Open up secret crime museum’s "Jack The Ripper" artefacts to the public

The Met’s hidden crime museum should become a temporary exhibit with profits reinvested into frontline policing The Met should open up its secret 150 year old Crime Museum collection to the public and turn it into a profitable attraction, according to a new report. “History’s Life Sentence” proposes that the Met, instead of opening a costly stand-alone museum¹, should tender a contract to private exhibition…

90 trials a day delayed: half due to failings by prosecution or court system

31,842 trials delayed across England and Wales – more than half due to failings by prosecution or court system London worst performing region at both Crown and Magistrates courts with up to 20% of trials postponed   Almost 32K (31,842) trials in Crown and Magistrates courts were delayed in the UK in 2012, working out at 87 every day of the year. Over 18.5K (18,523)…

Roger Evans: Thieves, Robbers… Don't worry the police will ignore your crimes

There are currently two big ‘C’ words hovering around the debate on policing – ‘Corruption’ and ‘Cuts’. However, crime is actually going down and corruption is finally being exposed and tackled as never before. One of my main concerns is ‘Confidence’ and this is affected by how police respond to crime when it is reported to them. The majority of us have been, or know…

Almost half of all crimes 'ignored' by police

40% of burglaries, 23% of robberies and 76% of car thefts not investigated by UK’s biggest force “If you are a thief, you can rest assured that over three quarters of your crimes, reported by victims, will be ignored by police” Almost half (45%) of all crimes are not investigated by the Met – the UK’s biggest police force – according to the 2012/13 figures…

Union strike threats over 'Driver Only' trains absurd

Move expected to save £5 million every year and provide a faster and more reliable Overground service Making trains completely ‘Driver Only’ on parts of the London Overground would save an expected £5 million every year and provide a faster, safer and more reliable service. Richard Tracey, London Assembly Member and GLA Conservatives’ spokesman for Transport condemns the threat of strike action by unions in…

More than one sex worker attacked every day in the UK, yet three quarters won’t go to police

London has highest number of incidents totalling more than one a week There have been 410 reported crimes against sex workers in the UK in the past year, a quarter of those (106) were sexual assaults, 68 were reported rapes. Yet, just 28% of victims have been willing to report it formally to police. The first year of the successful ‘Ugly Mugs’ pilot shows London…

Boroughs must get real about affordable housing to get London’s 180K stalled developments moving

Overly ambitious affordable housing targets stifles development of new homes 4th July 2013: Steve O’Connell will today call for London boroughs to take a flexible approach to affordable housing requirements where necessary, in order to provide enough new homes for London’s growing population. London’s population is forecast to grow to nine million by 2020. However, according to the latest GLA figures, there are 180,000 homes…