One woman has been killed and up to six people have been injured after a man with a knife reportedly attacked people in the busy area of Bloomsbury in Central London. The incident is believed to have taken place just before 10:30pm on Wednesday night. Police were called to the scene and tasered one individual before making an arrest of a 19-year-old man. Initial speculation suggested “gang violence” was responsible, but the Metropolitan Police have now said that terrorism is being investigated as a motive.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged the public to remain “calm and vigilant” as police investigate whether a knife attack that left one woman dead and five people injured was terror-related. Police said early indications were that mental health was a “significant” factor in the incident on Wednesday evening in Russell Square, central London, but are not ruling out terrorism as a possible motive. A 19-year-old man was arrested a short time later after a Taser was used by police, Scotland Yard said. He is currently under police guard in hospital.
A woman in her 60s was killed and five other people injured after a 19-year-old went on a knife rampage in Russell Square on Wednesday night. A 35-year-old eyewitness told the Daily Star Online that two “Middle Eastern” men were acting suspiciously at the scene after the attack – and one of them sped away on a motorbike. Police have refused to rule out other suspects. The eyewitness said: “There were two men of Middle Eastern descent acting suspiciously outside the Imperial Hotel.
A WOMAN in her 60s was killed and five others injured in a bloody central London knife attack that police believe may be terror-related. Witnesses described victims “screaming and covered in blood” following the rampage in which – believed to be a Spanish speaker and on a hen do – was brutally knifed. A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene after being tasered by police in Russell Square – just yards from where the 7/7 attacks bus bomb detonated in 2005. One witness described seeing another man ‘flee from the scene on a motorbike’. They said: “I heard a scream, and then we went to the park and I saw a girl lying on the floor with blood coming from her back. Another girl had blood on her arm.
ARMED cops are patrolling ferries crossing the Channel to protect Brits going on holiday amid fears of another horrific atrocity. The officers begun boarding the vessels by helicopter when the ferries approached France on Monday. There is currently no agreement in place for French authorities to patrol the ships in UK waters. But the two governments are in talks about officers patrolling for full crossings, France’s marine police said. French marine police spokesman Lieutenant Pierre-Joachim Antona said: “The marine gendarmes will carry out patrols, which will be random but regular, with the aim of securing these vessels against the terrorist threat.” A Brittany Ferries spokesman told the BBC the ferry left Portsmouth for Caen in France at 2.45pm.
A former Royal Mail postman turned Islamic State supergrass has exposed details of its secret service unit recruiting jihadists and building sleeper cells for terrorist attacks on Europe. Harry Sarfo, 27, is in prison awaiting trial on terrorism charges in Germany and has told prosecutors that a shadowy group within Isis has “clean” agents organising attacks on Britain, France and Germany but is struggling to recruit in the UK. Sarfo was born in Germany but moved with his family to Enfield, north London, as a teenager and became a postman. He briefly lived in Erith, Kent.
Armed sea marshals could be based on Channel ferries after talks between France and Britain over tighter maritime security. Officials in both countries are working on proposals that would allow the guards to board ferries in French ports and remain on the vessels as they cross the Channel. British maritime officials have asked the French to provide an appraisal of the security situation and set out how the plain-clothed officers would operate. The French government approached the British with the idea as part of measures to bolster security across the country after Islamist terror attacks in Paris, Nice and Rouen.
UKIP has announced the names of the six candidates that it says are eligible to stand in the contest to succeed outgoing leader Nigel Farage. The process of selecting Mr Farage’s successor has been fraught with controversy after a number of leading names, most notably Steven Woolfe, were barred from standing, prompting resignations from the party’s ruling body.But who are the candidates left in the race? Lisa Duffy, Jonathan Arnott, Bill Etheridge, Elizabeth Jones, Diane James, Philip Broughton.
Former UKIP leadership favourite Steven Woolfe has suggested there was a deliberate attempt to smear him and block him from the top job.He told Sky News he believed it was a breach of data protection and possibly a criminal act. Mr Woolfe was barred from standing because his application on Sunday night was 17 minutes late. It emerged earlier this week that he had failed to declare a drink-driving conviction when he stood for a police and crime commissioner role. He told Sky there had been an “extraordinary amount of briefing from personal and private documentation that only could have been on UKIP servers”.
PRESSURE is mounting for Nigel Farage to stay on as Ukip leader after the favourite to succeed him was controversially excluded from the party’s leadership ballot paper.MEP Steven Woolfe was excluded from the final list of candidates by the party’s National Executive Committee because computer problems meant that his nomination arrived 17 minutes late. The decision saw three members of the NEC, MEP Ray Finch, Victoria Ayling and Richard McGough, resign in protest. Ms Ayling blamed an internal “coup” while Mr McGough said the party “could be finished”. Without the overwhelming frontrunner, MEP Diane James was named as the favourite.
Ukip was hurled into chaos today as three top officials resigned in protest at a “coup” which blocked the leading bid to replace Nigel Farage. Steven Woolfe was barred from standing as leader in a dramatic vote by the party’s ruling body – because he filed his paperwork 17 minutes late. The party said a “clear majority” of its 17-strong National Executive Committee (NEC) ruled the computer glitch should torpedo the frontrunner’s bid. But three NEC members resigned in protest accusing their colleagues of “oligarchy, self-promotion and cronyism”.
THERESA MAY has been told to send Royal Navy warships to Gibraltar as a message to Spain while Brexit negotiations take place. Former Ministry of Defence special adviser Luke Coffey has urged the Prime Minister to deploy British vessels in a “grand gesture” to residents of The Rock, which has been a British territory for more than 300 years. There are fears Spain will exploit the UK’s talks on quitting the EU, to take place once the Article 50 exit clause of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered by the Government, to push their sovereignty claim to the peninsula. Within hours of the Brexit vote in June, Madrid’s acting foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo had claimed the Leave result “opens up new possibilities” for Spain to take control of Gibraltar, adding: “The Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than before”.
A MILLION illegal immigrants living in Britain are unlikely to be deported. The warning comes from Rob Whiteman, the former chief executive of the UK Border Agency. He said: “The scale of illegal migration and illegal working is not nearly discussed as much as other issues around immigration. “The government does not have the resources or political levers to deport hundreds of thousands of people.” His verdict came as MPs said warships should guard small harbours against people-smugglers. A “worryingly low” total of just three Border Force patrol boats are available to protect more than 7,000 miles of UK coastline, they warned.
Without doubt, the issue of uncontrolled immigration was a major factor for many of those who voted for Brexit on June 23. The idea that an independent Britain was unable to determine the numbers of immigrants coming to its shores — especially from other EU nations — appalled millions of people. But what is the point of getting back control of our own borders if we can’t, in fact, control them? According to Rob Whiteman, former chief executive of the UK Border Agency, up to one million illegal immigrants may be living in Britain, and many of them will never be deported. It would, I suspect, be fairer to say ‘most’ rather than ‘many’.
MPs have warned the UK Border Force has a “worryingly low” number of boats for patrolling Britain’s coastline and called for the Navy to help. They have also called for security to be stepped up at smaller ports amid fears they are being targeted by people smugglers. Controversy erupted earlier this year when it emerged that just three Border Force cutter vessels were being used to patrol the UK’s 7,000 miles of coastal borders. The issue fell under the spotlight when 18 Albanians were rescued from a sinking inflatable off the Kent coast.
A Labour split would likely end disaster for any new breakaway party and leave the remainder of Labour itself seriously diminished, a new electoral study suggests. A poll by YouGov found that if anti-Corbyn MPs split from Labour to found a more centrist party they would likely gain around 13 per cent support, leaving Mr Corbyn’s Labour on 21 per cent. Likewise, if Mr Corbyn split from Labour with his supporters and stood at election on a left-wing platform, they would win about 14 per cent of the vote, with the centrist Labour remainder on about 19 per cent.
“I don’t see this leadership election as a distraction. I see it as a massive opportunity,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told a cheering crowd of over 5,000 people at a rain-sodden rally in Liverpool. The turnout meant police were forced to close roads around St George’s Plateau in the centre of the city, despite the event having only been organised two days previously. Supporters descended on the square carrying banners reading “unity is strength”, “Scousers for Corbyn” and “Our party Our leader Jeremy Corbyn”, in a huge show of support for the leader who faces a leadership election at the hands of disgruntled MPs. But Mr Corbyn dismissed the idea that he lived in a “remote bubble of adulation”, saying he spends three days a week travelling across the UK campaigning and meeting people and said the crowd was the biggest he had yet addressed at one of his rallies.
David Cameron’s waxwork has been axed by Madame Tussauds in a final humiliation for the failed Prime Minister. The £150,000 likeness is languishing in a storage room at the 132-year-old attraction – while Eton rival Boris Johnson remains proudly on show. The waxy-faced PM was immortalised six years ago and stood unmoved by political tides outside a fake 10 Downing Street door. Only last year stylists added grey hair and wrinkles as he vowed to stay on until the 2020 election. But he was removed into storage days after Theresa May took office on July 13, Mirror Online can reveal. For now his wax head and hands are attached to his fibreglass body – but he could soon face having them chopped off.