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How are the police using the data that your phone collects to arrest criminals? #CommsData

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POLICE forces are shining a light on how they use communications data to locate criminals and solve crimes.

Four forces – Durham, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Gloucestershire – are taking part in a 24-hour ‘Tweetathon’ on Thursday, June 30 to demonstrate how they are using technology to bring offenders to justice.

Under the current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, forces can complete telecommunications checks for volume crime, such as frauds, harassments, burglaries, robberies or thefts.

Communications data is the ‘who’, ‘when’, and ‘where’ of a communication, not what is written or said. It is details of the communication – not the content.

Police forces use it at the early stages of investigations to prove or disprove where a person was, or determine who they were with or who they spoke to. This information is invaluable in proving guilt as well as innocence.

Here are some of the best Tweets so far.

Durham Police used comms data to locate suspects at the scene of a stolen van.

Data was then used to track suspect who posted incident image on victims social media profile.

Police then used comms data to trace a suspect selling counterfeit money on social media.

Burglary suspected linked to mobile phone thefts

Data used to ID suspect who had been targeting an online child

Data used to arrest suspect who is believed to have stolen X Box.

999 calls made to ex-partners address result in CPS charge

Rogue trader who defrauded elderly couple arrested as a result of comms data.

Comms Data used as evidence to show a registered sex offender was breaching his conditions.

Used to aid a burglary investigation, letting the police know when the consoles stolen were then connected to the internet.

Allowed police to trace a suspect who posted indecent images onto social media.

Police used the IP Address used to access social media to trace the address of the suspect.

 

 

 

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Woman found stabbed to death in back garden in Greenwich

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Police arrest man after the body of a woman was found in the back garden of her home in Greenwich.

She suffered stab wounds, cops were called to an ongoing incident at 11.30am on Saturday.

Upon arrival cops found the body of a woman in the back garden in Tunnel Avenue.

The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

She appeared to have suffered stab wounds.

Police believe they know who she is, and are informing her next of kin.

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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