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UK to introduce tougher jail terms for convicted terrorists after London Bridge attack

UK to introduce tougher jail terms for convicted terrorists after London Bridge attackBritain will introduce tougher jail sentences for convicted terrorists and will end early release as part of a series of measures to strengthen its response to terrorism, the government said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to make changes after an attack near London Bridge in November in which Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, killed two people. Khan had been sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison in 2012 with a requirement that the parole board assess his danger to the public before release.



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London Bridge terrorist was upgraded to a 'high risk' category A prisoner after threats to staff

London Bridge terrorist was upgraded to a 'high risk' category A prisoner after threats to staffLondon Bridge terrorist Usman Khan was upgraded to a “high risk” category A prisoner after making threats to senior prison staff, The Telegraph can reveal. Prison officials increased the convicted terrorist’s threat level in prison from “standard risk” after he breached security and put staff in danger.  Only the most serious offenders have such a classification, requiring a constant watch and armed police escort when moved from prison. Prison sources claim it was one of a number of incidents including violence early on during the eight years he served for a terror plot to blow up the London stock exchange. He remained “high risk” until released on licence from Woodhill high security jail last December into the hands of probation and police who were responsible for supervising him in the community. The disclosure challenges suggestions he was consistently a model prisoner who had reformed his beliefs, ultimately resulting in him being allowed to go unescorted to a prisoner rehabilitation conference at London Bridge where he stabbed to death two Cambridge University graduates. Profile | Who was Usman Khan? It also raises further questions about the system that allowed him to be automatically released halfway through his 16-year sentence without any assessment of his threat to the public by the parole board. A Government source said: “There was some concern at the start over his behaviour. Threats were made and he was moved to high risk category A. He was on that to the end. For the vast majority of his sentence, particularly towards the end, there was not a problem – no violence, no threats.” Prison sources said it was significant he remained “high risk” through his jail term and questioned whether adequate controls were put in place to protect the public when he was released. “High risk is for the most serious criminals and being raised to that level only happens if there are security implications,” said a source.  “He wasn’t a model prisoner, he was involved in violence and moved from cat A prison to cat A prison but he was apparently receptive to every rehabilitation course. He did everything that was asked of him. “It looks to me that he has played the system, giving the impression that he is reformed and rehabilitated but, like a sleeper cell, waited for the opportunity to grab a headline for the jihadis. Usman Khan’s route of terror “The prison service had no option. The law states that an offender on a determinate sentence as he was has to be released halfway through his jail term.” The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said police, probation and the security services would have received a full report on his time in prison before his release including the upgrading to “high risk.” Boris Johnson has pledged to end the automatic release of serious offenders halfway through sentences and impose longer jail terms. Terrorists responsible for more serious offences also face minimum 14 year sentences under his proposed crackdown. Yesterday an inquest heard that London Bridge terror attack victims Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, both died after suffering a stab wound to the chest and “shock and haemorrhaging.” Ms Jones was pronounced dead half an hour after the attack by Khan just before 1pm at the Learning Together conference in Fishmonger’s Hall at London Bridge they had all been attending. Mr Merritt was moved from the scene to nearby King William Street where he was pronounced dead more than an hour after the attack at 3.14pm, despite efforts to save him. The inquest was told he was moved because the area had been cordoned off and evacuated, as it wasn't clear if the public was still in danger. Both were working with Learning Together,  a prison education and rehabilitation programme which aims to bring  together academics and former prisoners for interactive workshops. Three others were injured in the attack.



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2 of the men who took down the London Bridge terrorist were convicted felons, including a murderer in the final stages of his sentence

2 of the men who took down the London Bridge terrorist were convicted felons, including a murderer in the final stages of his sentenceA group of civilians including James Ford and Marc Conway fought off London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, and detained him until police arrived.



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Driver arrested after 39 found dead in truck near London

Driver arrested after 39 found dead in truck near LondonBritish police found the bodies of 39 people inside a truck at an industrial estate near London on Wednesday and said they had arrested the driver on suspicion of murder. The discovery of the bodies – 38 adults and one teenager – was made in the early hours after emergency services were alerted to people in a truck container on an industrial site in Grays, about 20 miles (32 km) east of central London. Police said the trailer had arrived at nearby docks having travelled from Zeebrugge in Belgium and the bodies were found just over an hour later.



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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, minus beard, appears in London court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, minus beard, appears in London courtWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a London court on Monday for a hearing on whether he should be extradited to the United States to face spying charges. Australian-born Assange made international headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff. WikiLeaks angered Washington by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables that laid bare critical U.S. appraisals of world leaders, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to members of the Saudi royal family.



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Jeffrey Epstein victim says Prince Andrew bought her vodka at a London club when she was 17 before having sex with her

Jeffrey Epstein victim says Prince Andrew bought her vodka at a London club when she was 17 before having sex with herVirginia Roberts Giuffre, who has accused Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking her, explained how the late financier's close associate Ghislaine Maxwell coerced her into having sex with Prince Andrew of Britain.



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HK activists, Beijing supporters demonstrate in London

HK activists, Beijing supporters demonstrate in LondonDemonstrators backing the democracy activists in Hong Kong marched in London on Saturday, as counter-protesters staged a rival rally. Protesters supporting the activists paraded banners reading “Will Britain hold China to its promise on Hong Kong’s freedom?”, “Power to the people: stand with Hong Kong” and “Will Boris surrender to China?”, referring to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Others said “The only place I want pepper is in my noodle soup”, “SOS: please save Hong Kong” and “No China extradition”.



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Family seeks more answers to London teen's death in Malaysia

Family seeks more answers to London teen's death in MalaysiaThe family of a 15-year-old London teen who was found dead nine days after she disappeared from a Malaysian forest resort claimed her body on Saturday and hope to find answers to their many questions about her death. Police have ruled out foul play, saying the autopsy showed that Nóra Anne Quoirin died of intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. On Saturday, the family claimed her body and was preparing to fly back to London.



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Four teens charged over London bus attack on lesbians

Four teens charged over London bus attack on lesbiansBritish police on Thursday charged four teenage boys over an alleged homophobic attack on a lesbian couple who refused to kiss in front of them on a London night bus. Melania Geymonat, 28, said she and her girlfriend Chris were robbed and left covered in blood after the incident in the trendy Camden Town area on May 30. The four boys, aged between 15 and 17, were all charged with committing “an aggravated hate crime”, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.



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The Latest: London counter-terrorism team seeks images

The Latest: London counter-terrorism team seeks imagesCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local):



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