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New Met-Chief could sieze cars with no insurance

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The mayor of London Boris Johnson has praised the scheme which could see police in London seize cars with no insurance.

The tactic was used by the new Met Chief Bernard Hogan-Howe when he was in charge in Liverpool, and saw successful results.

Police officers impounded the cars and then put them on public display so owners could recognise and retrieve them, but at the same time effectively naming and shaming uninsured drivers.

The scheme is thought to be one of many tough new measures being introduced by the new commissioner as part of the ‘total policing’ war on crime.  In an internal video message to officers and staff, Mr Hogan-Howe said: "No tactic - if it works - will be considered out of bounds. If it's legal, ethical, and done in good faith, I'm prepared to consider it."

He delivered a mission statement for his force, promising to cut crime and slash costs with ‘humility, transparency and integrity’.

Mr Hogan-Howe intends to make the Met Police the best force in the world as he detailed his plans for which direction he intends to take the force.

He said, "It is my intention to build on public trust in the Metropolitan Police Service and lead a service that criminals will fear, and staff will be proud to work for."

Mr Hogan-Howe, the ex-Merseyside chief has taken over the post left vacant by Sir Paul Stephenson, who resigned over the phone hacking scandal, netting £260,000-a-year in the process.  He said he wants the force now to do what he calls ‘total policing’.

He continued, "Some of you might recognise that phrase from my time in Merseyside. For those of you that don't, what I'm talking about is a war on crime."

In his first days in office, Mr Hogan-Howe has identified the Olympics and counter-terrorism as two of the biggest challenges for the force, saying he will encourage innovation and the use of new technology if needed.

MPA Green Party member Jenny Jones said, "Some of Hogan-Howe's past innovations sound excellent, such as his very high-profile clampdown on illegal vehicles in Liverpool. The important thing about total policing is making sure you measure the downsides as well as the upsides."

By Ben Malkin

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