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For the first time ever, never-before-seen-objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum will go on public display at the Museum of London in the major exhibition, The Crime Museum Uncovered, opening this October.

Previously only accessible to police professionals and invited guests, the exhibition will reveal the secrets of the Crime Museum, created by serving police officers since its establishment in 1875. 

The exhibition, which is being created with the support of the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), will take visitors on a journey through real cases and how they were investigated. It will bring them close to the objects and evidence from some of the UK’s most notorious crimes, including the Acid Bath Murderer of 1949, the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist of 2000. It will also examine some of the challenges faced in policing the capital, tackling themes from terrorism and espionage to counterfeiting and narcotics.

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Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London, said: “Crime is an unfortunate by-product of big-city life, and a reality that Londoners are all too familiar with. Challenging and disturbing; familiar and unsettling, The Crime Museum Uncovered will use select objects from this extraordinary, hidden collection to consider the changing nature of crime and advances in detection over the last 140 years. Through focusing on people – victims, perpetrators and police officers – we’ll use real objects to explore the human stories behind some of the UK’s most well-known crimes, personalising what is so often de-personalised. And in doing so, we’ll confront how, as a society, we respond when normality is shattered, lives are torn apart and we need to rebuild.”

MPS Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: "The artefacts held in the museum will provide visitors with an insight into the evolution of crime investigation and criminal justice. The public will view exhibits from some of the most complex and indeed notorious criminal investigations carried out by the Met, and discover how such crimes were solved. I hope people enjoy visiting this exhibition.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The evolution of London’s police force plays a fascinating part in the history of our city. Many of the policing methods now used by forces all over the world were developed here in the capital by our pioneering policing techniques. This exhibition will bring this story alive, in some instances out from behind closed doors for the first time, allowing us to reflect on the victims at the centre of each of these cases and learn more about how the creativity of the past has shaped the way the police work today.”

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, said: “I am very pleased that the stories being told show how London’s police force have dealt with the changing nature of policing an expanding and evolving city like London to fight crime and keep the public safe. This exhibition proves that good police work, more often than not, requires painstaking and time consuming work where the smallest details are so critical to a detective in solving a crime.  This provides a fascinating opportunity to learn about this work.”

Aside from police professionals, the Crime Museum’s Visitors’ Book reveals an eclectic list of high-profile guests over the years. King George V (1865-1936), Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), illusionist, Harry Houdini (1874-1926) and comedy double act, Stan Laurel (1890- 1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892- 1957) have all stepped inside the infamous museum, currently housed within the Metropolitan Police’s HQ, New Scotland Yard.

For six months only, visitors to the Museum of London can gain unprecedented access to highlights from the collection, established in the mid-1870s as a teaching tool to educate officers. The Museum of London has been working closely with the independent London Policing Ethics Panel in the planning of this exhibition and has discussed how to ensure the interests of victims are protected with Baroness Newlove, the Victims' Commissioner.

The Crime Museum Uncovered is curated at the Museum of London by curators, Julia Hoffbrand and Jackie Keily. It builds upon the museum’s expertise and follows exhibitions, Jack the Ripper (2008), Dickens and London (2011) and Sherlock Holmes (2014), in exploring the darker side of London.

The Crime Museum Uncovered runs from 9 October 2015 - 10 April 2016 and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and events. Tickets available from £12.50 online; £15 on the door. Wednesdays only; tickets from £10.

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Police are looking for help after a “very serious” sexual assault on a commuter at London Bridge underground station.

The 27-year-old woman was walking towards the escalators at the station's Jubilee Line entrance at 9.30pm on November 27 when she was attacked.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

Detective Constable Suleman Yazdani said: “This was a very serious assault, which has left the victim extremely shaken. I am very keen to identify the man in the CCTV image as he may prove vital in our investigations.

“I would also like to appeal to members of the public who may have been in the area and may have witnessed the incident to come forward."

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference TSUB/B8 of 15/12/14. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police have given advice out to women in West London to not walk home on these dark evenings alone after a string of sexual assaults in the area.

Four assaults have been made on women, just in the last month through Chiswick and Ealing and all assaults are believed to all have been committed by the same man.

The first incident happened on the 15th November in Barrowgate Road, Chiswick, at approx 2am when a 34-year-old woman noticed she was being followed. As she approached the road the man following her assaulted her. Luckily the woman managed to resist and got away, the suspect ran towards Sutton Court Road.

The next on the 24th November happened to a woman, aged 28 who was walking on Fishers Lane, Chiswick, at 6.30pm. She was approached by a man from behind and indecently assaulted.

On the same day a 52-year-old woman was indecently assaulted by a man walking with her daughter in Kingscote Road, Ealing.

The last known offence happened as a 37-year-old woman walked from Chiswick High Road to Dukes Avenue, at 3am on November 30th. She was approached by a man that asked her for directions but was then followed her to Sharon Road, Chiswick, where he assaulted her. When she screamed and members of the public were alerted he ran off.

Detective Constable Emma Pestridge of Hounslow CID said. "These are frightening incidents and we urgently want to find this man.

“If anyone else has been approached in this manner their information could be the vital. I would ask anyone who may have seen this man, or who knows who he is, to contact Hounlsow police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Broom said.” These incidents are clearly of concern to our community and very distressing for the victims involved. I want to assure people that these crimes are a being thoroughly investigated, and the enquiry is both detailed and extensive.”

The suspect has been described as white, aged 25 to 30, of stocky build with brown hair and wearing a grey beanie hat. Two victims said the man was speaking Spanish.

Anyone with information can call 0208 247 6650 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

bus-thiefUsually it would be fast cars or a motorbike but this guy preferred London bus.

Police are trying to find this man (above) who they believe stole a double decker, drove it around in South East London and then left it at a bus stop clearly realising it wasn't as much fun as he first thought.

The bus was taken from Farnborough Hill bus depot, Orpington, at about 9.15am on September 15.

Did you see him driving through London that morning? Road traveled included Croydon Road, Croydon, Glebe Way, Wickham Court Road, Wickham Road, Bridle Road and Broom Road.

The bus was finally left at a stop in Shrublands Avenue in Shirely, Croydon needing £500 worth of work after being scraped along a wall.

CCTV images have been released of the man they wish to speak to in connection with the investigation.

Anyone with any information can call 020 8284 8714 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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The Police are looking to track down this man to speak to him about a sexual assault that happened in front of other passengers on a train in South East London.

It is thought that no one intervened because they may have looked like a couple but this is not the case. The police are following several lines of enquiry for the case but would like anyone on the train who witnessed the assault to come forward.

The assault went on for 20 minutes before the man left the train.

here were a few people on the train at the time who may have thought the pair were a couple and were reluctant to step in.

This was not the case and I am urging these people to come forward as they may have information crucial to our investigation.

The man’s behaviour was totally unacceptable and inappropriate and we are currently following several lines of enquiry.

– DETECTIVE CONSTABLE ANDY PARKINSON, BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference B8/SSUB of 15/08/2014.