LONDON (Reuters) – British police were hunting for a gang on Wednesday who raided safety deposit boxes in London’s major jewelery business district, making off with cash and gems in what local media said could be the country’s biggest-ever heist.
The Metropolitan Police said the thieves used heavy cutting equipment to get into the vault at the officially unnamed deposit business in Hatton Garden, home to almost 300 diamond, gold and gem dealers and more than 50 shops, where they broke into the safety boxes.
LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – Richard III, the last English king to die in battle whose remains were found under a car park three years ago, was reburied on Thursday in a ceremony the current queen said was of “great international significance”.
Depicted by Shakespeare as a sadistic, crafty hunchback, Richard was re-interred at Leicester Cathedral in central England some 530 years after he was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field on Aug. 22, 1485.
LONDON (Reuters) – Richard III, the last English king to die in battle and the country’s most maligned monarch, will be re-buried on Thursday three years after his remains were found under a car park.
Depicted by Shakespeare as a sadistic, crafty hunchback, Richard will be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral in central England some 530 years after he was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field on Aug. 22, 1485.
Britain will introduce measures to counter Islamist extremism, including an investigation into Sharia courts and a crackdown on incendiary preachers, if Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives win May’s election, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday.
LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s top court will rule
next week whether “frank” letters sent by Prince Charles to
government ministers should be made public, potentially
embarrassing the heir-to-the-throne and raising the contentious
issue of royal interference in politics.
For years, the Guardian newspaper has sought access to 27
letters written by Charles to members of ex-Prime Minister Tony
Blair’s Labour government between 2004 and 2005 under the
country’s freedom of information laws.
LONDON (Reuters) – King Richard III, the medieval English monarch whose remains were found under a car park three years ago, will be reburied next week nearly 530 years after he was slain in battle and dumped in an humble grave.
The remains of Richard – the last English king to die in battle when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in central England in 1485 – were found in 2012.
LONDON (Reuters) – The watchdog which oversees British police said it had launched an investigation into allegations London police chiefs dropped inquiries into child sex abuse claims because they involved politicians and high profile figures.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would examine allegations police suppressed evidence, hindered investigations into paedophile rings and covered up crimes because they involved lawmakers (MPs) and police officers.
LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – British spies carry out mass
interception of the public’s emails and access large databases
with individuals’ personal details, but their actions are not
indiscriminate or unlawful, a powerful committee of lawmakers
said on Thursday.
Britain’s security agencies have been accused of unfettered
snooping on electronic communications since disclosures by U.S.
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden indicated
spies had been hoovering up emails, text messages and internet
LONDON (Reuters) – British spies, accused of undertaking mass, unfettered surveillance of the public’s communications, are not breaking the law nor reading everyone’s emails but do need to be more open, a powerful committee of lawmakers said on Thursday.
Britain’s three security agencies – MI5, which deals with domestic matters, MI6, which handles foreign intelligence and the eavesdropping service GCHQ – have all come under fire from civil rights groups since disclosures by Edward Snowden two years ago.
LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Nearly 450,000 fans from around
the world have backed a petition calling for British presenter
Jeremy Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the “Top
Gear” motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a
“fracas” with a producer.
Clarkson, renowned for his outspoken remarks and acerbic
attitude towards “political correctness”, was suspended by the
BBC on Tuesday, with media reporting that he had thrown a punch
at a producer following a row about food.