News Tom Winsor said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

Tom Winsor had said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

Sir Ian Andrews, who resigned as chairman of Soca on 1 August 2013

Soca chief Sir Ian Andrews quits over undeclared interest in private company

More than 100 companies and celebrities who used rogue investigators may finally be named following investigation by The Independent

Exclusive: Met dragged into blue-chip hacking saga as MPs demand Hogan-Howe releases details on rogue investigators

Scotland Yard was dragged into the blue-chip hacking scandal last night after Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was asked to release suppressed information from four little-known investigations into rogue private detective agencies.

Stella Creasy has written to Trevor Pearce to ask why a list of 101 of the investigators’ clients must remain classified

MPs back calls for Soca to name blue-chip hackers

The Serious Organised Crime Agency faces further calls for it to publish a secret list of companies and individuals who used corrupt private investigators to obtain personal information, with Labour adding to the demands.

Editorial: Openness should not be feared

Murdoch’s newspapers were not the only companies using hackers, blaggers and thieves

Elected police chiefs 'a law unto themselves'

Elected police leaders can easily sack chief constables and avoid scrutiny for their decisions because of the threat of an embarrassing public row, say MPs.

Soca chairman Sir Ian Andrews, left, and Trevor Pearce, the agency’s director-general

MPs told not to name firms hiring corrupt investigators

“Britain’s FBI” has ordered a powerful committee of MPs to take extraordinary security measures to protect the identities of blue-chip organisations that hired criminal private investigators.

Trevor Pearce, the Serious Organised Crime Agency's Director-general

Soca chief to be quizzed over hacking failings

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has been asked to clarify whether it failed to prevent corrupt private investigators from hacking the computer of a former British Army intelligence officer.

Rupert Murdoch has written to MPs to apologise for his outburst calling police 'incompetent'

Caught on tape: Rupert Murdoch apologises for slur on Met Police in secret Sun recording

Media mogul writes to MP Keith Vaz to retract 'totally incompetence' remark

Crime chief under fire for saying private investigators can access bank accounts

Head of Serious Organised Crime Agency causes alarm with statement to MPs

Immigration backlog 'will take nearly 40 years to clear'

Bonuses for senior Home Office officials should be frozen until the “staggering” backlog of immigration cases is cleared, a senior MP has urged.

Metropolitan Police Commander Neil Basu speaks to the Home Affairs Select Committee

Met Police contradicts Soca to MPs on hacking inquiry

Scotland Yard heaped fresh pressure on one of Britain’s most senior law enforcement officials when a senior Met detective directly contradicted evidence given to Parliament by the head of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Move over Andy, you're so Sunday - Theresa May is having her moment

Move over Andy Murray. You’re so Sunday afternoon. Yesterday MPs on all sides vied with each other to congratulate a new super-heroine. Rarely can a single plane journey have generated such euphoria among those left behind. It would not have been surprising if Theresa May had been carried shoulder high from the Commons chamber after her statement that Abu Qatada had finally left the country.

Under fire: Trevor Pearce, director general of Soca, is accused of misleading Parliament

The aftermath of Leveson inquiry: Soca chief is accused of misleading MPs over hacking

Claims and counter-claims surround computer hacker's hard drives at centre of police investigation

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Vicky Pryce back on firmer ground with speedy analysis of euro crisis

Ms Pryce showed every sign of absorption and none of nervousness

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Theresa May announces a six-week public consultation on police stop-and-search powers

The Home Secretary tells the House of Commons that they can be “a waste of police time” and serve to “undermine public confidence in the police”

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