London Police Use Super Recognizers To Fight Crime

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capitals Heathrow airport, the busiest in Europe , would lead to colossal road congestion and overcrowding on trains. The mayors comments, in a submission to the government-appointed panel thats examining how to expand airport capacity in southeast England, are intended to support his case for a new hub to the east or north of the capital. The people who run Heathrow are greatly underestimating the effect of a third runway on the local transport network, Johnson said. They appear to be completely unconcerned about having cooked up a recipe for colossal levels of congestion that sentencetheir passengers and Londoners to years of misery. An extra runway at the existing airport would lead to more than 25 million additional road journeys a year, the mayor said in an e-mailed statement. That would require extra lanes on the M4 highway leading west out of London , while the M25 orbital motorway would need to be rerouted and put in a tunnel under the new landing strip. Including other road works, the cost might rise to 12 billion pounds ($19 billion), according to Johnson. New rail infrastructure might cost 10 billion pounds, he said. Johnson has said Heathrow should be replaced by one of two undeveloped sites in the Thames estuary or by an expanded Stansted airport, 35 miles (55 kilometers) northeast of London. The state-appointed Davies Commission on how to expand airport capacity is due to issue its final recommendation after the 2015 general election. To contact the reporters on this story: Eddie Buckle in Manchester, England , at ebuckle@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net More News:

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“If I’ve met someone before and see them again, I’ll usually know where I know them from, even if I can’t remember their name,” he said. How does Hyland do it? Nobody knows. But since 2011, about 200 London police officers have been recruited to an elite squad of super recognizers. Officials say they have tripled the number of criminal suspects identified from surveillance photos or on the street each week, and even helped prevent some crimes like muggings, drug deals and assaults. “When we have an image of an unidentified criminal, I know exactly who to ask instead of sending it out to everyone and getting a bunch of false leads,” said Mick Neville, Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard. Neville started the super recognizer unit after realizing the police had no system for identifying criminals based on images, unlike those for DNA and fingerprints. The unit proved especially valuable after riots hit London in the summer of 2011. After the violence, Scotland Yard combed through hundreds of hours of surveillance video. So far, there have been nearly 5,000 arrests; around 4,000 of those were based on police identifications of suspects from video images. The super recognizers were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the identifications, including one officer who identified almost 300 people. A facial recognition software program made only one successful identification, according to Neville. Weeks before the Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street festival in Europe, kicked off last month, the super recognizers were given images of known criminals and gang members. After the carnival began, 17 super recognizers holed up in a control room to study surveillance footage and spot the potential troublemakers. Once targeted people were identified, police officers were sent to the scene as a pre-emptive strategy.

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NFL titans Troy Polamalu (43) of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings met Sept. 29 as the NFL returned to London and Wembley Stadium. The Vikes outlasted the Steelers 34-27, thanks in large part to Peterson’s efforts. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Last Slide Next Slide Still, growth for the game at the grass-roots level at the field level does nevertheless appear to be taking place in the U.K. “It’s an upward trajectory in terms of participation,” says Andy Fuller, the director for student football at the British American Football Association, the national governing body for the sport here. BAFA’s Fuller says that there has been “rapid and tremendous growth within the higher education sector” with a full 76 college teams now competing and what he called a “tranche more” ready to launch for the 2014 and 2015 season. In 2008, there were 42 teams playing college football in the U.K. But to misquote Shakespeare, there are more things between heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your desire to see football matches played in Britain, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “No other sport will ever be as big as soccer as it is part of the psyche of the country, ” says Lawrence Vos, a British-based corporate brand manager and NFL blogger. “I think we can sustain a long-term franchise in London but they would need to win early,” says Vos, referring to the oft-touted idea that the capital city may one day host a permanent NFL franchise. Vos’ local team, the University of Birmingham Lions, were crowned BUCS American Football National Champions in April, but of the four NFL teams playing in London this fall, only the 49ers have managed to win a game this season. NFL EXEC: London getting ‘huge game’ of winless teams “I will be there on Sunday for the Steelers-Vikings game, but I would much rather be there to root for an NFL team that is based in the U.K. The fans that go to Wembley support all 32 teams so it’s always a bit of a weird atmosphere,” Vos said.