week: 6 - 12 June
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In Depth

Quiz of The Week: 6 - 12 June

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
12 Jun 2020
Black Lives Matter: what would US police reform look like?
Defund the police
In Depth

Black Lives Matter: what would US police reform look like?

Both protesters and politians are calling for nationwide overhaul of law enforcement
9 Jun 2020
The differences between British and US police tactics
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In Brief

The differences between British and US police tactics

American officers accused of escalating George Floyd demonstrations by using excessive force
8 Jun 2020
Black Lives Matter: what does ‘defund the police’ mean?
Police in Minneapolis during the George Floyd race riots
In Depth

Black Lives Matter: what does ‘defund the police’ mean?

Donald Trump claims the rallying cry among protesters originates from ‘Radical Left Democrats’
8 Jun 2020
How dangerous are US riot control weapons?
Riot police outside the White House in Washington DC
In Depth

How dangerous are US riot control weapons?

Rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades can all cause serious injury and death
5 Jun 2020
George Floyd: the charges against Derek Chauvin explained
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In Brief

George Floyd: the charges against Derek Chauvin explained

Family of unarmed victim demanding harsher charges against ex-police officer
1 Jun 2020
Reaction: US rocked by ‘worst race riots since the 1960s’
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In Depth

Reaction: US rocked by ‘worst race riots since the 1960s’

Police criticised for ‘heavy-handed’ response to nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death
1 Jun 2020
Police force facing inquiry over tasering of black men
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In Brief

Police force facing inquiry over tasering of black men

Investigation includes allegations black men were wrongly tasered by a ‘rogue officer’
29 May 2020
Race riots: what we know about the death of George Floyd
George Floyd
In Depth

Race riots: what we know about the death of George Floyd

Family demands justice for ‘murder’ of ‘gentle giant’ filmed being forcefully restrained by police
28 May 2020
Dominic Cummings: which alleged crimes will be investigated?
Dominic Cummings leaves his home in north London
In Brief

Dominic Cummings: which alleged crimes will be investigated?

Officers are using number-plate tracking software to follow No. 10 adviser’s movements
27 May 2020
Terror suspects to face ‘indefinite controls’ under new laws
London Bridge
In Brief

Terror suspects to face ‘indefinite controls’ under new laws

Rights groups criticise government plan to put indefinite curbs on alleged offenders’ movements
20 May 2020
Covid-19 used as ‘weapon’ in coughing and spitting attacks
UK police coronavirus
In Brief

Covid-19 used as ‘weapon’ in coughing and spitting attacks

Calls for tougher laws following death of railway employee as front-line workers are targeted
14 May 2020
TikTok videos: police and NHS staff told ‘stop prancing’
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In Brief

TikTok videos: police and NHS staff told ‘stop prancing’

Front-line staff warned that posting dance clips sends wrong message during coronavirus pandemic
4 May 2020
Quiz of The Week: 28 March - 3 April
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In Depth

Quiz of The Week: 28 March - 3 April

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
3 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: what powers do police have?
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In Brief

Coronavirus: what powers do police have?

Woman fined £660 for refusing to tell police why she was out
2 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: Officer shortage means police may ignore crimes
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In Brief

Coronavirus: Officer shortage means police may ignore crimes

Forces may call in the army if staff shortages spiral due to illness
30 Mar 2020
Police warn enforcing lockdown ‘may be impossible’
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In Brief

Police warn enforcing lockdown ‘may be impossible’

Officers say force lacks numbers required to backup government measures
25 Mar 2020
PM imposes strictest UK lockdown ‘in living memory’
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In Brief

PM imposes strictest UK lockdown ‘in living memory’

Boris Johnson says police will have power to enforce emergency coronavirus measures
24 Mar 2020
Coronavirus restrictions ‘may fuel gang wars’
Police
In Depth

Coronavirus restrictions ‘may fuel gang wars’

New report by former counterterrorism commander analyses outbreak’s potential impact on crime and law
23 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Supermarkets ‘want police support’
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In Brief

Coronavirus: Supermarkets ‘want police support’

Fights break out in UK stores following rumours of heightened shopping restrictions
20 Mar 2020
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