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I'm a journalist, ex-national papers, now working in what we call "new" media.

Really good use of Google Maps by the London Metropolitan police to provide local crime information by postcode. You can drill down to ward and sub-ward, which is as micro-local as one can reasonably expect to get, see the number of incidents for an area and track trends. It would be nice to know more about the kind of offences - were the five in my area last month burlaries, muggings, murders, thefts from cars or what. Maybe that will come. But in the meantime, well done the Met. As Sir Robert Mark might have said, I believe it's a major contribution to freedom of information.