Barcelona attack: Van driver shot dead by police

Barcelona attack: Van driver shot dead by police

Spanish police have shot dead the main suspect in last Thursday’s Barcelona attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub. Police believe he was the driver of a van which careered down the Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others. He was killed some 25 miles (40km) west of Barcelona near a sewage treatment works following a tip off. Abouyaaqoub, wearing a fake explosive belt, is reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Greatest”). An…

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Spanish police stop second attack after 13 killed in Barcelona

Spanish police stop second attack after 13 killed in Barcelona

Spanish police say they have killed five people in the town of Cambrils to stop a second attempted van attack after an earlier one in Barcelona. The attackers were wearing explosive belts, police said. Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas area on Thursday afternoon. The driver of the can fled and is still at large. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was a…

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Australia police 'foil terror plot to bring down plane'

Australia police 'foil terror plot to bring down plane'

Counter-terrorism police in Australia have stopped a suspected plot to bring down an aeroplane, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said. He was speaking after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney. Investigators said they had information that the plot to blow up an aircraft involved the use of an “improvised device”. Mr Turnbull said the raids had been a “major joint counter-terrorism operation”. He said extra security was in place at domestic and international…

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Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police

Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire say they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed. It means senior executives from the council and the tenant management organisation that ran the block are likely to be interviewed under caution. A letter from the Met Police to residents said officers had “seized a huge amount of material”. At least 80 people died in the fire in North Kensington on 14 June….

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Switzerland chainsaw attack: Police hunt Schaffhausen attacker

Switzerland chainsaw attack: Police hunt Schaffhausen attacker

Police are hunting for a man who attacked five people with a chainsaw in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen. Franz Wrousis is alleged to have launched his assault at a health insurance office shortly after 10:30 local time (08:30 GMT). Police said they believed Mr Wrousis, who is thought to live in the woods, is still armed with a chainsaw. They warn the 51-year-old is highly dangerous, and is likely to react aggressively if forced…

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G20: Hamburg sees clashes between police and protesters

G20: Hamburg sees clashes between police and protesters

Media playback is unsupported on your device Seventy-six police officers have been injured in clashes with protesters in Germany’s city of Hamburg, where a G20 summit starts shortly. Three officers were taken to hospital, police said. There were also reports of injuries among protesters. The clashes began when police charged at masked protesters at a “Welcome to hell” march attended by 12,000 people. World leaders – including US President Donald Trump – will discuss climate…

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Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

Grenfell Tower: Fire started in Hotpoint fridge-freezer, say police

The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a fridge-freezer, and outside cladding and insulation failed safety tests, police say. The Metropolitan Police say manslaughter, health and safety, and fire safety charges will be considered. A total of 79 people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block and nearby. In Salford, cladding is to be removed from nine of its residential tower blocks because of safety concerns. The…

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London fire: 58 missing, presumed dead – police

London fire: 58 missing, presumed dead – police

A total of 58 people are dead or missing, presumed dead following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, police have said. Commander Stuart Cundy said that number “may increase”. The BBC understands it could be around 70 people in total. The recovery operation at the burnt-out block of flats has resumed and could take weeks, he said. Meanwhile, PM Theresa May admitted support for families in the “initial hours” was “not good…

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