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Five men have been found guilty of hacking into an e-mail account and attempting to steal more than £3 million from a London businessman.

All five suspects were convicted at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, 22 May following a five-month trial.

Anthony Oshodi, 49 (1.1.1970) of Dumbreck Road, SE9 was found guilty of one count of money laundering, one count of possession of a false identify document and three counts of possession of articles for use in fraud.

Oshodi fled three weeks into the trial but was convicted in absence.

Foyjul Islam, 51 (20.12.1967) of Aberfeldy Street, E14 was found guilty of one count of money laundering.

Mohammed Siddique, 32 (12.10.1986) of Chancellor Way, Dagenham, RM8 was found guilty of three counts of money laundering.

Mohammed Rafeek, 34 (13.7.1984) of Hockley Avenue, E6 was found guilty of two counts of money laundering.

Meharoof Muttiyan, 35 (27.8.1983) of Hockley Avenue, E6 was found guilty of money laundering

They will all be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 21 June.

The group were convicted following a complex investigation carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU) over four years.

The suspects carried out their scam by altering the email account of a single victim, enabling them to send emails without his knowledge and preventing him from viewing messages from his accountant and bank.

In January 2015 the group sent several emails from the victim’s account to his bank requesting payment be made to a number of people. Payment was requested through fraudulent invoices containing account numbers belonging to the suspects.

Between 8 and 13 January 2015 approximately £1.3 million was transferred into three accounts, one of which belonging to Muttiyan.

He made a series of further transfers in an effort to mask the money.

Detectives managed to identify each suspect through the examination of banking, phone and computer records. Over the course of several months they pieced together key evidence of the money trail, patterns of communication and the ownership of individual devices linked to the offences.

Officers carried out searches on the home addresses of each suspect. They seized more than 50 electronic items including computers, mobile phones and digital storage devices.

Examination of the devices revealed messages between Oshodi and Siddique discussing the stolen money and Siddique and Islam exchanged instructions on how to launder the money and evade law enforcement.

The investigation revealed Oshodi’s links to the hacking of the victim’s e-mail account and his outsourcing of the laundering of £600,000 of the funds to Siddique.

He was linked to additional laundering offences. Two envelopes were seized from his address during the search – one containing five stolen cheques, the largest of the three being worth £51,000 – and the other containing five stolen bankcards, one with a balance of £28,000.

His computer also contained copies of 1000 third party passports and bank cards which were used to create false identities.

Muttiyan acted as a primary money mule, transferring cash through the bank accounts of a petrol station, an insurance claims company, and a computer business owned by the group. Siddique organised the distribution of £600,000 and was found to be involved in two separate money-laundering offences.

Muttiyan was also linked to additional money laundering offences and was found in possession of a fraudulent £28,000 cheque.

Rafeek had led the process of receiving and distributing more than £250,000 while Islam sourced accounts to receive the stolen funds, and facilitated the transfers to evade detection.

Detective Constable Barry Steel from the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit said: “This was a complicated and protracted investigation which uncovered a network of apparently legitimate businessmen involved in large scale laundering of the proceeds of online criminality.

“This case should demonstrate how determined the Met is in identifying, disrupting and prosecuting those intent on committing crime online and protecting people and businesses across the city.

“Officers on this case spent years tracing the actions of this group in order to bring them before the courts. They trawled through thousands of pieces of evidence, and linked each suspect to this fraud.

“Oshodi fled three weeks into this trial, but due to the level of evidence produced against him, the jury were able to convict in his absence. We will continue to pursue Oshodi and bring him to justice for his part in this crime. I would ask anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact the Cyber Crime Unit directly on 0207 230 8475. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Mohammed Asif, 30 (1.1.1989) of Marshal Road, Sheffield, S4 was found not guilty of money laundering.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on Muhammed Rashaduzzaman, 48 (2.2.1971) of Fanshawe Crescent, Dagenham, RM9 charged with money laundering.

seems to spend a lot of time trolling people on social media. It’s either that or he’ll diss one of his enemies, update fans on the show “Power,” or display one of his pricey vehicles.

But on Friday he posted something that didn’t involve a beef, the popular crime drama or a new Rolls-Royce. Instead, he shared a message about donating money to low-income communities.

“I wrote a check today for G-Unity foundation to distribute to other non-profit organizations that focus on academic enrichment in low income areas,” wrote 50 next to a photo of himself writing the actual check. “I feel good about it. Positive vibes.”

The check, which was made out for $3 million, is just the latest effort by 50 to help those in need.
For example, when the rapper started his Street King drink a while back, he bought a meal for a child with the proceeds from every bottle sold. He also did the same with the company SMS Audio and Feeding America years ago with the sale of each set of headphones.

And in 2012 50 traveled to Africa with ABC News reporter Dan Harris to give away one million meals to impoverished countries.
“I’m in Somalia this week to show the world the devastation that is taking place,” he wrote on Facebook back then. “Children going hungry everyday, even dying everyday from hunger. I am going to keep sending through images from out here. I need you to take these photos and re-post to your friends. The world needs to see what is going on.”

With regard to the check for education enrichment, a lot of fans acknowledged the good 50 is doing.
“That’s what’s up. Proud of you, Curtis,” someone wrote using 50’s real name. “Keep pushing, baby.”

“Show ’em you do more than just stunt,” wrote someone else.

Police Finally Make Arrest After Shoreditch Shooting Victim Died 13 Years Following Incident Which Left Him Paralysed And Confined To Hospital

Detectives investigating the murder of a man who died 13 years after he was shot in Shoreditch, have made an arrest for firearms offences.

Marvin Couson died on Saturday, 8 August 2015 having been confined to a hospital bed unable to communicate or do anything for himself since he was shot at the Lime in London Bar – commonly known as the Lime Bar – in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, on Saturday, 12 May 2002.

A 40-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 9 May, on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody at a west London police station at this stage.

A £40,000 reward remains on offer to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for Marvin’s death.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “We are days away from the 17th anniversary of Marvin’s shooting and this morning we have made a significant arrest.

“I hope that it will encourage people to take themselves back to the Lime Bar on 12 May 2002. Witnesses have come forward and we are hugely grateful for their help but heartbreakingly some have not or have given incomplete accounts of what happened that night.

“I understand by the nature of the crime there may reluctance to get involved or perhaps people just feel they have moved on as it was so long ago. Well, Marvin’s family haven’t, they have endured years of heartache, visiting his hospital bedside every day for 13 years while he lay paraylsed before finally succumbing to his injuries. They cannot hope to move forward without your help – what would you want people to do if it was your child? Were you one of those in the car with the man who fatally shot Marvin? Maybe you are scared as you feel embroiled in his actions but there was only one person who pulled that trigger and I encourage you to make that call to me.

“We still have a significant reward on offer to anyone who can assist our investigation and we continue to piece together what happened that night.

“Marvin was visiting the venue with a friend when a disturbance began between one of the promoters of the garage and hip-hop event, called ‘Ouch’, playing that night and a group of between 10 and 15 black men. Another man approached the group, lifted his arm and discharged a small handgun.

“This man is described as black and aged in his early 20s. Importantly he was wearing a distinctive black three-quarter length duffle coat with large buttons and the hood up. He really would have stood out – a man in a heavy coat in May inside a hot and crowded club. I know it is a long time ago but those events would undoubtedly stick in your mind if you were there – did you see this man or who was around him that night? Do you have any information about what happened? Please come forward in confidence.”


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The shot fired caused security staff to clear the bar of around 200 customers into Curtain Road and Worship Street. Marvin, then aged 26 and working fitting security systems for retailers, and his friend were among them.

Outside Marvin’s friend saw a T-reg red or burgundy Ford Fiesta, thought to contain at least two black men, driving fast along Curtain Road. The vehicle struck him and he grappled with the front seat passenger.

A gun was then fired and the friend walked back towards the bar to see Marvin lying shot on the ground. Marvin was shot outside the bar, but it is unclear if the shot came from the Fiesta.

A further incident had also taken place outside the club. Another man and his friend were approached by three men with handguns who pistol-whipped them and searched their car. One of the suspects were described as wearing a duffle coat and also suffering from a skin condition called vitiligo, with lighter blotches on his skin.

DCI McHugh said: “It is highly likely this is the same man who fired the shot inside the club and the pistol-whipping incident adds more to his description. Did you see what happened outside the club as people poured out? It would have been chaotic but again an incident like this would have stood out.

”All indications are that Marvin died because he became caught up in a dispute that night between organised criminal gangs from London and Birmingham. It is all the more sad as Marvin was not involved in gangs or criminality and we believe he was an entirely innocent victim of a dispute that had nothing to do with him.

“A lot of time has passed and loyalties change so I hope for the sake of Marvin’s family – and his two now grown-up children – that someone can find it within themselves to do the right thing.”

Police were called to the venue at 03:40hrs to reports of gunfire.

On arrival officers found Marvin, who lived in Darlington Road, West Norwood, on the ground outside the bar with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in a critical condition with injuries to his heart and other internal organs.

After an operation he was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney. He was unable to care for himself or leave his hospital bed. He could not communicate and had no capacity to understand anything said to him.

Police were informed by the hospital that he died at 22:40hrs on 8 August 2015. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as brain injury suffered as a direct result of the shooting.

Trident officers took on the case immediately following the shooting and made several appeals for witnesses and information. One man was arrested, on 23 May 2002, but subsequently released with no further action.

After Marvin’s death the homicide command took on the case. On Thursday, 14 September 2017 detectives interviewed a 37-year-old man under caution. The man was a serving prisoner with links to a Birmingham gang.

Marvin’s sister Margaret Couson said today: “On Sunday 12 May it will be the anniversary of Marvin’s shooting. It is remarkable that it is 17 years since Marvin was shot and his killer remains at large, not a day goes by when we don’t think of Marvin.

“That awful incident has ruined so many lives and each day I wake and go to sleep thinking of Marvin. I ask ‘Why?’ Marvin wasn’t involved in crime, he loved life and his family, he had the best years of his life ahead of him. His two children turn 20 and their only memory is their dad being in hospital and the face of a media campaign. They have been robbed of just having their dad there.

“I am encouraged that no matter how much time passes by, the police do not give up and we as a family most certainly will not give up our fight for justice. Things do not just move on, we have been in trauma for 17 years.

“Today’s arrest is really encouraging, combined with the anniversary I hope it will make people talk and I pray that the information makes its way to the police either directly or through Crimestoppers. Yes 17 years have passed, but witnesses are living with what they saw that night. Many including the suspect may well have families; you may even have a teenage child – look at your child and think what would you want witnesses to do if it was your loved one.

“It is possible that the gunman didn’t intend to shoot Marvin and he may have turned his life around; that does not in any away take away the torturous 17 years that we as a family have faced and the future will not get any easier without the community’s support.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

*The Lime in London bar no longer exists – it is now the Queen of Hoxton pub*

Our Leaders’ And Experts’ Hypocrisy Is Out Of This World

I was listening to a commentator on TV yesterday saying “many so called experts who constantly bleat on about global warming spend most of their time on planes. Flying across the world and racking up enormous amounts of carbon footprints”.

London mayor is blindly charging Londoners congestion charge ostensibly to reduce carbon monoxide emissions in the capital – yet it has been revealed that both him and his team have racked up enough miles to fly to the moon and back in just 2 years of being Mayor.

It now seems that hypocrisy in high places and among the so called experts is at an all time high and perpetrators dont bother to do much to conceal their “don’t do as I do, do as I say” behaviours.

Recently, it was reported that over 3.7 million UK kids (one of the alleged most developed countries in the world🤐) are living in abject poverty. Yet our Tory prime minister can be heard gloating at every opportunity how her government – more than any before her in decades, has brought unemployment to it’s most lowest. (Won’t that be the parents of the same kids living in poverty…?🤨)

Nowadays, we seem to live in a world where leaders & experts blatantly & openly lie, make up numbers, fiddle figures and invent facts to fit in with their own chosen narrative and suit their own pleasure – while expecting the populace to toe a different, more punishing line…

Social Welfare benefits that previously helped the unemployed, many in low paid jobs and those unable to work to get by, has been more or less obliterated under Theresa May’s government. How many times have we read of mums of young children being unable to feed their kids or pay their energy bills due to their low income and almost non existent supplementary benefits. Or famulues living off food banks.

We also read with horror, of sick people such as stage 4 cancer patients and quadraplegics being forced to attend meetings to prove their inability to work by Theresa May’s HMRC staff.

When the PM postulates and beats her chest about her fake unemployment figures, what she leaves out is that many employed people today, are on what we call “gig jobs” or “zero contract hours” as it is more commonly known. In this type of employment, you are classed as employed but you could find yourself waiting for weeks or even months before you actually work. And you only get paid for the work you do.

Meanwhile, while you are waiting for a shift, the bills or rent are not stopped or put on hold. They have to be paid. And if you havent got the means to pay, the arrears pile up and many find themselves in serioys debt this way.

On the other hand, there are many others such as health care or support workers who work long 11 hours a day shifts, 4 of 5 days a week on very little above the minimum wage, who have to take up other work elsewhere on their few days off simply to supplement their meagre salary in order to make ends meet.

One of the conservatives election manifesto was “Making Work Pay” But what do you say to millions of Brits who work very long hours with very little to show for it….. or those allegedly employed but with no work…and no pay?

And several of those actually working, have not seen a meaningful pay increase in years. But rents, gas, electric, petrol, congestion charge, council tax, travel cards broadband, mobile phone, road tax, insurance premiums etc etc increase in the UK every single year and any pay increase is immediately swallowed up by ever increasing expenses.

But hold on

In this same Britain, MPs have their fat, self-set salaries and allowances increased every single year. A typical MPs expenses alone dwarfs the annual salary of most Londoners and households!

See what your MPs claimed in expenses in 2018

A story recently appeared in the newspapers of how MPs fought hard and almost succeeded in suppresing the revealing of another set of embarassing expenses claims scandal.

MPs who are elected to serve the people, have their accomodation paid by taxpayers (the people) yet, grant themselves remunerations that most of those people who elected them can only dream of. And then they submit claims on personal frivolous and mickey taking items such as champagne lunches, flowers and tampons!!!

All these in the same country where a single mum will be prosecuted and hounded day and night by bailiffs for missing a couple of council tax payments….

And this is just the UK.
Don’t get me started on the US….Or Nigeria!!!

#Hypocrisy

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Gang of Fraudsters Including 4 Nigerian Brothers Jailed For Over 43 Years Over Multi Million Pounds Theft

A gang of fraudsters have been jailed for a total of more than 43 years for their parts in the theft of millions of pounds from businesses and individuals in the UK and abroad.

The following people were convicted between 26 and 28 March for their roles in a large-scale “diversion fraud” scam using hacking software following a six-month trial, and sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, 2 May:

– Bonaventure Sunday Chukwuka, 41 (21.08.1977) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property (money laundering). He was also found guilty of possession of a prohibited item (a phone) in prison – sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment.

– Andrew Chike Chukwu, 35 (19.09.1983) of River Road, Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property – sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

– Emmanuel Chike Chukwuka (brother), 27 (11.12.1991) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud. He was found not guilty of conspiracy to money launder – sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment.

– Christian Chukwuka (brother), 39 (24.12.1979) of Latchetts Shaw, Basildon, Essex was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property – sentenced to five years and nine months’ imprisonment.

– Nadeem Abbasi, 48 (20.04.1970) of St Michaels Avenue, Wembley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to convert/conceal criminal property – sentenced to two years and three months’ months imprisonment.

– Mansoor Zaman, 27 (31.03.1991) of no fixed abode was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property. He was sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment.

– Queen Chukwuka, 32 (01.10.1986) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of acquiring/possessing criminal property – sentenced to a community order

– Grace Plange Chukwu, 39 (20.02.1980) of River Road, Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of acquiring/possessing criminal property – conditional discharge.

– Ionut Relu Muresan, 34 (09.09.84) of Long Deacon Road, E4 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to money launder – sentenced to five years’ imprisonment

– Mohammed Rahman, 31 (25.12.1987) of Garnies Close, Peckham was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property – to be sentenced at a later date.

The court heard during the trial that Bonaventure Chukwuka led an organised criminal gang that targeted businesses and individuals by hacking into their email accounts, and stealing large sums of money.

Officers from the Met’s Falcon Fraud Squad launched the investigation after receiving referrals from Action Fraud.

Detectives identified a total of 228 separate frauds committed by the same network between 2014 to 2018, and totalling £10,112,312.54.

A total of 69 victims provided evidence during the trial. Many of them have been unable to recover their losses.

Several victims were traced with the help of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau whose Action Fraud service allows both domestic and overseas victims to report fraud online.

The gang used computer malware to intercept and steal the log-in details of email accounts belonging to businesses and private individuals worldwide, with the intent of identifying high-value financial transactions.

They then intercepted emails about these transactions and sent spoof emails, duping the victims into paying the funds into alternative UK-based “mule” bank accounts – accounts obtained and controlled by the fraudsters for this purpose – instead of the intended recipient.

A total of 165 “mule” accounts, opened with fake identification documents or bought from unscrupulous account holders, were identified by detectives.

They were used to receive the proceeds of the diversion fraud, where the money was quickly transferred onto other accounts, some of which were untraceable.

The fraudsters also used the funds from mule accounts to buy and export thousands of pounds of baby milk to Nigeria, to launder the money.

One of the fraud victims was a small construction company with a small team of employees based in the south west of England. It was defrauded out of nearly £13,000 by the group in 2017 and had to close as a result.

Bonaventure, Emmanuel and Christian Chukwuka were arrested on 26 January 2018 on suspicion of fraud. They were charged the following day.

Abassi established a sham company and opened business bank accounts, one of which received £1.9m on behalf of the wider gang. Abassi was arrested at Heathrow airport on 14 February 2018. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money on 2 November 2018.

Zaman and Rahman sourced mule accounts. Zaman was arrested at Gatwick Airport on 4 April 2018. Rahman was arrested on 11 April.

Following the arrest of the Chukwuka brothers, Andrew Chike Chuwku was identified as a significant associate. He was arrested on 11 April 2018.

Queen Chukwuka and Grace Chukwu – the wives of Bonaventure and Andrew – received funds into their own personal bank accounts.

Officers will now begin confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act to try and recover the money stolen.

DC Chris Collins of the Falcon Fraud Squad said: “This gang of fraudsters were unscrupulous, organised and prolific, and over a period of four years stole millions of pounds from unsuspecting businesses and individuals, and lived an extremely comfortable life with the profits.

“The frauds were brazen, and this gang clearly thought they could continue with their criminal lifestyle without detection. However, arrests followed what was a complex investigation carried out diligently by the Met’s Falcon Fraud Squad, with hundreds of fraud reports being reviewed by detectives trawling through financial records.

UK ATM Operators Phasing In Charges For Use Of More Cashpoints

Free cash machines could become a thing of the past, according to consumer group Which? after it emerged that 1,700 ATMs switched to charging in the first three months of this year alone.

Most of the ATMs affected are operated by Cardtronics – the UK’s biggest cashpoint operator – which warned it is likely to convert a further thousand machines to charge fees in the coming months.

NoteMachine, another major cash machine provider, is also considering converting up to 4,000 of its 7,000-strong network to fees.

The NoteMachine chief executive, Peter McNamara, said: “We have always operated a free-to-use model wherever possible. However, in a worst case scenario, unless urgent action is taken to reduce the pressure on ATM operators by reversing the interchange fee reductions, NoteMachine will be forced to begin converting ATMs to surcharging.”

Behind the surge in fees is falling usage by consumers now switching to contactless payments for small purchases, and a shakeup in how Britain’s ATM network is funded through cuts in so called interchange fees. These are the payments made by banks to cash machine operators every time money is withdrawn.

There are about 52,000 free-to-use cash machines in the UK, but Which? warned this could fall by more than 10% in the coming months.

Fees are at least 95p per withdrawal in the ATMs that Which? has seen converted to charging, but at nearly a quarter of the machines the fee rises to between £1.50 and £1.99.

Link, which connects the vast majority of the UK’s cash machines, has begun a phased reduction in interchange fees, with cuts of 5% a year initially planned until 2021, although these were scaled back after an outcry from campaigners and concerns from regulators.

It said it is committed to protected free access to cash, and that less than 3% of withdrawals currently incur a fee. It added that the number of free-to-use cash machines has actually risen by 10,000 since 2009, while the number of pay-machines is down from 23,000 to 12,700.

But the Link chief executive, John Howells, admitted: “There is a risk to cash access in the long run.”

Which? said that without regulatory action, the UK risks drifting into a no-cash society that could shut some people out of paying for goods and services.

Earlier this month it found significant concerns over ATM fees among its members. Anita Brakewell, 54, from Blackpool, said: “Being disabled means I don’t have the option of walking to the next free cash machine, so these charges shut me out of cash that’s important to my daily life. My town has also suffered from bank branch closures, making it hard to access the cash and financial services I need.”

The speed of ATM conversions from free to charging has alarmed campaigners. “The rate of machines being converted to charge fees appears to be on the rise – with a staggering 1,250 (74%) of these conversions taking place in March alone,” Which? said.

A major report last month warned that the UK’s cash system is “on the verge of collapse” , finding that more than 8 million adults would struggle to cope in a cashless society.

The Access to Cash Review said companies and organisations providing essential services should be required to ensure that consumers can continue to pay by cash.

Gareth Shaw, the head of money at Which?, said: “Communities are being stripped of free access to cash at an alarming rate that could hit the most vulnerable in our society the hardest, while denying millions of people free withdrawals.

“A regulator is desperately needed to get a grip of these rapid changes across the cash landscape and ensure all those still reliant on this important payment method aren’t suddenly shut out from accessing the cash they need in their daily lives.”

“The Job Is Fu***d”: Met Police Officer’s Harrowing Personal Experience Account Of Policing The Streets Of London

I’m a police officer in London. Here’s why we’ve lost control of the streets – Anonymous

There’s a saying in the police. It’s not sophisticated or clever, really, and it’s been passed down from generation to generation of coppers; it’s not new. “The job is fucked,” they say. Only now, it doesn’t feel as flippant as it used to.

I’m a police officer in the Metropolitan police, and have been since 2014. I have anxiety and PTSD. I am – and I cannot say this strongly enough – exhausted. I do not feel safe policing London’s streets and, moreover, increasingly I do not feel that people in London are safe. Just last night, there was another double stabbing in east London, resulting in the death of a 15-year-old boy.

It’s all well and good vaguely debating “cuts”, but on the frontline of service, those things have real meaning. In the borough I am stationed in – much like other boroughs – where there is a population of about 250,000 people, there are on average 10 police officers for the entire area to respond to emergency calls per shift. Only two or three of them can drive on blue lights. Crucially, very few staff carry Tasers. With a big incident, such as a stabbing, it’s not unusual to have all of those 10 officers at one crime scene, meaning there is no one else to attend further 999 calls.

I can expect, at the very least, to respond to at least two to three crimes involving knives a month, and that is being generous. Attackers have pulled knives on me. My colleagues – friends – have been stabbed in front of me. I’ve found myself many times kneeling on the pavement holding parts of bodies together. We are simply not equipped: most of the time when a violent crime comes in, it’s only hope that we can depend on. That somehow we can verbally talk a person down from further attacks, or that we can physically overpower them. Or that, miraculously, an officer with a Taser turns up.

I’ve faced the aftermath of knife crime and seen colleagues stabbed. Cuts mean we can’t keep ourselves or the public safe

There has been, as evidenced by the recent and continuing knife-crime debate, a steep upturn in the amount of calls we attend that involve a blade or even a gun. I don’t mind admitting I’m scared going out on these jobs. I realise it’s part of my duty as a police officer, but the trouble is, I no longer feel we’re in control.

The 20,000 frontline cuts don’t even begin to cover the reality. Theresa May also sanctioned cuts to civilian staff, ambulance services, crisis teams, call handlers and the people we rely on for intelligence – such as knowing if someone has committed previous crimes, whether they involved a weapon and therefore how prepared we should be.

Our duties are being stretched beyond our capabilities to include non-criminal matters regarding mental health and social services, because cuts have debilitated those sectors too

While on-foot patrols are dangerously diminished, police officers are sent to help the mentally ill, often sitting for hours with people who are a danger to themselves. Should we try to section them, it can take even longer to locate a single bed, so we often end up at the other side of London, away from our borough. Frequently the person is then released an hour later, deemed to be fit, and we get another call from them the following night, at the same address, to deal with the same issue all over again. The system is broken.

As for our own mental health, there isn’t really time to recover. You’re expected to go straight out on to the next job, sometimes on the same night, even if a situation is debilitating. If you’re lucky, you’ll get an inspector or a sergeant who’s half decent, and asks how you are. Often you think you’re all right for a while. But it takes its toll eventually. I have PTSD from particular jobs – I get panicky, and I’ve had periods of intense flashbacks – but when I asked my GP about being referred for help, he said I had to go through occupational health. I’ve been waiting for more than six months.

On top of all this, numbers are dwindling because police officers no longer have faith. People who have been in the force for 20 years – just 10 years before they qualify for a pension – are leaving. We feel ignored and maltreated by the government, pushed to the brink of exhaustion and our mental capacities.

When I first joined the force, stop and search was something that we were told to avoid unless we were absolutely certain there was a proper and solid reason to conduct it. For example, smelling weed being smoked wouldn’t be enough of a reason to search someone. Now, unofficial targets mean that if an officer hasn’t performed a stop and search for, say, two weeks, they are being hauled in front of chief inspectors and bollocked. This change – pressure being put on us to meet certain numbers – is not about safety: it’s about politics. And policing should never be politicised like that.

It feels like the organisation just doesn’t care about the officers, the pressure they are being put under or, as a result, the public. Our normal shift pattern is six days on, four days off. Often that would be seven days, so that we can do training or follow up on crimes.

We don’t get that day now to follow up – instead we’re making up teams in other boroughs. So the service that we’re actually able to provide to the public, in terms of reporting your crime, is shocking. We have no faith in the government. Not many people have had the balls to stand up for the police and say that this is wrong; this is unacceptable; this is dangerous. That’s what needs to happen now. But it won’t, because of Brexit.

Our annual leave is in lockdown because of the anticipation of a rise in violence after we leave the EU. For years, people inside and outside the force have been saying that policing is on the brink of collapse. The mood now is that we are no longer on the brink. We have gone over the edge. The job is fucked.

*The anonymous writer is a police officer in the Metropolitan police