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Phone Hacking Scandal Pulls in Scotland Yard

Police officials cozy with News International covered up scandal

(Newser) - The News of the World phone hacking scandal is increasingly hitting Britain's famed Scotland Yard, as the depths of the organizations' interconnectedness comes to light, reports the New York Times . The police had six garbage bags full of 11,000 pages of notes about 4,000 celebs who had... More »

Tabloid Hacker Worked for Scotland Yard

Tabloid's former editor paid $1,500 a day as 'consultant'

(Newser) - The creepily cozy relationship between some Brit cops and News of the World reporters is emerging with word that Scotland Yard paid a suspected phone hacker $1,500 a day in consultant fees. "This stinks to high heaven," said one aghast politician. Neil Wallis, former executive editor of... More »

Olympic Cops Need Therapy After Games End

Guards for Olympic torch will receive psychological debriefings

(Newser) - As an officer for the Scotland Yard, this assignment sounds like a dream come true: Forget your regular duties for 70 days and travel throughout Britain with the Olympic torch in the run-up to the 2012 London Games. But the officers hand-picked for the once-in-a-lifetime assignment will receive psychological counseling... More »

Investigator Fights to Reveal Secret Jack the Ripper Files

But Scotland Yard is determined to keep them under wraps

(Newser) - A former police detective believes that the identity of Jack the Ripper could finally be uncovered if four thick Special Branch ledgers are released uncensored, but for three years, the Metropolitan Police have been fighting to keep that from happening. Trevor Marriott took Scotland Yard to a tribunal last week... More »

Scotland Yard Seeks Student Protest Intel From Colleges

'Counter-terrorism' officer gathers info ahead of tuition protests

(Newser) - Big Brother is watching in Britain. Scotland Yard is contacting universities for all their intelligence concerning student protests ahead of expected demonstrations against tuition hikes and education cuts. A counter-terrorism officer has already contacted 20 London universities seeking "all pertinent" information, reports the Guardian . The email advises universities to... More »

Iranian Gang Tried to Sell Teen Girls in UK Sex Ring

Offered them to Dubai's ruling sheikh

(Newser) - British police have locked up an Iranian gang that they allege was prostituting teen girls to wealthy Arabs. Police got wind of the gang when it made the mistake of offering its services to Sheikh Mohammad al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, while he was staying in a London hotel. “... More »

Murdoch Hacks Hacked Into Princes' Phones

But cops cared little about commoner surveillance

(Newser) - The mystery's solved over how Britain's News of the World managed to grab several front-page scoops about Prince Wills and Harry's personal life: a reporter and private investigator simply hacked into their cell phones, Scotland Yard discovered. But the intrusion didn't end there. Rupert Murdoch's crew—and likely other reporters—... More »

Orly Taitz Helper Has Scotland Yard Training

Former British detective puts his skills to use for birthers

(Newser) - Orly Taitz isn’t the only influential foreign-born “birther” trying to prove that Barack Obama is himself foreign-born. Meet Neil Sankey, a former British detective and naturalized American citizen who is using his Scotland Yard skills to look for dirt on the president's origins. Taitz, for one, says he's... More »

UK Cops Pull Suspected Drunk Pilot Off United Jet

London-Chicago flight canceled; Erwin Washington in custody

(Newser) - British police pulled a United Airlines pilot off a Chicago-bound plane today at Heathrow airport and charged him with being over the alcohol limit while on the job. Police and airline officials say Erwin Vermont Washington, 51, was pulled from United Airlines Flight 949 after a co-worker suspected him of... More »

Scotland Yard Launches, Ends Probe of News Corp. Hacking

Unsourced report broke no new ground: cops

(Newser) - Scotland Yard, smarting from a report that it failed to inform victims of a British tabloid's rampant phone hacking, today opened and quickly closed an investigation into the potentially explosive matter, reports the New York Times. Cops reportedly had evidence of thousands of incidences of illegal activity by private... More »

Scotland Yard to Grill LiLo in $500K Bling Theft

(Newser) - Scotland Yard is seeking to question Lindsay Lohan as part of an investigation into the theft of some $500,000 in Dior jewelry she wore during an Elle photo shoot in London, reports TMZ. Lohan was featured on the cover. Lohan "kept going on about the jewels, asking if... More »

London Cops Waterboarded Drug Suspects: Report

Officers also accused of fabricating evidence, theft

(Newser) - London police subjected accused pot dealers to waterboarding, charges a major inquiry into corruption and police brutality in the British capital. The investigation also claims that officers fabricated evidence and stole property from suspects in a drug case. Six officers are facing criminal proceedings, reports the Times of London, but... More »

Brit Official Blunders on Terror Probe

He walks with secret file in open view; arrests are sped up

(Newser) - One of Britain's top counter-terrorism officials may want to invest in a briefcase. The official, Bob Quick, showed up for a meeting at 10 Downing Street and walked by photographers carrying documents clearly marked "Secret" that outlined the government's plan to bust a suspected al-Qaeda cell, the Telegraph reports.... More »

G20 Cop Attack Sparks Demand for Investigation

Officials seek probe in death of man knocked down by riot police

(Newser) - British officials are calling for a criminal investigation into a police attack on a man who died during the G20 protests in London last week, the Daily Telegraph reports. Video of the incident, shot by a New Yorker in town on business, shows a "sickening and unprovoked attack" by... More »

Record Blizzard Cripples Britain

Chaos on highways, at airports amid White Nightmare

(Newser) - One of the heaviest snowstorms in 20 years has covered much of England with a thick blanket of white, wreaking havoc with transportation. London is at a virtual standstill with all city buses withdrawn from service because of driving conditions, schools shut down and several flights canceled at  Heathrow and... More »

Terror Suspect Is Key Scotland Yard Adviser

He's 'regularly consulted' on terror issues, say officials

(Newser) - A convicted terrorist wanted by Interpol is serving on a Scotland Yard advisory board, reports the Times of London. Mohamed Ali Harrath, the subject of a "red alert" Interpol warning since 1992, was sentenced to 56 years in absentia in Tunisia for violence linked to a militant group there.... More »

Muslim 'Terror Trio' Bombs Publisher's London Home

Book about Muhammad child bride sparks attack

(Newser) - Three suspected Muslim terrorists were busted yesterday after they firebombed the London home of the publisher of a novel about the Prophet Muhammad that includes a sex scene, reports the Times of London. The three men were nabbed after a petrol bomb was pushed through the door of the Dutch... More »

UK Troops Accused of Executing Iraqis

Five men file suit, say soldiers killed and tortured 20 captives

(Newser) - British soldiers killed up to 20 Iraqi captives after a 2004 firefight, say lawyers representing five men taken prisoner that day, the BBC reports. The men—described by their lawyers as laborers, not insurgents—say they heard UK soldiers killing and torturing captives at a British base after the gun... More »

Scotland Yard Team Begins Pakistan Probe

Brits arrive to help investigation of Bhutto assassination

(Newser) - Investigators from Scotland Yard arrived in Pakistan today to assist with the government's investigation of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. Pervez Musharraf invited the team to lend credibility to the investigation and help put to rest what the president called "conspiracy theories," but critics remain skeptical about what the Brits... More »

Musharraf: Bhutto Endangered Herself

Pakistani president blames recklessness

(Newser) - President Pervez Musharraf dismissed accusations today that Pakistan's government was involved in the Dec. 27 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, citing extensive security provided to the ex-prime minister as well as careless disregard for her own safety. “There is no complicity,” he said of the killing. “Would I... More »

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