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Windsor Castle anti-terror security ramped up for Changing of Guard to prevent copycat attacks after London rampage

Security has been ramped up around Windsor Castle1 ahead of the Changing of the Guard ceremony following the Westminster terror attack2.

Barriers were put in place around the royal residence in Berkshire on Monday to support existing road closures, Thames Valley Police3 said.

The force said the changes were proportionate and necessary but that there was no specific threat to Windsor . Assistant Chief Constable Dave Hardcastle said: While there is no intelligence to indicate a specific threat to Windsor, recent events in Westminster clearly highlight the need for extra security measures to be introduced.

The barriers are in response to last weeks’ attack Large yellow steel structures have been placed outside Buckingham Palace Specialist security barriers are put up around Windsor Castle as security is stepped up after the terror attack at Westminster

The force believes that it is proportionate and necessary to put in place extra security measures to further protect and support the public and the guard change.

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The national threat level remains severe, which it has been since 2014, and I would urge the public to be alert to the threat of terror attacks but not alarmed, and to remain vigilant. The colourful military spectacle takes place at Windsor Castle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in March.

An armed police officer guards an entrance to Windsor Castle, An armed police officer guards an entrance to the castle Security barriers placed near Windsor Castle in anticipation of March’s series of Changing Guards ceremonies The security barriers are being put up after Khalid Masood killed four

Evil terrorist Khalid Masood4 killed three as he careered across Westminster Bridge last week at speeds of up 76mph.

He then then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.

Large yellow steel structured have been placed at Buckingham Palace gates The gates are part of a bid to stop lone wolf attackers Security is being ramped up around royal site

As he smashed into dozens of passers-by, police have worked out the exact speed at each stage of his 82 second terror mission5 . And it was also revealed that his Hyundai rental car had been seen in the area around Westminster shortly before the horrendous attack. It remains unclear if he was carrying out a dry run or just surveying the roads before his rampage.

Police have insisted there was no evidence of any links between Masood, 52, and either ISIS or al-Qaeda.

Prime Minister among hundreds of moving floral tributes as Parliament reopens its gates6

The Met said it was also speculation to suggest Masood had been radicalised while in prison. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: His methods appear to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echo the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but I have no evidence or information at this time that he discussed this with others.

Khalid Masood was shot dead by cops Tributes are laid on the bridge

Mr Basu also said there was also no evidence Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003. He said Masood had not been a subject of interest or part of the current domestic or international threat picture for either the security service or counter-terrorism policing.

He added: I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why . Most importantly so do the victims and families.

Mother of Westminster terror attacker Khalid Masood says she ‘shed many tears’ for his victims in emotional statement7

Mr Basu said Masood s communications on March 22 were a main line of inquiry and appealed for people who were in contact with him to come forward. He said: There has been much speculation about who Masood was in contact with immediately prior to the attack.

All I will say on this point is that Masood s communications that day are a main line of inquiry.

If you heard from him on March 22, please come forward now, the information you have may prove important to establishing his state of mind.

Kurt Cochran was killed on a trip to London from the US

He added: I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why . Most importantly, so do the victims and families. Masood s victims were PC Keith Palmer, 48, Kurt Cochran, 54, Aysha Frade, who was in her 40s and worked at a London sixth-form college and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London

Over 734,000 has been raised for the widow and children of murdered PC Palmer in four days.

The crowdfunding page on JustGiving raised 734,953 from 34,513 people after it was set up by Stephen Redgewell of the Metropolitan Police Federation.

Family of US tourist killed in London terror attack thanks supporters as his injured wife’s condition “steadily improves”8

It reached 293 per cent of its target of 250,000 before the appeal was closed at just before noon today. Mr Redgewell said: Thank you everyone for your kind words and donations.

PC Keith Palmer was killed tackling Masood

The appeal has raised far more than anyone could have ever imagined.

We have decided that it is time to close the Just Giving appeal for Keith, but any donations can still be made via the HSBC account or by post. Among the last to make donations were Hala El-sayed who gave 20 and said: Keith, you are unsung soldier .

Your place will be in heaven.

You have showed such bravery in trying to do your duties unarmed it is an act of decency that donation goes fully to your wife & daughter.

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References

  1. ^ Windsor Castle (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Westminster terror attack (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Thames Valley Police (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Khalid Masood (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ 82 second terror mission (www.mirror.co.uk)
  6. ^ Prime Minister among hundreds of moving floral tributes as Parliament reopens its gates (www.mirror.co.uk)
  7. ^ Mother of Westminster terror attacker Khalid Masood says she ‘shed many tears’ for his victims in emotional statement (www.mirror.co.uk)
  8. ^ Family of US tourist killed in London terror attack thanks supporters as his injured wife’s condition “steadily improves” (www.mirror.co.uk)

Brave security guard dramatically saves hostage from knife wielding thug threatening to ‘behead’ man at mosque

A brave security guard has described the horrifying moment he disarmed a thug wielding a knife after he threatened to behead a man he was holding hostage at a mosque. Haidar Hamid, 22, ‘frog-marched’ a neighbour to Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre while holding a serrated knife to his throat and a Stanley knife in his other hand. With his victim bleeding from cuts to his cheek and chin, Hamid forced his head down in the mosque and asked: “Are you going to pray now?”

But he was spared further injury in a dramatic rescue by Ebrima Touray, 45, who was worshipper at the mosque and put himself in harm’s way to disarm Hamid.

Recalling the incident, Touray, a security guard at St Stephen’s shopping centre, told Hull Daily Mail1 : “I was at the mosque praying when I saw this guy walk in with his shoes on.

“Shoes are not allowed to be worn in any mosque and one of my friends kept telling him, ‘No shoes, no shoes’.

“When I looked back he hadn’t left but instead closed the door and that’s when I saw the knife in his hand.

“I saw the guy with him had a slice on his face, so I asked him, ‘Who did that to you ? Did he do this to you?’

“He nodded, so I told Hamid to put the knife away . At that point he said, ‘This is my knife’, and put it in his pocket.

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Hamid, of Albany Street, west Hull, has now been jailed for ten years

“My friend at the mosque was speaking Arabic to Hamid so I told him to keep his concentration and keep talking to him .

That’s when I managed to grab the knife off him.

“He ran off so I called the police, and I saw a guy pull up in a car shouting his name, and I told him he wasn’t taking him anywhere.

“He said he was from his hostel, but I wasn’t having that . He hadn’t protected him when he left with this guy with a knife, so I wasn’t going to let him protect him now.”

Asked by police why he had the knife, Hamid said “to cut off his head”. Hamid, of Albany Street, west Hull, has now been jailed for ten years as a judge commended Touray and fellow worshipper, Taha Mohammed, for their “extremely remarkable courage”.

Mohammed comforted the victim until police arrived, arrested Hamid and recovered the knives from the mosque in Berkeley Street, west Hull. Touray believes his 14 years’ experience as a security guard helped him talk Hamid out of further harming the victim.

“I knew I had to help when I saw what was happening,” he said.

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Incident happened at Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre

“If I didn’t he could have easily gone out and hurt someone in the street.

“My job helped me in the situation, because I knew what to do . I don’t think I would have gone as near him if not.

“But I think everyone needs to help out in some little bit when these things happen.

“I have been visiting this mosque for years and this is the first time anything like this has happened.

“This is a community we all have to live in.”

When Hamid was interviewed by police the day after the incident on September 9, last year, he said he was going to kill the man with one of the knives, and asked why, said: “To stop him doing bad things to me.”

He admitted kidnap, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and threatening with an offensive weapon.

References

  1. ^ Hull Daily Mail (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)

Homelessness activist cleared of attacking security guard at Manchester town hall

Homelessness activist Wesley Hall has been cleared of attacking a security guard in a bid to storm Manchester town hall1 .

Mr Hall, 34, was accused of giving G4S employee Mike Pickford a dead leg with a mop handle so protesters could get past security guards trying to stop them from staging a sit-in.

In the build-up to the April 2015 town hall confrontation, Mr Hall – founder of outreach project Manchester Angels – made a speech about cuts causing a 150 per cent increase in the city s homeless2 population, sharing a platform with Happy Mondays Bez in Piccadilly Gardens. After that the group moved on to the town hall, where Mr Hall was said to have led a charge on the Lloyd St entrance.

Jurors at Manchester Crown Court3 yesterday unanimously cleared Mr Hall of common assault and possessing an offensive weapon at the protest, after considering verdicts for less than two hours.

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Video footage is said to show the moment Mr Pickford s leg buckled and protesters surged past him into the building. It was alleged that this happened after Mr Hall, seen beckoning the crowd forward in the footage, twice jabbed Mr Pickford in the knee with the handle of a makeshift flag.

Mr Pickford identified Mr Hall after seeing his picture in the M.E.N. In his trial, Mr Hall told jurors that the group intended to sit in the ceremonial council headquarters for a peaceful protest , that he did not assault the worker, and that the flagpole did not come into contact with Mr Pickford s knee.

Wesley Hall

Following his arrest on suspicion of assault, Mr Hall told police he had been demonstrating to draw awareness to the impact cuts in funding have on mental health patients and the homeless. He told an officer: You re facilitating an embarrassing waste of public expenditure .

You could be out catching real criminals and paedophiles and people who are actually evil. Speaking in court about how he ended up at the town hall on the day of the rally – one of a number held up and down the country that day – he said, the intention was to go into the building, sit down and wait until a councillor came out and gave us some answers . Last year, Mr Hall, of Castle Street, Nelson, led a group who occupied Gary Neville s Stock Exchange building at Norfolk Street in the city centre .

But he was kicked out after other activists accused him of running the camp like a dictatorship , a claim he denied.

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Homelessness in Manchester

References

  1. ^ Manchester town hall (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ homeless (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ Manchester Crown Court (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)