Police have carried out fresh raids and detained a number of people this morning in connection with the London Bridge terror attack. This news comes as forces confirm they know the identity of the attackers. The Metropolitan Police said their names would be released “as soon as operationally possible”. Twelve people were arrested on Sunday after an armed raid in Barking, east London. A further raid also took place in East Ham. Scotland Yard said police were searching two more east London addresses – one in Newham and another in Barking – after entering the properties at 4.15am. A number of people were being questioned, it said. Residents reported hearing “loud flash bangs and gunshots”. Twitter user BatemanLDN said: “It woke me up along with the whole street. Extremely loud bangs followed by gunshot bangs. “All ok – very shaken residents nearby though. All quietened down now.”
Twisted ISIS militants have praised the London Bridge attackers who murdered seven innocent civilians and wounded 48 more on Saturday. Dozens of images have appeared on anonymous messaging channels with links to the terror group celebrating the slaughter and vowing to carry out more attacks. ISIS has now claimed responsibility for the atrocity, after fighters had been calling for vehicle and knife attacks targeting the West to take place during Ramadan. Three jihadis ran down 20 people on London Bridge shortly after 10pm before going on a knife rampage through Borough Market, stabbing strangers at random. Police eventually shot the men, who were wearing fake suicide vests, dead outside the Wheatsheaf pub.
Theresa May’s “time to say enough is enough” call to tackle the ideology of Islamist extremism in Britain head-on in the immediate aftermath of the London Bridge attack marks a much tougher response. Outside 10 Downing Street, just 12 hours after the London Bridge attacks, she declared that “there is far too much tolerance of extremism in our country” and said we must “deny any safe spaces for the extremists” and assert “the superiority” of British values. The prime minister made no mention of Islamist extremism in her Downing Street statement in the immediate aftermath of the Manchester attack, not even to stress, as prime ministers before had done, that radical Islamist ideology is a perversion of the faith of Islam.
THERESA May has declared Britain is facing a new crisis of copycat terror – as she warned there is still “far too much tolerance” of extremism across the country. Addressing the nation from No10’s steps, the PM heaped praise on the bravery of police and bystanders who tackled the London Bridge attackers. But she also insisted that the unprecedented new wave of EIGHT attacks in the last three months meant “enough is enough”. A “new trend in the threat we face” means a major overhaul of security powers is now necessary, Mrs May also said, as she ordered a full scale review of the country’s counter-terrorism strategy. Dressed in black, the PM said: “Terrorism breeds terrorism, and perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully-constructed plots after years of planning and training but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack”.
A man pictured calmly taking his pint of beer with him as other people fled past him during Saturday’s deadly attack in London has been cast as an unlikely hero who encapsulates British humour and defiance. Dressed in a red t-shirt and sauntering casually with a friend, the drinker stood out in Sky News footage of men and women running down Borough High Street, away from the London Bridge scene of the attack that left seven people dead and 48 injured. The image spread like wildfire across Twitter and British newspapers said the man, whose identity is unknown, was a symbol of defiance. “True symbol of the British spirit as man flees terrorist attack clutching his pint,” said student Henry Slesser (@HenrySlesser), on Twitter.
The BBC’s Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, has claimed that a senior Whitehall source has told her the increase in terror threats is on an ‘unprecedented scale’. She also claims the source told her that between 2013 and the Westminster attack in March of this year, security services have foiled 13 terror plots. The rate of plotted attacks is now so severe that they have foiled in the last 70 days alone! Theresa May spoke yesterday of the threat we face from Islamist terror, calling it out by name for the very first time, however, like most Tories, she is very good at PR and we should remind her that actions speak louder than words. No one should delude themselves about the scale of radical Islam in Britain. It is a real and growing threat that has to be dealt with now.
THE London Bridge attack should lead to the extradition of “thousands of people” from Britain, claims a leading Russian expert on countering terrorism. Joseph Linder said the UK secret services should not be blamed for a political failure to allow extremist elements to be in the country. “The political leadership of England must take radical measures,” he said. “But ahead of the election, no-one will dare introduce tough total counter-terrorism measures that would mean extradition operations to send a huge number of people out. “It is almost impossible to monitor migrants in the current situation, but the UK authorities do not want to take responsibility for extraditing thousands of people.”
BRITAIN is facing a wave of deadly attacks as the nation returns to the dark days of IRA-style terror attacks, an anti-terror expert has warned. Former Met Police counter-terrorism officer David Videcette warned there will be more terrorist attacks on innocent civilians hours after last night’s horror incident. At least seven people were killed when three jihadis drove a white van down London Bridge, mowing down pedestrians. They then jumped out of the vehicle and went on a stabbing spree from pub to pub in Borough Market, knifing revellers in the neck. Witnesses described them yelling “This is for Allah” as the bloodbath unfolded.
The so-called Islamic State has said it was behind the London terror attack that left seven people dead and 48 others wounded. According to the head of the Site intelligence group the group claimed its fighters carried out the attack that saw pedestrians mowed down with a van on London Bridge before stabbing members of the public around Borough Market.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Sunday for an attack by knife-wielding men who mowed down and stabbed revellers in London, killing seven people before being shot dead in a barrage of police gunfire. Saturday night’s rampage at a popular nightlife hub around London Bridge by three men wearing fake suicide vests was the third deadly terror attack in Britain in less than three months and came only days before a general election. “A detachment of fighters from Islamic State carried out London attacks yesterday,” said the Aamaq news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic State group. British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed “evil” Islamist ideology and vowed to crackdown on extremist content online worldwide, as police detained 11 people following two raids in east London.
VILE hate group ISIS has claimed responsibility for Saturday night’s terror attack on London Bridge. The death cult claimed “a detachment of its fighters” were responsible for the attack where a van was driven into pedestrians over the bridge and people were stabbed in Borough Market. At least seven people have been killed and 48 more have been injured after the cowardly group launched their assault. 21 people remain in a critical condition in hospital. Seven women and five men have been arrested in east London connection with the investigation. Supporters of the terrorist group celebrated the attack earlier in the day. According to terrorist intel group, SITE, jihadis claimed “these are the black days we promised”. Speaking outside Number 10, Mrs May said the UK was in the “grip of copycat attacks” and said things needed to change in how the country combatted terror.
A newspaper headline describing Britain as “reeling” in the wake of Saturday’s terrorist attack prompted defiant and humorous reactions. Reporting on the killings in London Bridge, The New York Times stated the attackers had struck the heart of London “in a nation still reeling”. But several people rallied against the titular verb, offering a “British” perspective on what it means to “reel”. Twitter users posted photos of wartime Britons going about their daily lives, while others described modern scenarios which typically leave them feeling challenged. The hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling has since been trending.
UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said: “With more people murdered on the streets of our capital city last night by Islamist terrorists, it is more important than ever for us to confront this evil with the democratic principles that have made this country what it is. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives last night. The courage and quick response of our emergency services have yet again saved countless lives and in the midst of such a tragedy, deserve our respect and admiration. “It is time to start honouring our dead with more than just words. The only guarantee that will come from our choosing to stall the democratic process again will be more attacks; it is what these cowards want us to do.
Police are investigating allegations that an NHS hospital fiddled waiting times to meet targets. NHS counterfraud agents are also looking into claims that bosses manipulated computer systems to hide the extent of long waits. Dozens of patients are known to have been harmed, including one who suffered loss of sight, and hundreds are still waiting for surgery after more than a year. Kettering General Hospital accepts that waiting lists were wrongly reported but insists this was an IT error rather than a deliberate cover-up. However, David Phelan, a former surgery manager at Kettering and now a governor of the hospital, said that officially reported waiting times were “based on a lie”.
A universal cancer test that can diagnose tumours a decade before symptoms appear is being developed by scientists. Known as a ‘liquid biopsy’, it involves patients providing a blood sample that is run through a laboratory machine for a highly sophisticated analysis. It scans the blood for any DNA that has been shed by tumours. This starts circulating in the bloodstream long before patients feel symptoms. The genetic code provided in this ‘circulating tumour DNA’ – known as ctDNA – tells scientists where in the body tumours are growing and how far the cancer has spread. The test could be available within two years and the eventual goal is to offer it to patients alongside routine checks on their blood pressure and cholesterol at their GP surgery.
The Tories are ‘failing’ to deport thousands of extremists because the party wouldn’t ‘dare’ to bring in tough measures as the election hangs in the balance, a Russian counter-terrorism expert has warned. After last night’s attack on London Bridge, Joseph Linder said the UK secret services should not be blamed for Theresa May’s failure to keep radical Islamists out of Britain. He accused the government of ‘failing to take responsibility’ and claimed they are not taking action in the run-up to Thursday’s election. Professor Linder said: ‘The political leadership of England must take radical measures. ‘But ahead of the election, no-one will dare introduce tough total counter-terrorism measures that would mean extradition operations to send a huge number of people out.
The Conservatives’ lead over Labour has been cut to a single point, according to one new opinion poll, amid a range of different predictions by pollsters five days ahead of the General Election. Survation for The Mail on Sunday put the two main parties virtually neck and neck, with the Tories on 40 per cent and Labour on 39 per cent. With less than a week to polling day, the poll shows a six point fall in support for the Tories since their last poll two weeks ago, while Labour are up five points. The Liberal Democrats are unchanged on eight per cent, while Ukip are up one on five per cent, according to the poll.
TV debate audience
A Conservative-voting businessman applied at least six times to be in the audience of BBC Question Time – and claims he was only accepted when he pretended to be a ‘militant Left-wing train driver’. David Stoneman, 60, from Houghton, Cambridgeshire, decided to alter his application to see if the BBC would invite him on the programme if his views were different. Mr Stoneman, a business consultant, sent an application stating he was a militant trade unionist train driver who was opposed to fracking. To his surprise he soon received an invitation to appear on the programme in Peterborough in January.
The BBC’s debate audiences may have been infiltrated by Labour activists pretending to be Tories, it has emerged. Momentum is thought to have encouraged Corbynites to say they were Tories in order to get into the debate and spout hatred throughout. The head of ComRes, the polling company that chose the audiences, admitted Amber Rudd and Paul Nuttall had a harder time than their left-wing opponents. The pair faced a barrage of abuse from the supposedly neutral Beeb crowds, who resembled a Corbyn fan club. If Labour was behind this, then who’s the nasty party now?
Nicola Sturgeon believes Scotland will have voted to leave the United Kingdom and become an independent country by 2025. The leader of the SNP and Scottish First Minister said her timetable for holding a second vote on Scottish independence remains unchanged and that it should take place at the end of 2018 or in the early part of 2019. She has also insisted that Scotland’s voice must be heard during Brexit negotiations and that she would not accept being told to “shut up” by the rest of the UK.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hinted he could return to the frontline of British politics if Brexit is not “completed”. Speaking on Sky News, the MEP said he had no regrets about not standing as a candidate in the general election. He was out on the campaign trail on behalf of Ukip on a two-day tour of Kent and Essex – two counties where Ukip did relatively well in the 2015 general election, although the party only managed to win one seat. When asked whether he might be tempted to run again for the leadership of Ukip, he said that would depend on whether Theresa May’s pledge to achieve Brexit was fulfilled. Appearing to assume the Conservatives are on course to win Thursday’s election, he said: “Would I rule out ever coming back to the front line again? That depends on whether this Prime Minster delivers. “If she does as well with Brexit as she did as Home Secretary with immigration, then ask me that question in two years’ time and I may well say, ‘Do you know what, the job’s unfinished’.”
UK Independence Party (UKIP) MEP Nigel Farage has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not addressing extremism in Muslim communities and criticised Theresa May’s tenure as home secretary, saying that the prime minister’s words are not enough and people want action. On Fox and Friends Weekend, the Brexit campaigner criticised Mr. Khan for telling Londoners “not to be alarmed” saying: “I understand the mayor wishing to not spread panic but what I would like to hear is him say: ‘As the first Muslim mayor of London, I am going to do all I can to work with the Muslim community to drive out the extremist preachers from our mosques. To do all we can to stop radicalisation happening in schools and in prisons.’ “And I did not hear a single word of that,” the former UKIP party leader said.