Attacks in Westminister – What went on and why?

 

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Attacks in Westminster – What went on and why?

On Wednesday the 22nd March a terrorist attack took place where a man named Khalid Masood killed four people in a mere 82 seconds. The police said the attack began at 14:40:08 when the hire car Khalid Masood rented mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge, weaving along the footpath and road for 30 seconds until he crashed into the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster, he then left the car at 14:40:51 and 39 seconds later was shot by a police firearms officer, who was part of the close protection team of the defense secretary, Sir Michael Fallon. Police are trying to establish whether he had been inspired  by terrorist propaganda or if others encouraged, supported or directed him.

After crashing his hired Hyundai SUV into the railings in front of Parliament Yard, he burst through the gate to the Palace of Westminster with two large knives where he stabbed an unarmed police officer named PC Keith Palmer who was just 48 years old. He later died from his injuries.

The consequences of the attack are five deaths (including Khalid Masood himself) and fifty people were injured. Also, 15 people are still being treated in hospital.

Three members of the public died following the car rampage on Westminster Bridge. They were: mother-of-two Aysha Frade from London; US tourist Kurt Cochran from Utah and Leslie Rhodes, 75, from Streatham, South London.

PC Palmer and Khalid Masood also died despite attempts by paramedics to save them both.

Before the attack he had a string of criminal convictions including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences, but he had not been convicted of any terrorism offences.

Masood’s first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He was investigated by MI5 some years ago over concerns of violent extremism but was no longer deemed to be a threat.

Police have seized 2,700 items in searches about the attack, including “massive amounts of computer data.” Approximately 3,500 witnesses – including 1,000 from Westminster Bridge and 2,500 from with the Parliamentary estate, have contacted police about the attack and their view on it.

By Jack and Ben – Correspondents for General News section

This case is not a walk in the Park Geun-hye

The former South Korean President – Park Geun-hye – was removed from office, because of her role in the recent corruption scandal.

At a time where tensions are so high, what will happen? A new president must be elected in sixty days, as Ms Park has been facing impeachment over the scandal. However what will this mean for the people? Whilst China and North Korea, the public must choose a new president.

Park has been accused of; bribery, extortion and abuse of power. Although she denies any wrong doing, we will see what happens. In speeches, she said that she was open for questioning, but has refused any opportunities.

Park Geun-hye has strangely been accused of cult activities. These allegations popped up after she reconnected with an old friend. This friend had set up the cult ‘The Church of Eternal Life’. Choi Tae-min (the leader) told Ms Park that he had been visited by the soul of her late mother, whom had been assassinated by North Korea. Choi’s daughter is said to have manipulated Park to force companies to donate billions to her non-profit organisations. One of the judges on panel said she “seriously impaired the spirit of… democracy and the rule of law.”

Shootings in Grasse, France

A seventeen year old boy has been arrested in Grasse, France, after shootings in Tocqueville High School.

At Tocqueville High School, a teenager was found at school heavily armed after the couple of shootings took place. There was an estimate of 3 people injured after an original estimate of 8.

There is another theory that another student was involved in the shooting but there is no proof as of now and it has been thought that the second shooter is on the run.

Policemen report that it was thought that a specific classmate was the intended victim, however, the shooter did not get his chance. Two other classmates were injured, as well as the headteacher as he tried to interrupt the shootings.

Students who were there at the scene reported that immediately after they heard the bang of a gun, they hid under the table. Some shops opposite the school claimed that three school girls took shelter in their stores. Another claim was that as a teenager girl went to close the windows, a boy looked into her eyes, shot a bullet into the air, and ran away.

Officials say that other schools across the town remain on lockdown as police continue their investigation.

France still remains alert and under a state of emergency after a continuous list of attacks in the past 18 months.

Sinner or Saint?

This October A Killer is set to be released from prison?

O.J Simpson could be released as early as October 2017 with serving only 9 years of his 33 year sentence for kidnapping, assault and robbery.

O.J Simpson, nicknamed The Juice, is a former American footballer but he is mostly known for being a convicted criminal and being the prime suspect in the infamous Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murder case.

Did he kill them?

Maybe. Maybe not.
He was the prime suspect in the murder case of his ex wife and Ron Goldman after they were found stabbed death after midnight on June 13, 1994 and there was a substantial amount of forensic evidence against him.

A black, leather glove was found covered in O.J, Nicole and Ron’s blood at the murder scene. The matching pair was found in O.J’s home.
O.J Simpson’s sock was found covered in Nicole’s blood.
A footprint was found that was discovered to be the same size as O.J’s foot.

This could have possibly been enough evidence to convict him but O.J. had a defense team which included: Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., F. Lee Bailey and Alan Dershowitz. It was found that the evidence wasn’t handled properly and that it could have possibly be tampered with and things could have been planted to make O.J look like the murder.

Kris Jenner quoted from O.J’s ex wife , “He is going to kill me and he is going to get away with it!” This statement would have made it harder for Nicole and Ron’s families to see past the suspicion that O.J was in fact the murderer.

In trial, O.J Simpson put on the black leather gloves and “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”. The gloves didn’t fit him. Surely someone who is rich and probably has a personal stylist would have gloves that would fit them or even had gloves personally made to fit them especially.

He is currently in prison for assault, robbery and kidnap.
Even till this day, no-one has been found guilty for the double murder however Simpson has been found liable for the murder and he has to pay millions to the families.

Unfortunately, nobody ever paid the price of prison for the murder of these two people.

Timeline of the night of the incident:

But if it wasn’t him, who was it?

By Ines and Madison

Purple Aki

Ajimkinwale Arobieke, also known as Purple Aki was born on the 15th July 1961 and born in the North West region of England. He is 196cm tall and his criminal activities include: manslaughter; indecent assault and witness tampering.

At the age of 6 months, he was placed into care. As an adult he had many jobs including: a cleaner and a messenger for the Liverpool city council.

The people of Merseyside would tell stories of a man who would feel young men’s muscles. Even though the stories had different interpretations they have all agreed that he was tall. Parents told their children to not to stay out long or Aki would get them. Some thought he was an urban legend and not real but some believed he was real and that his name was Akinwale Arobieke. Many people have been victims of him. People wrote songs and made cartoons about him and the rumours that he had died was put to an end by the police.

One day, a boy called Gary took his own life because of Purple Aki. Gary used to be a happy person but as Aki came into his life he became a completely different person who was constantly frightened. Aki was stalking him a lot for example waiting for him at his bus stop and waited for him outside his school. He would ask to feel his muscles and Gary was teased in school about it. One day he went to the rail station to hide from Aki, but he had found him. So the poor boy decided to climb off the platform under a train, where he touched a live rail and was electrocuted!

by Madison

Highest Terror Threat in Europe For 10 Years

As of now, there has been a growing speculation of a terror threat in Europe.

In early November 2015, there were a series of attacks in the Capital of France, Paris. This revealed the failure of Europe’s ability to suspect upcoming terrorist attacks. The man behind it all, Abdelhamid Abaoud, was able to move through countries and back into Syria without any interruptions, despite being the outrageous subject of an International Arrest Warrant.

Other attackers were caught in the act, but were still able to succeed into escaping and are probably on the run right now.

“I think it is likely that we will have another attack,” admitted Mr Rob Wainwright (who is currently the director of the agency responsible for the co-ordination of the European Union’s law enforcement.)

He has expressed the fact that this terror threat has been the biggest they had faced for 10 years, but they have been working around the clock to prevent any harm that might hit their citizens in the future. They are also happy to say that the intelligence shared has significantly increased which shows their decisive determination to prevent another Paris-like attack.

But Mr Rob Wainwright is still cautious and certainly aware of the 5,000 young men that have been radicalised by ISIS (Islamic State of Islam and Syria).

We can only hope for the best in the future.

 

Written by Aimee

Approved Spy Murder

The murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 was ‘probably’ approved of President Putin.

After 10 years of questioning and mourning, it has been revealed that Alexander Litvinenko’s death was specifically approved by President Putin.

Litvinenko was an agent who was thought to have worked for the MI6. He was also believed to have been an enemy of the Russian state and an aggressive critic of Kremlin. His relationship with President Putin was unfortunately very strained.

Recently, there have been two suspects: Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtuncts but they have both denied responsibility. Also, a Downing Street spokeswoman has risen to the defence of Mr Putin saying “It is not the way for any state, let alone a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to behave.” But Polonium-210 is only accessible when given permission from the head of the state, for it is usually used for nuclear reactors; therefore many suspicions remain to rest on Mr Putin’s shoulders.

It is said that he was deliberately poisoned with Polonium-210 when drinking a cup of tea. Weeks later, he died. Marina Litvinenko told us she was “very happy” that “The words my husband spoke on his deathbed when he accused Mr Putin have been proved by an English court”  which tells us that maybe Putin really did approve of his poisoning.

His wife had insisted that the UK government demolish all Russian Intelligence Operatives and impose economic sanctions on Moscow. She also urged the government to give Vladimir Putin a travel ban.

After the inquiry went public, the UK has asked for Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtuncts but the Russians refuse to release them to the United Kingdom.

As of yet, no one has taken up the burden of having the responsibility of Alexander Litvinenko’s death.

By Aimee