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Home Sec: Terror threat to UK is grave and growing

Theresa May said the threat the UK faces from terrorism is grave and growing Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Home Secretary Theresa May said the threat to the UK faces from terrorism is "grave and growing". She was responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons from Labour's Yvette Cooper.

Ms May reiterated the government's advice against British citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria.

She said the government has "consistently and emphatically advised against any and all travel to Iraq and Syria and when this happens we have seen that the impact on families and communities is devastating".

She added that all aspects of society must play their part to fight against radicalisation.


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Labour to ask urgent question on terrorism in Commons

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will ask an urgent question on terrorism in the Commons. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will ask an urgent question on Government counter terrorism policy at 3.30pm in the House of Commons.

The question is also expected to raise the issue of the implications for UK individuals travelling to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.

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PM pledges 'whatever it takes' to protect UK from terror

The Prime Minister has vowed to do "whatever it takes" to protect the UK from extremists - and said he wants to work with technology companies to lock down loopholes which can be exploited by terrorist groups.

Speaking at an event in Colchester, David Cameron said he had concerns over the way groups such as Islamic State might be able to communicate in future - and said more laws might be needed.

My view is national security comes first. Whatever it takes, whatever is necessary to keep the British public safe, I will always be a Prime Minister who wants to push for those changes.

Over time, yes of course, we are going to do more to make sure that as technology develops we can make sure we can keep people safe.

I'm not satisfied that we can allow means of communication to develop which in extremis we are simply unable to intercept.

That is the concern I have and I have said that many times before.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

London queues at St Pancras as Eurostar stops services

With the line between the two stations closed, Eurostar halted services between London and Paris and Brussels.

The Southeastern train company's high-speed Javelin trains which use the HS1 high-speed line, were also unable to run between the two stations. Eurostar said it hoped to resume services later today.


Scaffolding collapses onto double decker bus in Peckham

A double-decker bus was hit by falling scaffolding in Peckham High Street today. The scaffolding struck the number 345 shortly after 11am. No one was injured.

At around 11am this morning some scaffolding collapsed on a route 345 bus as it was driving down Peckham High St, at the junction with Basingcourt.

The bus was in service at the time and there have been no reports of injuries. We will work with the emergency services who will be investigating this incident.

– Transport for London

Racist, abusive behaviour on London to Manchester train

Police have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea football fans on a train from London to Manchester last night.

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British Transport Police were called to meet the train as it entered Stoke station, and asked four men to leave.

Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, 1 March, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue. Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.

– British Transport Police

Police did not give details of the abuse or racist language alleged to have been used.

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