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Met Police Commissioner apologises to families of missing Bethnal Green schoolgirls now presumed in the self-styled Islamic state

Met Police Commissioner apologizing in the House of Commons. Image: BBC Parliamentary Channel

Met Police Commissioner apologizing in the House of Commons. Image: BBC Parliamentary Channel

News bulletin Wednesday 10th March 2015  9.17 am

  • Met Police Chief apologizes for failure of communication with families of missing schoolgirls
  • Overturned lorry causes traffic chaos after tipping contents onto underpass at Shooters Hill

Police Apology

The Met Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has apologised for failing to communicate more directly with the families of three teenage girls who are feared to have travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State (IS)

He insisted there was nothing more the force could have done to stop them from leaving when giving evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

MPs were also told it’s believed the girls may funded their travel by stealing jewellery from relatives.

Clearance of lorry contents debris in SE3. Image: ‏@LAS_HART

Clearance of lorry contents debris in SE3. Image: ‏@LAS_HART

Traffic chaos

There was traffic chaos in South East London during the rush hour when a lorry tipped over its contents onto an underpass at Shooters Hill.

Huge amounts of debris had to be cleared.

There were long tailbacks on surrounding routes going in and out of central London.

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