Hacking: fresh police links
News International paid Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of the News of the World, for “crime exclusives” while he was working for the Metropolitan Police.
Wallis was secretly paid more than £25,000 after he left the paper and walked into a contract to work two days a month as a PR consultant with the Met. One story got him a single payment of £10,000.
According to a Scotland Yard statement, the Met’s contract with Wallis’s PR firm, Chamy Media, “had a confidentiality clause, a data protection act clause and a conflict of interest clause within it”.
Meanwhile Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World and former Tory spin doctor, is suing News International because they have stopped paying his legal fees.
Racial profiling is over (sort of)
A number of police forces have stopped recording the race and ethnicity of the people they stop and search.
Five out of the ten forces that stop and search the highest proportion of black people are no longer recording the data.
They are West Midlands, Avon & Somerset, Thames Valley, Sussex and Hertfordshire.
Tomlinson cop trial delayed
Simon Harwood, the police officer charged with the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson, will stand trial in October 2012.
That’s more than three years since Ian died during protests against the G20 in London.
Ian’s widow Julia was furious. “This makes a mockery of the justice system,” she said.
Sikhs protest at turban searches
Thousands of Sikhs filled Parliament Square in London last Sunday to protest at “disrespectful” searches at airports.
They are demanding the government acts over Sikh men being forced to remove their turbans, despite passing through security scanners.
A spokesperson said, “A turban is no different than any other item of clothing in relation to a metal detector or X-ray machine.”