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Seven Kings mosque: Man held after gun fired

Seven Kings mosque: Man held after gun fired

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Scotland Yard said investigations suggested that a “blank-firing handgun” had been discharged

A man has been arrested after a gun was fired outside a mosque in east London during Ramadan prayers.

Police were called to reports of a man with a firearm entering the Seven Kings Masjid in Ilford at 22:45 BST on 9 May.

A 28-year-old man was arrested earlier on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence, possession with intent to supply, and assaulting a police officer.

Evidence suggested the weapon was a blank-firing handgun, police said.

Nobody was hurt in the incident. The arrested man remains in custody.

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Greenpeace activists inside boxes block BP headquarters

Greenpeace activists inside boxes block BP headquarters

Greenpeace protesters blocking building

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The activists are calling on BP to end exploration for oil and gas

Climate activists inside five large containers have blocked the entrances to BP’s head office in central London.

The Greenpeace protesters used cranes to transport the heavy boxes into place at St James’s Square in the early hours of the morning.

Other campaigners abseiled down the side of the building to block windows and display banners.

Greenpeace says those inside the containers have enough food and water to last them for several days.

The aim is to keep BP’s headquarters closed “for at least the whole of this AGM week”, Greenpeace said. BP’s annual general meeting is set to take place in Aberdeen on Tuesday.

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The five containers were put in place during the early hours of the morning

Greenpeace said it was carrying out the action to call on BP to end exploration for oil and gas, and only invest in renewable energy.

One campaigner, Morton Thaysen, told the BBC the group was planning a “long-term occupation of BP’s headquarters”.

Four people have been arrested for aggravated trespass after some protesters scaled the building.

Officers from the Met Police are in St James’s Square and said there had been no reported injuries.

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Some campaigners abseiled down the building in St James’s Square

At the scene

Becky Cafe, BBC London

As far as protests go, this doesn’t have the energy of the recent Extinction Rebellion demonstrations that closed off main arteries in central London. Then, it was very difficult to avoid the sound systems and banners.

This time it’s a very quiet protest tucked down a side street just off a main road leading to Piccadilly Circus. This has meant little disruption to businesses, shoppers and tourists.

However it has disrupted the protesters’ intended target, BP, as staff are unable to enter the building and have been told to work from home.

The boxes have been custom made to fit perfectly in the space in front of every entrance to BP’s offices, other than the fire exit.

Inside each box are two Greenpeace protesters with more sitting on top, looking around.

But as the police have cordoned off the entire road, it is very difficult for people to see what’s going on so you wonder how long the protest will have an impact.

In a statement, BP said: “We welcome discussion, debate, even peaceful protest on the important matter of how we must all work together to address the climate challenge, but impeding safe entry and exit from an office building in this way is dangerous and clearly a matter for the police to resolve as swiftly as possible.”

A company employee said staff had not been told what was happening.

“I’m thinking to go home because it will take the police a while to get the protesters abseiling off the building,” the staff member said.

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The boxes were put in place using cranes

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London Bridge inquest: Nurse killed as she helped other victim

London Bridge inquest: Nurse killed as she helped other victim

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Kirsty Boden, 28, from Australia, was working as a senior nurse at Guy’s Hospital

A young woman was killed in the London Bridge attack after she ran to the aid of another victim, telling her friends, “I’m a nurse, I have to go and help”, an inquest has heard.

Kirsty Boden, 28, was stabbed in the head as she knelt over restaurant waiter Alexandre Pigeard as he lay dying, the Old Bailey heard.

Footage of her being set upon was shown at the inquest into the deaths of those killed in the London Bridge attack.

Eight people died on 3 June 2017.

Australian Ms Boden, dubbed the “angel of London Bridge”, had been out for a meal with two friends when she heard the three attackers’ van crash into the railings above and debris falling onto the outside tables.

Gareth Patterson QC, the lawyer for her family, said Ms Boden got up within seconds of the crash.

The off-duty nurse, who worked at Guy’s Hospital, was thinking of others rather than her own safety, he said.

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A statement from Ms Boden’s friend, Melanie Schroeder – one of the friends she was dining with – was read out to the jury on Friday.

Ms Schroeder, who had previously asked Ms Boden to be her bridesmaid at her wedding, said: “Kirsty jumped up and said, ‘I’m a nurse. I have to go and help. I need to see if they need help’.

“Kirsty headed off and I thought nothing of it,” she said.

Ms Schroeder said she then remembered hearing screaming and thinking people should calm down because it was “just a crash”.

The friends fled the restaurant with the other diners, and when they returned Ms Schroeder said she saw Ms Boden’s body on the ground, which she recognised “because of her bright pink cardigan”.

Ms Boden, who had suffered stab wounds, was alive but unable to speak, Ms Schroeder said.

Ms Schroeder and a GP tried to revive her friend, while Ms Mooney attempted to find emergency medical help, but Ms Boden died at their side.

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The victims of the attack clockwise from top left – Chrissy Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, Sébastien Bélanger, Ignacio Echeverria, Xavier Thomas, Sara Zelenak, Kirsty Boden


Courtroom in awe at selflessness

BBC reporter Hanna Yusuf, at the inquest

Dreams, hopes and friendships were terminated on the night Australian nurse Kirsty Boden lost her life.

The courtroom watched in awe as footage of a selfless Ms Boden getting up from her dinner with friends – to help victims after hearing a crash – was played.

The clips illustrated a night that violently broke up the friendship trio of Ms Boden, Melanie Schroeder and Harriet Mooney.

In statements read aloud, Ms Schroeder and Ms Mooney emotively described the night during which they saw their friend die.

The desperation in their attempts to save the life of their friend, who was supposed to be Ms Schroeder’s bridesmaid, was palpable.

There was a collective shudder as the court watched the moment Khuram Butt made a stabbing motion at a faint figure identified as Ms Boden.

The court was reminded that the breakdown of moments that seemed lifelong, and were life-changing, happened over a matter of seconds in real time.


The inquest heard how Ms Boden was set upon by all three attackers – Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba.

The three had crashed their car on London Bridge before running through Borough Market.

They were shot dead near the market around 10 minutes after their attack began.

Lawyer Mr Patterson said the tip of a knife carried by attacker Butt, 27, was later found embedded in Ms Boden’s head.

The jury heard an account from witness Alexandre Colou, who said he saw the moment Ms Boden fell as crowds of people fled the attackers.

“Her eyes were moving wildly,” he said. “She had difficulties breathing. I was talking to her and then her eyes stopped moving.

“I said ‘stay awake, stay awake, stay with me’.”


The stories emerging from the inquest

  • Off-duty nurse Helen Kennett told how she asked one of the London Bridge attackers what was wrong with him before he stabbed her in the neck. She survived the attack.

The inquest also heard from British Transport Police constable, Wayne Marques, who previously spoke to the BBC about being the first officer to confront all three of the attackers.

At the inquest, PC Marques told of how he had been on patrol, armed with only a baton, when he ran to the aid of Marie Bondeville, her boyfriend Oliver Dowling, and Richard Livett.

He said he was initially alerted by a woman’s scream and people running up and down Borough High Street.

As he went to investigate, he told the court he was approached by a man running, before finding Richard Livet lying in a pool of blood.

He then noticed a man grabbing Ms Bondeville and told the court how the attacker appeared to punch her three or four times, before she fell to the floor, face down.

PC Marques then described the moment he saw Mr Dowling being stabbed in the neck.

He said: “I got my baton out and charged the first attacker… my intention was to hit him as hard as I could with all my weight behind me with everything I had. I knew he was trying to kill the man on the floor.”

PC Marques said as the first attacker began to “crumble” the officer felt an “almighty blow” to his head – which impaired his vision.

He said: “At this point I saw a knife coming towards me. Through instinctive reaction I defended myself.”

The officer said “a messy fight” ensued with the second attacker, before the third ran over.

Although PC Marques was stabbed multiple times, he said: “My job at that stage was to hold on and keep them fighting until the cavalry arrived.”

Evidence has so far been heard in relation to six of the victims: Xavier Thomas, Chrissy Archibald, Sara Zelenak, Sebastien Belanger, James McMullan and Alexandre Pigeard.

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Cameron Norrie: Briton knocked out of Italian Open

Cameron Norrie: Briton knocked out of Italian Open

Cameron Norrie has climbed 48 places in the world rankings this year

Britain’s Cameron Norrie was knocked out in the second round of the Italian Open following a 6-2 6-2 defeat to 13th seed Borna Coric.

Norrie, 23, was the only British male to make it through to the second round after beating Australia’s John Millman.

Coric converted two of his four break points to win the opening set and broke again twice in the second to win in less than an hour in Rome.

The Croat will face Swiss Roger Federer or Portugal’s Joao Sousa next.

British number one Johanna Konta takes on American seventh seed Sloane Stephens in the women’s second round on Wednesday.

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Eden Hazard: Chelsea must respect forward’s decision on his future – Maurizio Sarri

Eden Hazard: Chelsea must respect forward's decision on his future - Maurizio Sarri

Hazard was named Chelsea’s Player of the Season for 2018-19

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says the club must respect Eden Hazard’s decision about his future but is hopeful the forward will choose to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard has scored 16 goals for the Blues this season and has been strongly linked