Wembley Stadium arch in red after terror attack outside Besiktas Stadium

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The arch at Wembley Stadium was illuminated in the colors of the Turkish flag Sunday to show solidarity with Turkey in the wake of a deadly terror attack in Istanbul the previous day.

“Wembley’s arch is red tonight as a mark of respect and sympathy following the attacks outside Besiktas’ stadium in Turkey yesterday,” the English Football Association said on its official Twitter account.

At least 38 victims were killed in the attack, including 30 police officers and seven civilians, according to Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. One victim has yet to be identified, he said.

Oxford Street Lock Down: Bomb scare at Wagamama and Selfridges

wagamamaOxford Street shopping area on LOCKDOWN as ‘suspect package’ sparks bomb scare

ONE of London’s main shopping streets has been partially closed and the surrounding properties are on lockdown after police were called to reports of a “suspect package”.

Shoppers and tourists on Wigmore Street were told to evacuate the area after reports of an unattended item in a Wagamama restaurant.

As Daily Express reports, buildings near the famous Selfridges store were also closed as police arrived at the scene in central London.

London has been on high alert for an attack by terrorists since the spate of shootings, stabbings and bombings in cities across Europe.

Witnesses said bomb disposal experts were at the scene immediately behind Selfridges and just 100 metres from Oxford Street.

Bystander Steve Emmerson tweeted: “Evacuated from Wigmore St. Suspect package in Wagamamas.”

Ana Price wrote: “Buildings evacuated in central London for bomb threat – behind Selfridges.”

Police later confirmed the package was not dangerous and the area was reopened to the public.

Westfield London stabbing: Stabbing Attack at London’s biggest shopping centre

westfield-stabbingWestfield London stabbing: Man in hospital after shopping centre attack

Two men arrested after attack at London’s biggest shopping centre

According to Independent a man has been stabbed at a London shopping centre packed with thousands of families and children on their school holidays.

Witnesses said the attack happened on the ground floor of Westfield London, with two men seen running away from the scene.

Police were called at 2pm and arrived to find a man in his 20s with stab wounds.

He was taken to hospital in west London by ambulance and his condition is unknown.

“Officers retain an open mind as to the motive but this incident is not terror related,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Westfield London, in White City, is the second-largest shopping centre in the UK and the biggest in London.

It was partly closed as investigations into the incident continued on Friday afternoon.

The attack came amid increased security across the capital after a man went on a knife rampage in Russell Square, killing an American woman and injuring five others.

Mental Health Significant Factor at Terrorist knife attack’ in Russell Square where 7/7 bomb was detonated

stabbing Terror - London‘I heard a scream, then I saw the blood’: Woman in her 60s is killed and five people are injured as man, 19, ‘goes on rampage in a terrorist knife attack’ in Russell Square where 7/7 bomb was detonated

 

  • Woman in her 60s has died and five others injured after knifeman, 19, ‘went on the rampage’ in London
  • Police called to Russell Square at 10.30pm last night after witnesses say screaming victims tried to flee
  • One witness said: ‘There was a madman running around with a knife just lunging at people randomly and stabbing them. He was just going for anyone he could see’
  • Suspect Tasered and spent night in hospital before being taken to a South London police station for questioning
  • Five other victims were knifed in the back, side and arms. Two are in hospital and three were discharged
  • Scotland Yard said incident could be terror related and said knifeman  has ‘significant mental health issues’

 

According to Daily Mail a knifeman has gone on the rampage in central London and murdered a woman in her 60s and injured five more people in a possible terror attack.

Police were called to Russell Square at 10.30pm last night after the suspect, 19, chased and stabbed pedestrians in the back, side and arms who were left ‘screaming and covered in blood’ on the pavement.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder after armed officers Tasered him to the ground and after a night in hospital has been taken into custody at a south London police station.

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene and two women and three men were taken to hospital. Three have since been discharged.

The killer’s knife was abandoned on the pavement next to the body of the unnamed victim, which remained under a forensics tent overnight and was taken away by ambulance this morning.

Hotel staff on Russell Square, an area always packed with tourists, said the attacker was completely silent was ‘just going for anyone he could see’ before he was shot with a Taser and pinned face-down by police.

One worker told the Standard: ‘The police came to the hotel and a guest was telling them what he saw. He said there was a madman running around with a knife just lunging at people randomly and stabbing them’.

Scotland Yard’s top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley gave a press conference outside Scotland Yard at 3.40am and said the 19-year-old appears to have ‘significant mental health issues’ but admitted terrorism could be a motive.

The Met will send scores of armed officers on to the streets of the London this morning – including members of its new elite counter-terror unit – to reassure the public and in case there is a new attack.

 

  • A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he stabbed six people in Russell Square at around 10.30pm last night. One witness called him ‘dark-skinned’ or African, another white and ‘chubby’
  • A woman, believed to have been in her 60s, was fatally injured and five others were treated in hospital. Three were discharged this morning. 
  • Spanish family of four – believed to be on holiday in London – cradled the woman as she died on the pavement 
  • Witnesses say he was chasing screaming victims and slashing ‘anyone he could see’ before he was Tasered by police. 
  • Counter-terrorism officers are supporting the homicide investigation into the incident, while Met has said early indications suggest man’s mental health ‘was a factor’. Terrorism is a motive being considered.
  • Scotland Yard has sent out armed units to patrol the streets as London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged the public to remain ‘calm and vigilant’. 

The attacker has struck at the heart of London’s tourist centre, packed with hotels. At 10.30pm, when he stabbed his victims, the area was full of people who had enjoyed a night in the West End.

One witness claimed he may have jumped off a moped before slashing at his victims.

A source said the suspect was seen to go ‘on the rampage’ with the weapon. Another witness said he heard one of the victim’s scream before running over to help them.

Fernando, 40, from Brazil told MailOnline how he cycled into the horrific scene his way home last night and saw the murder victim slumped against the fence of Russell Square’s famous gardens and called the emergency services.

He said: ‘I was cycling home from work and some people stopped me in the street asking for help to call an ambulance. I saw an old lady lying against the wall – she had collapsed. I had to call 999, but it took a bit of time because I didn’t know the postcode, then two or three minutes later a car full of police turned up. That was the moment I realised she had not just collapsed but had been stabbed.’

According to Fernando, a Spanish family of four – a mother, father and their two daughters thought to be in their 20s – were looking after the woman who is believed to have died at the scene.

‘She was being cradled in the lap of a Spanish tourist who was trying to keep her alive. I didn’t hear the old woman speak – she had been stabbed in the back,’ he said.

According to witnesses, the scale of the attack was initially unclear as Fernando said at first he had no idea that other people had been injured.

‘I don’t know if she was alive when I left – I think she had already died – she wasn’t talking. The Spanish girl tried to talk to her and keep her alive. She said to me before I left that she was still breathing.

‘I realised it was a stabbing when they started giving her first aid. Then I realised more people had been stabbed.’

Witnesses said the attacker was chubby, had been wearing black shorts and a white t-shirt and that he left with the knife, which he carried in his right hand.

‘I understood he was white and a bit shabby – but they couldn’t see much of his face,’ he said.

Fernando was told that the attacker had been hiding his face with his forearm as he ran along stabbing people in the back.

‘He did not shout anything,’ he said, adding that people didn’t shout either – terrified that the attack was not over.

A night receptionist at the Repton Hotel, overlooking the scene, said: ‘I saw a woman lying on the floor with police standing over her, checking to see if she was alive.

‘She looked unconscious, they were shaking her but she was lying still. Then the ambulance arrived. A guest came in shortly afterwards saying she saw police chasing a man down the street.’

Police cordoned off the area and additional police patrols are in place in London, and police helicopters hovered over the city well into the early hours.

The incident occurred in the same area as where one of the 7/7 bombs detonated in 2005. A total of 26 people were killed when Germaine Lindsay, 19, detonated a suicide bomb on a Piccadilly line Tube as it moved between King’s Cross station and Russell Square.

On the same day a bus was destroyed on Tavistock Square, which is just up the street.

Last night’s incident came hours after the Met unveiled its brand new elite anti-terror unit.

Scotland Yard confirmed that ‘terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage’ and also said that early indications suggest that ‘mental health is a significant factor in this case’.

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner for special operations, Mark Rowley, said it had been a ‘tragic incident’.

He said: ‘Early indications suggest that mental health is a significant factor in this case and that is one major line of inquiry.

‘But of course at this stage we should keep an open mind regarding motive and, consequently, terrorism as a motivation remains but one line of inquiry for us to explore,’ he said.

‘Armed officers arrived at the scene within five minutes, they discharged the Taser whilst confronting and arresting the suspect.

‘Six people have been injured, including the one woman who sadly died at the scene, and the others have received various injuries.’

He confirmed murder detectives and the counter-terrorism unit had been brought in to investigate the killing.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for 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.

Mr Khan said his ‘heart goes out to the victims of the incident in Russell Square and their loved ones’ after the death of the woman, who may be a Spanish tourist.

Eyewitness Zuhair Awartani told the BBC he saw the attacker being arrested.

He said: ‘I arrived here at my hotel and I saw the guy getting arrested just on the block. There were two police cars and he was like African – a dark-skinned man’.

Helen Edwards passed by as police arrested the man and said she believed that someone else may also have been attacked in a side road.

There are fears that the knifeman operated with an accomplice as the Met refused to rule out arresting more suspects. One witness said he saw ‘a man flee on a motorbike’. Others suggested a gang may have been involved.

Philippa Baglee, who was in London to celebrate her 60th birthday, was walking past Russell Square when she saw a group of people looking down at the ground.

She said: ‘There was someone lying on the ground and lots of people around and a guy with a black motorcycle helmet balanced on top of his head walking around.

‘He was on the outside of everyone looking on the ground.

‘The moment I saw an ambulance and police car arrive, I thought someone had just been knocked off their bike.’

Asked to describe the man, she said he was short and dressed in what she thought was all black leathers.

She continued: ‘It was all very calm. No-one was panicking. I just went back in.’

Ms Baglee added that she did not find out what had happened until Thursday morning.

‘It’s a bit scary, I have just come for a couple of nights for my 60th.’

An eyewitness, who called himself Michael, told MailOnline that he saw a woman – aged around 25 – with blood pouring from her back. He said another woman of the same age was suffering a wounded arm.

He said he believed the victims were heard speaking in Spanish.

He 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.’

The two women were with two men who were shouting ‘tío lo vi todo’ in Spanish, meaning ‘I saw everything’.

The witness added: ‘They all spoke Spanish so I guess they were a group. I only saw the victim and the girl with the arm stabbed from that group.

‘I just saw blood just next to her. She was lying on the floor with a friend hugging her.’

Another witness, Jeremy Cheng, said: ‘A woman with whom I spoke said that police told her that a gang of some sort was involved – and that they fled south or south-west.

‘But that is just speculation.’

Robbie Deegan, 22, said: ‘I saw people running and screaming when we came over here to see what the hustle and bustle was about. We heard a commotion and saw people running away from the square.’

Paul Hutchinson, a taxi driver, said he passed the incident shortly after it occurred.

He said: ‘I drove past Russell Square and the road wasn’t shut but the pavement was all taped off by police, lots of armed police, lots of cars and the body was just lying on the floor. You could see the boots sticking out from under the cloth.

‘Loads of armed police, cars with lights on and the body on the floor.’

Pol O’Geibheannigh, 45, was walking back from the cinema when he saw a massive police presence and a woman lying in a pool of blood.

He said: ‘I just knew right away that this is not right. You just don’t see armed police around this area.

‘This was just wall to wall with armed police. You could see a woman on the floor. There was dark matter around her, which was obviously blood.

‘She was lying in a pool of blood with a red blanket on top of her. I went into the bar and it wasn’t until an hour later that they put the tent up.

‘And then at about 12.30, when we were coming out, there were about five or six people running off towards Bedford Square.

‘That level of police presence I haven’t seen since 7/7 and I was here – I live around the corner.

‘But it was just a matter of someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time.’

A 35-year-old man, who did not wish to be named, said he saw three men fleeing nearby Queen Square shortly after the incident. ‘One man fled on a motorcycle heading down a pedestrianised area,’ he said. ‘He obviously looked in a hurry.’

Meanwhile, a guest at the Imperial Hotel said he saw a man lying on the ground. He told MailOnline: ‘There was all sorts of commotion going on’.

He added that guests at the hotel have been asked to enter through the rear entrance as the front is cordoned off by police.

Local resident Helen Edwards, 31, said the panic reminded her of the 7/7 attacks. She was woken by the bus bomb at Tavistock Square on July 7, 2005.

Talking about last night’s incident, she said: ‘It was a bit surreal. It brings back memories of 7/7. I was woken by the bus bomb that day.

‘I was walking near Russell Square tonight when I saw several armed police officers and armed response units. I walked around the cordon and saw an ambulance and loads of people.’

Other witnesses took to Twitter to share news of the attack. Abdulrahman Muammar wrote: ‘#London Russell Square locked down & surrounded with police officers. Many police cars & ambulances.’

Helen Edwards tweeted: ‘#Police guarding cordon around #russellsquare #bedfordplace #southamptonrow. Saw armed police & paramedics earlier. I saw armed police guarding the cordon around Russell Square plus ambulance at another end of Bedford place.’

Meanwhile, Lauren Brittny said: ‘Sadly my brother and his mates witnessed the stabbing in Russell Square. And the police obviously arrived too late. My brother rang me at the time as he was in shock. But all he said was the man quickly jogged passed him.

‘My brother was at UCL summer camp and they were returning from a theatre trip . His mentors were guarding them so he was unable to do much I wish he filmed the guy. But everyone was stunned by the situation.

‘My brother said the woman was surrounded by her friend he suspected they were on a Hen night.’

Scotland Yard confirmed the incident is being treated as a possible terror offence.

The Met said one suspect was detained after being Tasered at the scene of the incident – opposite the three-star Imperial Hotel and near a quiet park.

A spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10.33pm to reports of a man seen in possession of a knife injuring people at Russell Square, WC1.

‘Officers attended the scene along with the London Ambulance Service.

‘Up to six people were found injured at the location.

‘A female was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later.

‘We await an update on the condition of the other persons injured and details of any other injuries.’

 

Police added that the man was arrested at the scene six minutes after the incident.

The spokesman added: ‘A man was arrested at 10.39pm and a Taser was discharged by one of the arresting officers.

‘Terrorism is one possibility being explored at this stage.’

Additional police units have been deployed to the area to provide reassurance. Extra patrols will also be carried out in the area near the British Museum in Bloomsbury.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

 

Are we really going to hand London to a Labour party that thinks terrorists is its friends? A passionate plea from ZAC GOLDSMITH

7.7busZac Goldsmith published an article on Daily Mail which is a passionate plea from himself four days before the majoral election.

Here is the article below;

On Thursday, are we really going to hand the world’s greatest city to a Labour party that thinks terrorists is its friends? A passionate plea from ZAC GOLDSMITH four days before Mayoral election

London stands on the brink of a catastrophe, the shockwaves from which would be felt across the country. In just four days’ time, voters in the capital could elect Sadiq Khan to succeed Boris Johnson as mayor.

The greatest city on Earth, which is a global leader in everything from finance to fashion and the seat of the oldest and most respected democracy in the world, would be represented by the man who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the Labour Party and who has admitted he would do it again.

London’s £600billion economy would fall into the hands of a man who backed Ken Livingstone over his suspension in 2006 for anti-Semitic remarks to a Jewish reporter.

It would mean aggressive socialism entering Britain though the back door.

 

If Khan wins on Thursday, the world’s premier financial centre will be handed to the most hard-Left, intolerant, anti-business Labour Party since the days of Michael Foot. An economy larger than Sweden’s will be run by a party that backs wildcat strikes and flying pickets, wants to turn the clock back to the 1970s, and whose leader has described business as ‘the enemy’.

Khan has flatly refused to rule out hiking taxes, which would deal a devastating blow to the engine room of the British economy.

As a beacon of freedom, diversity and prosperity throughout the ages, London will always be in the cross-hairs of pan-European terror movements.

The number one job of any mayor of London is to keep our city safe.

Yet if Labour wins on Thursday, we will have handed control of the Met, and with it control over national counter-terrorism policy, to a party whose candidate and current leadership have, whether intentionally or not, repeatedly legitimised those with extremist views.

Corbyn has described Hamas and Hezbollah as ‘friends’.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is a self-proclaimed IRA sympathiser.

And the last Labour mayor, Ken Livingstone, has in the past few days shocked even hardened critics of Labour with grotesque comments about Hitler.

Until this week, Khan was happy to parade the fact that Livingstone was endorsing him: now he can’t back away fast enough.

Yet Khan is not running as an independent. He is running as the representative of the most divisive Labour party we’ve seen for a generation. He is running on the back of hard-Left votes he courted in order to win the Labour mayoral selection.

And he is running with the backing of people like Livingstone, whose offensive views he’s overlooked, time and time again, to further his own career.

Doing whatever it takes to further his own political interests, of experimenting with his principles, is a defining thread of Sadiq Khan’s record in public life.

In 2006 he criticised the decision to suspend Livingstone for comparing a journalist to a Nazi concentration camp guard, and as a lawyer Khan tried to get the banned extremist leader Louis Farrakhan – who described Jews as ‘blood-suckers’ and called Hitler ‘a very great man’ – admitted to the UK.

Khan was recently forced to suspend his aide, Shueb Salar, after The Mail on Sunday revealed that for years he had been making offensive remarks about rape and murder.

In the pursuit of the mayoralty, Khan has cynically changed his position on virtually every issue.

 

Until recently he was in favour of developing our precious Green Belt; he is now apparently opposed. He was passionately pro Heathrow expansion; he is now against it. He was pro sanctions against Israel; he is now against. He was pro Labour’s mansion taxes; he now opposes them.

He says he’ll be a pro business mayor, but has already promised to set up a dedicated union unity team in City Hall if elected, and is pursuing a Corbyn-backed fares policy that TfL has warned will devastate transport investment and cause London to grind to a standstill.

London’s economy is too big and too important to be a testing ground for a four-year Khan-Corbyn experiment. Five-and-a-half million Londoners rely on it for their jobs and livelihoods.

The choice facing Londoners on Thursday couldn’t be clearer. You can stand against the risk of an unprincipled politician and the madness of Corbyn’s Labour, and instead choose a mayor who will work with this Government, including holding them to account when necessary, to keep our streets safe, keep London moving and growing, and make this an even greater city.

I am standing to be mayor for exactly that reason: to take the success we have seen under Boris Johnson and make it work for everyone.

There is a huge amount that needs to be done and can be done by the right mayor. I’ve delivered day in, day out for my constituents, and was returned with the biggest increased majority of any sitting MP at the last Election – the best reference any politician can ask for. I’ll do the same for London.

I will work with the Government to build a London that all Britons can be proud of, building 50,000 homes, without trampling on communities or concreting over green space. On my watch, London won’t become a city of empty skyscrapers dumped on reluctant communities. I will build a city rooted in streets and parks and beautiful neighbourhoods, with more homes available for Londoners on average salaries.

My Action Plan for Greater London will make London the greenest and cleanest city on Earth. As mayor, I’ll clean up our buses, cabs and cars. I’ll get even more people cycling safely. I’ll deliver a clean car revolution, ramp up solar energy and give our green spaces the strongest possible protection. I’ll invest in pocket parks in London’s greyest areas so that everyone has access to the outdoors.

My number one priority will always be to keep you safe. I will always fight to make sure the police have the resources and tools they need.

I’ll maintain the Met at its current strength and I’ll put 500 extra officers on the Tube, funded by tackling union perks.

And when our police are called upon to make split-second decisions, they will always have my backing.

There is a huge choice at this election: between business backed or business attacked; taxes frozen and taxes hiked; between four years of bickering, blame and gridlock or four years of a mayor who will put people first.

Just a few thousand votes in each London borough will make the difference.

London is the greatest city in the greatest country on Earth. If London backs me, it will be greater still.