Salih Khater, 30, drove at police officers guarding the side entrance of the Palace of Westminster in a deliberate bid 'to cause maximum death and injury'. He is seen in a Facebook photo CCTV images show a Sudan-born migrant driving around London before he tried to 'kill as many people as possible' when he ploughed into cyclists and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament. Salih Khater was today jailed for life today for carrying out a copycat terror attack on August 14 last year. The 30-year-old drove his Ford Fiesta into a pedestrian and riders who had stopped at a red light in Parliament Square. He then careered into a security lane and crashed into barriers as two police officers jumped out of the way. Chilling CCTV images released today show Khater driving around London in the silver Ford Fiesta on the morning of his attack. Khater claimed he came to the capital to find the Sudanese embassy to get a visa but 'got lost' around … [Read more...] about Chilling CCTV shows Sudan-born migrant plotting his route around London before launching a copycat terrorist attack to ‘try to kill as many people as possible’ after his passport application was turned down – as he is jailed for life
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At the UK headquarters of office space company WeWork, the skateboard half-pipe is empty, the arcade machines aren’t in use and the DJ turntables are motionless. It could be because it’s 11am on a grey weekday in London, or it could be because this fast-growing company has suddenly found itself in crisis mode. Having ejected controversial founder Adam Neumann from the chief executive’s seat, on Monday directors pulled the plug on a stock market listing. A chastening retrenchment looms that could mean 5,000 job cuts – a third of the company’s global workforce. The company’s $60m (£49m) Gulfstream private jet is up for sale. Less than two months ago, WeWork was seeking a price tag of $47bn from its now abandoned float. Bankers at Goldman Sachs reckoned it might have been worth much more, maybe $65bn. Now the firm, which has lost $3bn in the last two years, is reckoned to be worth $10bn. Tops. There is even mounting concern that it could run out of … [Read more...] about Why WeWork’s problems have London landlords fretting
As Extinction Rebellion flooded Whitehall with rivers of fake blood this month, and its youthful members conspired to gridlock nationwide traffic, I was reminded again of a half-term holiday in Cumbria in 1984 when I made and consumed a lot of packet soup. It was the powdered variety of Knorr’s Farmhouse Vegetable, which looked like wallpaper paste with carrot flecks and bullets of salty starch laughably called “croutons”. Yet the preparing of this soup, the stirring, the simmering and the drinking, gave me a small, temporary sense of comfort because, aged 11, all day and all night, I worried about nuclear bombs. Or not so much the bombs themselves, but the terrifying end-of-days carnage that would follow, that I’d heard talk of on Panorama or via CND leaflets. I fixated on the matter of saving my cats, Soot and Fred, while the Dents crouched under the kitchen table. Should I put the cats in a cardboard box? What if the bomb scared them away? Would it be safe to … [Read more...] about I used to stockpile for the nuclear apocalypse. Where did my youthful terror go?
Boris Johnson described protesters from Extinction Rebellion on Monday night as “uncooperative crusties” occupying “heaving hemp bivouacs” on the streets of Westminster. At the Extinction Rebellion protest site on Trafalgar Square on Tuesday morning, Nicola Hargreaves snorted as she considered the prime minister’s remarks. “I’m a solicitor,” she said. “And I’m dressed in clothes from Whistles that I’m pretty sure don’t have any hemp in them at all. So Boris can shove his comments up his arse.” Disbelieving when told where the prime minister had been speaking – at the launch of a biography of Margaret Thatcher, which he advised the protesters to read – Hargreaves, 50, added: “It makes me half angry, and half I laugh at him because he’s so ridiculous, he’s devolved from reality.” The XR protests are not without the sort of veteran environmental campaigners who might align … [Read more...] about ‘We’re not crusties’: Extinction Rebellion activists dismiss PM’s jibe
The owners of six flats have been left reeling after being hit with a bill for £31,000 from their landlord – for repairing two small wooden balconies which the residents claim had been left to rot through lack of maintenance. They also say the demand is almost seven times the £4,500 figure for tackling the problem quoted in a report commissioned by the landlord. The £31,376 bill – which includes various fees and works out at between £5,000 and £6,000 per flat – was described by one resident as “an insane amount of money – my carpenter friend burst out laughing when I told him”. The residents allege their freeholder breached the terms of the lease by failing to look after the balconies, so should have to pick up the bill now that the problems have become costlier to put right. The landlord and freeholder is Freehold Managers plc, whose ultimate parent company is based in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean and … [Read more...] about Flat owners get £31,000 bill for balconies ‘left to rot’