The Whitehall suspect is taken into a police car after he is arrested.
A woman has been shot by police and four people were arrested during an anti-terror operation in north west London and Kent. Armed officers entered a property in Harlesden Road, Willesden, shortly before 7pm on Thursday evening. As part of the operation, four people have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences.
Police are questioning a man who was arrested just yards from Downing Street on suspicion of preparing a terror attack. The man, who was allegedly carrying a rucksack containing knives, was pushed to the ground as he was detained by armed officers in a swoop in Whitehall. Images from the scene showed three knives on the ground close to a brown rucksack, and an officer in forensic overalls could be seen taking photographs of the knives.
Brexit could trigger a bigger slump than the 2008 financial crash, the Liberal Democrats' veteran economic guru Sir Vince Cable is claiming. Speaking as he launches his campaign to win back his Twickenham seat in the general election, he is predicting a "second economic storm". Sir Vince, 73, who was business secretary in the 2010-15 coalition government, is credited by supporters with warning of the first global financial crisis as long ago as 2003.
Alexander Blackman, who had his sentence reduced for shooting dead an injured Taliban fighter, has been released from prison. The former Royal Marine, who spent more than three years in prison for killing the injured insurgent in Afghanistan in 2011, left Erlestoke Prison, near Devizes, Wiltshire, just before 12.20am. The judges ruled that Blackman was suffering from an "abnormality of mental functioning" at the time of the shooting, when he was serving in Afghanistan with Plymouth-based 42 Commando.
LONDON, (Reuters) April 28 - - British consumers were their most gloomy in four months in April as they weighed up the outlook for the economy and their finances ahead of Brexit and June's general election. GfK said it had not seen any evidence that consumers were turning a lot more downbeat but it highlighted pessimism about the economic outlook. Prime Minister Theresa May pitched her surprise announcement of a June 8 national election as a chance to strengthen her hand in talks on leaving the European Union.
Vauxhall showed a "reckless disregard for safety" by not stopping drivers using cars it knew were a fire risk, according to MPs. The car manufacturer was "too slow to begin a full investigation", said a report from the Commons Transport Select Committee. MPs also concluded that Vauxhall was "too quick" to attribute the fires to improper repairs.
(Reuters) - British police said officers shot a woman and arrested four other people in London and nearby Kent during a counter-terrorism investigation on Thursday. All four people were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts, metropolitan police said in a statement, adding that the incident was not connected to the arrest in Whitehall, where a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism. Police did not release the names of the five people, who the police said had been under observation by counter-terrorism officers as part of an ongoing intelligence led operation.
A woman has been shot by police and four people arrested as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism operation in London and Kent.
British lawmakers should campaign to make the energy market more competitive instead of pushing "ill-considered" regulation, the head of Britain's energy lobby group said, days after the ruling Conservative Party promised an energy price cap. The party of Prime Minister Theresa May, campaigning to broaden its majority in a June 8 snap election, has said it would cap domestic energy tariffs, responding to voter discontent about energy bills that have doubled over the past decade. The pledge sent the stocks of Britain's two biggest energy suppliers, Centrica and SSE , down by as much as 5 percent earlier this week as a price cap would hurt their revenue.
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A special U.K. Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up in 2010 spent over 1.2 billion pounds ($1.55 bln) but failed to deliver value for patients or society and may have caused unnecessary suffering, an analysis has found. Specialists looked at 29 cancer medicines approved for funding by the CDF in January 2015 for 47 specific cancer conditions and found only 38 percent were based on data showing the drugs were likely to help patients live longer. "From 2010 when it started to 2016 when it closed, the Cancer Drugs Fund cost the UK taxpayer a total of 1.27 billion pounds, the equivalent of one year's total spend on all cancer drugs in the NHS," said Ajay Aggarwal, an oncologist at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
European leaders may be preparing to recognise a united Ireland, in a declaration that would pave the way for the north to swiftly rejoin the European Union. At their first Brexit summit on Saturday, the EU’s 27 leaders are expected to discuss a text stating that if Ireland unified, the north would automatically become part of the EU. The inclusion of the text is a victory for the Irish government, which had pressed for the inclusion of a “GDR clause”, a reference to the integration of the former east German state into the European Community after the fall of the Berlin wall.
A teenager has admitted plotting a 9/11 anniversary bomb attack - possibly targeting an Elton John concert in Hyde Park. Haroon Syed, 19, was caught chatting online with a British Security Service officer who posed as a fellow extremist willing to help him source weapons for the attack. Syed, from Hounslow, west London, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to a charge of preparation of terrorist acts between April and September last year after a last-ditch attempt to get his case thrown out failed.
If only the Ten Network could monetise its swag of TV Week Logie awards it wouldn’t be on the verge of collapse. Sunday night at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Ten won over and over again – for its entertainment program Have You Been Paying Attention?, news panel show The Project and its co-host Waleed Aly, local drama The Wrong Girl, lifestyle show The Living Room and even for Gogglebox Australia which is co-produced with Foxtel. What the Ten CEO, Paul Anderson, needs now is more money from billionaires Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer, who already have a $200m debt facility with the network which is due to expire in December.
M&S is to trial an online grocery shopping service to deliver food to customers' homes for the first time. The retailer's boss Steve Rowe said it needed to be ready to respond to changing shopping habits. M&S has overhauled its online offering in recent years but has until now fought shy of making its food offering available on the internet.
By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp reported quarterly sales that just missed Wall Street's expectations, hurt by a slight cooling in spending growth by customers in its core U.S. market, sending shares down 4.4 percent in extended trading on Thursday. The world's biggest coffee chain said net revenue was up 6 percent to $5.3 billion (£4.10 billion) for the fiscal second quarter, falling short of the $5.4 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The average amount spent per order was up 4 percent in the United States for the quarter ended April 2, versus the 5 percent gain in the prior quarter. Kevin Johnson, who this month succeeded Howard Schultz as chief executive officer, said the company is on track to deliver stronger results.
NHS leaders are urging Theresa May to give the health service an emergency cash injection of £25bn before 2020 or risk a decline in the quality of care for patients and lengthening delays for treatment. An influential group representing NHS trusts says that the care provided by hospitals and GP surgeries will suffer over the next few years unless the prime minister provides an £5bn a year for the next three years – and a further £10bn of capital for modernising equipment and buildings. NHS Providers is preparing to release its own manifesto next week, calling on the Conservatives and Labour to end what it calls the austerity funding of the health service.
By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Armed British police officers arrested a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office in London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism. The 27-year-old man was detained by counter-terrorism officers on Parliament Street, a stone's throw from the parliament building, May's Downing Street office and government departments, during a stop-and-search in an ongoing security operation, police said. A Western security source said the man, from London, was on the radar of counter-terrorism officers and the domestic intelligence agency MI5 before his arrest.
Theresa May laid bare the Conservatives’ ambitions to capture some of Labour’s most historic seats in England in a speech on Thursday night, telling voters in Leeds to put aside their traditional allegiances and vote “in the national interest”. The prime minister told the rally of Conservative campaigners that she needed every vote as a mandate for the difficulties ahead in the Brexit negotiations, citing the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on the UK’s “illusions” about the process. In a sign of the Conservatives’ bullishness about their chances in Labour’s northern heartlands, May told voters in Harehills that it was the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on the ballot, not the traditional party.
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, which are being examined by forensic officers. The suspect was known to police prior to his arrest, according to Sky sources.