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UK Terror attack in UK is a case of “when, not if”

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The Metropolitan Police Chief has warned a terror attack in the UK is a case of “When, not if”.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of the Met, released a statement saying he could not promise an attack will not take place. however while he is in charge he will try his best to prevent them.

He did however offer his reassurances by making sure the public are aware how police and security services were working to protect them.

Sir Bernard said: “We have all watched the recent terrorist atrocities unfold with a terrifying and depressing sense of horror and dread.

“I now that with each new outrage, and especially those on our doorstep in Europe, there is a greater sense of fear that Britain will be the next victim in this wave of cruel and mindless mass murder.

“I feel and understand that fear and as the police officer in charge of preventing such an attack know that you want me to reassure you. I am afraid I cannot do that entirely.

“Our threat level has been at “Severe” for two years – it remains there. It means an attack is highly likely – you could say it is a case of when not if.

‘”But where I can offer reassurance is in answering the other questions I know that you so often ask of yourselves, your loved ones and friends – why and how has it not happened here yet? What are we doing to prevent it? How will the police protect me when it does?

“What I can say is that we have not had a terrorist murder since the barbaric attack on Lee Rigby.”

Sir Bernard then goes on to say that there have been a number of terror threats stopped and people put behind bars after hey have stopped terror threats to murder police officers leaving shepherd’s bush police station

He added “I can point to the plots we have foiled, including terrorists who we have put behind bars after we foiled their advanced plans to murder police officers leaving Shepherd’s Bush police station to walk their beats.”

A second attack that was stopped was another Lee Rigby style attack he saying “Another saw a British based terrorist with advanced plans to carry out a Lee Rigby style attack on US soldiers, using a car and knives to murder the servicemen and potentially detonate a bomb as part of the murderous plot. He was thwarted thanks to joint work by the police and MI5.”

“When I was a beat bobbie in South Yorkshire my starting point had to be that I wanted to stop the bad guys and the gangs before they bullied the families on my patch.

“So now, like then, I don’t want to admit any crime, let alone these kinds of terrorist atrocities, is likely to happen on our watch but that is what the Severe threat level means.

“Indeed, there are lots of things working in our favour. The relationship between MI5, MI6 and the police is a world-beater. It has given us an advantage in intelligence and ultimately foiling plots. My team at Scotland Yard co-ordinate the national police effort across the country, working with specialist hubs in other regions. In short we have a professional, joined up and national network of intelligence-led investigations.

“Our gun controls and the simple fact we are an island mean that terrorists in the UK would struggle to get the firearms required to repeat attacks similar to those we have seen on the Continent. This gives a solid base as it means the UK environment is immediately hostile to the terrorist.

“I would also add to this the British way of life and culture. Firstly the vast majority of our officers are unarmed – I truly believe this gives us a far healthier relationship with the people we police. Our neighbourhood officers – the ones who know their streets, who know their environment and who know many of the names of the people in their communities – are our major weapon. They are our eyes and ears on the street.

“Secondly it is our tolerance and acceptance. Our approach to Muslims is no different because these attacks purport to be committed in the name of Islam. We don’t stigmatise the millions of British Muslims whose values and faith completely reject the terrorists’ litany of hate. We are a nation that accepts difference but builds communities with shared values. We should be proud of that – it is another reason why the UK is a hostile environment for those intent on murderous terrorism. It means that the vigilance of our officers is backed-up by millions more eyes and ears. These are whole communities united in defeating terrorism.

“But even with this solid foundation to prevent attack I have renewed our focus on what we will do when terrorists breach these defences.

“Within hours of the terrible events in Paris last November I recognised that the attack we had witnessed just 200 miles from London required a huge response.

“So we have increased the number of specially trained and equipped officers who would go forward and confront these kinds of heavily armed terrorists. Initially, this was through longer shifts. Now our resilience has increased as all Met officers who carry a gun have been trained to go forward and take the initiative, in the face of a new terrorist threat. Meanwhile we are training hundreds of extra officers so they are ready to supplement our numbers during an attack similar to that seen in Paris. This increases overall numbers of firearms officers by 600 to 2800.

“This increases our firearms capacity significantly at a time of crisis. Although we can’t talk about the tactics of how many firearms officers we have on the street at anyone time our uplift, increased hours and dedicated resourcing means our 24/7 immediate response specialists who can go forward and confront the most terrible of threats is increasing three fold – significant numbers ready to take on an attack.

“For the first time our team of Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers who train for the very highest attack risk are ready 24 hours a day. They have the rope, marine and other advanced skills needed to tackle the toughest of challenges.

“All of the UK’s armed officers are brave men and women who have volunteered to put themselves on this new and ever shifting front-line.

“I’d ask you put yourself in their shoes just for a few moments. Imagine that if heavily-armed murderers were roaming our streets intent on killing public and police alike, it is your job, your duty, to confront them. That you may have to go forward and that you could be killed in doing so.

“We tell the public to “Run, Hide, Tell”. We ask these officers to run in the opposite direction to you.

“They are paid no more for this, they have families, they are as attached to living life as us all, but they do this for you. They do this knowing that their split second decision making will be scrutinised in post-incident investigations that can sometimes last many years. I’m sure they have your gratitude.

“I realise that some of what I am telling you today is not reassuring. I hope that some of it is more so. The threat we all face is very real, no-one watching events in Europe can think otherwise, but it is important that we have a shared understanding of the work that goes on every day to stop attacks happening and to prepare for the time when we are faced with this terrifying threat.

“London is a vibrant city. I am especially proud to police it. Hostile to terrorists and a place the world wants to visit and invest in – and rightly so. Help us to keep it that way – be our eyes and ears against terror – but also enjoy it. We should be positive and enjoy our freedoms.

“Yes, these can feel like dark and desperate times, I feel that too sometimes, but defeating this terrorism is as much about refusing to be afraid as anything else, refusing to change our beliefs, our values or our way of life. We will not become like them, we will not hate, we will not be cowed and because of this they will never win.”

If you see or spot anything suspicious call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or 101 or in an emergency 999.

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Ed Sheeran rushed to hospital after being knocked off bike in London

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Ed Sheeran has been to rushed to hospital after being knocked off his bike in London.

It is believed the singer has suffered a broken arm after he collided with a car in the capital city.

Ed took to Instagram ‘I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further news. Ed x’

Ed shared this with a picture of his guitar arm in a plaster cast and his other arm in a sling.

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DEAD: Sally Jones Britain’s Most Wanted Woman and Islamic State Recruiter Killed

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The White Widow Sally Jones has been Killed in a US Drone Strike, Jones who had planned many terror attacks fled the UK to become a IS Recruiter.

She was Britain’s Most Wanted Woman. It is believed she died in a US Air Force Drone Strike which happened near to the border of Syria and Iraq.

Jones was killed in June 2017, with the news kept hush because of fears that her 12-year-old son may have also been killed.

Jones left her home in Chatham, Kent in 2013 with her son Jojo to join Islamic State in Syria. During this time she often used her son as a human shield to save her own life.

The CIA and MI6 spent months tracking down Jones before they launched a Drone Strike and killed her.

She played a key role in the recruitment of young females becoming jihadis often leaving their families in the middle of the night to head out and join the Islamic State.

Despite the claims that Jones is dead, the US cannot 100 percent be sure she is dead, as they made no attempt to recover any DNA, But they are very confident that she is dead.

Drone Strikes are very clever in the way they work as they are able to follow targets for a number of weeks before launching a missile attack without any civilians being killed.

However, they cannot confirm if 12-year-old brainwashed Jojo has been killed also, something which the Americans could face a backlash over.

Jojo was brainwashed he faced years of forced lessons in radical Islam & firearms training. He recently featured within an IS execution video standing behind a row of prisoners who was kneeling on the floor before pulling the trigger and murdering them.

Jones converted to Islam and was nicknamed the White Widow after her Islamic State husband Junaid Hussain was killed by a drone in 2015.

Hussain aged 21 and from Birmingham brainwashed Jones to such a degree she became head of recruitment for young women and schoolgirls within the Islamic State.

Jones & Hussain planned many attacks across Europe and America and is believed to have been a key recruiter and brainwasher of many wanting to join the Islamic State.

Jones was linked to the planning of a number of major terror attacks including one which planned to blow up the Queen and Prince Philip on the streets of London during the VJ celebrations.

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wanted for fraud offences after bank card that was used fraudulently

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Police are appealing for help to speak to a man in connection with a case of fraud In Ipswich.

Amongst items stolen in a burglary that occurred overnight on 18 July on Severn Road in the town was a bank card that was used fraudulently for a number of payments the following day.

CCTV enquiries have resulted in one store in the town providing officers with footage of a male they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

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