Russian football hooligans - worse than the English?

This was the result of a 1-1 draw between rival Russian football teams Spartak Moscow and UEFA cup holders Zenit St. Petersburg at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Sunday. The game was one of the opening matches of the new season. Our Observer Vladimir Pesnya was there. Here are his photos...


Police cinema: “"Hollywood meets homicide"

This video was posted online by the Toronto Police Service in the search for witnesses to a murder. The footage has certainly received a lot of hits; a voyeurism which has shocked Canada. Warning, the images might be upsetting.


Far right banned from the police

A Liverpool police officer has been suspended from duty after his force discovered his name on a leaked membership list of a far-right political party. Read more...

The photo that cost a policeman his job

A few weeks ago Chinese webuser "24 degrees" posted this photo of a policeman chatting openly to the street traders that he was supposed to be tracking. The photo has since cost the policeman his job. Read more and see the photo.


On patrol with the sheriff's "Peacemaker"

Patrol cars weren't adequate in keeping order in the land, Sheriff Leon Lott decided. So off to the army he went, to ask for an armoured vehicle fitted out with a machine gun. "It shall be called The Peacemaker," he thought. Read more...


A nightclub owned by the police?

To wish luck to a new business in China, messages are offered inscribed on red banners. But when the business in question is a nightclub and the well-wishers are the local police, neighbours start asking questions. Read more...


It’s an emergency call: "my wife's left me two salmon sandwiches"

A UK police force that got sick of people phoning the emergency services with trivial problems is making an example of the timewasters by posting recordings of their requests on YouTube. Their message: don't phone 999 if you're hungry, drunk, or filling out a questionnaire. Read more and listen to some of the best examples...


"Smile! You're on CCTV" - naked

A Chinese journalist managed to get access to a stream of images delivered by a surveillance camera located on the roof of a building. Although the camera was supposed to be keeping an eye on a set of crossroads, the journalist noticed that during the night, the policeman in charge was lingering on the windows of a building across the street. Read more...

Odd looking photographer? Must be a terrorist

If you have a long-lens camera, more then one mobile phone or a peculiar home life then you could be branded a terrorist in London. The Metropolitan Police have just stepped up their campaign against terrorist activity by increasing “stop and search” powers and reminding the public to keep their eyes peeled for “odd” people. Our Observer in London is apparently one of them. Read more…



Dancing policeman

For the past 23 years, police officer Tony Lepore has been coming out of retirement to direct traffic on Rhode Island, Massachusetts. The 60-year-old ex-warden spends each Christmas directing drivers with a festive version of the traffic warden's code. This year his moves have caught the attention of internet users. Videos of the dancing policeman can be found on blogs all over the world.

 Video posted 13 December 2007.