Dog-trafficking in London: New report exposes loophole allowing thousands of poorly-bred puppies to be imported from Europe

Traffickers mass-importing sick young dogs for commercial sale One seller linked to 834 dog ads over 24-month period with potential income of £1.3million Most dogs trafficked from central and eastern Europe Vets in Lithuania and Hungary admit falsifying information on pet passports Puppies often bred in unhygienic conditions and carry hidden diseases Owners tricked into buying sick dogs that later have to be put down…

Sutton Tram Extension: Mayor pulls plug on £100m funding

– TfL Business Plan withdraws cash committed by Boris – Puts future of transport project in doubt The Mayor of London has withdrawn £100million of funding for the proposed Sutton Tram extension, dealing a devastating blow to commuters. Publishing his business plan for TfL for the next five years, the Mayor said the cash would be reallocated but refused to concede the project was dead.…

Response to the resignation of Sir Bernard Hogan Howe

At the last Police and Crime Committee, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime said that she had full confidence in Sir Bernard. What has changed in less than a week? It has been clear for some time that Sadiq Khan would push out Sir Bernard, not because he has a better option lined up or because Sir Bernard had failed at his job, but…

Just two drivers caught smoking in cars with children since ban

– Figures in first nine months ‘show ban is unenforceable’, says London Assembly member Just two drivers in London have been caught smoking in their car with a child since an England-wide ban was introduced last year, new figures show. The legislation was hailed as a ‘tremendous victory’ by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) when it came into force on October 1, despite critics claiming…

Police car crashes on the increase in London

Data shows three-year increase in number of collisions The number of crashes involving police cars pursuing other vehicles and responding to 999 calls is on the increase in London, figures show. There were 1,748 collisions involving police vehicles responding to emergency calls between April 2015 and April 2016 – 256 more crashes than in 2013/14. In 2015/16 there were 498 collisions involving police cars pursuing…

Pokémon Go: Met could offer anti-crime tips at ‘Pokestops’

Force could replicate Leicestershire police and take advantage of gaming craze Neighbourhood policing teams in London could take advantage of the Pokémon Go craze and hand out anti-crime tips at popular game locations. Players of the game are drawn to specific places such as parks or buildings where they can catch Pokémon or other items at designated ‘Pokestops’. Community officers in South Leicester recently attended…

Night Tube: Met urged to keep the peace at outer London stations

The Mayor and Metropolitan Police Commissioner must reassure Londoners that quieter parts of London included in the upcoming Night Tube will not be blighted by increases in anti-social behaviour, says Steve O’Connell The Night Tube, set to start operation on 19 August, will be transporting thousands of late night revellers to areas of outer London that currently experience low levels of anti-social behaviour. Even with…