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Police Rule Out Terror after Car Mounts Pavement Near Natural History Museum

Scotland Yard has finally ruled out a terror motive after a car collided with pedestrians injuring 11 outside the Natural History Museum declaring it a road traffic collision. A statement read: “Police were called at 1421 hours on Saturday, 7 October to reports of a road traffic collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Emergency Service attended the scene. “Whilst enquiries continue it is believed a car mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians. Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. “The man detained by officers is currently under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station. The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident. Enquiries are ongoing.” Police had earlier said they were keeping an open mind after the incident, but created more confusion after contradicting an earlier comment that they were not treating the crash as terrorism-related. A …

Foreign Drivers Rack up Over £1m in Parking Fines

Foreign drivers owe Westminster City Council more than a million pounds in parking fines – with France, Qatar, the UAE and Romania among the worst and repeat offenders. The council released its annual “top ten” figures which reveal the most prolific parking offenders from across the globe in 2016/17. French motorists are by far the most common parking offenders, being fined a total of £356,000 and drivers from across the Channel have already racked up £111,570 proving last year was no fluke. Qatar (£191,105) and the United Arab Emirates (£116,030) are in second and third place respectively. No surprise here as this is supercar boy racer territory. Romania has climbed up Westminster’s most-ticketed board to claim fourth place with nationals owing the council £114,235. Meanwhile, its neighbours in Bulgaria claimed seventh place in the table, after accruing £77,585 in unpaid fines. Germany made it to fifth place, with a total of £103,375 in fines while Belgium follows in sixth place (£84,160). Saudi Arabia has made the top ten for the first time pulling up in eighth place, with fines totalling £64,065. …

PM Sees Funny Side of Car-Crash Speech

Prime Minister Theresa May’s tweet simply titled *coughs*, after her headline speech at the Tory autumn conference resembled a pharmacy counter with a half-eaten pack of Strepsils strawberry lozenges, a bottle of Olbas oil, Covonia cough syrup, a box of Ultra Chloraseptic Anaesthetic throat spray and a glass of water. Alongside her prime ministerial red box was the copy of her speech from hell through which she coughed and spluttered. Throw in a prankster who handed her a P45 form, the party’s confab slogan peeling off the wall and there was enough material for hours of comedy sketches. *coughs* pic.twitter.com/1b6CoW5Mrz — Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 4, 2017 May had wanted to use the Conservative Party’s annual conference to bring her divided party together and pitch herself as the only person able to deliver Brexit and keep opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn out of power. She started by apologising for calling a snap June election which stripped her party of its majority in parliament, then pitched a revitalised ‘British Dream’ for which she proposed fixing broken …

Parsons Green Tube Blast: Two Held Over Terror Attack as Searches Continue

Counter-terrorism detectives arrested a second man over the bombing of a London Underground train on Friday (15 September) that injured 30 people and the security services lowered the threat level for an attack from its highest setting. The 21-year-old man was detained under Britain’s terrorism laws in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, Scotland Yard said in a statement. Police had earlier arrested an 18-year-old male in the departure lounge of Dover port in what they called a “significant” step and raided a property in Sunbury-on-Thames, a town near London and about four miles (six km) from Hounslow. The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed carriage at Parsons Green Tube station in southwest London during the Friday morning rush hour but apparently failed to detonate fully. Islamic State claimed responsibility, as it has for other attacks in Britain this year, including two in London and one at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in May. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Sunday the second arrest showed …