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Hundreds turn out to Luton peace vigil

Hundreds have turned out to a peace vigil in Luton after it emerged that the Westminster attacker had lived in the town.

Faith leaders, police officers and members of the public all turned out to pay tribute to those who lost their life and promote community cohesion.

Faith leaders, police officers and members of the public all turned out to pay tribute to the victims. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Former neighbours of 52-year-old Khalid Masood said they were disgusted to find out he was behind the terror attacks that left carnage on the streets of London.

Policeman seriously injured in London attack originally from Braintree

Police cars at the scene. Credit: PA.

A 35-year-old policeman seriously injured in Wednesday’s terrorist attack was from Braintree.

Kris Aves suffered what has been described as life-changing injuries including two broken legs and a broken arm when he was hit by the attacker’s car on Westminster bridge.

It is thought he was among a party of policemen on the bridge who were returning from an awards ceremony.

He now lives in Barnet. Mr Aves' parents, who still live in Braintree, are at his bedside.


Appeal for anyone who knew Westminster attacker to contact police

The scene of the terror attack Credit: ITV News Anglia

The man who carried out the Westminster terror attack had previously lived in Luton.

52-year old Khalid Masood had lived in the town up until 2012, when he moved to the West Midlands.

It's now been revealed that his birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao.

"We remain keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well, understands who his associates were and can provide us with information about places he has recently visited. There might be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but did not feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing those concerns to us."

– Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard

Essex Police concerned for missing 13-year old boy

Patrick Casey was last seen on 18th March Credit: Essex police

Essex police say they're concerned for the welfare of 13 year old Patrick Casey from Frinton-on-Sea, who has been missing almost a week.

He was last seen on Saturday 18th March at around 1pm when he left home to meet a friend in Clacton.

  • 5ft 2ins
  • Slim build
  • Wearing a Nike baseball cap
  • Grey top
  • Grey bottoms
  • Carrying a blue Adidas sports bag

Anyone who knows where Patrick is can contact Clacton police station on 101.

Westminster attacker previously lived in Luton

Police responding to the terror attack in Westminster. Credit: PA

The man responsible for the terror attack in Westminster had previously lived in Luton, it has emerged.

Khalid Masood, who was 52, ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing to death policeman Keith Palmer in the grounds of Parliament.

Masood most recently lived in the West Midlands, but had been in Dunraven Avenue, in Luton, for a several years before moving in 2012.

"I'm absolutely disgusted and saddened in a way that you don't know your neighbours as well as you should do.

"I would see him gardening frequently at the weekends, quite house proud, in relaxed clothing with two small children.

"He would be frequently loading the children into his car, but I didn't see his wife very much.

– Katie Garricques, former neighbour

How our region remembered the Westminster victims

Tributes have been pouring in for Keith Palmer, the police officer murdered in yesterday's terrorist attack in Westminster.

A couple from Norfolk have been talking about how stopping to take a selfie outside the Houses of Parliament probably saved their lives - and across the region there have been demonstrations of support for those killed and injured.


Policing Minister: 'The British way of life will prevail'

The Policing Minister Brandon Lewis has vowed that the British way of life "will prevail" following Wednesday's terror attack in Westminster.

Mr Lewis, who is also the MP for Great Yarmouth, urged people to get on with their normal lives and stay strong.

The man responsible for the attack has this afternoon been named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood from Kent.

"As the Prime Minister outlined in her statement today, the threat level doesn't change," Mr Lewis told ITV News Anglia.

"We're keeping the threat level as it was. We do believe this was a single incident, and people around the country should do as we're seeing in London today - British people getting on with their everyday lives, getting on with work and making sure that our way of life does prevail."

Essex policeman walks free from court after child porn sentencing

He was sentenced to a four month suspended prison sentence. Credit: Essex police

An Essex police officer has walked free from court after admitting to child porn charges.

Pc Clive Hansen, who was based on Canvey Island, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing a prohibited images when he appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on February 13.

At his sentencing on Thursday 23 March he was given a four month prison term suspended for 12 months. It means he won’t go to prison unless he commits another crime in the next year.

He was also dismissed from the force and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

Chief Constable Steven Kavanagh chaired the special case hearing at Chelmsford County Court.

The protection of public confidence in policing is vital if we are to face the scourge of child abuse imagery and other crimes in the modern age.

Police officers should as part of their professional duties commit to the protection of the weak and the innocent.

Every abuse image of a child re-victimises that vulnerable individual and is abhorrent to society.

Those in positions of power are rightly expected by the public and colleagues to adhere to appropriate standards of behaviour.

– Chief Constable Steven Kavanagh
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