The Manchester Libyan connection a recruiting ground for jihadists

first_imgSecurity services are investigating whether Abedi is part of a network which has links to Mohamed Abrini, also known as "the man in the hat" Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police forensic investigators at an address in Elsmore Road, Greater Manchester, after the attack on Monday night Credit:Danny Lawson/PA Wire Suicide bomber Salem Abedi grew up in south Manchester, which has been home to a string of extremists and terrorists in recent years, many with strong Libyan connections.Security services were last night urgently investigating if Abedi, 22, whose parents came to the UK from Tripoli in the early 1990s, had links to fellow Libyan terrorist, Abdalraouf Abdallah and his brother Mohammed. Security services are investigating whether Abedi is part of a network which has links to Mohamed Abrini, also known as “the man in the hat”Credit:Belgian Police  He may also be linked through others to former RAF veteran and Muslim convert Stephen GrayCredit:YouTube Abdalraouf, 23, was jailed for five and a half years in July last year after being convicted of trying to help other Manchester based jihadis to join Isil.Among those he helped try to get to Syria was former RAF veteran, and Muslim convert Stephen Gray, who also grew up in the Moss Side area of Manchester.Abdalraouf, who like Abedi, was the son of Libyan dissidents, travelled to Libya in 2010 on a gap year. In 2014, chemistry teacher, Jamshed Javeed, who lived just a short distance from the Abedi family and taught at a school in Bolton was jailed for trying to join to Isil.He was arrested after his family became concerned about his increasingly radical behaviour and reported him to the authorities. Police forensic investigators at an address in Elsmore Road, Greater Manchester, after the attack on Monday night  But when the Arab Spring began he joined an Islamist group known as the 17 February Martyr’s Brigade.During one anti-Gaddafi rally, he was shot and paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.It was when he returned home, the 23-year-old began encouraging friends and associates to join Isil.He was also known to have extremist connections in Belgium where Mohamed Abrini, known as the Man in the Hat, linked to the Brussels and Paris attacks was from. As well as Gray, Abdalrouf also raised cash and tried to arrange firearms for his brother Mohammed and fellow Mancunian, Raymond Matimba, who is thought to still be in the war torn country.The security services were also understood to be exploring Abedi’s links with notorious Mancunian jihadist Raphael Hostey, who recruited dozens of young Britons to fight for Islamic State.Hostey, who was two years older, grew up in Moss Side, just a mile away from Abedi’s home in the Fallowfield district of the city.Using the nom de guerre, Abu Qaqa al-Britani, he played a key role in persuading young Muslims from the North West to travel to Syria and Iraq. One forensic officer carries a "Know Your Chemicals" book as he leaves the property  He may also be linked through others to former RAF veteran and Muslim convert Stephen Gray In 2014, 19-year-old Mohammad Azzam Javeed was killed while fighting in Syria.He had been due to start a chemical engineering degree, but headed to Syria with local friend Anil Khalil Raoufi, who was also killed.While the area was once plagued with gang violence, community leaders have reported youngsters increasingly being drawn into extremism.In total at least 16 jihadists, who have either been convicted of offences, have travelled to Syria or have died while fighting with Isil, hail from a three mile radius around the south Manchester district which was home to Abedi.In terms of the number of terrorists, Manchester is third only to London and Birmingham . One forensic officer carries a “Know Your Chemicals” book as he leaves the property Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS He was killed in a drone strike in Syria last year, leaving a wife and child back home in Manchester.Earlier this year Ronald Fiddler, aka Jamal al Harith, blew himself up in a suicide attack in Mosul.Another Manchester born jihadist, Fiddler had been detained in Guantanamo Bay after being arrested in Afghanistan, but joined Isil after being released and receiving a large compensation payout. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015 and took photographs of the Old Trafford football stadium before receiving cash from sympathisers and returning to Belgium.last_img read more

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Donations to fire victims may go to waste because council is failing

first_img“But if you know of individuals or families who you feel aren’t getting help, then please let us know so we can get help to them as quickly as possible.” Community Response To Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster In London It came as volunteers said they have seen an abundance of clothes and asked for donations of sanitary towels, pushchairs, electronic items and children’s items. Community Response To Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster In LondonCredit:Dan Kitwood  A teacher who lives in the area called on Kensington and Chelsea council to take control of the relief efforts.Moyra Samuels told the meeting of around 70 people: “These are very uncoordinated (efforts) and my question is ‘Where is the council?’ This is something that we cannot do without an enormous level of planning and coordination.”Ms Samuels said that donations such as food would begin deteriorating before they could be passed on to the fire victims. “If the council is going to have to pay people to do that, that is what they are going to have to do,” she added. Community Response To Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster In LondonCredit:Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images  Dozens of people attended a meeting of the Radical Housing Network, made up of different activist groups, in a community centre not far from the burnt-out tower block on Saturday morning to discuss their “next steps” in supporting displaced residents. Community Response To Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster In London Community Response To Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster In London Community Response To Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster In LondonCredit:PA Speaking about the growing anger, Mr Sivarajah said: “This is about race, immigration and austerity. People are very angry. It’s a wider political problem.”In a statement following Friday’s protest, the council said: “We are already releasing funds to take care of the immediate needs of those affected as well as other support. We are absolutely committed to supporting anyone affected in the days, weeks and months ahead. A vast number of the donations to Grenfell Tower residents could go to waste as the council is failing to co-ordinate relief efforts, volunteers have said.Food and other essential items have been brought in their masses to centres near the scene in west London, but angry volunteers have criticised the local council for the apparent lack co-ordination of official relief. On Friday evening, demonstrators stormed the council offices over its handling of the crisis amid concerns that earlier renovation work was linked to the dramatic spread of the blaze, which killed at least 30 with dozens more deaths feared.Prime Minister Theresa May has also faced criticism for visiting the site without meeting victims in the wake of the tragedy. A petition calling for the council to resign which had been pinned to an electricity box appears to have been removed.Volunteer Mark Sivarajah, who grew up in the area and returned to help after seeing what happened, said he was shocked not to see any visible council officials.Speaking outside a collection point beside Latymer Community Church, he said nobody official was coordinating the relief effort. “If you look around there’s no-one here with a council vest on,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Cats eyes extinct as council adopts road studs because tourists read its

first_img“Very well, visitors may now know there is no animal cruelty, but does anyone who lives in England know what a road stud is?” Rebecca Brewer, a mother from Ipswich, said that her daughter thought people were mutilating felines.”I have a five-year-old daughter who was very upset the first time she saw the sign – she really thought that cruel people were torturing cats,” she said.”I had to explain to her what it meant – and that our pet cat was quite safe.” The new road signs For tourists, the change is a welcome clarification of the UK’s highway safety regulations.Frances Knobel, from the US, said she had been shocked when she first saw the cat’s eyeswarning while on holiday in Suffolk.”I had no idea – I had to stop the car and go back to see if I had read the sign correctly,” she said. “It didn’t make any sense and seemed very gruesome that people would boast that poor domestic animals were being so horribly mistreated. After trial and error, he eventually patented his cat’s eye design in 1934. The Government adopted the studs during the enforced blackout in the Second World War. There are an estimated 500 million cat’s eyes n the UK. In the US, they are known as Botts’ Dots, turtles or buttons. A cat’s eye on the B4077 in the Cotswolds, GloucestershireCredit: Tim Graham/The Image Bank “A local explained that it was a name that Britons gave to the light-reflecting rubber pads that reflect headlights.”The decision has been criticised by some residents. Christopher Hudson, a county councillor, said that it was a “bizarre” move that would lead to more confusion, not less. The new road signsCredit:center_img A cat's eye on the B4077 in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire “I can see why the change has been made, but to me this will add to the confusion,” he said. “It seems a bizarre thing to do. They’re a great British invention that have guided countless travellers home late at night. But now it seems cat’s eyes – or at least the name – will be scrapped.The move follows reports of concerned tourists fearing that animal cruelty had become a standard practice on our country roads.Signs saying “cat’s eyes removed” were being read too literally so, after a string of mix-ups, Suffolk county council decided to replace them with signs warning of “road studs” ahead, and from now on the council will only refer to them that way. Suffolk county council has said its less ambiguous signs and the road studs phrase would become the standard phrase adopted by staff.Cat’s eyes were invented by Percy Shaw in 1934 and in 2006 were voted one of Britain’s top 10 designs alongside Concorde, Mini and the World Wide Web.Mr Shaw came up with the idea while driving home from the pub one foggy night near his Yorkshire home.Coming down a steep hill, a sudden flash from a cat’s eyes caused him to stop the car. He realised he was travelling on the wrong side of the road and was heading for the treacherous edge. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Baby delivered by paramedics after pregnant mother dies in crossbow attack

The murder took place in Ilford, east LondonCredit:Triangle News A baby boy is recovering in hospital after being delivered by medics shortly after his pregnant mother was killed in a crossbow attack in her kitchen.Sana Muhammad, 35, was eight months pregnant when she was allegedly attacked by her ex-husband in front of her children at her home in east London.The incident occurred at breakfast time on Monday morning at her home in Newbury Park, Ilford, when her attacker who had been hiding in her garden shed burst into her kitchen and opened fire with the deadly weapon.Her husband, Imtiaz Muhammad, described how he came across the suspected killer when he went to shed at around 7.30am on Monday to store a cardboard box.Seeing the weapon he fled into the house shouting “run, run, run”, before the alleged attacker fired the crossbow bolt which hit Mrs Muhammad in the stomach.The heavily pregnant mother of five was rushed to hospital in east London, where she was later pronounced dead but medics managed to perform an emergency cesarean section and deliver the baby boy safely. The murder took place in Ilford, east London Another neighbour added:: “She was kind and caring and was a wonderful mother. She was a very good, lovely lady. She was a close friend of mine, and we would share our problems with each other and could talk for hours.“She did everything for her children, they were her world.”A Met Police spokesman said: “A man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Ilford. This follows an incident at an address in Applegarth Drive, Ilford at approximately 7.40am on Monday, 12 November.”The victim was found suffering an abdominal injury. She was taken to hospital where she later died. Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.”No other persons are sought in connection with this investigation. The arrested man and woman were known to each other. Enquiries into the circumstances continue.” Yesterday Mrs Muhammad’s ex-husband, Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, appeared in court charged with her murder.It is understood Mrs Muhammad, who was born in Mauritius, split from her first husband, with whom she had three children, around six years ago.She subsequently converted from Hinduism to Islam when she married Mr Muhammad and the couple went on to have two daughters.Her baby son was due to be born in around four weeks time.Mr Muhammad, 42, who was being cared for by relatives, described her as a “wonderful mother and wife”.He said all five children had been present at the time of the incident. Neighbours said Mrs Muhammad was a devoted mother whose life revolved her children.One friend said: “Sana and Imtiaz were very happy. They loved having the kids around them. We all used to spend time together and share food. It is such a tragedy what has happened to her.”One neighbour who witnessed the aftermath of the attack said: “The husband Imtiaz came out the house screaming for help – he was banging on doors.  “The kids were all there and they were crying for help. Imtiaz had gone to put a cardboard TV box in his garage and he found the ex husband standing there.” The baby, who relatives have named Ibrahim, was being cared for in hospital where doctors said he was in a stable condition. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Have the guts to intervene urges heroine who saved police officers life

She said the police put their lives on the line for the public everyday and more people should have the guts to back them when they see them under attack. A grandmother who risked her life to stop a policeman being kicked to death has urged the public to intervene when they see officers in trouble, saying “we are all in this together”. Mrs Briggs said: “Where would we be without the police. They are the people we turn to when we are in trouble and they should be able to rely on us when they need us. It is just human decency.”… Debbie Briggs, 55, who is only 5ft 2in tall, received a national bravery award after leaping from her car to prevent an armed assault on an officer in Blackpool, Lancashire. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Vulnerable young woman pimped out to men in care scandal still not

An “incredibly vulnerable” young woman who was ‘pimped out’ to men in a social care scandal has still not received a welfare plan, a judge has said.The 23-year-old woman, who has learning difficulties and is obsessed with men and sex, is in the care of Manchester City Council but currently lives within Rochdale Borough Council.However today a specialist court heard that council social services staff need to explain why a care plan – which should have been in place three-months-ago – has not been implemented.Details of her case emerged in October when The Times reported that the young autistic woman, who cannot be identified, was allowed to have sex with numerous men because her carers were said to believe that high-risk encounters with strangers might help her to “learn from her mistakes”.Relatives of the young woman accused care authorities of approving an “experiment” that led to the “pimping out of a highly vulnerable young woman”.Mr Justice Hayden, who is overseeing the case at hearings in the Court of Protection in London, said that an integrated plan which covers health, education and care was recommended by a specialist in December and is key to the woman’s welfare. However he added that the new care plan has still not been put into practice and he is keen to know why.The judge, who also hears cases in the Family Division of the High Court, took control of the case in October after concerns were raised in the media about the way the woman had been cared for.He has heard that two councils – Manchester City Council and Rochdale Borough Council – are involved in her care.The judge said social services bosses at Rochdale Council, not Manchester Council, had questions to answer about the care plan. “She is a young woman who is obsessed with men and sex,” he said. “She is incredibly vulnerable.”He said the integrated health, education and care plan was key and added: “The recommendation was made in December. We sit here in March, once again with nothing being done. It is incredibly frustrating.”The judge said he wanted bosses at Rochdale Council to explain why it was taking “so long” for the plan to be put in place.Cases are heard at the Court of Protection when issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions are considered.Rochdale Council did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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University student died when he was crushed by falling traffic lights court

Judge Hancox said it was a continuing tragedy for the second-year biochemistry undergraduate’s family who was described as “strong, smart, independent, kind and caring”.James Thomas, prosecuting, said Jackson’s vehicle had no defects and there was no evidence he had drunk alcohol or was using a mobile phone. He also said there was no evidence to suggest a medical cause for the defendant to pass out. A university student was killed when traffic lights fell on him as he waited to cross a road, a court heard.Gordon Jackson, 70, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Andrew Robertson by careless driving after he struck the kerb and caused the signalling post to fall on the 20-year-old.Nottingham Crown Court heard how the pensioner was attempting to pull into another lane at too acute an angle when he caused the collision close to where the University of Nottingham student was standing.Judge Sally Hancox, at Nottingham Crown Court, said there was no need for Jackson, from Stoke-On-Trent, to perform the manoeuvre which took place on the A52 near Lenton.“Your driving fell below that of a careful and competent driver,” she said, before handing him an 18-month community order and a 15-month driving ban.Jackson surrendered his licence and was reported to have said: “I don’t think I really should have been driving and, to be honest, after what happened today, I don’t think I will be driving again.”His barrister, Malcolm Galloway, told the court how Jackson had no memory of the collision.”Within a couple of minutes after the event, he was texting his partner saying he’d had a blackout and ‘I think I have killed someone’,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Patients waiting for hip operations suffering pain worse than death

Patients waiting for hip replacements are suffering pain “worse than death”, a study by Edinburgh University suggests. The research recorded the health states of more than 2,000 people on waiting lists and found 19 per cent were in extreme pain or discomfort.The level is so poor it is defined by experts as “worse than death” – more painful than chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart failure or lung diseases.Scientists who used the internationally approved EQ-5D measurement said the findings disprove perceptions that hip and knee arthritis only causes mild discomfort.Earlier this year research found that four in 10 clinical commissioning groups in England are rationing hip and knee operations.In some areas, patients are only allowed NHS operations if they are in so much pain they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks.The Royal College of Surgeons has described the restrictions are “alarming” and “arbitrary”.The EQ-5D measures a patient’s ability to perform routine activities and look after themselves, as well as their levels of mobility, discomfort and anxiety.Scores improved dramatically following joint replacement, experts said.Chloe Scott, senior clinical lecturer at Edinburgh University, said: “Patients with the most extreme EQ-5D scores should be a priority for healthcare delivery.”Indeed, given the overall high levels of pain and disability described by all patients awaiting joint replacement compared with most other illnesses, access to appropriate treatment should be free and available to all at the time of need not limited by cost or bed availability.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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White supremacist who owned boxer shorts emblazoned with Nazi swastikas guilty of

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A white supremacist who owned boxer shorts emblazoned with Nazi swastikas has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred.Nathan Worrell, 46, from Grimsby had denied 11 race hate offences after being accused of distributing stickers and posters with slogans including “Diversity is White Genocide” and “Refugees Not Welcome”.He was arrested in November 2017 but denied having done anything wrong saying if people did not like the slogans they could ignore them.During the trial Worrell described himself as an “ethno-nationalist” and said he did not believe in diversity or multiculturism.When police searched his home they found shirts, jumpers and underwear bearing Nazi symbols as well as swastika fridge magnets and a large amount of Nazi propaganda.The prosecution said the material was threatening, abusive or insulting and Worrell’s intention was to stir up racial hatred around Grimsby by distributing or displaying the stickers. Prosecutors also said that he had also stirred up racial hatred by publishing, distributing and displaying the racist stickers on lamp posts, signs and notice boards.He was convicted of eight charges but cleared of three others at Grimsby Crown Court.Worrell was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Thursday.Jenny Hopkins from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Nathan Worrell is a committed neo-Nazi with a hatred of people who are not white. “From the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed, he surrounds himself with images of Hitler, the SS and the Third Reich.“The CPS will prosecute right-wing extremists who stir up racial hatred in communities and help keep the public safe.”     read more

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TT businesswoman found stabbed to death

(Trinidad Express) A 65-year-old businesswoman was found stabbed to death at her home yesterday.Petra Manwaring was discovered dead on the kitchen floor of her home on the Southern Main Road, Lagoon Village, La Romaine.Petra ManwaringPolice said she had been stabbed to death.A brother and sister are helping the police with investigations.The body was found around 10 a.m. by one of her sisters who could not reach her on her phone, police said.Relatives did not speak to the media as they sat at a neighbour’s house looking on at crime scene investigators and homicide detectives.The Manwaring family owns an industrial and construction contracting company which does work with Petrotrin.Maurice White, a driver employed with the Manwaring family, said he went to the house around 8 a.m. to take her out.“On Wednesday, she told me to come and take the vehicle to fix. So when I came I knocked on the door upstairs. Her brother came by the window and he was telling me something but I couldn’t understand him.“I waited on the stairs to see if she was coming out and when I didn’t see her I called out for her again.“I checked the doors downstairs (of the office) and they were all locked. I thought she left, maybe took a taxi to come back. So then I left,” White said.The employee said he was told Manwaring lived with a brother who has Alzheimer’s disease, and a sister, who was mentally ill.Neighbours said she was last seen on Wednesday.“We had something for her in the fridge and she came to collect it. I think she was going to cook. She seemed normal,” one said.Responding were ASP Ali Mohammed, Insp Don Gajadhar, Insp Persad, Sgts Persad and Ramdial and others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T woman stabbed to death, lover attempts suicideMarch 14, 2016In “Crime”T&T mother, 56, stabbed to death, murder toll at 71February 24, 2016In “tt mother stabbed to death”T&T woman brutally stabbed to death, attacker kills selfJanuary 25, 2017In “latest news” read more

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