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Citizens Fear Recurrence of London Bridge Attack amid Increased Immigration Flow

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Last updated on December 2nd, 2019

Knife attacks in London have broken records in the past two consecutive years, with more than 15,000 attacks noted by the police. London bridge attack that took place on Friday around 2pm is another unfateful event added to the list of the 2019 attacks in the country.

The suspected terrorist, Usman Khan was shot dead by the police on London Bridge after he fatally stabbed two people in the attack that began at a justice conference in Fishmongers’ Hall. Two other women and one man were injured and taken to hospital.

It was noted that Khan was attending the Learning Together conference, organised by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology. He later began the attacks when the attendees were returning for the afternoon session.

The video footage displayed that five to six men were confronting with the attacker on the north bank of the London Bridge before the police intervened and fired shots. A bystander, Thomas Gray, stated that the attacker carried two knives that appeared to be “taped to his hands”. He added that he stomped on the man’s left wrist while another man kicked the knife away.

Later, the man was shot by the specialist armed officers upon confrontation. Upon examination, the police confirmed that the criminal of the London Bridge attack was wearing a hoax suicide vest.

The past records of Khan’s lives stated that the man was convicted in 2012 for engaging in terrorism offences and for plotting to target sites such as the London Stock Exchange, the Houses of Parliament and the US embassy, as well as religious and political figures. During his sentencing in 2012, the judge said Khan could pose an ongoing threat to public safety.

The 28-year-old man was released from the prison in December 2018 on licence and was subject to monitoring conditions, while living at his Staffordshire residence. But the question at large is how he carried out the London Bridge attack despite being monitored.

A previous data from the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime revealed that in 2017 half of the knife crime offenders in London were black, Asian or of minority ethnic. It has been declared that the number of knife attacks in London is a serious problem.

As immigration in the country is increasing at an alarming rate, the citizens are feeling insecure in their own homes. They fear that incidents such as that of London Bridge could be repeated in future.

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Romford Doctor Manish Shah Held Guilty for 25 Counts of Sexual Offences

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When 50-year-old general practitioner (GP) Manish Shah from Romford was held guilty of sexually assaulting 23 women patients amongst whom some were as young as 11-years-old, faith of many in the justice system was restored.  

During the hearing, Shah was also accused of using celebrity cases of Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to inculcate fear in the patients and perform unnecessary checks on them, for his sexual gratification. According to the claims, Shah even assaulted six patients at the Mawney Medical Centre from May 2009 to June 2013.

 It was also revealed that Manish Shah has already been  convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number of instances to 23.

Prosecutor Kate Bex QC while informing the jurors said, “Fear is an incredible motivator and few health concerns are scarier than cancer. Dr Shah exploited that and used it for his own personal gratification.”

“He took advantage of his position to persuade women to have invasive vaginal examinations, breast examinations and rectal examinations when there was absolutely no medical need for them to be conducted.”

Ms Bex also said that in one of the cases, Manish Shah was involved in “sexualised” behaviour and not only gave hugs and kisses to the patients but also picked some of his patients as “special” and his “star”. However, Shah pleaded not guilty and instead claimed of practising “defensive medicine”.

Recounting the horrors of the ordeal that the patients had to endure, one of the patients said, “He would say you need to have these sexual health tests, to make sure you’re safe – you never know if somebody goes with somebody else even though you might have a safe partner.

“He was just encouraging the tests along when I didn’t think anything of it, I thought if a doctor suggests it you pretty much go along with it. He just duped so many people. He used our weaknesses and fears and took complete advantage. But not one time did I actually think he was doing anything untoward.”

This is not for the first time that a physician has been accused of sexual assault and breach of doctor-patient trust. As per the report released in August this year, foreign-trained doctors are responsible for 60 percent of sexual misconduct cases with patients. Moreover, in the past three years, out of 38 incidents of sexual misconduct by physicians, foreign-trained doctors are responsible in 23 of the cases.

Following the hearing, Manish Shah was convicted at the Old Bailey and will be charged with 25 counts of sexual offences against six patients at the Mawney Medical Centre for five years, from May 2009 to June 2013.

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Tate Modern Gallery Horror: Jonty Bravery Admits Pushing 6-Year-Old

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18-year-old Jonty Bravery has admitted to pushing a six-year-old French boy from the viewing platform at the 10th floor of the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4. Explaining the reason behind the horrendous act, Bravery said he wanted to be on TV and highlight his autism treatment.

The incident that happened early August left the child with a bleed to the brain, along with a fractured spine, a leg and an arm.

During the hearing, the court was told that after the incident, Bravery approached a staff at Tate Modern said, “I think I’ve murdered someone, I’ve just thrown someone off the balcony.”

Jonty Bravery, who was 17 at the time of incident and could not be named until he turned 18, has admitted to the attempted murder at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced in February.

The victim’s family has been providing regular updates on the condition of the kid. In October, the family revealed that the boy has moved into a rehabilitation centre from the intensive care unit.

In another update in November, the family revealed that although the kid is using a wheelchair, he can move his legs “just a tiny bit”.

During his interview with police, Ealing based Jonty Bravery said, “I wanted to be on the news, who I am and why I did it, so when it is official no-one can say anything else.”

It came into notice at the hearing that Bravery had autistic spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and might develop a personality disorder as well. He had been held at Broadmoor Hospital since mid-October.

Speaking about the ordeal their son had to endure in  the past months, the child’s family has claimed that their son still needs extensive rehabilitation as he is yet to recover the movement in his limbs or full brain function.

The family said, “He is constantly awoken by pain and he can’t communicate that pain or call out to hospital staff. Life stopped for us four months ago. We don’t know when, or even if, we will be able to return to work, or return to our home, which is not adapted for a wheelchair. We are exhausted, we don’t know where this all leads, but we go on.”

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Blood Bathed Weekend in London Sees Two Stabbings in Under 24 Hours

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The idea of keeping a check on knife crimes and stopping them across London is once again facing scrutiny, after a man was found dead with fatal stab wounds outside the London railway station. The incident marked second London Stabbing case in the capital in under 24 hours.

The reports stated that the 26-year-old victim was found inside a vehicle next to West Ealing station at around 1.15am on Sunday. “Despite the efforts of medics, the male was pronounced dead at the scene,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said. “There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue, “spokesperson added.

However, police suspect that the man was stabbed at some other location, before a car that he was traveling in was involved in an accident outside the railway station. “We believe the victim was involved in an altercation 100 meters from the railway station on The Avenue,” Inspector Neil John said. The man is yet to be identified.

Meanwhile, the other attack, which happened less than 24 hours ago, saw a 27-year-old man stabbed to death near Aldgate East underground station, in east London. The police reported that the attack took place during a fight at a house party in a block of three flats. The officers were called to scene shortly before 9am on Saturday and the man was declared dead.

The attack also involved three other people who suffered Knife wounds, however, none accept the victim suffered life threatening wounds. Six men, aged between 23 and 29, have been taken into custody on suspicion of murder. Seventh man has also been arrested, but is still being treated in hospital.

As recorded, London in the past week has seen at least four people lose lives. The pulsating sequence of events, which has left the city amidst heightened tensions and civilians pondering over what should they do to safeguard themselves.

Last year, London witnessed the highest number of homicides attacks in a decade, with the total number at 136.

One case after the other, and government has no answer. Claimed on several occasions that the budget and number of policemen will eventually increase, the time period required to resolve the London stabbing chaos still remains a mystery.

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Acid Attack Victim Experiences Second Assault in Just Six Months

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Scarred for life, a 38-year-old mum became a target for the second time in just months after being attack with acid at her doorstep. Theresa Townsley was in her vehicle when thugs in a pick-up truck rammed into it and battered the windows with a scythe.

On November 9, 2018, Townsley was at her home in Edinburgh, when a hooded thug threw acid on her, leaving serious burns on her face and neck. However, the attacker has still not been caught.

It has now appeared that just six months later, she became a victim of another terrifying assault, when she was in her car with her partner James Wilson, the Daily Record reported. In a hearing at the Hamilton Sheriff Court Townsley stated that she feared she was going to die, when the truck attacked. Her husband was hit on the head with a spade and needed more than 40 stitches.

Townsley told the court that she and Wilson went to Strathclyde Park to meet the 48-year-old Alexender Burke, who owed her husband £13,000 for a Ford Transit truck. The violence erupted when Burke and his 28-year-old son Alexander Burke Jr arrived.

She also stated that Burke’s son jumped out of the truck and smashed the car windows with a scythe. “He put the scythe through the passenger side window and tried to cut me. He was saying, ‘You’re dead, you’re dead’. We thought we were going to die,” she said. “Burke Jr smashed the rest of the windows then ran back to the pick-up.”

Last week, both father and son were jailed at the Hamilton Sheriff Court for assaulting Wilson, Townsley and her sister Mary Jean in May. Burke Jr was found guilty for assaulting James to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement, and was jailed for three years. Whereas, his father was jailed for two years.

As of now, there have been no suggestion that the Lanarkshire incident is linked to the acid attack in the Gracemount area of the capital. Townsley moved away from Edinburgh since the acid attack.

“It was the worst day of my life…Day to day it is still hard, just to go out of the house, to look in the mirror. Most of the time I am confined to the house,” she had said earlier this month. As a year passed to the attack, Townsley said that November 9, 2019 is the second worst day of her life because it brought all back.

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Grace Millane Murder: Court Hearing Brings Out New Revelations

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Another troubling incident in British backpacker Grace Millane’s case has been exposed, where a woman stated that she played dead to escape her death, while she struggled with the person who months later killed Millane.

In December 2018, 22-year old Millane’s disappearance in Auckland, New Zealand sparked international attention. A 26-year-old man was charged with the murder of Millane, whose dead body was found in the nearby Waitakere Ranges on December 9.

Grace Millane from England was on a backpacking tour during her gap year when she met a man via a dating app Tinder. She was last seen with her murderer at the CityLife Hotel on Queen Street, a day before her 23rd birthday on December 1 and was reported missing since then.

The murderer, while appearing on trial in January this year, pleaded not guilty. As his trial continued, he admitted of having consensual sex with Grace Millane on the night she died, disposing off her body and cleaning up her blood from the floor the apartment. Yet, he reaffirmed his not guilty plea. The proceedings are expected to last five weeks.

Millane’s death generated huge outcries from the general public as well as the tourists, who feared trusting Kiwis.

Another woman, who went on a Tinder date with the alleged killer in March 2018 – long before the death of Grace Millane, gave her testimony in an Auckland court on Monday, stating how she struggled to breathe during her sexual encounter with the man.

“He had grabbed my forearms and put all the pressure on my arms so I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t move my arms. I started kicking, trying to indicate I couldn’t breathe. I was kicking violently. He would have felt me fighting,” the woman said, crying. “I was terrified,” stated the woman.

She recalled thinking “this can’t be the way I died” as the 27-year-old smothered her.

She told the court that she had since then avoided contact and lied about her movements, hoping the man would lose interest in her.

The defendant’s lawyer, Ron Mansfield, said the witness told his client that she wanted “to pursue a relationship with him after the encounter”, and had exchanged more than 700 messages after the alleged dispute, although the woman said she only continued to speak to him out of fear for her safety.

The woman said during her date with the man at his apartment, he told her that he had used a shotgun to scare away his sister’s boyfriend and had beaten up people from a bar next to the hotel.

Two other women, who matched with the man on Tinder, gave their evidences in Auckland court. One stated that Grace Millane’s murderer said that he likes to dominate women to feel “superior”. Another woman, later stated that she had consensual sex with the man, while his trial still continued.

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