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London attacks: six confirmed dead and two more missing

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This blog is wrapping up for today. Here is a summary of the most significant developments

  • The number of people killed in Saturday s attack has increased to eight after police searching for missing Frenchman Xavier Thomas[2] recovered a body from the Thames at Limehouse. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, confirmed that three French citizens were killed in the attack. He did not confirm their names.
  • Ignacio Echeverr a,[3] who is believed to have used his skateboard to protect a woman during the attack has been confirmed as among the dead. Both his family and the government released statements confirming his death. The Spanish interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido said Echeverr a s heroism should be our guide .
  • Six other victims have been named[4] as: Australian women Sara Zelenak and Kirsty Boden, Canadian Christine Archibald, Briton James McMullan, and two Frenchmen Alexandre Pigeard and S bastien B langer. Zelenak became the second person to be officially named by police as among the dead.
  • Three more of the casualties from Saturday night have now left hospital, and five are no longer in critical care, the NHS said in its latest update.Twenty-nine of the injured are still being treated in five different London[5] hospitals, down from 32 yesterday and 10 are still receiving critical care, five fewer than the 15 in that category yesterday.
  • Police investigating Saturday s attack have arrested a man in Ilford on suspicion of terror offences.[6] He is the 14th person to be arrested. Twelve people arrested earlier in the week have been released.
  • Charisse O Leary, the ex-wife of one of the London[7] Bridge attackers, Rachid Redouane, has said she is deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by his actions. She said the couple had been separated for six months and their only contact since that time had been because of the daughter they had together.
  • The mayor of London[8], Sadiq Khan, said there has been a sharp rise in hate crime and Islamophobic attacks in the wake of the attacks. He did not give any figures but urged Londoners to show unity and report any incidents of hate crime to the police.
  • About 200 imams, clerics and scholars clutching single red roses have held prayers at the site of last Saturday s attack. Carrying signs saying: Isis will lose, love will win and, Not in our name , the group of Islamic religious leaders from mosques and schools from all over the UK were accompanied by representatives of other faiths, including Christians, Jews and Sikhs.
  • The prime minister has threatened to change human rights laws if they stood in the way of restricting the freedom of terror suspects who could not be prosecuted for lack of evidence.[9] In an interview with the Sun, Theresa May added that she would look into reintroducing 28-day detention for terror suspects if she wins the election.
  • A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences at Heathrow airport in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing.[10] The 38-year-old was held as part of a planned operation and there was no direct threat to the airport, Greater Manchester police said.

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The British Red Cross is calling for people to donate to its newly launched UK solidarity fund for victims of terror attacks – starting with London[12] – through a Saturday night fundraising campaign. Some restaurants, including those in the area of the attacks and the chain Eat will be donating money from a chosen dish. Some cafes, pubs and bars, including all 120 Greene King Pubs in the capital, will ask patrons to donate the cost of their drink and Uber is giving a pound for every journey taken on Saturday night. Deliveroo will be making a 1 donation for every single order placed across London on Saturday from 6pm onwards.

The campaign is backed by Borough Market and many of the restaurants and outlets in the area will be supporting the fundraising. Donald Hyslop, chair of trustees at Borough Market, said:

At Borough Market, we believe that the cooking and sharing of food has the power to unite people like nothing else, so for Londoners to be able to show their support for the victims and their families by meeting up to enjoy a meal and a drink will offer a forceful reminder to those who sought to divide us. By backing the Red Cross s Saturday Night for London, we can all play our part. Last Saturday night ended horribly. Let s ensure that this Saturday night brings at least a little solace.

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Channel 4 is now liaising with police over a documentary it broadcast last year that featured Khuram Butt, one of the London[14] Bridge attackers. The broadcaster said it approached the police on Tuesday about the documentary but declined to provide any more details, other than it was liaising with them.

The police made no formal request for film or programme maker s notes to be handed over[15] under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act or Terrorism Act after the documentary called The Jihadis Next Door initially screened in January 2016.

Khuram Butt – seen on Channel 4 documentary the Jihadis Next Door (2016) Photograph: Channel 4

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London Attacks: Six Confirmed Dead And Two More Missing

An Irish parliamentarian in the main government party Fine Gael has called for a new centralised intelligence agency in Ireland in the light of one of the London Bridge attackers having lived in Ireland.[17]

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal and a member of the Dublin parliament s justice and equality committee Alan Farrell said any such body should be a separate unit from the Garda Siochana. The Garda is carrying out an investigation into how Rachid Redouane had an Irish immigration identity card and appeared to be an unknown in terms of both the Republic s police force and MI5 in Britain. Redouane had lived in Dublin and moved apparently without being monitored to and fro across the Irish Sea. On the need for a national intelligence agency, Farrell said today:

Having conducted research on this matter over the past number of weeks, I firmly believe that a dedicated agency should be established, in line with best international practice.

It is my opinion that the establishment of a centralised intelligence apparatus in the State, perhaps in the form of a separate intelligence agency or task force, would complement the work of An Garda S och na and military intelligence in terms of enhancing our national security. Furthermore, specific training must be provided for those engaged with intelligence gathering, up to and including serving Garda .

Meanwhile, the Brexit secretary, David Davis, has said that despite Redouane s presence in Dublin there will be absolutely no end to freedom of movement of peoples between Ireland and Britain under the two states pre EU common travel area agreement. Share

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Spain s interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido tweeted: Ignacio Echeverr a s heroism should be our guide as we face the senselessness of terrorism. My love to his family. What an example.
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Ex-wife of attacker ‘deeply shocked’

Charisse O Leary, the ex-wife of one of the London[21] Bridge attackers, Rachid Redouane, has said she is deeply shocked by his actions. In a statement, she said:

My heartfelt thoughts go out to all those murdered or injured in the events of 3rd June 2017.

I am deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions of my ex partner who has killed and injured so many innocent people. Since discovering that it was Rachid that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrific incident. Rachid and I have been separated for six months. We have a beautiful young daughter, that for the last six months has been our only bond and reason for contact.

My thoughts and efforts now are with trying to bring up my daughter with the knowledge that someday I will have to try and explain to her why her father did what he did. I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I condemn his actions and do not support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity. O Leary was one of 12 people arrested after Saturday s atrocity but was later released without charge.

Updated at 4.14pm BST

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Over-zealous traffic wardens put parking tickets on at least six cars trapped inside the police cordon set up after the London Bridge attack, the Sun reports.[23]

It claims the wardens swooped shortly after the cordon was lifted, giving motorists whose cars had been inaccessible since Saturday night little time to remove their vehicles. Graphic designer Antoni Perry, 45, said police told him he could collect his car from inside the cordon at 8.10am today but when he got there he discovered he had been given a ticket timed 15 minutes later at 8.25am.

A TfL spokesman said:

We unreservedly apologise for our insensitive mistake. These fines should never have been issued and will all be immediately cancelled. Share

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Ignacio Echeverr a, whose family have confirmed he died in Saturday s attack, is thought to have been skateboarding in a park when he stopped to defend a woman who had been injured in the attack near Borough Market. He has been hailed as a hero for apparently using his skateboard to take on the attackers. Friends who were with him at the time said he fell to the ground after confronting one of the assailants.

The Spanish government also released a statement this afternoon confirming his death. It reads:

With great sadness and dismay, the government has received confirmation from the British authorities that Ignacio Echeverr a is among the victims of the cruel terrorist attacks that took place in London[25] last Saturday.

The government wishes to tell his family and friends that they are not alone in their pain and that Spain is with them, sharing their sense of desolation and standing by them at this terrible time. Ignacio Echeverr a s behaviour during the attacks was exemplary and offers us all a model of solidarity. His bravery in defending a defenceless person reminds us of the need to remain united against the scourge of terrorism, against those whose only language is violence and terror. The government firmly believes that democratic unity can overcome many challenges, including the senselessness of terrorism. Share

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Police[27] forces are reviewing security arrangements around the general election following concerns that polling stations could be targets for terrorists.

In the wake of Saturday s London Bridge attack[28], returning officers have liaised with officers in an effort to keep voters remain safe. The elections watchdog sent a bulletin to returning officers last month offering practical advice on security in the days following the terror attack on Westminster, which left four innocent people dead and injured more than 50.
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The Electoral Commission told officials to approach the Cabinet Office for more funds if necessary once they have assessed possible security threats. The bulletin said:

Where additional measures are identified through that liaison as being needed to address any particular enhanced risks, Cabinet Office has indicated that it would look sympathetically at costs incurred in putting these in place. There is a reluctance to place police guards outside polling stations but at the same time there is concern for the safety of voters in some areas.

Reports claimed today that police would be stationed outside polling booths in Tower Hamlets in east London to stop voter intimidation.
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A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan police said:

Following the attack on Saturday night a full review of the policing operation for Thursday has been carried out. Every London borough will have a specific, dedicated policing operation. Across London there will be a specialist and highly flexible operation in place that can deploy and respond as needed.

West Midlands police said:

We will have in place a police operation and there will be an increase in patrols in some of the areas where voting is taking place. Greater Manchester police are expected to release a statement this afternoon clarifying their position on polling station security. The city is already on high alert following the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena last month that killed 22 people[31] including seven children. Updated at 3.48pm BST

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Ignacio Echeverr a’s family confirm his death

In a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, Ignacio Echeverr a[33] s family confirmed his death in the London attacks. His sister Isabel wrote:

My brother Ignacio tried to stop the terrorists and lost his own life trying to save others. [Ignacio] we love you and we will never forget you.

Another sister, Ana, posted:

Ignacio didn t survive the moment of the attack. Thank you to all those who love and cared about him. We know we are not the only ones saddened. The Spanish government also confirmed his death in a statement.

Ignacio Echeverr a Photograph: AP

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London Attacks: Six Confirmed Dead And Two More Missing

About 200 imams, clerics and scholars clutching single red roses joined in prayer at the site of last Saturday s attack. Carrying signs saying: Isis will lose, love will win and, Not in our name , the group of Islamic religious leaders from mosques and schools from all over the UK was greeted with applause from onlookers as it approached the southern end of London[35] bridge at 1.30pm. They were accompanied by representatives of other faiths, including Christians, Jews and Sikhs.

Before adding their flowers to the growing mound on the pavement, speakers urged Britons to stand shoulder to shoulder to fight the menace of terrorism and spoke of the distorted and perverted interpretation of Islam espoused by extremists.

Those who commit acts of terror are criminals, not martyrs, said one. Another spoke of the British values of freedom, democracy and human rights , and the need to turn inter-faith dialogue into inter-faith action .

Religious leaders gather to visit the scene of Saturday s attack. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the senior rabbi of Reform Judaism, said British Jews stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters . She added:

We must and will stop our people from turning towards sickening ideologies which we have in all forms of religion, including Judaism and Islam. Christopher Chessun, the bishop of Southwark, welcomed Muslim religious leaders from all over the UK, saying a strong sense of common purpose has built up within our communities over months and years .

He told the Guardian that the vigil was a determined act of witness and solidarity , and that the local community and the nation had experienced many circles of suffering .

Updated at 3.35pm BST

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Second victim officially named by police

The Met has confirmed that 21-year-old Australian Sara Zelenak was one of those killed. Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting her family, it said.

A statement on behalf of the Zelenak and Wallace family said: We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter and sister of Harrison and Scott.

Sara s family and friends are devastated. We would like to thank our friends and family who are helping us through this very difficult time.

Updated at 3.47pm BST

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