Cops: 4 Terror Suspects Nabbed in London
Press Regulation Plans 8:51 AM PDT 10/14/2013 by Georg Szalai 0 Getty Images London mayor Boris Johnson “You either have a free press or you dont,” says Boris Johnson and shares how he and his family once imitated Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” to play a trick on a reporter. LONDON London mayor Boris Johnson in a newspaper editorial on Monday spoke out against planned U.K. press regulation following the Leveson Inquiry report late last year. our editor recommends “We are on the verge of eroding the freedom of the press,” Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph . “It’s a vigorous, voracious press that keeps our country honest. Regulating the media would undermine its ferocious ability to highlight wrongdoing.” He called a planned royal charter outlining the new regulation a “monstrous folly.” Johnson also suggested that a political expenses scandal led British politicians to call for the Leveson Inquiry, not the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. “It was the hacking cases that gave them their pretext,” he wrote. Johnson also argued Monday that Britain’s current laws sufficiently protect people from media abuse. “We already have abundant law against obscenity or breach of official secrets. We have laws against libel and defamation, against bugging, hacking, theft, bribery of public officials,” he wrote. “We have a growing tort of breach of privacy. We have no need of some new body backed by statute…and it is wrong in principle.” Concluded the London mayor: “You either have a free press or you dont.
14, 2013. / AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis (CBS/AP) LONDON – David Belmar, a 44-year-old man in possession of a knife, was arrested after he tried to dart through a gate at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday, police said. The palace said Queen Elizabeth II was not in residence. Breaches of royal security are rare, but just a month ago police arrested two men over a suspected break-in at the palace. Police said Monday Belmar was apprehended as he tried to run through security at a palace gate that serves both pedestrians and vehicles. They searched him and found a knife. They arrested him and he was later charged with trespassing on a protected site and possession of a bladed/pointed article. The man is currently in custody at a London police station, the force added, stressing that the man was apprehended “immediately.” He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. That was not the case in September’s embarrassing breach, when an intruder was discovered prowling around the palace after scaling a fence, and an alleged accomplice was also arrested. That was judged one of the most serious incidents since Michael Fagan managed to sneak into the queen’s private chambers in 1982. 1
London Mayor Opposes U.K. Press Regulation Plans
14, 2013 By JEAN-NICHOLAS FIEVET and DIMITRIJE STEJIC A general view of the Alounak Persian restaurant in Westbourne Grove, west London, on Oct. 14, 2013, where a man was reportedly arrested outside the night before on suspicion of terrorism. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images British police shot out the tires of a car carrying two suspected supporters of terrorism in London late Sunday as part of a “pre-planned intelligence operation” that ended in four arrests. A police official said they used what’s called Hatton rounds, special ammunition designed specifically to blow out tires, to stop the suspects’ car. The official would not say if the pair, 25-year-old British nationals from Turkey and Algeria, had refused to stop the car before the tires were shot out. Elsewhere in London, police also arrested a 28-year-old British national from Azerbaijan and a 29-year-old British national from Pakistan, officials said. All of the men were arrested “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism,” according to a message posted on Scotland Yard’s website . They are in custody at a south London police station, the statement said, and police are carrying out additional searches at six addresses in London. English authorities declined to say what prompted their operation, but the BBC reported an alleged terror plot, which reportedly would involve firearms, had been under surveillance for some time and that the decision for the police to go in now was made by a “senior committee” involving Scotland Yard and MI-5, the British equivalent of America’s FBI. Alistar Gillies, who said he witnessed one of the arrests, told the BBC he thought two dozen officers, mostly in plainclothes, may have been involved. “It looked like there was a great deal of planning and a great deal of resources had been put on tackling this situation,” he said. British broadcaster ITV showed video of one of the arrests in which the Azerbaijani suspect appears to be wrestled to the ground by plainclothes police officers.