News Carol Duggan, Mark Duggan’s aunt, after her nephew’s inquest

Scotland Yard ignored recommendations to review a controversial police tactic deployed against Mark Duggan minutes before he was shot, despite being advised to do so six years earlier, a BBC television programme claims this evening.

Four police officers face charges over mentally ill man Thomas Orchard's death in custody

Four police officers could face criminal charges over the death of a mentally ill church caretaker who was restrained when he was arrested following a disturbance in the street, The Independent has learned.

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison

IPCC to investigate Hillsborough police offier Sir Norman Bettison over report on anti-racism campaigner

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said police systems may have been misused

Dame Anne Owers, chairwoman of the IPCC

'Suicides' after police custody hit nine-year peak, says IPCC

64 people apparently took own lives within two days of release in 2012/13, up from 39 the previous year

Amy Jowett says the injuries have left her facing ‘a lifetime of surgery’

Anti-fascist protester claims police broke her leg at rally

Scotland Yard is investigating claims that a female teacher sustained “life-changing injuries” after being struck by a police officer during an anti-fascist demonstration opposing the British National Party, The Independent has learnt.

Respectability: Rocks Lane in Barnes, London, former haunt of an alleged paedophile ring

Elm Guest House investigation: Former senior cabinet minister faces rape investigation

CPS considers charges as police looking into guesthouse paedophile ring broaden their inquiry

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.

Hillsborough cover-up ‘worse than first thought’

The scale of the alleged police cover-up over the Hillsborough disaster was even more wide-ranging than originally believed, it emerged today.

Jordan Begley was described as a good worker by his employer

Fresh concern raised over Taser safety after seventh death in 10 years

Man stunned while being restrained in Manchester suffered 'medical episode'

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

Two men have been jailed for Stephen Lawrence's murder

Five police forces investigated over alleged Stephen Lawrence smear campaign

Police fractured my arm, says ‘smear victim’

Azelle Rodney

Police marksman may face trial over botched shooting of suspected gangster Azelle Rodney

Dead man’s mother demands apology after damning report into botched  police operation

Sir Norman Bettison: The former Chief Constable is accused of discrediting Mohammed Amran

Stephen Lawrence inquiry: Victim in Sir Norman Bettison ‘smear’ claims was top anti-racism campaigner

Mohammed Amran played a key part in the damning inquiry into the police handling of Stephen Lawrence’s murder

Sir Norman Bettison, former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police

Disgraced Hillsborough officer Sir Norman Bettison linked to campaign to smear Stephen Lawrence family

A former chief constable who was accused of involvement in a police cover up in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster is to be investigated over claims that he sought to influence the evidence of a witness to the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.

Mother-of-two Linzi Ashton

Linzi Ashton murder: Three arrested in the hunt for Michael Cope

Police granted extra time to question the 25-year-old man arrested on Monday

£5,000 reward offered for Linzi Ashton murder suspect

Detectives hunting a man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend have offered a £5,000 reward to entice anyone who may be helping him to come forward.

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