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'Liquid bomb' plotter bids to get conviction overturned

The mastermind behind the 'liquid bomb plot' - one of the largest terrorist plots ever discovered in Britain - is making a bid to have his conviction overturned on human rights grounds.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali developed a home-made hydrogen peroxide bomb that could be disguised as a soft drink through airport security and assembled on board.

The discovery of his suicide plan in 2006 led to urgent international restrictions on carrying fluids on aircraft.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali was given a life sentence after being convicted of conspiracy to murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Archive

Ali is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights to claim his human rights were infringed by publicity, saying the jury would have been prejudiced by coverage of a previous trial.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told The Sunday Telegraph: "It is unacceptable to have a situation in which claims to the European Court of Human Rights are actually being used to undermine our justice system."

Pie shop recognised for 'cultural' contribution

For the people of Walthamstow L Manze eel, pie and mash shop has always been an institution.

Well now it's officially been recognised as a place of national cultural importance. Established in 1929, the shop has been given Grade 2 listed status because of its beautifully preserved interior. Dan Hewitt went to have a look around.


Pie & Mash shops 'intrinsically linked to London'

Pie and Mash shops are as intrinsically linked to London as black cabs and beefeaters.

L Manze's in Walthamstow is a unique part of the capital's heritage, and is as relevant and popular now as it was when it first opened in the 1920s.

It clearly deserves to be given Grade II listed status

– Ed Vaizey MP, Heritage Minister

Gilt lettering & white-tiled interior helps seal listed status

The shop was given listed status because of its historical interest. The Heritage Minister, Ed Vaizey, says it embodies the standard features of the London eel, pie and mash shop, from the gilt lettering on the shop-front to the white-tiled interior with mirrors, seating booths and marble counters.

L Manze Eel, Pie and Mash Shop in Wathamstow Credit: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The shop now has Grade II listed status Credit: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

East End Pie & Mash shop given official listed status

A Pie and Mash shop in London's East End has been given official Grade II listed status by the government.

Manze Eel, Pie and Mash Shop on Walthamstow High Street Credit: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

L Manze Eel, Pie and Mash Shop on Walthamstow High Street was originally bought in 1929 when Luigi Manze employed architect Herbert Wright to design it. The Manze family then continued to run the shop until 1970.

Lost snake turns up in Taoist temple during prayers

A Taoist temple in east London had a surprise visitor during prayers this week when a corn snake slid under the door to join them. The reptile, thought to be an escaped exotic pet, was first seen at the Walthamstow Temple on Wednesday. He was caught and the RSPCA was called.

Corn snake being cared for by the RSPCA Credit: RSPCA

Animal Collection officer Greg Hagen said: "It was one of the more unusual places I have been to rescue an animal - but snakes can make their way into all kinds of nooks and crannies and obviously saw the gap beneath the door and decided to go for it.

"It is likely that this is an escaped pet and I urge anyone who thinks they may know who the owner is to give us a call. Corn snakes are excellent escape artists.

"It's lucky this one was found as snakes need special environment with a heat gradient in order to survive and so it would not have lasted long in this cold weather. Anyone with any information about this snake should call 0300 123 8018."


CCTV appeal as autistic teenager is robbed in underpass

An autistic teenager has been robbed in an east London underpass while on her way to visit her grandmother. The attack happened on Saturday as the 18-year-old woman was walking beneath the Billet Roundabout in Walthamstow.

A man on a bike approached the victim, and as she tried to ignore him she was punched repeatedly in the head. Detectives have released a CCTV footage of the attack as part of their appeal to identify the man responsible.

Cycling Legend turns 100

Percy Wilding turns 100 today with a large family party being held in east London to celebrate the occasion.

Percy is a local legend who was known for his enjoyment of cycling, long before it became fashionable in London.

Percy has never owned a car but covered thousands of miles across the UK, from John o' Groats to Lands End, on his bike embracing his real passion for cycling.

He rode to work every day for nearly 60 years as he worked well into his eighties.

Police shoot man in Walthamstow

A man's being treated in hospital, after being shot by police in Walthamstow.

Officers were called out to Hale End Road, at around 8:15pm, following reports that a man had been seen carrying a handgun.

Shots were fired at the man by police officers. First aid was provided at the scene before the London Ambulance Service arrived.

The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the IPCC will also be notified as a matter of course.

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