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Westminster terror alert: Man arrested just 100m from Downing Street

Armed officers have arrested a man in connection with preparing a terror attack just yards from Downing Street.
 
Police say the 27-year-old was carrying a rucksack containing several knives – and forensic officers were seen examining knives on the pavement.
 
The suspect was known to counter-terrorism police and British intelligence agencies prior to his arrest, according to Sky sources.
The suspect is arrested by police
A man is led away by police in Westminster after an arrest was made on Whitehall
Roads around Whitehall were locked down as officers carried out the arrest, pushing the man to the ground before holding him at the scene.
 
The Metropolitan Police said the man was stopped at 2.22pm as part of an ongoing search operation. He has been taken to a south London police station where he is being held under the Terrorism Act.
 
He was arrested on the Parliament Street junction with Parliament Square, close to the scene of last month’s terror attack which killed five people including PC Keith Palmer on 22 March.
Moment of arrest
The Prime Minister was not at Downing Street at the time of the incident
The Prime Minister was not at Number 10 at the time of the incident but she is being kept updated about the incident on Whitehall, her spokeswoman said.
 
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Thanks to all officers who dealt swiftly & professionally with the incident in Whitehall. The Met Commissioner has briefed me on the arrest.”
 
No one was injured in the incident, and Whitehall has since reopened northbound.
A forensic investigator recovers a knife after man was arrested on Whitehall in Westminster, central London
A forensic investigator recovers a knife after man was arrested on Whitehall in Westminster, central London
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
 
“Knives have been recovered from him.
 
“Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.”
 
Sky News Political Correspondent Lewis Goodall said: “A witness said at one point he was taken to the ground – he was wearing a black tracksuit. Police surrounded him.
 
“There are various police officers here, both armed guards and forensic officers who are examining the scene. Earlier, we managed to get in the thick of it and we could see a bag clearly with a selection of knives which are being examined.
Moment of arrest
The moment the suspect was arrested
“This is one of the busiest thoroughfares in London, you’ve got thousands and thousands of people working in government departments among other things and the area has come to something of a standstill.”
 
A builder working on the road nearby said: “I saw the police officers catch him. They caught him and got him on the ground.”
 
Asked if the suspect was waving knives, acting aggressively or shouting, the witness said: “No.”
A man is led away by police in Westminster after an arrest was made on Whitehall
The 27-year-old has been taken to a south London police station
Courtesy of Sky News 

Dramatic moment “absolutely massive” explosions rocked London as blasts “shook windows”

This is the dramatic moment a series of “absolutely massive” explosions rocked London this afternoon (Photo: Andrzej Bania / SWNS.com)
A series of “absolutely massive” explosions shook London this afternoon as plumes of thick black smoke filled the air.
 
In the dramatic footage, clouds of dark smoke rise over shops near Kenton Station in Harrow.
 
The London Fire Brigade confirmed they were called to the incident and said the explosions were caused by a lorry fire.
 
Andrezs Bania, 53, started filming after hearing the first of four explosions at around 1pm this afternoon.
 
Fire chiefs say the incident is now under control.
 
Andrezs said: “I was in my living room having a chat with a friend of mine and my daughter says, ‘Quick, quick,’ she had seen what was happening outside.
 
“We went to the window at the back and loads of thick back smoke was pluming up.
 
“As I started filming a second blast went off and then a third one went off. It was really loud.
 
“The police emptied the street out and the traffic has been directed away. It’s literally a ghost town now.”
 
In the video, he said: “There has been an explosion just of Kenton Road near Kenton Station – absolutely massive.
 
“The fire brigade are going in. There is a column of smoke going high, high, high up into the sky.
 
“We’ve got absolutely no idea what’s caused this.
 
“Smoke is absolutely billowing out of the place.
 
“That’s an absolutely massive explosion. It shook the windows.”
Smoke seen over shops and houses in Harrow (Photo: Andrzej Bania / SWNS.com)
He added: “It seems to be coming out of a single, central point. Smoke seems to be billowing out of one particular place.”
 
London Fire Brigade said there was no record of any injuries, adding: “We were called at 12.57 and the incident was over for us at 13.48.
 
“It was a lorry which was gutted by fire and the adjacent property windows were damaged by it.
 
“We had three fire engines at the scene.”
Courtesy of mirror.co.uk

SECURITY SCARE Barbican in the City of London cordoned off by armed cops

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Armed police cordoned off a section of Barbican in the City of London
A cordon was in place and the public were being moved from the area.
 
Trains were not stopping at Barbican station, which was closed off as the investigation was underway.
 
A suspect package on a bridge above the station sparked the security scare.
Courtesy of thesun.co.uk

Car hits pedestrians in Islington, London

Police were called at approximately 22:55hrs on Saturday, 25 March to reports of a car in collision with a number of people in Essex Road, Islington N1.
Emergency services help the injured at the scene in Essex Road
A car has hit a number of pedestrians in Islington, north London, leaving four people injured.
 
The collision took place on Essex Road near the Queen’s Head pub on Saturday night at around 10.55pm.
 
Four males aged between 17 and 19 have been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including GBH with intent and possession of points and blades and all remain in custody.
 
Two knives were recovered from the scene, one inside the car, the other close to it.
 
Police said the incident “is not being treated as terrorist related”.
 
Some roads in the area have been closed.
 
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were called at approximately 22:55hrs on Saturday, 25 March to reports of a car in collision with a number of people in Essex Road, N1.
 
“Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene; initial reports state four people are suffering injuries – their condition awaits.
 
“The occupants decamped from the car and fled the scene on foot. One male has been arrested; enquiries continue.
 
“While enquiries into the circumstances continue, this is not being treated as terrorist related. Officers from Islington investigate.”
 
Courtesy of Sky News

Huge Fire In East London, UK

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A car workshop is reportedly completely alight in the blaze @Jediwilt/Twitter
A huge fire broke out on a busy high street in east London, causing a number of buildings to be evacuated.
 
Emergency services rushed to the blaze in Plaistow at about 6pm, as dramatic pictures posted on social media showed plumes of smoke billowing from the area.
 
A car workshop was completely alight as firefighters worked to remove a number of gas cylinders, a spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said.
 
Six fire engines were sent to the scene, she added, and a large police cordon was put in place.
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A large police cordon has been put in place (@Jediwilt/Twitter)
Newham councillor Seyi Akiwowo was driving nearby when the fire broke out.
 
She told the Standard: “I was on my way to a wedding and suddenly I heard all these sirens, police cars, fire engines and ambulances sped past me.
 
“A police car stopped in front of me and told people not to go any further.
 
“There were lots of people around, locals and West Ham fans who were just leaving the game. I immediately thought this is serious.”
 
She added on Twitter: “Fire in Plaistow! Was caught in between several police cars and ambulance vehicles. Be safe!!”
 
Sebastian Cadena, 18, said: “I was in an Uber and was going through Plaistow and saw around 20 ambulances and fire trucks with so many roads closed off, all of the locals where outside.
 
“It took around 20 mins just to get through Plaistow.
 
“When I went past it had settled down a little but there was still smoke and some ash in the surrounding area.”
 
A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called just before 6pm to reports of a fire at Shaftesbury Point, just off the High Street.
 
“Officers and the London Fire Brigade are at the scene and a number of buildings have been evacuated.
 
“Road closures have been put in place.”
 
He added that no one is thought to have been injured in the fire.
Courtesy of standard.co.uk

Massive fire sparks dramatic evacuation over explosion fears at an industrial park in Dagenham, UK

The blaze took several hours to extinguish
Firefighters staged a dramatic evacuation at an industrial park in east London after a gas cylinder was in danger of exploding, putting nearby residents at risk.
 
Forty-three people were evacuated from their homes after the fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at the site in Kemp Avenue, Dagenham.
 
The blaze, which started at about 3am, damaged a car repair workshop that had two metal containers attached to it.
 
A small part of the workshop and the whole of both containers was destroyed, while eight cars were also damaged.
 
Nobody was injured in the incident, the London Fire Brigade said.
 
A 50m safety cordon was put in place while firefighters cooled a gas cylinder, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.
 
The cylinder and another unaffected by the blaze were later removed from the scene.
 
Station Manager John Fahey who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters worked hard to quickly deal with the risk caused by the gas cylinder, so those who had been evacuated from nearby properties could return to their homes as soon as possible.”
 
The cause of the fire is under investigation, the brigade said.
Courtesy of standard.co.uk

Amazing lightning storms struck Southern parts of the UK last night

Andrew Lanxon Hoyle tweeted this picture in Ealing, west London, saying: 'There is one hell of a lightning storm over London'
Andrew Lanxon Hoyle tweeted this picture in Ealing, west London, saying: ‘There is one hell of a lightning storm over London’
Massive lightning bolts were seen hitting the Isle of Wight last night as a 'megastorm' swept in to the south coast
Massive lightning bolts were seen hitting the Isle of Wight last night as a ‘megastorm’ swept in to the south coast
Chris Nesbit captured dozens of lightning bolts with a two-minute exposure in the New Forest. Nearby Swanage received half its monthly rainfall in just one hour and the area was hit by 66 lightning strikes a minute at the height of the storm
Chris Nesbit captured dozens of lightning bolts with a two-minute exposure in the New Forest. Nearby Swanage received half its monthly rainfall in just one hour and the area was hit by 66 lightning strikes a minute at the height of the storm
Lighting struck above Canary Wharf  in the early hours of this morning, but many woke up to pleasant and misty conditions today
Lighting struck above Canary Wharf in the early hours of this morning, but many woke up to pleasant and misty conditions today
Amateur photographer Daryll Davies captured multiple  lightning strikes in just a two minute exposure in Bournemouth
Amateur photographer Daryll Davies captured multiple lightning strikes in just a two minute exposure in Bournemouth
Rhiannon Watson posted this image of lightning over Canary Wharf and said her husband took the spectacular shot 
Rhiannon Watson posted this image of lightning over Canary Wharf and said her husband took the spectacular shot
Spectacular displays of lightning and lit up the skies in London for several hours, pictured is several bolts over Canary Wharf 
Spectacular displays of lightning and lit up the skies in London for several hours, pictured is several bolts over Canary Wharf 
Pictured today in the early hours of Saturday morning 4/7/15 is a lightning storm passing over the south coast, viewed from Fareham, Hampshire with the storm approx 30 miles away with the M27 in the foreground\n\nPlease credit: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com\n\nStandard reproduction rates apply, contact Paul Jacobs to arrange payment - 07923 866166, pictureexclusive@gmail.com\n
Electrical storm seen passing over the south coast last night, captured from Fareham, Hampshire, with the M27 in the foreground
A helmsman at RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station based at Victoria Embankment captured this image of the lightning 
A helmsman at RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station based at Victoria Embankment captured this image of the lightning
The Met Office said the electronically active storm was caused by  the heatwave, pictured is lightning over a bridge on the River Thames
The Met Office said the electronically active storm was caused by the heatwave, pictured is lightning over a bridge on the River Thames
Phillip Didd captured this image of lightning from south London which shows Crystal Palace transmitting station
Phillip Didd captured this image of lightning from south London which shows Crystal Palace transmitting station
Toml shared this image of a bolt of lightning hitting Blackheath in Greenwich as the stormed raged last night 
Toml shared this image of a bolt of lightning hitting Blackheath in Greenwich as the stormed raged last night
Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Severe storm unleashes it’s might in London, Canada

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Weather experts will be in the London region to investigate Saturday’s fast and furious storm. 
 
As a result of a wicked Saturday afternoon storm, tree branches were down, some trees uprooted and a roof was blown off a three-storey walk-up in east London.
 
Experts will be sent in to look at the damage to see if a tornado touched down in the region, said Alyssa Young, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
 
There were no initial reports of injuries, but there were power lines down north of the city, near Bryanston,
 
“This particular storm started in lower Michigan and made its way to Sarnia, then London, Cambridge and to Lake Ontario,” Young said.
 
“On our radar, it showed up as a strong thunderstorm.”
 
Hydro One reported several hundred power outages north and west of London.
 
An apartment building, near Huron and Highbury, had its roof blown off.
 
The storm had emergency workers busy detouring traffic and helping remove trees from power lines.
 
Sunday will be cold, with a high of 10 C, usually a seasonal low amid 22 C temperatures, Young said.
 
“The temperatures should recover when we start the work week, and then get warmer as the week goes along,” she said.
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A small walk-up apartment building at 149 Godfrey Ave. in London had its roof blown off in Saturday’s storm, leaving the upper floor apartments exposed to the constant rain on Sunday. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network
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New Ontario Road between London and Parkhill (Diana Senese via Facebook)
Mark Street near Huron and Cheapside in London (Kayleen LG via Facebook)
Near Huron and McNay in London (Mzlah Lah via Facebook)
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Freak three-minute snow storm hits workers on lunch breaks in central London, UK

Freak storm: snow falling outside the Liberty department store (Picture: ‏@bethsquires)
Workers enjoying their lunch breaks were surprised by a freak snow shower in central London this afternoon.
 
The three minute hail storm saw people running for cover and putting up their umbrellas as icy snowflakes fell from the sky.
 
Pictures of the bizarre weather were posted on social media, which showed the snow falling in Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Conduit Street and other central London spots.
 
Beth Squires tweeted: “Bizarre sunny snowstorm on Regent Street.”
 
Jonathan Andrew Hume, who plays Simba in the West End production of the Lion King, wrote: “Sun and snow at the same time. Really London?! That’s ridiculous weather. Make your mind up!” 
 
The freak storm follows reports from the Met Office that warmer weather is on the way for Spring.
 
Forecasters predict there will be be drier and brighter conditions for most of the south east, while the weekend is likely to see a transition to milder weather.
 
The sunny spell is expected to continue to Easter, where temperatures could peak at 21C.
 
A spokesman said there could be occasional outbreaks of rain, but temperatures were “likely to be slightly above average by day”.
Courtesy of The Standard