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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 

Paris attack UPDATE: Two French police officers ‘killed’ by gunman

An eyewitness has described a man getting out of a car and opening fire “with a Kalashnikov” on the Champs-Elysees.
 
Two police officers have reportedly been killed in Paris by a gunman who was then shot dead.
 
The attacker is believed to have deliberately targeted the officers and was known to security services.
 
The officers were shot outside a Marks and Spencer store on the Champs-Elysees – one of the French capital’s main shopping streets and an area popular with tourists.
Police vehicles seen on the Champs-Elysees, near the Arc de Tiomphe
Police vehicles along the Champs-Elysees, near the Arc De Triomphe
Security has been tight in the country, coming just days before the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday.
 
An eyewitness said the gunman got out of a car and began shooting “with a Kalashnikov”.
 
Police said one of the officers who was killed was in a car which had been stopped at a red light by the attacker.
 
The gunman opened fire as the officers were guarding an area near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station on Thursday night.
 
Despite the attacker being killed, police are still on high alert and officers have been seen pointing their weapons at members of public as they clear the area.
Famous Paris street comes to a standstill after a police officer is shot
Emergency services at the scene of the attack
Authorities are now searching the home of the gunman in the east of Paris.
 
An interior ministry spokesman said it was too early to say what the motive was for the attack.
 
It is not known whether it was terror-related.
 
But the shooting could have been an attempt at an armed robbery, according to police sources.
 
Many police vehicles can be seen on the famous avenue.
Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees
Police officers block access to the Champs-Elysees
A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man’s body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police.
 
Sky’s Mark White said: “Two men were arrested a few days ago with an arsenal of weapons. And that there was a concern that an attack was being planned to coincide with the French election.”
 
He added: “The real concern as far as the authorities are concerned, given that we had arrests two days ago and now what looks to be terrorist-related incident is we may be experiencing a wave or some kind of coordinated effort to disrupt the French elections.”
 
The police investigation of these individuals led them to believe that a planned terrorist attack was due to take place imminently.
 
US President Donald Trump said the shooting resembled recent terrorist attacks.
 
He said: “First of all, our condolences from our country to the people of France. Again, it is happening, it seems.
 
“It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I have been saying it for a long time.”
Courtesy of Sky News

Suspect held as ‘bomb-like device’ found in Oslo, Norway

Police in Oslo, Norway
Police in Oslo, Norway. Pic: File
 
A “bomb-like device” has been discovered in central Oslo, according to Norwegian police.
 
A suspect has been arrested and is in custody.
 
A large area has been cordoned off following the security alert, reports say.
 
The incident comes a day after Sweden was hit by a terror attack, when a lorry was driven at shoppers in the capital Stockholm, killing four people.
 
“We have cordoned off a large area when we have found a bomb-like object. We’ll be back with more,” Oslo police wrote on Twitter.
 
They later updated with: “We have no control on the spot, and are now awaiting until necessary investigations are concluded.”
 
“We have control of a person with a status of a suspect,” they added.
Courtesy of Sky News

UK airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert after ‘credible’ cyber threat

UK airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert after 'credible' cyber threat
Intelligence experts are warning airports and nuclear power plants to tighten their defences against terror attacks. (Picture: Getty Images)
Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been placed on a terror alert following increased threats to electronic security systems.
 
Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning airports and nuclear power plants to tighten their defences against terror attacks.
 
Intelligence agencies fear ISIS and other terrorist groups could have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones which can bypass airport security screening methods, the Telegraph reports.
UK airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert after 'credible' cyber threat
ISIS and other terrorist groups may have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones which can bypass airport security screening methods, experts fear (Picture: Getty Images)
Last month, Britain and the US banned travellers from a number of countries carrying laptops and large electronic devices on board.
 
They also fear terrorists, foreign spies and hackers could try to break into nuclear power station security systems.
 
Jesse Norman, the energy minister, said nuclear plants must ensure they ‘remain resilient to evolving cyber threats’.
 
Mr Norman told the paper: ‘The Government is fully committed to defending the UK against cyber threats, with a £1.9 billion investment designed to transform this country’s cyber security.’
UK airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert after 'credible' cyber threat
Terrorists, foreign spies and hackers could also try to break into nuclear power station security systems. (Picture: Getty Images)
Terrorists are feared to have developed the technology after getting hold of airport screening equipment allowing them to experiment.
 
FBI experts have tested how explosives can be hidden inside laptop battery compartments so that it can still be turned on.
 
They are said to have concluded that the technique would be achievable using everyday equipment.
UK airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert after 'credible' cyber threat
Terrorists are feared to have developed the technology after getting hold of airport screening equipment allowing them to experiment. (Picture: Getty Images)
In a statement, the US Department of Homeland Security said: ‘Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in electronics.
 
‘The US government continually reassesses existing intelligence and collects new intelligence.
Courtesy of http://metro.co.uk

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

Barbican
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