Friday, October 24, 2014

Milton Keynes MPs call for ex-mayor to resign as councillor “with immediate effect”

Disgraced ex-mayor Subhan Shafiq should resign immediately, according to city MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster.
The two Tories have called upon the councillor to step down, following a Citizen investigation linking him to an alleged immigration racket which provides false documents for foreign workers.

Mr Shafiq has faced repeated calls to resign since August when it emerged he had personally recommended a convicted rapist to be a city cabbie.

The city MPs said in a joint statement: “Holding elected office is a privilege that should be held with integrity, and we have been fortunate to have had excellent councillors from all political parties and some have represented residents over many years.

“In light of the latest allegations against the former mayor, and the ongoing reputational damage it is causing to both Milton Keynes and the council, we believe that he should resign his position as a ward councillor with immediate effect - not least to give himself and his family the opportunity to respond to allegations away from the public spotlight.”

Mr Shafiq was elected as councillor four years ago and became Mayor in May, but his downfall began three months later.

A whistleblower wrote a letter to the leader of the council Peter Marland revealing Mr Shafiq had given a reference for his friend, Nadeem Kiani, to receive a taxi licence.

After having his licence approved by the licensing sub-committee chaired by Councillor Stuart Burke, the convicted sex offender went on to drive a taxi in the city for three years.

Mr Shafiq resigned from his position of mayor as the scandal broke, but him and the other councillors involved in the decision have remained defiant against resigning.

The MPs added they were concerned Milton Keynes’ reputation has been “significantly damaged” by the taxi scandal.

They said: “Residents were put in potential danger due to the poor judgement of a few councillors past and present.

“We have been consistent in our view that the individuals concerned should question their conscience and consider their positions as elected councillors.”

As reported by the Citizen last month, the Milton Keynes MPs welcomed plans for new national guidelines for the licensing of taxi and private hire vehicles.

They wrote to the Minister of State for Transport to address the “poor judgement” of committee members and Mr Shafiq and called for a national policy to stop varying standards of taxi licensing in England and Wales.

Mr Stewart, MP for MK South, and Mr Lancaster, MP for MK North, said: “Milton Keynes is a fantastic, vibrant and ambitious city that has a proud record of political parties working together in the interests of residents.

“It is important that we pull together and move forward from this difficult period and ensure that the actions of a few are not allowed to destroy the reputation of the many excellent and diligent Milton Keynes councillors.”

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Over 20 investigations into honor-based violence and forced marriage in the Cambridge area alone in one year

This is the Britain that David Cameron, Theresa May, Tony Blair et al have made. This is the Britain that British voters have chosen by not throwing out these clueless and compromised hacks and demanding more of their political elites. This is the Britain that British authorities made when they heeded the claims of the establishment Left — Nick Lowles, Matt Collins, Fiyaz Mughal, etc. — that to stand up against these largely Muslim practices would be “racist” and “bigoted” and “Islamophobic.” This is the Britain the British government chose when it decided that instead of standing up against jihad terror, Sharia and Islamic supremacism, it would demonize, hound, stigmatize and destroy all those who dared to oppose these things.
“REVEALED: Harrowing honour-based violence and forced marriage investigations in Cambridge area,” by Raymond Brown, CambridgeNews, October 23, 2014
MORE than 20 investigations have been launched over allegations of honour-based violence and forced marriage in the Cambridge area in one year, it has been revealed.
The Cambridgeshire Constabulary was the second force in the country to launch a hotline for victims of the crime in 2007 and has since dealt with some harrowing incidents.
In one case, a young girl was removed against her will from one country to another and forced into marriage. She was rescued from the situation and made safe.
Another woman in an arranged marriage was mentally abused by her husband before she contacted the force. Officers helped her to flee with her children to a place of safety.
Force chiefs said honour-based crimes can be complex and often go unreported because some victims do not feel they can approach the police.
Last year, the constabulary recorded a combined total of 23 incidents and crimes involving alleged honour-based violence but only one charge was made which resulted in a conviction. There were five incidents and crimes regarding forced marriage but no charges were made.
Police are calling on victims of the crime to come forward and ask for help.
A force spokesman said: “Although we don’t have many incidents of honour-based violence or forced marriage in Cambridgeshire, we take it very seriously and have specially trained officers within our Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit.
“We also have a dedicated hotline which victims can call to report incidents or get help and support.”
The Cambridgeshire Constabulary Choice hotline was launched in June 2007 to support victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage and is run by specially trained detectives during the hours of 8am-10pm.
Out of these hours victims can contact 101 or in an emergency, always dial 999.
Following the launch of the hotline, calls to detectives about honour-based violence and forced marriage more than doubled, from an average of six calls per month to 20 calls per month…

Man, 26, Charged With Terrorism Offences

A 26-year-old man has been remanded in custody after being charged with the preparation of terrorism acts.
Tuhin Shanesha, from Southsea, Portsmouth, who was charged under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.
The bearded, pony-tailed defendant spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
Prosecutor Mark Dawson told the court: "The defendant is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism, which is an indictable only offence.
"I therefore invite the court to send the matter to the Central Criminal Court, where the first realistic date is November 14."
District Judge John Zani sent the case to the Old Bailey.
Shanesha was one of four people arrested as part of a number of warrants executed across Hampshire and London by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (Sectu) on 14 October.
A 23-year-old man and 23-year-old woman remain in police custody.
A woman, aged 29, from Greenwich, was released without charge.

Terror Suspect 'Hid Bomb-Making Guide'

A law student accused of targeting Tony and Cherie Blair and plotting a Mumbai-style attack had a bomb-making guide hidden in his phone case, a court has heard.
Erol Incedal, 26, from South London, also had the black flag of IS as the screensaver on his iPhone mobile phone, the jury at the Old Bailey trial was told.
A micro SD memory card had been wrapped in masking tape and hidden in the cover of the phone, DC Stephen Ball told the court.
He said the card had two documents, one called "Bomb-Making" and the other "The Car Bomb Recognition Guide".
Those files had been downloaded at 2.28 am on 6 September and disguised in files labelled as shisha pipe flavours, including "smoking watermelon, grape and mint” and "good stuff", DC Ball added.
The car bomb document opened with the words: "In the name of Allah the most merciful and beneficent, peace and blessings be upon the leader of the mujahideen [holy warriors]. The Islamic Centre has the pleasure in providing a blessed course in vehicle explosives."
Incedal had used the phone to search the internet for images of IS fighters in military uniform and read an article on Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda, just hours before police detained him at gunpoint in central London, the court heard.
Incedal was the front seat passenger of a black Mercedes when the car was stopped in Aldgate, central London on 13 October and he was arrested along with Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar.
Other searches revealed a number of "significant items" including a white Versace glasses case with a piece of paper which had an address for a property owned by the Tony and Cherie Blair, police said.
Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, 26, from South London, the driver of the car, has pleaded guilty to possessing the "bomb-making" document  - a charge Incedal denies.
Incedal used his phone just hours before he was arrested to look at a Youtube page for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, another name for IS, which featured "Arabic letters and an image of someone with a scarf around their head," Richard Whittam QC told the court.
He said the defendant also looked at an internet page which featured "the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (IS) helping people with food".
An article from "Before It's News" referred to "Syria ISIL (another name for IS) and FSA rebel clashes kill 50 in Aleppo" - a story about the bloody rivalry between the Islamist group and rival rebels the Free Syrian Army.
Another news story referred to "East Asian fighters for Iraq and as-Sham" and featured images of people in military uniform.
The last search had found a story in which Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda leader, "urges Egypt's Islamists to unite".
Incedal was also listening to Islamic chants called nasheeds on Youtube, including one called "Sing oh Islamic State" and another called "Support Islamic State of Iraq", the jury was told.
He also appeared to have been listening to lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, an influential preacher based with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) who was killed by a US drone in September 2011.
The lectures to referred to "intentions of jihad" and "intentions of martyrs", the court heard.

Muslim convert who shot dead soldier when he stormed Canadian parliament 'communicated with British hate preacher Anjem Choudary on Twitter'

The terror convert who stormed Canada's parliament and shot dead a soldier this week was influenced by the teachings of British hate-preacher Anjem Choudary, it has been claimed.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed his government's headquarters in Ottowa and opened fire on Wednesday morning, gunning down Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father, as he stood guard at the War Memorial.

Zehaf-Bibeau was himself shot dead after passing a room in which Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting lawmakers.

As shockwaves of the attack continued to reverberate around Canada today, a source close to the case told Reuters that the career criminal and drug addict followed the United Kingdom's most notorious radical cleric on Twitter.

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Shop worker subjected to racial abuse after claims newsagent refused to serve soldier

Police outside Alpha News in St Helens
A shop worker said he had suffered racial abuse after his newsagents was accused of refusing to serve soldiers.
Protesters gathered outside Alpha News, in the Hardshaw Centre in St Helens, this morning after the shopkeeper was accused by Duane Fahy of refusing to serve him and another soldier because they were wearing combat uniform.
Mr Fahy posted a photo of the shop on Facebook, which was shared more than 7,000 times before he deleted it this afternoon.
Irfan Patel, who works in the shop, said the two men were not served because they were asking for tobacco and looked under age.
He said the shopkeeper had mistakenly believed he could refuse to serve tobacco to people in uniform, but the shop had since apologised for that.
The shop worker said a woman then offered to buy the cigarettes for the two men and she was served.
A notice in Alpha News, St Helens
A notice in Alpha News, St Helens
Mr Patel said when he came in to work at the shop at about 8am he found about 30 protestors outside.
He said: “A couple were aggressive with me. I’ve had about 20 phone calls from people saying racist abuse.
“The people outside keep calling me racist, but when I try to explain they just won’t listen.
“They had been trying to stop people coming into the shop but the police stopped them from doing that.
“It’s definitely affected business today.”
Mr Fahy wrote on his Facebook page this afternoon: “People I have no choice but to delete my post about me not being served at the shop due to racial and discriminating comments.”
Merseyside Police said hate crime unit Sigma was looking into offensive and threatening comments posted online.
The force said officers were called to the shop at about 11am following reports of a small number of protestors.
A spokesman said: “Police are monitoring the situation and the owner of the business is helping officers with their enquiries.
“Police are also aware of offensive and threatening comments being posted on social media network sites towards this business.
“Although police have not received a report of complaint from the shop, a full investigation into the wider comments being made is underway by the SIGMA team in St Helens. Police are looking into whether any of these comments constitute a criminal offence under the Malicious Communications and Public Order Acts.
“Merseyside Police will continue to use all the available technology and expertise at its disposal to identify people who commit offences on-line and take action under the current laws.
“People should stop and think on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.”
One shopper, who did not want to be named, said: “There were a couple of dozen people just standing out there telling people not to go in.
“There were three or four police officers there as well.”
A spokesman for the Hardman Centre said: “We are aware of allegations that a retailer at The Hardshaw Centre refused to serve a soldier who was in uniform.
“We have investigated these allegations and, having spoken to the shopkeeper in question, we believe this was a genuine error and not the result of any form of discrimination.
“We have been advised that the shopkeeper intends to extend a full apology to the individual involved as soon as possible.”
An Army spokesman said: “The Army is aware of an alleged incident in which it appears two of our soldiers were refused service in a newsagent due to them being in uniform.
“This is disappointing and not representative of the huge amount of public support the Armed Forces continue to receive from the general public.”

Ex-Portsmouth council leader says 'reduce jihadists' sentences'

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson was leader of Portsmouth City Council when six men from the city left to fight with Islamic State last year.
But he said those returning should only get credit if they provide information.
Academic Joseph Carter, from Kings College London, said he was aware of UK fighters having a change of heart.
Two of the six men have since been killed while Mashudur Choudhury returned to the UK.
In May, he became the first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences in connection with the conflict in Syria.
Mashudur ChoudhuryMashudur Choudhury was convicted of terrorist offences in connection with the conflict in Syria
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond recently said UK jihadists who travel to Iraq or Syria to fight could be tried for treason.
Mr Vernon-Jackson, who meets regularly with Portsmouth's Muslim community, said: "They will still go to jail. The law is the law and you can't escape that.
"It depends whether they've had a real change of heart... and are prepared to work actively with our security services."
'Ignorant or confused'
Muslim journalist Dilly Hussain said many were influenced by television and social media images of Muslims suffering under the regime of President Assad.
He said: "Naturally, it will appeal to some disenfranchised, ignorant or confused young Muslims.
"They were seeing on television Syrians being barrel bombed, starved, killed, raped. They felt charity work wasn't enough and wanted to go out there and physically do something to help the oppressed."
Mr Carter, who is researching radicalisation, said: "We've seen a few fighters who've expressed interest in coming back because they say this is not what they bought into.
"They thought they were going to help the Syrian people and they were going to help overthrow Bashar al-Assad. And now you have people from the Islamic Front, Jahbat al-Nusra, and IS fighting each other."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Teenager found dead in river after leaving her home barefoot in December following family row because she couldn't go to university

  • Nida Naseer left her parents' house in Newport, South Wales in December
  • Inquest told she vanished following an argument over 'cultural differences' 
  • The 18-year-old student's body was found in marshland three months later  
  • Inquest hears how her family's asylum claim had been turned down
  • It meant her dreams of going to university lay in tatters, the inquest heard
  • Coroner told it is possible she may have fallen from a bridge into River Usk 
  • But the circumstances surrounding teenager's death remain a mystery
A teenager was found dead in wetlands after leaving her home barefoot in December following a row with her family, an inquest heard.

Nida Naseer vanished from her parents' house in Newport, South Wales, last December after an argument over 'cultural differences'.

The 18-year-old student's body was found in marshland three months later. An inquest at Newport Civic Centre heard that she might have fallen from a bridge into the River Usk.

Nida Naseer vanished from her parents' house in Newport, South Wales, last December after an argument over 'cultural differences'
Nida Naseer vanished from her parents' house in Newport, South Wales, last December after an argument over 'cultural differences'
Nida Naseer's disappearance sparked a nationwide search with her sister Shamyla Naseer (left) and mother Najma Tahir (right) issuing an appeal for information
Nida Naseer's disappearance sparked a nationwide search with her sister Shamyla Naseer (left) and mother Najma Tahir (right) issuing an appeal for information

However, with no confirmed sightings after she disappeared and a post-mortem examination revealing no sign of injuries, and the circumstances surrounding her death remain a mystery.

The coroner heard how Pakistan-born Miss Naseer had been a 'straight grade A student' who wanted to go to university.

But because her family's asylum claim had been turned down - and they would not be able to afford her tuition fees - her degree dreams lay in tatters.

Father Naseer Tahir was in the front room with his grandson on December 28 last year when his daughter suddenly got up and walked out at around 7.10pm.

In a statement read aloud at the hearing, he said: 'There was a disagreement over cultural matters that evening.

'Nida was sat downstairs with me and her nephew when suddenly without warning she got up and left the room.

'As she was not wearing winter clothes or any footwear I thought she must have gone to put something in the bin outside.

Nida Naseer's father Naseer Tahir told the inquest there was a 'disagreement over cultural matters' on the night of her disappearance
Nida Naseer's father Naseer Tahir told the inquest there was a 'disagreement over cultural matters' on the night of her disappearance
'But when she did not return I became anxious.' 

Mortorised wheelchair user Mr Tahir, who sat through the inquest with his young grandson on his lap, then called up to Miss Naseer's sister and brother to go and look for their sibling.

After his family had searched nearby streets for an hour, he went to Newport Central police station as well as the Royal Gwent Hospital in the hope of tracing her - but to no avail.

'I have had no contact with my daughter since she left the house on December 28,' he said.

'I cannot explain why she left the house. The family disagreement would not have been the reason.

'Earlier in the year she had been upset over her inability to pursue her chosen education at university.
'Her disappearance is a complete mystery.'

But despite several emotional public appeals for Miss Naseer to return home, nothing was seen of her until March 27 - when a group of litter-pickers discovered a badly decomposed body on marshland four miles away from Linton Street.

It was later identified by dental records as being Miss Naseer.

Detective Constable Stephen Francis said that, despite numerous appeals for information, no credible sightings of the teenager were ever made.

He added that her disappearance had also been 'totally out of character'. 

Following the discovery of Miss Naseer's body, rivers and tidal expert Dr Robert Francis Allen helped police with their investigation.

The inquest heard that, on the night of Ms Naseer's disappearance, the River Usk had been placed on flood alert - and the nearest access point from Linton Street was Southern Distributor Bridge.

He said: 'It is not possible to determine when, where or how Miss Naseer's body ended up in the water.

'It is possible however to conclude that entry occurred into the River Usk from the vicinity of the Southern Distributor Bridge.

'The natural forces of wind, wave and tides all would have been sufficient to transport the body from start to finish.'

Miss Naseer's claim for asylum was turned down, the inquest heard, meaning they would not be able to afford her tuition fees leaving her degree dreams in tatters
Miss Naseer's claim for asylum was turned down, the inquest heard, meaning they would not be able to afford her tuition fees leaving her degree dreams in tatters
Miss Naseer's claim for asylum was turned down, the inquest heard, meaning they would not be able to afford her tuition fees leaving her degree dreams in tatters

Pathologist Dr Richard Jones said his post-mortem examination into Miss Naseer's death had been 'hampered by decomposition'.

However, he found no evidence of any injuries to her body nor anything which suggested she had been tied up or suffered a fall from a height.

He said: 'It is not possible from the pathology to say how Miss Naseer died, but I have found no evidence to suggest she had been assaulted prior to her death.

'But I am not able to ascertain the medical cause of of Nida's death.'

Recording an open verdict, coroner David Bowen said: 'Police investigations failed to find any evidence as to when, how or in what manner Miss Naseer’s body entered the river. 

'How this happened is pure speculation. And this inquest is not concerned with speculation, it is concerned with the facts.

'Miss Naseer’s father described his daughter’s disappearance as a mystery. From the evidence that I have heard I am satisfied never has such a description been more appropriate.

Luton Crown Court hears how young husband died from a single punch as he stood in queue outside KFC restaurant

LUTON Crown Court heard how young husband who went out with his wife to celebrate her birthday died from a single punch as he stood in a queue for a takeaway restaurant at the end of the night.
Joseph Kent suffered a brain haemorrhage following the punch and collapsed unconscious to the pavement.
At the time, his 22 year old wife Emma was inside the Kentucky Fried Chicken takeaway in Milton Keynes City Centre unaware that her husband had been fatally injured.
She told a jury yesterday (Tuesday) how she was still waiting to get served when her friend came inside to tell her "Joe's been hit."
She said she rushed outside expecting to find him with an injured lip but, as she reached him, he collapsed in front of her.
A jury at Luton crown court was today told that Joseph Kent never regained consciousness and, after being pronounced brain dead two days later, his life support machine was turned off and he died the day before his 25th birthday.
CCTV footage of the moment tattoo artist Mr Kent was struck was played to the jury at the start of the trial of Samir Bostan, 27, who denies his manslaughter.
Ian Wicks prosecuting told how Joseph and his wife Emma were out celebrating her 22nd birthday with family and friends when he was punched outside the Xscape Building in central Milton Keynes.
Mr Kent, his wife and their friends had been in a bar in the building, leaving in the early hours of Sunday morning, January 13 2013, when it was decided they would get something to eat from the nearby takeaway outlets.
The prosecutor said the evening had passed off peacefully, adding "Everyone was in good spirits and there was nothing to foreshadow this was an evening that was to end in violence and tragedy and Joseph Kent losing his life."
In the witness box Mr Kent's widow Emma told the jury she and some others had joined the queue for the KFC restaurant shortly before her husband and his friends arrived.
The jury heard bouncers were letting people in and out of the premises and she was near the defendant and his party came out.
They included Mr Bostan's brother, Tariq, and a friend.
Mrs Kent said one of them pointed to her and at the same time said to the bouncers "Don't let these girls in."
She went on "It was said in a joking way and I said to him 'What's it got to do with you'."
But with that she said the man who had made the remark got close to her face and told her the bouncer was his uncle and he would say who could come in and who couldn't.
She said she told him to go away and he then insulted her, saying "Who the f... do you think you are standing there in your little dress with your little tits."
Mrs Kent said her husband and his friend who was with him, Andrew Curzon-Berners, told the man "You can't talk to her like that."
She said she heard her husband say "You can't talk to my wife like that."
The widow said there was a discussion going on between the men, but it all seemed to die down and she thought "it was over."
Moments later she said a bouncer ushered her into the restaurant and Joe and his friend remained outside in the queue.
She said she was only in there for a minute when a girlfriend found her to tell her that her husband had been hit, and she went outside.
Mr Wicks told the court that following the first exchange of words, the defendant and his group left the queue and made their way towards a nearby taxi rank.
Joseph Kent and Mr Curzon-Berners remained in the queue while Mr Kent's brother Matthew was in a nearby queue for a Subway food shop.
But, said the prosecutor, moments later violence flared when the defendant's brother, Tariq Bostan returned to the queue and began fighting with Mr Curzon-Berners.
Mr Wicks said it was at this point Samir Bostan joined in and was caught on CCTV throwing a number of punches.
"One of these punches struck and killed Joseph Kent," he told the jury.
The prosecutor said that Samir Bostan twice punched Joseph Kent.
The first blow to his face caused him to fall backwards, but he was up straight away and appeared alert, although he was holding his nose.
Mr Wicks said his brother Matthew, who had seen what was happening, rushed over but was immediately knocked out in the fighting that was breaking out.
Moments later he said Joseph Kent, who was not taking part in any of the violence, was suddenly hit by Samir Bostan for a second time.
The prosecutor said the impact to Mr Kent's lower jaw and neck cause a sudden twisting of the neck and head and he suffered a "traumatic sub-arachnoid haemorrhage."
Such a condition said the prosecutor would lead to collapse and rapid death.
He told the jury "The case for the prosecution is that when he punched Joseph Kent he was not acting in self defence."
Mr Wicks told the jury it was the second blow that had resulted in the death of Mr Kent.
The jury were told that, having been struck for a second time, Mr Kent staggered away from the fighting, briefly lent against a metal bollard and then collapsed heavily to the pavement, striking his head.
Members of the public tried to help him before paramedics took over and it was soon realised he was desperately ill.
Efforts were made to get his heartbeat going before he was taken to hospital.
Two days later on January 15 2013 he was pronounced brain dead, said Mr Wicks and the life support system keeping him alive was switched off and he died an short while later.
Mr Bostan, now of Clarkes Spring, Tring in Herts., pleads not guilty to manslaughter.
Case proceeding.

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MI5 and Scotland Yard hold emergency talks over terror threat against Britain in the wake of lone wolf gun attack in Canada

  • Security chiefs held talks over the terror threat to Parliament, PM reveals
  • Comes after a gunman rampaged through Canada's parliament in Ottawa
  • Muslim convert named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed a soldier 
  • He was stopped from killing more by heroic sergeant at arms Kevin Vickers

Security chiefs are holding emergency talks over the terror threat to Parliament and other major landmarks following the lone-wolf gun attack in Canada, David Cameron revealed today.

The heads of MI5 and Scotland Yard met this morning to review 'the security of institutions in central London', the Prime Minister said.

It came after a gunman rampaged through Canada's parliament in Ottawa before being shot dead by the heroic sergeant at arms Kevin Vickers.

David Cameron said Britons needed to remain in a state of 'permanent vigilance'
David Cameron said Britons needed to remain in a state of 'permanent vigilance'

Muslim convert named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed a soldier at the city's war memorial before launching his attack on the parliament.

Mr Cameron today urged the British public to maintain 'permanent vigilance' in the face of the global terror threat.

But he said: 'Meetings are taking place to ensure we have all the angles covered.'

Mr Cameron, speaking to the BBC's Asian Network, said: 'I was in a meeting with the Metropolitan Police commissioner and the head of MI5 when the news about Ottawa broke.

'They immediately reassured me that they had been looking at the security of institutions in central London but they would look again to see if there was more that can be done.

'Those meetings are this morning. But from every- thing I see I know we are taking steps across the board to meet the threats we face as a country.'

He said the outrage in Ottawa 'shows that we have to be permanently vigilant against this sort of terrorist threat'.

The UK's terror threat level was raised from 'substantial' to 'severe' — meaning an attack is highly likely — in late August amid fears of a terrorist strike linked to Islamic State or another extremist group.

Parliament's joint security committee will meet shortly. Its chairman Greg Hands told the Standard: 'I'm sure Canada and what happened there will feature in our discussions.

'It's no secret the Canadian Parliament and UK Parliament are two of the most similar legislatures, both in operation and physical building.'

Guidance to people working at Westminster on what to do if gunmen get into one of the buildings may also be updated and re-sent.

Commons authorities have previously advised that if there is a terror attack on Parliament people should try to get fully away rather than hide in offices.

Commons Leader William Hague told MPs he is to send a message of solidarity from the British Parliament to Canada. Labour leader Ed Miliband also said in a speech at Rochester, Kent: 'We stand in solidarity with the Canadian people.'

Security chiefs are concerned that the Houses of Parliament in London will be the target of a copycat attackIn Canada, the country's MPs today hailed sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers after his swift actions put a stop to the attacker's hail of gunfire.

Mr Vickers, a 58-year-old former Canadian Mountie, shot the assailant.

Vickers has been the House of Commons' head of security since 2005 and will now go down in history as one of its most memorable after he bravely pursued and took down Zehaf-Bibeau.

Despite working for the police for three decades, relatives said the incident was the first time in his career that Vickers had ever shot anyone.

Riveting video taken inside Ottawa's House of Commons makes startlingly real just how heart-thumpingly dangerous the situation was that Vickers heroically diffused.

A rush of armed police can be seen running toward an unseen suspect as the video from Globe and Mail opens.

At the head of the pack is a man moving swiftly with his gun in hand toward Zehaf-Bibeau, who had moments before murdered a reservist who stood guard at Canada's Tomb of the Unknown soldier.

The death of that man, a 24-year-old father of a young son, Nathan Cirillo, would soon be avenged as Vickers takes aim inside the cavernous parliamentary building and fires off multiple shots.

As those shots echo throughout the hall, the video goes wobbly as the men behind their leader Vickers move for cover.

'MPs and Hill staff owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms,' tweeted New Democrat MP Craig Scott.

Taxi firm in Rochdale offers white drivers on demand after two of Pakistani origin were jailed for sex-grooming of girls in town

  • Minicab firm Car 2000 says customers are asking for white or 'local' drivers 
  • Firm bought out Eagle Taxis which was at the centre of grooming scandal
  • Two drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for part in sex trafficking & rape
  • Labour MP Simon Danczuk has branded development 'extremely worrying'
Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town.

The firm, which bought out Eagle Taxis - a company at the centre of the grooming scandal, has revealed that many customers were asking for white or ‘local’ drivers, it was reported last night.

Taxi company: Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 (pictured) is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town
Taxi company: Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 (pictured) is offering the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town

Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development ‘extremely worrying’ but the council said Car 2000 was doing nothing wrong.

The firm’s boss, Stephen Campbell, manager of Car 2000, told the Guardian: ‘We have had quite a lot of customers requesting what they call a local driver.

‘A bit insane if you consider that most of the [Asian] lads were born in Rochdale. But it’s a business and we have got a duty to do what the customer asks us to.

'Wake-up call': Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development 'extremely worrying'
'Wake-up call': Simon Danczuk, the town’s Labour MP, branded the development 'extremely worrying'
‘I don’t think we can discriminate against the customer in the same way. It is a business at the end of the day. We have a large bank loan to pay back.’

Mr Campbell said around 20 drivers had left Eagle Taxis after the two drivers were prosecuted. 

He added: ‘One of them got a knife held to his throat, one of them had his car smashed up.’
Mr Campbell said the exodus cost him an estimated £40,000 - 30 per cent of the firm’s annual profit: ‘It was devastating.’

He said: ‘The Asian drivers are harder working, they do what they are asked and they don’t complain about it. 

'If the public could actually see these [Asian] people close up and see what they are about, I don’t think they would be asking for white drivers.

‘We do get a lot of customers ringing up and asking us for a particular Asian guy as well.’

But he said customers who had asked for a white driver might have to wait as long as 20 minutes -compared with the average wait of three minutes.

Mr Danczuk said: ‘This is extremely worrying and a stark reminder of the impact grooming scandals have had on northern towns. 

It must act as a wake-up call to politicians who just pretend tensions like this don’t exist and bury their heads in the sand.’

Mark Widdup, of Rochdale Council, said: ‘There is currently nothing in the conditions of their licence which state that they cannot operate such a policy, just as some firms choose to offer customers only female drivers.’

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