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London Bridge: Van mows down pedestrians, witness says

Steve Almasy and Natalie Gallon write:

(CNN) A van mowed down pedestrians as it sped down London Bridge on Saturday night, leaving bodies lying in the roadway, a witness to the incident told CNN.

Mark Roberts said the van was traveling south across the River Thames at a high rate of speed and was swerving as it struck several people, knocking one person “about 20 feet into the air.”
The van swerved into oncoming lanes before hitting a bus stop and coming to a stop, Roberts said.
“Within my line of sight, there were five or six people on the ground that were not moving,” he said. “It looked to me that the van was aiming at the people.”
Roberts said he heard what sounded like gunshots about 10 minutes later. He estimated 100 people were on the bridge at the time, fewer than earlier in the night because it was getting late.
“I froze, to be honest,” Roberts said. “As I was thinking … which direction should I run, the van swerved across the other side of the bridge from me.”
London’s Metropolitan Police have not issued a report, saying only that an “incident” occurred on the bridge.

Leytonstone High Road: Man ‘beaten to death’ in east London high street

The incident happened in Leytonstone High Road Google Streetview

The incident happened in Leytonstone High Road Google Streetview

A man is believed to have been beaten to death in a busy east London high street today.

Police have launched an investigation after a 52-year-old died following a suspected assault in the early hours of this morning.

He was rushed to an east London hospital with a serious head injury shortly after 2am and pronounced dead just before 9.30am.

Police were called to the hospital by staff at about 6.15am. They are treating the death as suspcious.

The London Ambulance Service had earlier been called to Leytonstone High Road, near the junction with Lancaster Road.

A crime scene remains in place and Leytonstone High Road is currently partly closed.

Police launch hate crime crackdown on London’s public transport network

Crackdown: Officers will be giving advice on reporting hate crime Lucy Young

Crackdown: Officers will be giving advice on reporting hate crime Photo by Lucy Young

Jamie Micklethwaite writes:

Commuters were today being taught how to spot hate crime on London’s Tubes and buses.

Police officers were holding a series of events to raise awareness after figures showed hate crime was an element in five per cent of all crimes reported on London’s transport network.

More than 50 events are taking place across London stations,

Police were on duty informing members of the public that anyone who reports a hate crime will be taken seriously.

In the last three months, BTP officers have spoken to more than 5,000 people about whether they’ve seen or experienced any form of hate crime.

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary jailed for five-and-a-half years

Anjem Choudary

Anjem Choudary

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for inviting support for the so-called Islamic State group.

The 49-year-old was convicted at the Old Bailey after backing the group in an oath of allegiance published online.

Police say Choudary’s followers carried out attacks in the UK and abroad.

The judge, who described Choudary as calculating and dangerous, passed the same sentence on his confidant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33.

Both men were also sentenced to a notification order lasting 15 years, which requires them to tell police if details such as their address change.

Choudary, of Ilford, east London, and Rahman, from Palmers Green, north London, were convicted last month of inviting support for IS – an offence contrary to section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – between 29 June 2014 and 6 March 2015.

The trial heard the pair also used speeches to urge support for IS, which is also known as Daesh, after it declared a caliphate in the summer of 2014.

Swedish London-based socialite Britt Tidelius faces racial abuse trial in December 2016

Britt Tidelius

Britt Tidelius

A New York socialite racially abused two women in an five-star London hotel where she lives, a court heard today.

Swedish art critic Britt Tidelius, 81, allegedly launched into a racist tirade at hotel guest Confus Nekea at the Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge in March.

Two months later in May it is claimed the socialite assaulted and spat at a member of staff, Jurgita Tiauteriene, in the same hotel and racially abused her.

At Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court today, Tidelius pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating and two counts of racially aggravated abuse.

Carly Loftus, prosecuting, said: ‘On March 12, another guest, Miss Nekea, was sitting by her table in the restaurant inside the hotel which the defendant resides.

‘She asked hotel staff if she could charge her phone. They gave her permission to do so. The defendant was nearby and got annoyed by this.

‘(She) said, “what are you doing, you are disturbing me?” The defendant then threatened to call security on her, which the complainant said she is free to do so.’

Miss Nakea left and went back to check on her phone 15 minutes later, and Tidelius started screaming at her again, the court heard.

According to Miss Loftus, Tidelius told her: ‘What are you doing here? You should go back to your country, you monkey. You belong on the trees.’

She was escorted away from the scene, the court heard.

Two months later, on May 18, three members of staff at the same hotel were working on the seventh floor by the laundry chute.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3736166/You-country-monkey-belong-trees-New-York-socialite-launched-racist-abuse-two-women-exclusive-five-star-London-hotel.html#ixzz4JWCy7LXb
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