London riots US supercop hails police gang crime fight
18:17 04 June 2012
A car burning in Hackney Central during the riots
Police efforts to combat gang crime have been praised by an American ‘supercop’ who advised the government on last year’s London riots.
Bill Bratton, 64, who tackled gangs as head of police departments in New York, Boston and Los Angeles over the last two decades, told Radio 5 Live he does not believe police cuts will lead to a rise in crime.
And he hit out at those who criticise police, saying: “To blame the police, I am sorry, there are other issues at work here.
“Lots of these people are just, unfortunately, criminals.”
A schoolboy who secured top marks in his GCSEs is set to follow in the footsteps of David Cameron and Boris Johnson after winning a scholarship to Eton worth £76,000.
A dog breeder from Kilburn has been banned from keeping pets for three years - after he was caught swinging a sack of Jack Russell puppies as he sold them in the streets of Soho at 1 am.
There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this Notting Hill Carnival weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.