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Vickers: 'Touched by attention' but is part of a 'remarkable team'

Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms who shot dead the gunman in the Canadian Parliament, has paid tribute to the security services who 'pulled together quickly' in the wake of the attack.

I am very touched by the attention directed at me following yesterday’s events. However, I have the support of a remarkable security team that is committed to ensuring the safety of Members, employees and visitors to the Hill. Yesterday, during extraordinary circumstances, security personnel demonstrated professionalism and courage. I am grateful and proud to be part of this team.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Speaker, the Hon. Andrew Scheer, for his leadership and calm demeanour throughout.

On behalf of all members of the House of Commons Security Services team, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Our prayers are with you. Our thoughts are also with Constable Samearn Son, who has been with the House of Commons Security Services for 10 years. Constable Son suffered a gun shot wound to the leg. He is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

As this is an ongoing investigation, I unfortunately cannot comment any further at this time.

– Statement from the Canadian Sergeant-at-Arms
  1. Robert Moore

Canada is resilient but vulnerable a day after Ottawa attack

According to police it does seem increasingly likely this was some sort of lone wolf style operation by the gunman. But we still don't know if he had a network of supporters and even whether he had an allegiance to the Islamic State.

Frustratingly he was on the radar screen of counter-terrorism officials. Not under active surveillance but we believe that he'd applied for a passport and been denied it.

Talking to MPs here today I got the sense, paradoxically, of relief, many thought that without the intervention of the Sergeant-at-Arms this tragedy would have been a great deal more serious.

Police refer 14 staff to IPCC over Rotherham abuse scandal

Rotherham officials are said to have ignored numerous credible warnings.

The police force at the centre of the Rotherham abuse scandal have referred 14 staff members of its staff to police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

South Yorkshire Police said it had not ruled out referring more people as investigations continue into what happened in the town.

The force has been heavily criticised in the wake of the Jay Report, published in August, which outlined how at least 1,400 children had been sexually exploited by gangs of men in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report, said senior police and council officials must have known what was happening but failed to act.

In a statement, the force said: "South Yorkshire Police has now referred 14 people to the IPCC and may make further referrals should the criteria be met.

"Both South Yorkshire Police and the independent investigation will remain in constant dialogue with the IPCC."


Ebola in Sierra Leone 'a bush fire raging out of control'

The head of the UN's Ebola mission has compared the disease in Sierra Leone to "a bush fire raging out of control".

But the country's president, Ernest Bai Koromo, has told ITV News in a rare interview that his government is "getting a grip" on the deadly virus.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports from Freetown, Sierra Leone:

Home of arrested Royal Protection officer searched

Investigators have been searching the home of a Royal Protection officer and a police building in the grounds of Buckingham Palace where ammunition was found.

Today's arrest came about as a result of an internal investigation by the Metropolitan Police.

The investigation, by the Directorate of Professional Standards, commenced a few weeks ago following the reporting by officers from Royalty Protection of ammunition found in their personal lockers or belongings.

– metropolitan police

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said a reorganisation of the force's Protection Command had "revealed a few pockets of poor behaviour".

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