This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Five people were killed and several more injured when Isis sympathizer Rakhmat Akilov stole a large beer truck and drove it down the capital's busy street Drottninggatan last year, mowing down people in his way. A year after the attack, The Local interviews Fredrik Hallström, deputy head of Säpo's unit for ideologically motivated actors, who tells us that potentially violent extremist movements are still growing in Sweden. "We're seeing, as we have flagged up before, a growing extremism environment with violent Islamist ideology as well as political extremism in the form of autonomous (far-left) and white power environments," he says. "Growing both in terms of the number of individuals, and the threat in itself, as the movements grow." Now-former Säpo director-general Anders Thornberg said last year that some 3,000 violent extremists are thought to be based in Sweden, … [Read more...] about Sweden’s security police alerted to potential terror plans ‘every other day’
The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed Russia-related sanctions on 24 people and 14 entities, including several senior security officials and high-profile tycoons believed to have close connections to President Vladimir Putin. The names announced on April 6 included tycoon Oleg Deripaska, state-controlled gas giant Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller, National Guard chief and former Putin bodyguard Viktor Zolotov, and the secretary of Putin's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev. The Russians added to U.S. sanctions lists included some of the most prominent officials and magnates to be targeted by the United States in its efforts to punish Moscow for actions including its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Among others, the list named former prime minister and foreign intelligence chief Mikhail Fradkov, VTB bank chief Andrei Kostin, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, and tycoon Viktor Vekselberg. With reporting by Reuters … [Read more...] about U.S. Targets Russian Tycoons, Security Chiefs In New Round Of Sanctions
Derby-based cyclist Charlie Tanfield has secured his first Commonwealth Gold medal on the cycling track. The Team KGF rider, based at Derby Arena, who won a silver medal in the Men's 4,000m team pursuit yesterday, today held on to beat Scotland's John Archibald to take the win in the 4,000m individual pursuit. The 21-year-old set a Commonwealth record in the qualifying round of the competition and despite a nervy finish in the final, his time of four minutes 15 seconds was enough to secure England's eighth gold of the games. Tanfield started the race quickly and took the lead from the gun. Derby swimming star wins GOLD at the Commonwealth Games After 2,000m, the Derby rider was 1.8 seconds ahead of the Scotsman, but as the race progressed his rival grew into the ride. By 3,500m, Tanfield's lead was less than a second, but despite Archibald's fightback he held on to take the gold back to Derby. Dylan Kennett, of New Zealand, beat Jordan Kerby, of Australia, to take the bronze medal … [Read more...] about Derby-based cyclist secures GOLD Commonwealth medal!
Newcastle United travel to Leicester City tomorrow knowing that three points could all but secure their Premier League status. It’s the first time the Magpies have travelled to the King Power Stadium since Rafa Benitez’s first game in charge back in March 2016 - which they lost 1-0. United go into the game in great form - beaten only twice in the 11 games and find themselves 12th on 35 points. Leicester City are just above them in the form table - having lost only once in the last five games. Benitez will be facing the press this afternoon - here are five key issues. Is this the game to secure Newcastle’s Premier League status? Rafa Benitez maintains that 40 points is the priority for Newcastle going into the last seven games. However with Newcastle seven points off the relegation zone, the reality is that one win will probably be enough. The question is, is Rafa Benitez looking at this game as the one to get them over the line? And if so, is he looking ahead to the … [Read more...] about Is this the game to secure Newcastle’s Premier League safety? Questions for Rafa Benitez
Striker Joe Walton added another two goals to his impressive tally as Liversedge earned a 3-1 victory at Garforth Town in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division on Thursday night. Walton has now netted 26 times in all competitions, 23 of which have come in the league.Daniel Farrar put Liversedge ahead with a sixth minute goal and it remained 1-0 at half-time.Walton doubled the lead with a 48th minute goal and although Mark Simpson pulled one back for Garforth two minutes later, Walton’s second 11 minutes from time secured Liversedge’s 12th win of the season.The NCE League season has been extended by five days and will now finish on Thursday May 3.Despite the extension, Jonathan Rimmington’s men must play their remaining 12 league games in just 27 days, while the also have a NCE Cup quarter-final to arrange.Liversedge are due to entertain Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday and then host Hall Road Rangers on Tuesday but the Clayborn pitch is already … [Read more...] about Walton brace helps Liversedge secure victory over Garforth Town