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Westminster car crash driver Salih Khater jailed for life

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Salih Khater said he had panicked after getting lost, causing him to drive into pedestrians, cyclists and police

A man who drove at cyclists and police officers outside Parliament has been jailed for life for attempted murder.

Salih Khater, 30, of Highgate Street, Birmingham, aimed his car at members of the public before swerving towards the officers in Parliament Square on 14 August 2018.

He must serve at least 15 years in jail, the Old Bailey judge said.

Khater was accused of attempting to cause maximum carnage, and it was said to be “miraculous” no-one was killed.

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The silver Ford Fiesta driven by Khater smashed into a security barrier

The court was told he tried to “kill as many people as possible” with his Ford Fiesta.

CCTV footage showed how he careered into a security lane and crashed into barriers as two police officers jumped out of the way.

Alison Morgan QC told jurors Khater’s attack was “premeditated and deliberate” and had a terrorist motive.

The defendant claimed he had driven to London to find the Sudanese embassy to get a visa but “got lost” around Westminster and panicked.

However, a jury rejected his explanation for the crash and found him guilty of two charges of attempted murder in July.

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Media captionJurors were shown CCTV footage of the defendant’s car driving at cyclists before crashing into barriers

In mitigation, Peter Carter QC told the court Khater had still not offered an explanation for what he did.

He argued: “The lack of evidence is not a proper basis for drawing a conclusion there is evidence of a terrorist connection.”

But Mrs Justice McGowan found Khater had deliberately copied terrorists.

“Your undoubted intention was to kill as many people as possible and by doing so spread fear and terror,” she said; adding that he had “replicated the acts of others who undoubtedly have acted with terrorist motives”.

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It was “miraculous” that no-one died as a result of the defendant’s actions, the Old Bailey heard

The court heard Khater was born in Sudan before being granted asylum in Britain in 2010, claiming he had been tortured in his birth country.

In the months before the attack, Khater had showed signs of “paranoia” about British authorities, emailing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to express concern about an “event” involving the intelligence services.

Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This was a man who used his car as a weapon to attempt to kill as many people as possible, spreading fear and terror.

“It was our view that this attack was carried out with a terrorist purpose and the sentence confirms this,” he added.

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‘Humpback whale’ spotted swimming in River Thames

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Richard Banner saw the whale surfacing while sailing on the Thames on Saturday

A whale has been spotted swimming in the River Thames, following on from the visit of “Benny the beluga” a year ago.

The mammal was first spotted over the weekend, with sightings of it either side of the Dartford Crossing.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), who saw it surfacing off Greenhithe on Sunday, said it was “definitely a humpback” and did not appear to be in any distress.

Ships have been advised to proceed with caution through the area.

“Benny the beluga” spent about three months in the busy waterway at the end of last year, although the new whale is not the same species as it is dark coloured and has a dorsal fin.

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The whale is not showing any signs of being ill or stressed

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Ships have been advised to proceed with caution through the area

Julia Cable, the BDMLR’s national coordinator, said a group of volunteers had observed the mammal surfacing repeatedly over a three hour period.

She told the BBC that it “seems to be fine” and was likely to have arrived because of a navigational error, possibly during the recent high spring tides.

“It really shouldn’t be there but hopefully it’ll find its way out,” she said.

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“Benny the beluga” was regularly seen in the River Thames at the end of last year

The Port of London Authority (PLA) said “numerous sightings” had been made from passing boats either side the Dartford Crossing, while there have also been reports of it off Rainham and Erith Pier.

A spokesman said people who had seen it had estimated it was five or 10 metres in length.

He added that its behaviour would be monitored by experts while it remained in the river and ships had been told to “proceed cautiously” when travelling through the area.

“Essentially it is a natural animal in a natural environment and we wouldn’t intervene with that at this stage,” he said.

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Dina Asher-Smith wins 200m heat to reach World Championships semi-finals

Dina Asher-Smith won world 100m silver on Sunday
2019 World Athletics Championships
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha Dates: 27 September-6 October
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Dina Asher-Smith showed no signs of fatigue from winning 100m silver as she ran the fastest time of the day to reach the 200m semi-finals at the World Championships.

The 23-year-old Briton, who claimed her first major global medal on Monday, won her heat in 22.32 seconds.

Compatriots Jodie Williams and Beth Dobbin also reached Tuesday’s semis.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson also advanced, but former bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare was disqualified.

That disqualification, plus the withdrawal of 100m bronze medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, have boosted Asher-Smith’s hopes in an event that was already without Dutch defending champion Dafne Schippers and 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce of Jamaica.

Asher-Smith is ranked number one in this event this season and is the odds-on favourite to win her first global outdoor title.

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Southall stabbing: Man dies after being knifed outside shop

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The 22-year-old was attacked outside the shop on The Broadway in Southall

A man has been killed in a stabbing outside a shop in west London.

The 22-year-old was attacked outside the premises on The Broadway, Southall, at about 04:00 BST.

Police are also investigating whether he was hit by a car before he was stabbed.

The man was taken to hospital but died from his injuries 90 minutes later. The victim has not been formally identified and police officers are working to inform his next of kin.

No-one has been arrested.

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Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: James Maddison fires Foxes past Spurs

James Maddison’s long-range finish helped Leicester come from behind and extend Spurs’ miserable record away from home

James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.

Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.

Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the season had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.

The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.

Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.

Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.

There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.

The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.

Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.

Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.

Leicester prove top-six credentials

After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.

They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.

Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.

Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.

Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.

The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.

Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)

As well as his goal, Maddison also attempted more shots (four) and played more key passes (two) than any of his Leicester team-mates

VAR takes centre stage – the stats

  • There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
  • Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
  • Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
  • Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
  • Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
  • Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
  • Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
  • Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).

What’s next?

Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.



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Ilias Chair: QPR midfielder signs new three-year contract

Ilias Chair was born in Belgium but also qualifies for Morocco

QPR midfielder Ilias Chair has signed a new three-year contract.

Chair, 21, has impressed since being given a run in the Rangers side by manager Mark Warburton.

He has made eight appearances this season and 21 in total for the Championship club since being signed from Belgian outfit Lierse SK in 2017.

The Morocco Under-23 international spent the second half of last season on loan with Stevenage, scoring six goals in 16 appearances.

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Jodie Chesney: Teenager ‘murdered in drug turf war’

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Jodie Chesney was fatally attacked in a park near Romford, east London

A 17-year-old girl was killed in a “terrible and cowardly” stabbing during a drug turf war, a court has heard.

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back while playing music and smoking cannabis with friends in a park in Harold Hill, east London, on 1 March.

She may not have been the intended target of the attack, the prosecution told the Old Bailey jury.

Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 19, both from Romford, and two boys, aged 16 and 17, deny murder.

The jury was told two people came out of the dark in the park and the taller of them swung his right arm at Jodie’s back.

She suffered a deep wound to her back and was left bleeding heavily as her attackers disappeared seconds later.

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Jodie suffered a deep wound to her back and was bleeding heavily after the attack in a park

Jodie’s boyfriend Eddie Coyle, 18, caught her as she fell and eased her to the ground, crying and screaming at Jodie to stay awake while holding her hand.

But by the time an ambulance arrived, Jodie showed no signs of life and was pronounced dead en-route to hospital.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors none of Jodie’s friends had any idea who was responsible for the “terrible and cowardly” attack.

Jurors were told the four defendants were involved in the supply of drugs and one or more of Jodie’s friends had bought cannabis from those accused in the past.

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Manuel Petrovic admitted driving to Harold Hill with a friend and two others

“There is, however, nothing to suggest that Jodie was involved in the supply of drugs or that she might have upset anyone,” Mr Aylett said.

The prosecution suggested “Jodie is unlikely to have been the intended target; more likely is that the intended target was somebody else altogether.”

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Jodie’s father described his daughter as “a beautiful, well-liked, fun, young woman”

Following national publicity, police got a breakthrough when a witness reported two males getting into a stationary black Vauxhall Corsa.

Mr Aylett said Jodie’s murder might have gone unsolved if not for the chance sighting.

‘Entirely blameless’

A couple of hours after the killing, a black Corsa registered to Mr Petrovic was found abandoned about two miles away, he said.

Following his arrest, Mr Petrovic, of Highfield Road, Romford, east London, admitted driving to Harold Hill with a friend and two others who had gone into the park to collect money and drugs.

He denied knowing the pair were armed beforehand, the court heard.

Mr Aylett said: “If the prosecution are right in saying that Jodie Chesney was an entirely blameless individual who got caught up in some quarrel between drug dealers then her murder was the terrible but predictable consequence of an all-too casual approach to the carrying and using of knives.”

The trial continues.

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WSL: Brighton 1-1 Chelsea – Adelina Engman rescues point for visitors

Aileen Whelan joined Brighton from Everton in September 2017

Chelsea needed a stoppage-time equaliser from sub Adelina Engman to rescue a point at Brighton in the Women’s Super League.

With an uneventful match set to end goalless, Aileen Whelan put the hosts in front with six minutes to go with a well-placed shot.

However, the hosts could not hold on and Engman levelled from close range after a Millie Bright knockdown.

Chelsea pushed for a late winner but Brighton held out.



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Edgware Road stabbing: Boy, 17, killed in street attack named

The teenager was found fatally injured on Edgware Road near the junction of Church Street

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The teenager was found fatally injured on Edgware Road near the junction of Church Street

A 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death on a street in central London, has been named as Josiph Beker.

The teenager, also known as Yousef, was with friends outside a KFC on Edgware Road when a fight broke out between two groups on Tuesday, police said.

He was stabbed during the confrontation and died in hospital later.

Police said they were keeping an “open mind concerning motive” and urged any witnesses to come forward. No arrests have been made.

A post-mortem examination concluded Josiph died from a stab wound to the chest.

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No arrests have yet been made

Det Ch Insp Andy Partridge said: “Lots of people were in the area at the time and may well have seen what unfolded.

“We need them to do the right thing and get in touch with what they saw along with any images or moving footage captured before, during or after the attack.”

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Serial killer’s dealer jailed for Grindr murder

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Gerald Matovu pleaded guilty to a string of offences following a trial

A drug dealer who supplied serial killer Stephen Port has been jailed for at least 31 years for the murder of a businessman.

Gerald Matovu, 26, killed Eric Michels, 54, with a fatal overdose of GHB – the same drug his former customer used to kill four men.

He was one of 12 men targeted by Matovu and lover, Brandon Dunbar, 24, over a 19-month period, The Old Bailey heard.

Sentencing, Judge Anne Molyneux said Matovu was an “experienced poisoner”.

Matovu had previously admitted selling GHB to Port, but had denied killing Mr Michel, who was found dead in bed by his 14-year-old daughter.

The pair met through the Grindr app and took a cab back to Mr Michels’ flat on 18 August 2018.

Passing sentence, the judge said Matovu, who now identifies as female, was a “highly dangerous predator”.

He was jailed for a total of 39 offences relating to 14 victims.

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Eric Michels was found dead at his home in Chessington in August 2018

Mr Michel’s ex-wife, Diane Michels, said the two men had a “callous disregard” for his life.

“We have to live with the knowledge the last person Eric saw was the person who took his life”, she said.

The court heard Matovu and his partner Dunbar targeted victims through gay dating apps, carrying out a string of thefts and frauds.

They drugged their victims, calculating they would be “too embarrassed to report what happened”, said the judge.

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Brandon Dunbar admitted using Mr Michels’ card and taking £300 from his account

Co-defendant Dunbar, of Forest Gate, east London, was jailed for 18 years and told he must serve at least two-thirds in prison.

The judge also imposed an extended sentence of five years, to be served on licence.

Jurors were not told about Matovu supplying drugs to Port, who was given a whole-life term for the murders of four young men he poisoned with GHB.

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Matovu and Dunbar were filmed on CCTV using their victim’s bank card

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