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Met chief on Harry Roberts release: 'Life' should have meant what it said

The chief of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has responded to the expected release of police killer Harry Roberts:

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Canadian PM lays wreath at National War Memorial

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen Harper, lay flowers at the Canadian War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Credit: Reuters

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen lay a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to commemorate the shooting of Canadian army reservist Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the site yesterday.

Daughter of murdered police officer 'sickened' by decision to release killer

The daughter of a murdered police officer has said she is "sickened" to learn that her father's killer is to be released without any prior warning.

Harry Roberts, now 78, opened fire on three unarmed police officers in 1966. He has served 45 years of a life sentence.

Mandy Fox, the youngest daughter of Pc Geoffrey Fox, told ITV News:

With reference to the release of Harry Roberts by the parole board, I would like to complain strongly to the ministry of justice for not informing our family that this release had been granted and was imminent. It has impacted severely on myself as I have health problems compounded greatly by the devastation caused by Mr Roberts and company and it sickens me to know that this is happening without any prior notice being given in order to prepare myself mentally for what is a very emotional time.

What signal does this show our courageous serving police officers throughout the country, who put their lives on the line daily for our protection and safety, it is an utter disgrace and should never have been aloud [sic].

We have not further comments and wish not to be disturbed at this time.

– Mandy Fox

Queen 'shocked and saddened' by Ottawa shooting

Queen Elizabeth II has said she is "shocked and saddened" by the shootings in Ottawa, Canada, in which a soldier was killed and two others were injured.

Philip and I were shocked and saddened by the events in Ottawa.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

– HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Ottawa shooting: Mother of suspect 'sorry' for victims

Chloe Hogan, of Hamilton, places flowers at a memorial outside the gates of the John Weir Foote Armory, the home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the regiment of murdered soldier Nathan Crillio. Credit: PA Images

The mother of the man believed by Canadian police to be the gunman behind yesterday's attacks in Ottawa has said she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son, the Associated Press have said.

Susan Bibeau told an AP reporter she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.

"Can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry."

Police identified 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shortly after his deadly rampage in the Canadian capital was stopped in its tracks when he was shot and killed by parliament's ceremonial Sergeant-at-arms.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed and two other people were wounded in the attack.

Hanwell falls silent to remember Alice Gross

Hanwell stood silent today to remember the murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross on the day of her funeral.

Local people came to pay their respects as a hearse carrying the 14-year-old's coffin passed through the area in west London.

Alice's family said it was "impossible" to understand the "appalling" circumstances in which Alice died.

ITV News Reporter Sejal Karia reports:

Decision to free police killer a 'disgrace'

A man who was at the scene of the murder of three unarmed policemen has told ITV News it is a "disgrace" that one of the men responsible for their murders is being released from prison.

Glen Hazell speaking to ITV News' Emma Murphy. Credit: ITV News

Glen Hazell, who was 11, was playing with friends in Shepherd's Bush when Harry Roberts and two associates opened fire on the officers in 1966.

The Parole Board today announced that Roberts, who was handed a life sentence, will be released after serving 48 years, a decision that has sparked fury among police groups.

"I don't think he should be allowed anywhere near the public...it's a disgrace," he told ITV News Senior Correspondent Emma Murphy.

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