Month: September 2019

GAMES3 POINT PERC.2 POINT PERC.GAME SCORERECORDWIN PERC. Source: There can be no diminishing the accomplishments of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who came back from a 3-1 series deficit to end the Golden State Warriors’ reign as NBA champions. King James deserves every accolade he receives — and I’m sure he’ll have words for the doubters who didn’t think this was possible. Like me.I’ve been bullish on the Warriors for a while now. Early in the season, I wrote about Stephen Curry’s ability to handle virtually any shooting burden before I even knew that he was a legitimate threat from 30 feet. My operating theory was that Curry should take more and more and more 3-pointers. In the final game of the season, he had 14 attempts (yay!) but made only four (oops).Teams with recent championship experience tend to be money in the playoffs, and this Warriors squad seemed not to be affected much by the strength of their opponents — both of which should have made the team bigger favorites than even our models suggested. So when the winningest team in NBA history needed to win only two of five (and then one of three) games against a team it had beaten all four times they played this season — by an average of 22 points — I felt pretty good about my position. I was wrong.The Warriors ended up losing as many games in the playoffs as they did in the regular season, finishing with a particularly un-GOATish 7-7 stretch against Oklahoma City and Cleveland. Although a 14-game break-even stretch doesn’t sound horrible, it would be highly improbable for a team that won 90 percent of its games, as the Warriors had with Curry playing. Of course, the Thunder and Cavaliers were stronger than the Warriors’ typical opponents (the Warriors did go 5-0 against them during the regular season, and remember they crushed strong opponents as easily as weak ones throughout the season), though this is partly offset by the Warriors’ home-court advantage.A result like that 7-7 raises questions: Have the Warriors been solved? Is Curry unable to carry an offense single-handedly after all, or was his run of bad form because of something else, like a lingering injury? From an empirical standpoint, this bizarre end to the season doesn’t tell us as much as we would like, but it does hold a few insights.Although Curry’s performance in the playoffs clearly regressed from his in the regular season, why that happened is unclear. There are, however, reasons to believe it was more than simply a run of bad shooting luck, but not something as dim as the Golden State model succumbing to playoff basketball. Since his first injury, in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, Curry hasn’t really been Curry. He’s struggled to turn the corner on defenders on his way to the rim, and he’s had a troubling turnover rate, which may have happened (in part) because he found himself with unfamiliar passing lanes after being unable to create his usual space. Curry’s dropoff was also evident in his shooting weeks ago, and it hasn’t improved. Since his return, Curry has been worse in virtually every significant metric — even compared to his pre-injury performance against the same opponents: Game Score is an imperfect metric for combining box score stats, but in this case, it gets the job done. Pre-injury, Curry performed better against his playoff opponents this season than he did against a typical team.1“Pre-injury, playoff opponents” includes regular-season games against the Rockets, Blazers, Thunder and Cavaliers and Game 1 of the Warriors’ playoff series against the Rockets. “Post-injury” includes Game 4 against the Rockets and beyond. Moreover, he performed similarly against all four squads.Looking at the bottom line: The Warriors went 10-7 with Curry playing after his first injury. Again, although that doesn’t look dramatic, the likelihood of it happening by chance alone can be quite slim: For a team that wins 90 percent of games, the chances of losing seven of 17 are around 1 in 10,000. At 80 percent, they’re around 1 in 100, and at 70 percent, they’re around 1 in 10.2Based on a binomial calculation assuming that the Warriors were as good as their record, that their odds of winning were the same in each game, and that each game’s outcome is independent of the others. Note that these would not be great assumptions for making a precise calculation but are fine for a first cut, particularly with a Warriors team that for most of the season — did I mention? — didn’t seem to care much who they were playing.Also, when the Warriors lost three games to the Thunder (before going on to win the series), it seemed unremarkable — in part because it was in line with the tendency of teams that are good at winning also being good at winning playoff series. But now that the Warriors have lost four games to the Cavs, those results corroborate each other, suggesting that the Warriors weren’t just running badly, but that there was something systematically awry.3By Game 7 of the Finals, sportsbooks appeared to have this pegged, with most putting Golden State around -180, which would be absurdly low under normal circumstances.A 1-in-10 phenomenon is well within the range of stuff that happens in sports every day, and even 1-in-10,000 phenomena still happen. But the question isn’t whether the Warriors’ dreary finish was unlikely, but, given its unlikeliness, what is the most likely explanation. Did the Warriors just get unlucky? Are they — gasp — anti-clutch? Did two teams suddenly figure them out? Or was Curry’s injury a bigger factor than he let on?As usual, when something crazy happens, there can be many causes. A few Warriors may have performed poorly in the clutch. Teams may have “figured them out” to some degree. And they may have gotten a little unlucky. But those are the sorts of things that all teams have had to deal with historically, and teams as good as the Warriors haven’t broken overnight. More importantly, for the Warriors to pin this on fortune alone would require luck so profoundly bad that they’d be dodging falling pianos. That’s good news for Warriors’ fans. It means that, should they be able to heal what’s ailing them — such as a lingering injury to the league MVP — winning more championships still depends on fairly predictable outcomes rather than cruel turns of chance.At the very least, revolutionaries have good reasons to be hopeful that next season will continue where this season seemed destined to go rather than where it ended up. Pre-injury, non-playoff opponents44.8%56.5%24.361-789.7% Post-injury Steph played worse, won less Pre-injury, playoff opponents49.656.625.811-191.7 Post-injury39.348.517.110-758.8 VIDEO: The greatness of LeBron James read more

2017Cleveland1321Minnesota15011405-95 2010Denver1401San Francisco14181409-91 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYELODESIGNATED HOMEELOHARMONIC MEAN+/- AVERAGE The NFL will take over London for the 18th time — and the 11th consecutive year — this weekend when the Baltimore Ravens take on veteran overseas travelers the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. The game will be the first of four set in England this season, the most that have been played in a calendar year.For the NFL, the additional game — there have been three in London each of the past three seasons — represents a concerted effort to expand the popularity and global reach of its brand.1The NFL will also return to Mexico City this season. For the British, it’s another chance to watch lousy football.It’s no secret that the teams that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has sent have been overwhelmingly bad — and we aren’t just talking about the Jaguars. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pre-game Elo ratings, the harmonic mean of both teams’ ratings — a balanced measure of matchup quality that can better detect when both teams in a game are either good or bad — has been below average in 13 of the 17 games played in London.2Compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team. On top of that, all four games to be played in London this year will be below average, according to the team’s current Elo ratings. 2007New York Giants13Miami103✓ 2012New England1678St. Louis1393152222 2013San Francisco1642Jacksonville12461417-83 2015Detroit1432Kansas City15141472-28 2015New York Jets1478Miami14491463-37 2016Washington1509Cincinnati1525151717 2007N.Y. Giants1553Miami13581449-51 London NFL games have been consistently below averageThe harmonic mean of the Elo ratings of the teams in each matchup compared with 1500, roughly the rating of an average NFL team 2010Denver16San Francisco248✓ 2013Pittsburgh27Minnesota347✓ 2014Miami38Oakland1424 2017Arizona1529L.A. Rams14181471-29 2015New York Jets27Miami1413 2011Chicago1543Tampa Bay1527153535 2017New Orleans1460Miami15191489-11 2014Dallas31Jacksonville1714 2013San Francisco42Jacksonville1032 2009New England35Tampa Bay728 2015Buffalo1512Jacksonville13101404-96 2016New York Giants17L.A. Rams107✓ 2014Dallas1557Jacksonville12981416-84 Ten of the 17 games — or 59 percent — have been decided by one score. That might not sound so thrilling, but just 35 percent of all NFL games played since 2007 have been decided by 8 points or fewer. One of last year’s London games was so tightly matched, no one won it. (Fortunately for Cincinnati and Washington, they were playing in the one NFL location where fans are content with a tie.)Low-quality games usually lead to drops in attendance toward the end of the season. Not in London, though. All but two games have attracted a crowd of more than 80,000, with the highest NFL London crowd at 84,488 — for last year’s tie at Wembley. To put that in context, that average draw would have been the second-highest home attendance of any team in the league last season (behind only the Dallas Cowboys).As Goodell continues to push some of his most mediocre teams onto the international scene, it turns out that they’re rewarding fans with some of the league’s most competitive play. All 2017 games are based on Elo ratings before Week 3. 2014Detroit22Atlanta211✓ 2009New England1630Tampa Bay13751492-8 YEARDESIGNATED AWAYPOINTSDESIGNATED HOMEPOINTSPOINT DIFFWON BY ONE SCORE 2008San Diego32New Orleans375✓ Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2017Baltimore1539Jacksonville13961464-36 2013Pittsburgh1448Minnesota14771462-38 2011Chicago24Tampa Bay186✓ 2015Detroit10Kansas City4535 2016Indianapolis27Jacksonville303✓ The Jaguars are a big part of this, of course. Jacksonville has played in London four times, and the Elo rating of each of those four Jaguar teams ranks in the bottom five (among all 34 teams). Joining them in that bottom five are the 2014 Oakland Raiders. And it turns out that the Raiders’ game against the Miami Dolphins that year was the worst London matchup so far based on our Elo ratings. That game was so dreary that those Raiders, who fell to 0-4 after losing to Miami, fired their coach, Dennis Allen, not long after their plane touched down in the U.S. Perhaps by no coincidence, the Dolphins coach that year, Joe Philbin, would be fired the next season after starting 1-3. Philbin’s last game would be a loss to the Jets … in London.But not every game played in London has been between NFL bottom feeders — sometimes a good team makes the trip (and, sure, plays a bottom feeder). The Brits have experienced Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice, as well as the San Francisco 49ers the season after their latest Super Bowl appearance. But if you remove those three teams, the average London team,3Based on the harmonic mean. including this year’s Ravens and Jags, has an Elo rating of 1444. That’s roughly on par with this year’s 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals.NFL fans will generally tune in regardless of who is playing. So perhaps the NFL’s intention was that the consistently poor quality of opponents would be scratched out by competitive, exciting contests. If that’s the case, the plan is generally working. 2016Washington27Cincinnati270✓ 2008San Diego1600New Orleans1470153232 2014Detroit1541Atlanta14051470-30 2014Miami1449Oakland13271385-115 2016Indianapolis1469Jacksonville13501407-93 2016N.Y. Giants1466L.A. Rams14811473-27 2012New England45St. Louis Rams738 Blowout or bustThe point differential for regular-season NFL games played in London 2015Buffalo31Jacksonville343✓ read more

The big hittersDustin Johnson (odds to win: 12-to-1): Johnson entered Augusta last season having won three consecutive tournaments. He was among the favorites to win. Then he fell down a flight of stairs.This could be the year he exorcises those what-could-have-been demons.The 33-year-old is tied for the PGA Tour lead in par-4 scoring average and leads the tour in par-5 scoring average. He’s also No. 1 in total strokes gained, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And Johnson’s putting has been sensational; he ranks in the top 15 in strokes gained with the putter. With an ostentatious ability to drive the ball — he leads the tour in strokes gained off the tee — Johnson owns five of the tour’s 50 longest drives this season, providing ample opportunities for attendees to crow “mashed potatoes.”1Please don’t.Johnson has owned the longest holes at the Augusta National Golf Club, with a career mark of 46 under par on par-5s, according to ESPN Stats & Info. To compete this weekend, though, he’ll need to improve on par-4s, on which he’s a career 44 over par.Bubba Watson (odds to win: 16-to-1): The two-time Masters champion enters this weekend as arguably the player on tour in the best form.After going more than 40 events without a win, he has won twice in the past two months — at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Genesis Open. The same guy who was contemplating retirement last season during a rapid weight loss is now vying to become the ninth player to win the Masters at least three times.The 39-year-old’s unorthodox style feels tailor-made for rounds under the Georgia pines. The course allows him to attempt 45-yard hook shots with a pitching wedge, for example, and to uncork his 316.2-yard drives. And because he annihilates his tee shots, Watson has over his career played the par-5s at the Masters 65 under par, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The short game has traditionally held Watson back, but he has moved from outside the top 140 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green and with the putter last season to inside the top 80 in both this season.Rory McIlroy (odds to win: 12-to-1): With a roaring final-round 64, McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month, his first victory since the fall of 2016. Then came shots of vodka with the media.A win this weekend would complete the career Grand Slam for the 28-year-old. Since 2014, only Jordan Spieth has led more rounds in major tournaments than McIlroy has — and no player save for McIlroy can claim four top-10 finishes at Augusta over the past five years.After an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign, McIlroy has surged up the leaderboard in a number of metrics, ranking in the top 25 in total strokes gained, strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained with the putter. His drives are averaging a blistering 314.1 yards, a top-five mark on tour.To win, McIlroy will have to improve on holes 10, 11 and 12, where he’s a combined 26 over par since the final round in 2011, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The kidsJon Rahm (odds to win: 20-to-1): It can be easy to forget that Rahm is 23 years old — and not only because he has the face of a 35-year-old accountant. “Rahmbo” has been so good so fast that he’s the highest-ranked player to not have a major championship to his name, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Rahm’s putting has improved mightily: He’s jumped from No. 49 in strokes gained with the putter and No. 66 in putts per round last season to No. 32 and No. 13, respectively, this season.He cranks the ball 306.7 yards off the tee, which makes him No. 23 on tour. But he ranks much higher in strokes gained off the tee — second — because whether he’s blasting his driver or using another club, he’s effective in maximizing his first shots, covering 67.5 percent of hole yardage with his tee shots. Club selection is paramount at Augusta, particularly off the tee — will Rahm’s skills there and his improved putting help him notch a win?Jordan Spieth (odds to win: 10-to-1): Last weekend’s final-round 66 at the Houston Open gave Spieth’s supporters a reason to be optimistic about Augusta, where Spieth’s track record ranges from the sublime to the five-alarm tire fire.In the aggregate, though, Spieth has been dominant at the Masters: In his four starts, he hasn’t finished lower than 11th; three times, he ranked in the top 10. In 2015, he became the fifth-ever wire-to-wire winner and tied the all-time lowest winning score (270, -18). Since 2015, Spieth has been 20 shots or better than any other player at majors, according to ESPN Stats & Info.But Spieth has fallen off a cliff with his putter. In each of the past three seasons, he ranked 42nd or better in strokes gained with the putter. In 2018, he’s No. 185. But that hasn’t stopped him from attacking the longer holes on tour; he ranks in the top 20 in par-4 and par-5 scoring average. With a win, Spieth would be just the third player to claim four majors before his 25th birthday (the other two are Woods and Young Tom Morris). He turns 25 in July.Justin Thomas (odds to win: 10-to-1): Had he turned in a stronger performance last month, Thomas could have entered this weekend as the top player in the world. Should he win this weekend, few would question his place atop the global leaderboard.The 24-year-old has won an astonishing seven times since the start of the 2016 season, more than any player on tour. But the occasionally profane Kentucky native has struggled in his two previous appearances at Augusta, where he’s never shot in the 60s or finished in the top 20.However, Thomas comes into the tournament with much more momentum this time around. He has jumped from a No. 45 ranking a season ago to No. 5 this season in percentage of yardage covered by tee shots, largely because his drives are averaging 312.5 yards, the longest average distance he’s posted since he turned pro.The Europeans (and one Canadian)Paul Casey (odds to win: 20-to-1): The 40-year-old is one of the the least-discussed veterans in this year’s field, and though he has repeatedly demonstrated his poise at majors, he’s never quite managed a win.Casey has finished in the top 10 at each of the last three Masters, and he has logged top-10 marks at every major at least once in his career.This season, only Sergio Garcia, Johnson and Casey rank in the top five in both strokes gained tee to green and total strokes gained. The Englishman has also notched a win stateside this year at the Valspar Championship, though it’s possible his victory was overshadowed when a certain someone on a comeback tour finished tied for second.Alex Noren (odds to win: 40-to-1): The Swede hasn’t finished outside the top 36 all season, racking up three top-10 finishes. In search of his first major victory, Noren has come to the right place. Eight of the last 11 Masters winners had never won a major before taking home the green jacket, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Noren cut his teeth on the European Tour, where he won five times between July 2016 and May 2017. He enters this weekend ranked in the top 20 in total strokes gained and in strokes gained with the putter, on approach, and from tee to green.Justin Rose (odds to win: 12-to-1): Rose has been a perennial contender at Augusta, and this could be the year he finally breaks through and wins a green jacket. He has finished in the top 10 in the tournament each of the last three years, twice coming in second, and over the last three Masters combined, he has the best score relative to par of anyone on the tour. Rose has ended up in the top 25 in 10 of his 12 starts at the Masters, which is an absurd success rate. Among players with at least five starts at the tournament, only Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan have made the top 25 more consistently.Adam Hadwin (odds to win: 150-to-1): A Canadian made the list! Hadwin has finished among the top 20 in every tournament he’s played in since early February. If he can withstand inconsistencies off the tee (he ranks No. 129 in strokes gained off the tee) and on the green (No. 131 in strokes gained with the putter), his approach game can do most of the work (No. 22 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green, No. 7 in strokes gained around the green). This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Mike Weir’s improbable victory at Augusta to become the first Canadian man to win a major. Hadwin has finished in the top 10 three times so far this season, and like Weir, he’s deft with the short game. It’s Masters week, which means that it’s time to cancel your weekend plans, turn the dulcet tones of Jim Nantz’s voice up as loud as your television and neighbors will allow, and watch — in its piano-saturated glory — golf’s most popular event.The 82nd installment of the Masters will be the smallest field since the mid-1990s, and it will be the most competitive in at least the past decade. There are 10 players with shorter than 20-to-1 odds to win the tournament (two more are at 20-to-1 exactly), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Tuesday. That’s the most of any Masters since at least 2008, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Tiger Woods, a golfer you might have heard of, is in that group, as is another familiar name: Phil Mickelson. But they aren’t the only players worth paying attention to. Below, I’ve highlighted the other marquee players you should look out for, as well as the under-the-radar players who could find themselves in a green jacket by Sunday night. read more

OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) defends a Purdue player in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorAway contests for the Ohio State women’s basketball team have been problematic, as it has lost three of its five matches as the visitor this season.Now, after a convincing 90-70 victory Sunday afternoon over the Purdue Boilermakers, No. 7 OSU (13-4, 5-1) plans to carry over the energy it exposed in that game against Michigan (11-6, 3-3) Thursday evening. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to tip off at 6 p.m. in the Crisler Center.The main problem for the Buckeyes on the road revolves around their focus on the court. There have been times throughout the season where they haven’t honed in on what they had to do to get the job done, hurting them by the time the fourth quarter came around.“When we are not at home we have to make sure we have a lot of focus and stay together,” sophomore guard Asia Doss said. “The breakdowns mostly come on the defensive end, then (our opponents) get in transition and we don’t get back.”Doss returned to the starting lineup against Purdue, marking just her second start of the year. She contributed seven points and four assists in the 31 minutes that she saw the hardwood. Doss mentioned how it was a different experience starting rather than coming off the bench, specifically not being able to have those few minutes to analyze what is going on in the game prior to checking in.Although on paper the Scarlet and Gray have the clear advantage, the Wolverines have a roster that is littered with complete players. Despite the fact that the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is typically referred to when talking about the gridiron, there is still tension between the two regardless of what the sport may be.The last time these two faced off in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was a year ago on Jan. 11. The game extended into overtime, where the Wolverines eventually came out on top, 100-94. Just like the team that hit the century mark last year, Michigan is a high-scoring team, and the Buckeyes said they need to bring lockdown defense if they want to come out victorious.“I think our defense has to be really good,” coach Kevin McGuff said. “They really make you pay. They shoot the ball so well, and that’s what happened last year.”Scoring, contrary to focus for road games, has not been a problem for the Buckeyes, as they lead the conference in that category, dropping 86.4 points per game. Having two prolific scorers in senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell — both ranking in the top 10 in scoring for the conference — does not hurt OSU’s chances of putting the rock in the basket.Handling Thome and ThompsonThe Buckeyes have a tough task at hand stopping the talents of junior guard Siera Thompson and freshman center Hallie Thome. Both players have different types of games but can be lethal if they are able to get the shots they are looking for.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball in a game against Purdue on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThompson is a crafty guard who is known for her speed and getting to the basket. OSU’s backcourt will need to pressure her but also stay in front to not allow her to get penetration toward the basket. When Thompson is able to find a hole in the defense, she not only is able to create her own shots, but she can use her impressive court vision to distribute the ball to the open teammate, evident by the 4.7 assists she averages on the season.The 6-foot-5 freshman Thome is a skilled post player who originates from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, near Cleveland. In her last outing against Penn State, Thome grabbed five boards while shooting 8-of-9 from the field to finish with 18 points. Growing up nearby Buckeye Nation, one could expect Thome to bring her best play to the Crisler Center on Thursday.Switching up the starting fiveMcGuff and his coaching staff have yet to stick with one starting lineup, and it doesn’t look like there will be one solidified any time soon. With the lineup constantly changing, it could be difficult for a team to find chemistry and understand each other’s tendencies. Despite such concern, it hasn’t affected the Buckeyes quite yet, as they have been able to adjust to whatever fivesome McGuff decides to put on the floor.“Our kids have done a really good job right now, for the most part,” McGuff said about the flip-flopping of the lineups. “We are playing with different combinations and playing around with the lineup a little bit just because I was never really tied to anything in that regard.”Like many coaches, McGuff said he notices hard work, and if the players continue to work hard in practice and in the games, then they will be earning their playing time. What’s nextFollowing the Wolverines, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, for their second clash of the season with Rutgers (12-7, 3-4) on Sunday. On Jan. 10 when the Scarlet Knights visited Columbus, OSU had no problem overcoming them in a 90-78 win.Tipoff for the rematch is slated for 3 p.m. read more

Ohio State junior wrestler Kyle Snyder has already become one of coach Tom Ryan’s and the school’s most decorated wrestlers of all time. He has a record of 41-4 in NCAA competition including two finals appearances, All-American recognition in 2014-15, a 2016 NCAA championship and he was the youngest world champion in USA wrestling history in 2015.But there is still one accomplishment the 20-year-old has yet to meet; Olympic gold. On Aug. 5, Snyder will join his fellow Americans in Rio de Janeiro for the XXXI Olympiad.Snyder won the 97-kg freestyle weight class at the Olympic Trials over 2012 gold medal winner Jake Varner to clinch a spot on team USA, giving him a place in his weight class in Rio. After winning the world championships in Las Vegas in September, Snyder told the media on Tuesday that he feels confident, and he understands that wrestlers will begin to prepare for him more.“Some of the guys have wrestled me a little bit differently,” Snyder said. “They know my moves and they are more prepared for a match that I’m going to wrestle. It just takes time for me to adjust and improve as well. They get a little better, I get a little better. Hopefully by the end of the day, I’ll be the one that can compete well.”He competed in Grand Prix of Germany tournament from July 1 to 3 competing against top Olympic talent. Snyder said he faced three wrestlers in the top 20 in the world who will be in his bracket in Rio.He took bronze in Germany amongst five of his fellow USA Olympians.Up until his departure for the Olympics, Snyder’s training has been quite similar to that of his regimen for the NCAA championships. He lifts Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. He then wrestles on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with his training partner Tervel Dlagnev, who qualified for the Olympics by winning the 125-kg freestyle at the trials.Snyder said that the only difference from collegiate competition to training for the Olympics is that there is more focus on he and Dlagnev because coaches are only required to put their energy into two wrestlers instead of the 10 that make up a collegiate roster.Snyder said he has either wrestled against or seen film of every possible competitor at least a couple times. He does not compete until the final day, Aug. 21, in Rio, but said that at least it gives him a little time to enjoy the process of being an Olympian.Snyder said that he still gets butterflies from time to time, but he will enjoy the pressure that comes with being an Olympian.“I love it,” Snyder said about competing on the final day. “End it with a bang, hopefully. It will be the last thing people remember.”As excited as Snyder may be, OSU coach Ryan could speak for hours about his first wrestler to compete in the Olympic games. Ryan has spent 22 years as a coach and is “excited as heck” to cheer on Snyder in Rio alongside his family.“It shows the uniqueness of Kyle and the deep desire he has to be elite,” Ryan said. “These are the things we dream about as little kids. I’m looking forward to watching Kyle represent himself the way I know he will.”When Snyder wears the USA logo across his singlet next month, he said representing OSU will be on his mind.“There have been a lot of great athletes at Ohio State,” Snyder said. “I’m very proud to represent Ohio State and I feel like other than serving in the military, being an Olympian is the next best way to represent your country.” OSU sophomore Kyle Snyder enters the arena during the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSU read more

After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons last year, the Cincinnati Reds open their season at home against the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon to begin their 2011 campaign. Here are five key factors for the Reds to reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons — a feat the club hasn’t accomplished since winning consecutive World Series titles in 1975–76. Avoiding the ‘sophomore slump’ In 2010, the Reds debuted two pitchers — Travis Wood, 24, and Mike Leake, 23 — who came into the starting lineup and flashed signs of dominance in giving the club a combined 13 wins between the two rookies. With starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey battling shoulder injuries that have them on the disabled list to start the season, Wood and Leake will begin the season in the starting rotation. Building on their rookie success could be key factors in the Reds’ 2011 success. Position to watch After declining to bring back shortstop Orlando Cabrera, Paul Janish will enter the starting role. He is a player who isn’t talked about often, but he could have a huge impact on the season. His batting numbers have been weak, but have improved over each of his three seasons in the major leagues, while his defense has always been superior. Reigning World Series MVP Edgar Renteria was signed in the offseason and will serve as Janish’s backup. Renteria will likely see significant playing time. Regardless of who ends up as the full-time starter, the shortstop position appears to be the most intriguing entering the season. Names to know Last year, players like Janish, veteran infielder Miguel Cairo and then-rookie outfielder Chris Heisey came up big when regular starters were injured or needed a day off. If injuries catch up to the Reds at any point this season, don’t be surprised to hear names like infielder Yonder Alonso, outfielder Dave Sappelt or infielder Chris Valaika get a chance to step into the starting lineup. Alonso and Valaika both saw playing time for the Reds last season. Also keep in mind left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis, a former All-Star with the Florida Marlins, who signed with the Reds during the offseason but will begin the season in the Reds’ farm system. All four players have the potential to play at the major-league level and make an impact. Jay Bruce’s break-out season? When outfielder Bruce was called up to the majors in 2008, he started off his career with three home runs and seven RBIs in his first week as a pro. Expectations were high, and when his numbers fell down to Earth, fans and the media were quick to grow impatient with Bruce. However, Bruce’s batting average was .305 after the All-Star break last year, and he also hit 15 of his 25 home runs on the season in that time span. National League MVP Joey Votto’s rise to baseball stardom should take some of the pressure off Bruce, and the former first-round right fielder finally could have his break-out season. No longer the underdog The biggest challenge for the 2011 Reds is a simple one — they no longer can play the underdog card. They outdueled the perennially playoff-contending St. Louis Cardinals down the stretch and brought the NL Central crown to Cincinnati. No one will be surprised when outfielder Jonny Gomes comes up clutch in the bottom of the ninth inning, or when the speedy center fielder Drew Stubbs uses his speed to reach first base on what appears to be a bad bunt. This year, the only surprise will be if the Reds aren’t competing for a playoff spot as October approaches. read more

Cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs celebrates the Buckeyes victory over Wisconsin on Nov. 17, 2012 at Camp Randall Stadium. OSU won, 21-14.Sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves will have big shoes to fill for the Ohio State football team when it kicks off its season Aug. 31 versus Buffalo. With star cornerback Bradley Roby suspended for the season opener, Reeves will take Roby’s place in the starting lineup opposite junior Doran Grant, OSU cornerbacks coach KerryCoombs said Monday.Reeves said Monday he is looking forward to the opportunity to be a starter, if only for one game.“I can’t wait to have all my family and friends see me on the field,” Reeves said. “It’s going to be fun.”OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Saturday that Roby, a redshirtjunior, would be suspended for at least the first game of the season for his involvement in an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., on July 21. That announcement came one day after Roby’s charge was downgraded from misdemeanor battery to disorderly conduct.Roby was one of the nation’s best cornerbacks last season as a redshirt sophomore. He had 19 pass defenses in 11 games for a nation-best rate of 1.73 pass defenses per game. He was named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and a second-team All-American.Meyer has not ruled out the possibility of Roby being suspended for more than one game, but he is expected to return as the team’s No. 1 cornerback once he is off suspension.Coombs said Reeves has earned the opportunity to start against Buffalo.“(Reeves has had an) incredible offseason, great spring, worked really hard, understands the game, very committed, very focused,” Coombs said. “(He) still has to play, so we’ll find out on the 31st, but he’s going to line up, and he’s going to play, and I’m excited to see him play.”Starting opposite Reeves will be Grant, who is taking Travis Howard’s place in the starting lineup at cornerback.“I feel good. I feel ready to play. I’m ready for the season to get started,” Grant said.Grant started one game last season versus UAB in place of Roby. He saw action in all 12 games, accumulated 19 tackles and had an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery during the season.Going into this season as a starter, Grant said he has a fresh mindset and is going to play more aggressively.“I prepared for it just like I did last season,” Grant said. “I just grew a little bit, little bit more confident and I’m ready for Aug. 31.”Coombs said he’s confident in Grant’s ability.“I think there’s a difference when you walk in and hope to get a job, and when you’ve earned a job,” Coombs said. “I think he feels very, very confident in his ability to do that job. I know that I do.”With Roby’s ability to make plays on the ball and lock down opponents in coverage, opposing teams may be more prone to throw at Grant this season. Grant said he is looking forward to be tested by his opponents.“To me, it’s just more opportunity in my eyes,” Grant said.Coombs said Grant has been tested by all of the Buckeyes’ top wide receivers in fall camp, and that Grant has responded “incredibly well.”“If you’re going to play this position at this level, you better hope to be tested, that’s why you want to be there,” Coombssaid. “You’re standing out there on the island all by yourself. It takes a man’s man to play corner in the Big Ten Conference and I would expect that he’s really excited about that.”Redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said throwing against Grant in practice has been a challenge.“He’s a guy that works hard and he’s always in there and I think he’s going to do real good,” Guiton said. “He’s there, he’s always there, you have to make a good pass to complete it on him.”In football terminology, Roby plays boundary cornerback, which means he will play on the short side of the field and typically see more one-on-one matchups with the opposing team’s best receiver. Grant will play the field cornerback spot opposite Roby, but for the season opener, Coombs said both Grant and Reeves could see time as the boundary cornerback.“For the first game, Doran (Grant) will play some boundary, Armani (Reeves) will play some boundary,” Coombs said. “The throw is shorter to the boundary so it’s an easier throw. Offenses put their best guy there a lot. So a shorter throw to a better receiver requires tighter coverage. The skill set in the boundary is a little different than the skill set to the field.”Roby may be one of the nation’s best cornerbacks, but Coombs said the secondary will be fine without him in the lineup.“I want to make sure I’m very, very clear: We’re going to be good regardless of who’s in there,” Coombs said.Behind Roby, Grant and Reeves, the Buckeyes are relying on youth to step up quickly at cornerback.Three true freshmen — Eli Apple, Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley — are currently battling for depth chart position at cornerback behind Reeves, Coombs said.“They’re battling their butt(s) off,” Coombs said. “The guy who makes it through that the best is the guy that’s going to play the most, but I would expect all of them to play this year.”As for Reeves, he said although he is excited to start, his preparation will not change if he returns to a backup role upon Roby’s return.“Obviously he’s one of the best in the country, if not the best, so when he comes back I’m still going to do the same thing I’ve been doing all the time, and that’s working hard,” Reeves said of Roby. “And if I’m on the field at corner, I’m going to be going hard.”Reeves said Roby has still been the same player in camp too, even though he will be forced to sit out the opening game.“He’s been very supportive and working hard like always,” Reeves said. “Nothing’s really changed for him. Still a hard worker, film everyday, technique’s always on point.”The Aug. 31 season opener versus Buffalo is scheduled for a noon kickoff at Ohio Stadium. read more

Former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop announces his decision to enter the 2018 NBA draft with his parents during a press conference on March 26. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe decision that was made only a few days ago was not an easy one for Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop. But he felt it was the right one.Bates-Diop decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, he announced while sitting beside his parents at a press conference Monday afternoon.“I love this place. I’ve been here for four years and the memories I’ve made here, I had to weigh that versus my future,” Bates-Diop said. “Weighing all of my options, talking to my family, the coaches, former and pro teammates currently, I think it was the best decision for me.”Bates-Diop said he will sign with an agent and eliminate the possibility of returning to Ohio State for another season, but he has not decided on an agency yet because he has been solely focused on the decision. One factor that Bates-Diop said made a huge impact on his decision was his graduation from Ohio State in December. Bates-Diop placed an importance on leaving Ohio State with a degree.In addition to his graduation, the star forward considered what he had to gain, or rather, what he had to lose by staying another season. He fractured his leg near the beginning of his junior season and was forced to take a medical redshirt after appearing in just nine games. The fear of another injury provided Bates-Diop with incentive to leave early and avoid the chance of another injury harming his draft stock. “I think he realized the timing is right given that he’s 22 [years old] and given that he’s got his degree and all of those things kind of lined up,” Holtmann said. “I think he realized he made a significant contribution to our program in his time here but certainly this year in both his play and his leadership.”In his final season at Ohio State, Bates-Diop capped off his career with his best season, taking home the Big Ten Player of The Year trophy and leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015.Feeling that he was leaving the program at a point where it only had an upward trajectory, Bates-Diop took into account the success of the team this past season and realized it was the perfect time to leave.“It’s the best feeling and kind of one of the best parts about all of this,” Bates-Diop said. “The last couple of years have been down for Ohio State basketball and to do what we did and what I did individually this year and to kind of leave on that note is a bittersweet feeling but it’s probably the best way to go.”He said he had been debating his future since the start of Big Ten play and that as much as he tried to keep the focus solely on the present, he couldn’t help but look toward the future.Now he feels relieved to have a decision made so he can focus on the next chapter of his basketball career beyond Ohio State.“These last four years have been the best four years of my life, and it’s been a great journey,” Bates-Diop said. read more

first_imgNicola Sturgeon had supported their causeCredit:Andrew Cowan /PA Brain family The Brains faced having to return to AustraliaCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA “This case also illustrates a wider issue, which is that the UK Government must deliver an immigration system that meets Scotland’s needs and which allows talented international graduates and others with key skills to remain in Scotland after their studies are complete. We will continue to press for this.”  Their seven-year-old son Lachlan’s first language is Gaelic.  But they have now been granted a visa after Mrs Brain was offered a job with a Highland hotel group.Mr Brain had previously warned the family would be “homeless, jobless and significantly in debt” if they were not allowed to remain.Speaking on Tuesday he said: “We are still significantly in debt even with the incredible support we’ve had from our community and people right across the UK, but we’ll now have the opportunity to work and repay that, so we’re very grateful to be given that opportunity.” An Australian family who were fighting deportation from the Scottish Highlands have been told they can stay in Britain after the wife secured a new job.Gregg and Kathryn Brain set up home in Dingwall in 2011 but last month they were advised to quit the UK voluntarily after the Home Office said their leave to remain would not be continued.The family initially moved to the UK on Mrs Brain’s student visa but a two-year post-study visa scheme then on offer was later withdrawn by the UK Government. Nicola Sturgeon We have always been clear with the Brain family that if a suitable job offer was received an application to remain in the UK would be consideredHome Office Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I’m glad the UK Government has finally seen sense on this occasion – but the Brains should not have had this cloud of uncertainty hanging over them for so long. A Home Office spokesman said: “We have always been clear with the Brain family that if a suitable job offer was received an application to remain in the UK would be considered.”We gave them a number of extensions on an exceptional basis to allow them to try to secure a job that would allow them to meet the immigration rules. “Mrs Brain was subsequently offered a job with a hotel group. This has been considered and we are satisfied that it meets the conditions for a tier two visa.”Today we have written to Mrs Brain and confirmed that she and her family have been granted leave to remain in the UK.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgHere is a track I composed for @bhamcathedral entitled “How Good It Is”. It is my way of giving back to Birmingham.— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) January 5, 2017 But Iommi insists the group’s dark image was misconstrued.“People used to think we were Satanists but we weren’t,” he told the Birmingham Post.“The songs were the opposite – they were all about the dangers of Black Magic.“The closest we came was Black Magic chocolates!”Ms Ogle told the paper: “We had been introduced by a friend then, when Tony was unwell, we got to know one another better when I began to pray for him.“I kept in touch with Tony and his wife about his health.She added: “The words come from scripture and are really positive about people living together in peace and harmony.“This is what Birmingham is all about.” Check in tomorrow around 5:30pm UK time to hear a very different new piece of music from Tony.— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) January 4, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. His foray into ecclesiastical music will be viewed as more than a simple change in style given the hell-raising image of the band – which was routinely denounced as Satanic in some Christian circles.Black Sabbath will always be associated with the exploits of its former frontman Ozzy Osbourne who notoriously bit the head off a bat on stage, although that took place after he had left the band. Tony Iommi with the Very Rev Catherine OgleCredit:Sam Bagnall As startling changes in tack go, it is surely up there with St Paul on the road to Damascus.Tony Iommi, founder and lead guitarist of Black Sabbath – the man credited with inventing heavy metal –  has switched his one-time bat-biting bandmates for a group of choirboys and taken up church music.The 68-year-old musician has recorded a remarkable new choral work with the choir of Birmingham Cathedral and the cellist George Shilling. dean The piece, entitled How Good It Is, is inspired by the words of Psalm 133 which speaks about “brethren dwelling together in unity”. It was premiered at the cathedral on Thursday.It developed out a friendship between the musician and the cathedral’s Dean, the Very Rev Catherine Ogle, which grew up while he was being treated for cancer.last_img read more

first_imgDetective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “We’ve been told the allotments may have been used by rough sleepers at one point and we are keen to trace them too.”Mrs Adri-Soejoko moved to Britain from Belgium in 1966. DCI McHugh said she was “very active and very well known in the area, always at her allotment. A pillar of the community. She was a mother and grandmother”.Officers said she had been due to attend a “gardening and horticulture” meeting on Monday evening but had failed to turn up. DCI McHugh added: “Her family became concerned and made their own enquiries before visiting the police station which led officers to the allotments where she was sadly found. The 80-year-old president of a London allotment association has been found strangled in a shed hours after the group’s annual meeting.Lea Adri-Soejoko, who was described by police as a “pillar of the community”, was found dead in a garage at the Colindale allotments, in north-west London, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.Police refused to confirm reports from neighbours that Mrs Adri-Soejoko, who was also known by her maiden name of Hulselman, had been found with a rope tied around her neck. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The murder victim was named by police as Lea Adri-Soejoko, 80 The murder victim was named by police as Lea Adri-Soejoko, 80Credit: “Her family are absolutely devastated and trying to come to terms with the awful news.”In an earlier statement, he confirmed that police did “not have a motive for Lea’s murder” and said she had died in “the most tragic way possible”.He said that the 80-year-old had access to the building in which she was found, but would not confirm reports about how she died.The officer added: “There are a number of buildings ranging from sheds and garages, it is best described as a garage, it had two wooden doors. She had access to it.”We are not going to go into details as to how she died. “It’s fairly significant to the investigation, there has been a post mortem and we know the cause of death, it is in suspicious circumstances.”At this time we are open minded and we are trying to establish if there is any property missing.” I saw her last Friday when she was putting out the bins. My mum saw her two or three days ago. She was always pottering around in her big gardenUpinder Singh Zak Gulle, 68, who lives close by, said he had been told that she was “strangled with a rope in a shed nearby hers, her clothes were pulled over her head”.Mr Gulle said there had been burglaries from some of the allotments, and police said they wanted to track down homeless people who had been bedding down in the sheds on the site.last_img read more

first_img8:10AMVideo: Attacker killed three; 29 treated in hospital The Westminster terrorist who instigated the London attack  has been named by police as Khalid Masood, a British-born criminal with a string of previous convictions.After Isil claimed the attacker was a “soldier” of the terror group, Scotland Yard formally identified the 52-year-old – saying he was not the subject of any current investigations and there was “no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack”.But the man who killed four people – including a police officer – in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. He had not been convicted of any terrorism offences. 7:56PMAttacker was a ‘polite’ and ‘shy’ man, former neighbour says 3:20PMDonald Trump sends ‘prayers and condolences’ to American victim’s family 5:00PMMichael Deacon’s Commons sketch: Tributes, tears – and then steely resolve: how Parliament got back to business They carried on. A wide area around the Palace of Westminster had been cordoned off, the Tube station was shut, and most entrances to the estate were closed. Yet this morning, refusing to be cowed, Parliament went back to work.Read his full piece here. On the injuredMrs May said those injured included 12  Britons, three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, two Greeks,  and one each from Germany, Poland, Ireland, China, Italy and the United States.  Three police officers were also hurt, two of them seriously. Mrs May said the victims also included three police officers who were returning from an event to recognise their bravery.”Two of those three remain in a serious condition,” she added.On the attacker 9:51PMBritain’s terror hotspots A police cordon in Hagley Road, BirminghamCredit:Caters The Prime Minister earlier said the attacker was known to the police and security services, as she defiantly vowed: “We are not afraid and our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism.”It comes as Scotland Yard disclosed that the eight people – three women and five men – arrested in London and Birmingham are being held on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.Detectives are continuing to search a number of addresses linked to the investigation: one in Carmarthenshire, three in Birmingham; and one in east London. Police cordon in Westminster the day after the terror attackCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Tony Davis, who was first on the scene of the Westminster attack, speaks on ITV's This Morning programme 5:51PMPupil of terror victim: I’m here to show that we’re not going to let these people win Some 56 pupils from Saint-Joseph lycée in Cocarneau, Brittany were due to be debriefed by police at the hotel Marriott Westminster before flying home in two French military planes.”We organised their repatriation by plane. It will take place today,” said Juliette Meadel, French secretary of state in charge of aid to victims. We have now made a total of eight arrests as part of the ongoing Counter Terrorism operation #WestminsterAttack— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 23, 2017 8:03AMLatest summary from overnight 6:38PMCraig Mackey, Amber Rudd and Sadiq Khan light candles at vigil 12:52PMMuslim group raises £3,000 in an hour in support of Westminster victims As the suggestion was made by a Conservative MP, Mr Ellwood shook his head and looked at the floor.  Records suggest that Masood was married to a 39-year-old woman named Rohey Hydara.Police confirmed that a 39-year-old woman held in east London was among the eight people arrested.Police were tonight searching a flat believed to be her home, a newly built property in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.Residents of the nine-storey block near to the Eurostar Stratford International Station said police had been in the building all day.A neighbour at an address Ms Hydara is believed to have previously lived at in Forest Gate said three children lived in the home with their mother, aged between eight and 15.He said they moved out in the last two years to the Olympic Village. Tomorrow’s front page— The Sun (@TheSun) March 23, 2017 The Sun has reported that Masood visited Saudi Arabia in 2005. According to a CV that the newspaper claims it obtained, he was working in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, then teaching workers at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Jeddah.If confirmed, it would raise questions as to whether he was radicalised before or during his time abroad.  The Telegraph has reported he is understood to have gone to jail in the past, where there is a good chance he was radicalised. It is at that stage, it is thought, he came onto MI5’s radar.Read here for the full background of Masood, including his criminal past. 3:48AM’All day, I couldn’t get it out of my head’ Our reporter Eleanor Steafel is at the vigil in Trafalgar Square.  The vehicle rammed into a perimeter fence outside the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Twitter/Lukesteele4 10:42AMTerrorist was investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism, May reveals Forensics investigators and police officers work at the site near Westminster Bridge Credit:NEIL HALL/Reuters 12:53AM’His face would change in a moment’ when he talked about religion Keith PalmerCredit: Metropolitan Police 7:43PMSecurity weaknesses at Westminster The Metropolitan Police told the Telegraph that officers had found a suspicious package.The spokesman said the force had been receiving a lot more phone calls since the attack as they have told the public to be vigilant.However he said the package was not believed to be anything out of the ordinary and such incidents are routine for officers.  8:32AMWhat is the UK’s terror threat level? The suspected London terror attacker being treated by paramedics, with the knives used in the assault circled Scotland Yard has just announced that eight people have now been arrested as part of the investigation into the Westminster terror attack. 12:20PMIsil claims responsibility for Westminster attack American tourist Kurt Cochran was killed in the attack An employee sets the Spanish flag at half mast on a balcony of the council of BetanzosCredit:MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP Westminster Neighbours of Masood have told how he had a “split personality” and that he would change instantly when talking about religion.Anna Goras, 32, told The Sun: “His face would change in a moment and his eyes would go hard and look evil.“He often went off about how British people didn’t bring up their kids right and sent them to poor standard schools.” The Duchess of Cambridge pictured on Thursday morningCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty 10:07PM75-year-old victim had been treated at King’s College Hospital 4:19PMTheresa May visits Westminster terror victims in hospital The four fighters at his side spoke of their trauma after seeing the hopeless efforts to revive the officer.Flyweight and 2016 Olympian Muhammad Ali, who won his fight by unanimous decision on Thursday night, said: “All day, I couldn’t get it out of my head because we saw everything.”Fellow member of the British Lionhearts, welterweight Pat McCormack, added: “I didn’t really sleep much. My head was a bit all over and I couldn’t really stop thinking about it but I’m just glad I’ve come, got the job done and the win.”Davis told Press Association Sport:”We had just attended a PR event at the Houses of Parliament and as we were leaving we could just see straight in front of us, on the outside of the perimeter fence, a bit of a fracas.”It was loud volume, but I didn’t think much of it. I thought it must be a student demonstration but then the mood changed as I saw someone come through the gate with knives above his head and start attacking the police officers.”When I saw that I jumped over what was maybe a 4ft fence to try to give assistance but a lot of things happened in a few seconds.”As the assailant was advancing he got taken out by one of the police marksmen. Then I just tended to Keith Palmer, who was collapsing on the floor.” Theresa May leaving Downing Street on Thursday morningCredit:NEIL HALL/Reuters Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has accused social media websites of inciting terrorism, reports Political Editor Gordon Rayner. Mr Johnson said:”If we are going to defeat these guys we are going to have to engage not just miltarily but also to win in their hearts and minds and stop the stuff on the internet that is corrupting and polluting so many people.”This is something the internet companies and the social media companies need to think about. They need to do more to take that stuff off their media. “The incitements, information about how to become a terrorists, the radicalising sermons and messages, that needs to come down .” Kurt Cochran Aysha Frade  Isil statement released by Amaq news agency on Thursday afternoon The 75-year-old man who has died tonight as a result of the attack was being treated at King’s College Hospital, a spokesman has said.The decision was taken tonight to withdraw his life support.  Brendan Cox, the widow of Jo Co – the MP who was murdered by an extremist – has given a message of unity, reports Helena Horton. The Daily Telegraph understands that police have raised repeated concerns about the security of the gate, which has been described as a “weak point”.In February the House of Commons administration comittee discussed the issue, with a particular focus on the “flimsy” and “Meccano” crowd-control barriers in front of the wrought-iron gates. The barriers have to be manually opened by police on the pavement outside Parliament, which MPs said put them at risk. The MPs called for them to be replaced with a stronger, automated gate which police could operate remotely. The officer who died was named as Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father, whose bravery was hailed by colleagues, friends and the many MPs whom he was charged with protecting. The three other fatalities are understood to be people who were hit by the car on Westminster Bridge.Mr Rowley declined to name the attacker, but said police suspect he was “inspired by international terrorism” – and that they believed they knew who he was.  According to reports Masood had previously worked as an English teacher.However, it is understood he never worked as a teacher in any of England’s state schools. 6:47PMMinute’s silence at candlelit vigil Among those who have come to pay respects are British Muslims who want to show that terror has no place in Islam— Eleanor Steafel (@eleanorsteafel) March 23, 2017 A Conservative MP was on the edge of tears as he paid tribute to Pc Keith Palmer who he met as “Gunner Palmer” when they served in the Army 25 years ago.James Cleverly said Pc Palmer was “a strong, professional public servant and it was a delight to meet him here again only a few months after being elected”.Mr Cleverly, his voice cracking with emotion, asked if Theresa May would recognise the work that he did and other police officers “consider recognising his gallantry and sacrifice formally with a posthumous recognition”.  A mother of three was left stunned after recognising Khalid Masood as the man who had lived next to her— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 23, 2017 Speaking to the Telegraph, Dr Caroline Ellwood, said: “I am very proud of my son. But what he did was only what I would have expected him to do. I don’t think he was particularly a hero.Read the full piece here. Robert Mendick writes:As long as a decade ago, Khalid Masood’s “violent extremism” had caused security services sufficient alarm to put him under investigation. But by the time Masood, 52, went on the rampage on Wednesday, driving a car at 50 miles an hour along Westminster bridge, murdering three innocent pedestrians before plunging his knife repeatedly into a police officer guarding the Houses of Parliament, he had dropped off their radar.Masood, a father of three, was no longer considered a threat. The Telegraph can disclose that Masood was not using his birth name. He was born Adrian Elms in Dartford, Kent. Read the full story. Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA 8:27PMMinute’s silence held around the world for London attack victims Monica, another neighbour who lives opposite Masood’s former address, said she would only ever see him at night.”He was like a shadow, you wouldn’t often see him.”He was often dress in Islamic dress, black clothes with a hat. “He was always wearing a hat. Always black clothes, long ones.” 5:38AMMasood ‘spent time in Saudi Arabia’ 2:47PMSilence held in Spanish region where British victim’s family originates Theresa May has just disclosed in the Commons: “The man was British born and some years ago he was investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.”Mrs May said he was a “peripheral” figure, adding: “He was not part of the current intelligence picture.” Islamic State In a statement, mosque chairman Muhammad Afzal said of Wednesday’s atrocity in London: “Nothing justifies taking lives of innocent people.”Those responsible must be brought to justice to protect good, in our constant fight to eradicate evil within humanity.”Last night Birmingham Library was lit up in the colours of the Union Flag.  Credit:YUI MOK /PA 8:15AMFull statement from Mark Rowley, senior anti-terror officer The French students were among those injured in the Westminster Bridge massacreCredit:TOBY MELVILLE/Reuters Boris Johnson, in New York to attend the UN later today, has been speaking on the Morning Joe breakfast show, reports Harriet Alexander.He was asked about the row about Sadiq Khan’s September 2016 remarks that living with the threat of terrorism was a part of life in a big city – something which Donald Trump’s son Don Jr misquoted, tweeting yesterday: “You have to be kidding me?” The Foreign Secretary said:”There are always a certain number – for all the time I was mayor, we had people we were monitoring and watching.”The crucial message, I think, was the one the Prime Minister gave this morning. It’s a city getting on with its business – parliament is running, transport is working.”The worst way to lose the war on terror is to be terrified, and we are not terrified.” Police activity on Whitehall on Thursday morningCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA As is routine after a police shooting, the Independent Police Complaints Commission will now investigate the incident. However, no police officers are under investigation. 8:43AMFirst named civilian victim of attack ‘was picking up her children from school’ The French students were among those injured in the Westminster Bridge massacre But by the time Masood went on the rampage on Wednesday, driving a car at 50 miles an hour along Westminster bridge, murdering three innocent pedestrians before plunging his knife repeatedly into a police officer guarding the Houses of Parliament, he had dropped off their radar.Masood, a father of three, was no longer considered a threat. The Telegraph can disclose that Masood was not using his birth name. He was born Adrian Elms in Dartford, Kent. Just two hours after Theresa May told the Commons the killer was a British citizen who had been investigated by MI5 over violent extremism, Isil said that the attacker answered “calls to target citizens of coalition nations”. Isil had vowed that the UK was its next target following the Paris attacks in 2015. As the silence lifted, people began lighting candles and placing them in boxes filled with sand. Soon, the faces of people all over the square were lit with candlelight.Amanda Goodhugh, who works at St Thomas’s Hospital, where two of the victims were taken on Wednesday, sat on the edge of one of the fountains and cried, her face in her hands. Westminster victims, from left, Aysha Frade, Pc Keith Palmer and Kurt Cochran 11:35AMMP to visit ‘brave’ children who were in Parliament yesterday It comes as police said a fourth innocent victim died on Thursday night. The 75-year-old man died from his injuries in hospital.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The man had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn this evening.”Next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained family liaison officers.” 8:48AMInvestigators ‘looking at who might have helped’ attacker The vehicle rammed into a perimeter fence outside the Palace of Westminster France has opened an inquiry into “flagrant attempted murder” after three high school students were injured in the Westmisnter attack, reports Henry Samuel. It is being handled by domestic security, DGSI, and the French anti-terror body SDAT.Meanwhile, Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French foreign minister, has flown directly to London from Washington to show support and to pay a visit to the French pupils caught up in the drama.”I was adamant to make a stop in London to convey a message of solidarity to the British people,”  he said. “We will not forget the solidarity the British people demonstrated when we suffered (terror attacks).””When we heard the news of the attack, we immediately felt a shock, particularly because young French pupils were involved. We must continue to fight. It is a symbol of democracy that came under attack.” 7:13PMCandles lit in Trafalgar Square as prayers are said for Pc Keith Palmer  Describing the raid, he said: “There were armed police and some important-looking guys in suits as well.”They had tools and they were trying to break the doors down, trying to force themselves in.”We were basically staying in our house, we didn’t know what was happening. Even today still we don’t know what has happened.”Somebody said it was to do with the attack on Parliament, and now we’re very scared and frightened.”On Thursday morning there was still police activity at the flat, with one of its windows covered with cardboard. The Met Police have set up a website for people to send messages of condolence after the death of Pc Keith Palmer and two civilians. You can leave a message here.  A peace vigil is to be held in Birmingham on Friday to promote unity, after the city’s most prominent mosque issued a statement condemning the Westminster terror attack as “barbaric and heartless”.The city centre vigil has been organised by the Stand Up To Racism group and MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) and will begin at 5pm in High Street.Officials at Birmingham Central Mosque Trust recently published a 12-page booklet entitled Terrorism is not Islam, endorsed by West Midlands Police and 29 other major mosques in the city. Silence Muslim community raised over £3,000 in support of the Westminster victims and their families, Helena Horton reports.Muslims United for London co-ordinated a crowdfunding campaign which saw the amount of money skyrocket in the first hour. She also spoke to medical staff to thank them for their work, said her official spokesman, who declined to name the hospital where the private visit took place.Many of those injured on Westminster Bridge were taken to St Thomas’ Hospital, which faces the Palace of Westminster across the Thames. Others went to King’s College Hospital and the Royal London Hospital.Mrs May also signed a book of condolence for victims of the attack in the House of Commons. Unattended bag found Birdcage Walk/Horseguards was not suspicious. All cordons put in for safety being lifted. Thanks for your patience.— Westminster Police (@MPSWestminster) March 23, 2017 11:13AMTobias Ellwood returns to Commons hours after trying to save Pc’s life The Duchess of Cambridge pictured on Thursday morning 9:29AMMPs tweet pictures of their ‘grey and eerie’ walks to Westminster The attack left a trail of destruction as paramedics tended to victims on the bridge and at the gate. People who have come to pay their respects at the Trafalgar Sq vigil light candles— Eleanor Steafel (@eleanorsteafel) March 23, 2017 A controlled explosion on a suspicious package is believed to have taken place near Downing Street tonight.The BBC News Channel reported that a loud bang had been heard within earshot of their live broadcast. Officers said it had taken place on Birdcage Walk, not far from the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street.  Downing Street has revealed that Prime Minister Theresa May has visited victims of the Westminster terror attack in hospital.Following her statement to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister managed to get away from Westminster to spend around 40 minutes speaking with victims about their experiences. The Duchess of Cambridge, speaking at an event in London, has sent her “thoughts and prayers” to all those “sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster”, reports Hannah Furness.Speaking at the launch of Best Beginnings, a charity project for mental health in parenthood, she said: “Before I begin, I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster.”We will be thinking of all the families, as we discuss the important issues we’re here to talk about.”  We have full coverage of the vigil here.  After @MetPoliceUk referred the fatal shooting we began an investigation into the circumstances. No police officers are under investigation— IPCC (@IPCCNews) March 23, 2017 Credit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph The Brandenburg Gate is the latest landmark to be lit up with the Union Flag in solidarity with London. A JustGiving page is raising money for Pc Keith Palmer’s family after he was killed in the attack.It has now reached over £275,000. Police outside the flat raided by police above Shiraz Restaurant in Hagley RoadCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty 4:09PMItalian woman mown down by terrorist on Westminster Bridge has surgery to her leg Birmingham central mosque chairman denounced terrorism, said they don’t know who terrorist is & gave me leaflet on “Terrorism Is Not Islam”— Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) March 23, 2017 Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary said investigators were working around the clock.He said: “They have been working right through the night, looking into his background, how he got hold of the vehicle, where the vehicle has been in the last day or two, and who may, or may not, have helped him.”Asked if he was known to police, Sir Michael said: “I can’t confirm that, you will have to ask the police that.” Police should consider arming all officers guarding “sensitive sites” after the London terror attacks, according to a Tory MP, our deputy political editor Steven Swinford reports. Theresa Villiers, the former Northern Ireland secretary, suggested the issue of whether police who patrol areas “known to be of interest to terrorists” should carry a weapon for personal protection should now be examined.Theresa May said who carries arms remains an “operational matter” for the police.Ms Villiers said: “As we reflect on what happened, is it time to consider whether the police who guard sensitive sites known to be of interest to terrorists like Parliament or like airports should routinely carry personal protection weapons, even when those officers are not part of the units formally tasked with armed response?”  Police outside the Palace of Westminster shortly after the attackCredit: Victoria Jones/PA Online donations have poured in for Pc Keith Palmer, who was killed in the terror attack in the heart of the capital.More than £12,000 has been donated to help support the family of the murdered PC who had worked for the Metropolitan Police for 15 years. Keith Palmer was killed in Westminster The attacker mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before crashing at the railings in front of Parliament.Bursting through the gate to the Palace of Westminster, he stabbed Pc Palmer before being shot dead by a close protection officer, who The Telegraph understands is Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon’s bodyguard. Andreea Cristea Khalid Masood being treated by medics after he was shot outside the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Mrs May replied Pc Palmer had paid the “ultimate sacrifice” by giving his life in “the heart of democracy”.The Prime Minister added she can assure Mr Cleverly that “the issue that he has raised is of course one that will be considered in due course”. Aysha Frade, pictured with her husband JohnCredit:Solarpix 10:33AM’We are not afraid’: Theresa May makes statement in House of Commons Mrs May concluded her statement by saying: “Our values will prevail.” Mrs May said it was an attack on free people all over the world as she thanked global allies including US President Donald Trump for their support. The PM said: “We meet here in the oldest of all parliaments because we know that democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”Those values – free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – are embodied here in this place but they are shared by free people around the world.”A terrorist came to the place where people of all nationalities and cultures gather to celebrate what it means to be free. And he took out his rage indiscriminately against innocent men, women and children.”This was an attack on free people everywhere, and on behalf of the British people I would like to thank our friends and allies around the world who have made it clear that they stand with us at this time.”Praise for police for ‘heroically’ doing their job Flag at half mast in Westminster on Thursday morning 5:59PMUpdate from Scotland Yard on seven people arrested in connection with Westminster attack Detectives are continuing to search a number of addresses linked to the investigation:One in CarmarthenshireThree in BirminghamOne in east LondonSearches at addresses in Brighton and south east London have concluded.A 39-year-old woman [A] was arrested at an address in east London on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.A 21-year-old woman [B] and a 23-year-old man [C] were arrested at an address in Birmingham.A 26-year-old woman [D] and three men aged 28, 27 and 26 years old [E; F; G], were arrested at a separate address in Birmingham.All six [B-G] were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.All seven arrests [A-G] were made overnight.A 58-year-old man [H] was also arrested this morning at a separate address in Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.[A] is being detained under PACE and [B-H] are being detained under TACT. Aysha Frade Credit:Solar Pix A pupil of Westminster victim Aysha Frade, a Spanish teacher, who lost her life in the attack, has come to pay her respects in Trafalgar Square.Carrying a bunch of daffodils, 18-year-old Jess Okpere told The Telegraph’s Eleanor Steafel: “I cried this morning when I found out. My school paid tribute to her. There were so many people crying, people who saw her every day.”I was in the McDonalds by the London Eye in my free period when it happened. I didn’t see it happen but I saw the aftermath, the ambulances and the stretchers.”I’ve had a very long day filled with a lot of tears. I’m here to show that we’re not going to let these people win.” Farhad Makanvand  Bursts of applause were the only sounds which interrupted the speeches there tonight. Candles were lit and a mintue’s silence was observed for the three innocent victims who died in the attack.Meanwhile prayers were said in Parliament for Pc Keith Palmer just metres from the spot where he was stabbed to death.Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the chaplain to Commons Speaker John Bercow, condemned the “act of evil” but urged people to remember the “acts of goodness” demonstrated by people who tried to help those killed and injured in the attack. 8:57AMParliament and Whitehall to hold minute’s silence  Footage later emerged of the moment police opened fire after the attacker drove a grey Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge before crashing it into railings then running through the gates of the Palace of Westminster. In other developments, another woman who apparently fell into the Thames was rescued and given urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier. A minute’s silence was held nationwide at 9.33am, including in the Palace of Westminster and at New Scotland Yard, to commemorate the three innocent people killed in Wednesday’s assault on Westminster.The time for the silence was chosen in honour of murdered police officer Keith Palmer’s shoulder number – 933. A crowd is beginning to gather at Trafalgar Square, where from 6pm Londoners will hold a vigil in honour of the four innocent people who lost their lives, Eleanor Steafel reports.Speaking ahead of the vigil, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said this morning: “Tonight in Trafalgar Square there will be a vigil for Londoners who are wondering what to do. “To show solidarity with those who have lost their lives and their families, to show solidarity with those who have been injured, and to say to the terrorists: ‘You will not succeed in cowering us, we will remain united, and we are the greatest city in the world’.” PM says “proper consideration” will be given to a bravery medal for Tobias Ellwood— Gordon Rayner (@gordonrayner) March 23, 2017 It is only three months since an attacker drove a lorry into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing  several people. Other places worldwide have shown their thoughts are with the UK.  A British boxing team have recalled the horror of witnessing Pc Keith Palmer being stabbed as they secured victories in the ring a day after the attack.Coach Tony Davis was outside the Houses of Parliament after attending a community event with the British Lionhearts team when terror unfolded in front of him. 9:48AMMinute’s silence was chosen for 9.33am to honour murdered Pc’s 933 shoulder number 6:41PMSadiq Khan: Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism 4:51PMMasood neighbour: ‘It’s left me so scared… he seemed like a normal calm and kind family man’ Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has claimed responsibility for the attack in Westminster, according to Isil’s Amaq news agency.Its statement says: “Attacker in front of the British parliament yesterday was an Islamic State soldier”. The Queen has said her “thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy” are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s “awful violence”. She wrote in a message to Acting Commissioner of the Met Craig Mackey:”Following the shocking events in Westminster, Prince Philip and I are sorry that we will not be able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today, for very understandable reasons.  I look forward to visiting at a later date. “My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence.”I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others.” Westminster bridge just reopened— Lexi Finnigan (@LexiFinnigan) March 23, 2017 Aysha Frade, one of the victims of the Westminster terror attack, was “a highly regarded and loved” member of staff at DLD College London, her principal Rachel Borland said. Read more here. 9:20PM75-year-old man dies in hospital after attack  #WeStandTogether— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) March 23, 2017 Metropolitan Police A minute’s silence was held in Westminster at 9.33am to pay respects to the victims, before a candlelit vigil will be held in Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening.  Stay with us for the latest updates throughout the day. Two war veterans were first on the scene to try and save the murdered police officer Keith Palmer after he was stabbed in the Parliament attack, Laura Hughes reports.Former Staff Sgt Tony Davis and Captain Mike Crofts rushed to injured policeman and administered combat first aid, applying dressings and pressure to several of his wounds. Friends of the former servicemen told The Telegraph they had “fought desperately” to save the married father and were “devastated” by his death. we are not afraid 11:36AMQueen sends ‘thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy’ 12:33PMStatement from Islamic State, which singled out UK as next target A woman reacts at a vigil in Trafalgar Square  Boris Johnson addressing the United Nations Security Council in New York on Thursday afternoonCredit:Richard Drew/AP 1:36PMBreaking: Belgian police arrest man trying to drive into crowd in Antwerp Proud that the Library of Birmingham Brum is lit in the colours of the Union flag #solidarity #PrayforLondon #PrayforPeace #StanduptoTerror— Cllr Majid Mahmood (@ClrMajidMahmood) March 23, 2017 3:04PMVideo: The most powerful testimonies from civilians caught up in attack Credit:REUTERS/HANNAH MCKAY The third victim of the Westminster terror attack has been identified as Kurt Cochran, an American tourist.In his 50s, he is believed to have been killed while walking on Westminster Bridge as a car mowed down pedestrians. Mr Cochran’s wife, Melissa, was also injured in the attack.For more on the other victims, click here. Credit:Jack Taylor /Getty 8:06PMGenerous response to appeal for donations to policeman’s family 1:17PMScottish independence referendum debate put on hold Masood had been “hanging out” with would-be jihadis who wanted to travel to fight abroad, a US government source told Reuters.There was no indication Masood had himself gone abroad to fight but people he associated with had wanted to.”The people he was hanging out with did include people suspected of having an interest in travelling to join jihadi groups overseas but the attacker himself never did so,” the source said. The Westminster attacker on a stretcher being treated by paramedics, with two knives lying on the groundCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA 2:56PMPolice create Westminster attack condolences website Birmingham riad Speaker John Bercow said: “Colleagues, in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s attack and of all of the casualties, we shall now observe a minute’s silence.” Around 10 people in blue overalls, apparently forensics officers, were seen on their hands and knees, searching the cobblestones in a horizontal line in New Palace Yard, near where Pc Palmer was stabbed and the attacker was shot.An area of the courtyard remained cordoned off and a blue tent was in the spot where Pc Palmer fell.  Ms Borland said:”We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news that one of the victims yesterday was a member of our staff, Aysha Frade.”All our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with her family. We will be offering every support we can to them as they try to come to terms with their devastating loss.”Aysha worked as a member of our administration team at the college. She was highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all of us.” Tony Davis, who was first on the scene of the Westminster attack, speaks on ITV’s This Morning programmeCredit:ITV Mrs May praised the police for “heroically” doing their job by stopping the attacker getting access to Parliament. She said: “We should be clear first of all that an attacker attempted to break into Parliament and was shot dead within 20 yards of the gate.”If his intention was to gain access to this building, we should be clear that he did not succeed. “The police heroically did their job.” Patrick Sawer reports from Birmingham:Farhad Makanvand, the owner of the flat above a Persian restaurant raided by police in Birmingham on Wednesday night, told The Telegraph: “I own the restaurant and the two flats.  Three men were arrested from my seven-bedroom flat.”I don’t know who the men were because I let it out via an agency. I wasn’t in the restaurant at the time of the raid, I found out about it from neighbours.”I voluntarily gave a statement to police this morning. But if I saw the three men who live there I wouldn’t recognise them.” Armed police have carried out an overnight raid on a Birmingham property, which was reportedly linked to the attack in Westminster on Wednesday.Counter-terror detectives are continuing to search for clues about about how an armed attacker, believed to have “inspired by international terrorism”, brought death and destruction to the streets of London.Five people were killed in the “sick and depraved” terror attack, including a police officer who was stabbed and his assailant, while dozens more were injured. Armed police launched a late-night raid on a second-floor flat above a row of shops on Hagley Road in Birmingham. Witnesses have said three people were taken away by police.  The message from Londoners in Trafalgar Square tonight is clear, writes Eleanor Steafel: “We are not afraid”.After Wednesday’s events, there was a determination throughout the city to carry on in the face of it all. The mood at Trafalgar Square was sombre but defiant, as people of all ages and backgrounds stood together, many of them Muslims holding up signs saying: “Love for all, hatred for none”. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said the working assumption is that the Westminster attack is linked to “Islamic terrorism in some form”. Birmingham riad Speaking near Parliament, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall said the country must ensure there was no “knee-jerk” reaction after the “evil” attack and called on people to “come together and ensure that we move on forward”.He said he was “horrified” by the “act of insanity”, but said that Muslim communities had to “do more to root out this cancer of radicalisation”.Mr Nuttall said that “we have to do something about people who will be returning from Syria”, who he said should not be allowed back into the UK. 9:00AMSecurity review to investigate if Palace of Westminster police should be armed The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated with the colours of the British flag Credit:Fabrizio Bensch/REUTERS Katie Garriques, 48, a former headteacher who has lived across the road from Masood’s former address in Luton since 2001, has spoken to our reporter Harry Yorke.He was “polite, shy” and a “quite portly man” who she often saw gardening at the front of the property and playing with his children. She added that he often wore Islamic dress at the weekend and a pair moccasins.”There was family there. He was a quite portly man, beard and he had two or three children, I can’t quite remember.”They were under six at the time.” 11:51AMWoman who plunged into Thames as terrorist struck was on holiday with her fiance Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood looks on as Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to MPs Vigil  The Hyundai vehicle used by the attacker was rented from car hire firm Enterprise, reportedly its Solihill branch.In a statement, the company said: “We can confirm that the car used in the tragic attack in London yesterday afternoon was one of ours.”An employee identified the vehicle after seeing the licence plate in an image online. We ran another check to verify, and immediately contacted the authorities.”We are co-operating fully with the authorities and will provide any assistance that we can to the investigation. Our thoughts are very much with the victims of this terrible tragedy.” Stuart Bailey, who lives four doors down, was going for a drink with his friend when an armed officer shouted for him to “Go left”.The 25-year-old said: “There were a load of armed police in the street and on the pavement and I could see three or four in front of me.”They were all dressed in black and armed with what looked like MP5s (submachine guns) and one of them had six ammunition magazines strapped to his leg.”I wasn’t allowed back in my property for an hour.” Sadiq Khan has spoken at the vigil tonight. 5:31PM’I am a Muslim, ask me anything’ – T-shirts in Trafalgar Square 11:30AMEnterprise confirms car used in attack was hired from its branch Vigil Police formally identify attacker as Kent-born Khalid Masood, 52Fourth victim, a 75-year-old man, dies of injuries in hospitalIslamic State claims Westminster attacker was one of its ‘soldiers’PM reveals he was investigated by MI5 over ‘violent extremism’Eight arrested as police raid six addresses across UK over attackPc, American tourist and British mother among the deadCrowds gather in Trafalgar Square for vigil to remember victimsSir Michael Fallon’s bodyguard was officer who shot terroristReconstruction: The day terror struck at heart of democracy The Westminster attacker on a stretcher being treated by paramedics, with two knives lying on the groundcenter_img In a separate development, one person has been detained after a car tried to enter a shopping street in Antwerp  at high speed, according to Belgium police. Additional military and police have been deployed to the area. Follow updates here. 1:33PMVideo: Victims were being thrown 20 feet into the air Mr Makanvand said he had been left “deeply shocked” by the sequence of events which culminated in the raid on his premises on Birmingham’s Hagley Road.He said he was cooperating fully with the police to help them with their investigations into the attack on Parliament. 8:52AMForensics officers remain in Westminster this morning Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (left) stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster Theresa May leaving Downing Street on Thursday morningCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Vigil “We are not afraid” and other messages of solidarity chalked onto Trafalgar Square— Adam Payne (@adampayne26) March 23, 2017 As long as a decade ago, Masood’s “violent extremism” had caused security services sufficient alarm to put him under investigation.  London attack: Everything we know about Khalid Masood— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) March 23, 2017 The suspected London terror attacker being treated by paramedics, with the knives used in the assault circledCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Pc Keith Palmer lost his life Keith Palmer was killed in Westminster 5:25PMVideo: Faith leaders unite in solidarity over Westminster terror attack 1:21PMWestminster Bridge reopens less than 24 hours after attack 8:36AMRevealed: The two war veterans who tried to save murdered Pc Khalid Masood Flag at half mast in Westminster on Thursday morningCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland stands in solidarity with London following the “heinous” terrorist attack on Westminster.In a bid to reassure people, she said there had been a “substantial uplift in armed officers on duty” across Scotland’s major cities.The First Minister, though, also urged the public to go about their business “confidently and defiantly”.Flags were at half-mast at Holyrood as Ms Sturgeon updated MSPs on the situation.The attack took place while MSPs were debating Ms Sturgeon’s plans for a second Scottish independence referendum to be held in the wake of Brexit.The debate has now been put on hold until Tuesday March 28, when Holyrood is likely to vote to give the First Minister the authority to seek talks with Westminster over a section 30 agreement, the mechanism to transfer the powers for a legally-binding ballot to take place Here is the full statement on the Westminster terror attack made by Mark Rowley just now:”Good morning – I am here to update you on our ongoing counter-terrorism operation following the horrific attack in Westminster.”Greater clarity is now developing regarding the casualty figures as we have now collated information from the public and five hospitals – the latest figures I have are that there are currently four dead and 29 people were treated in hospital.”We are still collating numbers of walking wounded and of those in hospital sadly seven of them are in a critical condition.”Tragically the deaths included Pc Keith Palmer who was protecting Parliament, and two members of the public – a woman aged in her mid 40s and a man aged in his mid 50s.”The fourth man of course was the terrorist who was shot dead by armed police at the scene.”Hundreds of detectives have been working through the night and during that time I can confirm we have searched six addresses – and made seven arrests. The inquiries in Birmingham, London and other parts of the country continue.”It is still our belief – which continues to be born out by our investigation – that this attacker acted alone yesterday and was inspired by international terrorism.”To be explicit – at this stage, we have no specific information about further threats to the public.”Clearly our investigation is ongoing – developing all the time – and is focused on his motivation, his preparation and associates.”I do recognise that the media are making progress in identifying the attacker – I would continue to ask that his name is not published whilst we are at such a sensitive stage in our investigation – and as I state still conducting arrests and searches.”The large and complicated crime scene remains in place and our work there continues – I would like to thank everyone for their support and patience as we finish this work.”As people are out and about on the streets of the Capital this morning they will see more police officers on duty – armed and unarmed – and a mix of British Transport Police and the City of London.”We have cancelled some leave and increased some duty hours and are working to make sure that we can out in force to reassure the public.”We must not allow terrorists to create discord, distrust and fear.”The police stand with all communities – later today a meeting of faith leaders will be held here at New Scotland Yard.”Whilst our work to investigate and understand what happened yesterday continues with vigour – we must also reflect.”I want to thank the public for their support and all their good wishes – I know it is appreciated by all those men and women who are out there today protecting us.”Finally, I would also like to ask the public for their continued help and continued vigilance and if you see anything that causes you concern or raises your suspicions do not hesitate to call us – 0800 789 321 – or in an emergency 999. Thank you.” Boris Johnson addresses the United Nations Security Council 11:44PMKhalid Masood was born Adrian Elms in Dartford, Kent MPs warned last month that security at Parliament’s main gates was so weak it could put police officers at risk, our political team report. Khalid Masood was able to run through Carriage Gates and into New Palace Yard where he stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death.  Worshippers at the Al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton were surprised to learn of Masood’s alleged links with the mosque, Rozina Sabur reports. One, Abdul Abdul, told the Telegraph: “We condemn this attack. A true Muslim would never do this. He’s not one of us, he’s not a representative of us”.  Police say they’ve just carried out a controlled explosion within earshot of our live point #Westminster— Pia Talbot (@piatalbot) March 23, 2017 2:16PMAmerican tourist is third victim of Westminster terror attack 7:08PMBrandenburg Gate in Berlin lit up in solidarity with London A total of 29 people were treated in hospital following the carnage, with five people remaining in a critical condition on Thursday evening – two of them with life-threatening injuries. 12:15PMSecurity stepped up in Rome as EU leaders prepare to descend on city Today I’ll go to Holy Family primary in Small Heath to give these letters to the children who were in parliament yesterday. So proud of them— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) March 23, 2017 12:10PMBoris Johnson: ‘The worst way to lose the war on terror is to be terrified, and we are not terrified’ The couple had been walking across the bridge towards the London Eye when the terrorist ploughed a 4×4 car through pedestrians, before getting out and stabbing Pc Keith Palmer to death at the entrance to Parliament.Paul Ciocoiu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Romania, said he believed MIss Cristea had been “hit by a car and then thrown into the Thames”.The pair were on their way to meet a friend, Patrick Tracey, from Derbyshire, who said: ‘They never made it. I phoned and could here shouts in the background and knew instantly something was wrong. I’m in shock.” The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated with the colours of the British flag  9:34PMPolice search attacker’s former partner’s home People are beginning to light candles and lay flowers on the square. Injured man on Westminster BridgeCredit:@sikorskiradek/Twitter 11:52AMHero MP Tobias Ellwood might receive bravery medal 10:29AMFlowers and book of condolence left for Westminster victims 8:59AMRecap: What we know so far about the Westminster attack But despite the shock of the terror attack, MPs were determined it will be business as usual in Parliament.SNP MP Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) said: “I feel a slight sense of apprehension, but we can’t let the crimes of one person prevent the working of Parliament.”Obviously, our thoughts are with the family of the policeman and other people who were killed.”I suspect it will be an emotional day, it will certainly be a very sombre day, in Parliament. Today it is back to business.”I’ve got a question on the order paper and a constituency matter to raise, so it is back to the day job of being an MP.”  A Cabinet minister’s bodyguard was the officer to stop the Westminster terrorist, it has emerged, raising fresh questions about Parliament’s security arrangements, reports Gordon Rayner and Kate McCann.The close protection officer – understood to be the bodyguard of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon – ran towards the knife-wielding attacker and shot him three times in the chest from short range. Read more here.Te Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker has condemned the Westminster attack as “appalling and disgusting” and said the agency’s operational response is “fully mobilised in support of the police”. He said in a statement:”The thoughts of the men and women of MI5 are with the families of those killed in Westminster yesterday, and with the other innocent people injured in this appalling and disgusting attack.”We stand shoulder to shoulder with our police colleagues, grieving at their loss while also applauding the professional excellence of their response.”As Acting Deputy Commissioner (Mark) Rowley said, the security community prepares for such awful events – while working tirelessly to prevent them.”The MI5 operational response is fully mobilised in support of the police.” 6:25PMIPCC to carry out investigation 9:00PMPeace vigil to be held in Birmingham 11:40AMVideo: Forensics officers search scene of Pc’s murder Hire car Officers enter the flat where the suspect is believed to have livedCredit:Caters Westminster victims, from left, Aysha Frade, Pc Keith Palmer and Kurt Cochran My heart goes out to the victims and their families in London. No act of terror can shake the strength and resilience of our British ally.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 23, 2017 8:49PM’Teacher’ Masood had never worked in English state schools  7:00PMJeremy Corbyn: We need to stand together against hatred Theresa May leaving Downing Street on Thursday morning A grey, eerie morning in Westminster. Thinking of those who have lost loved ones.— Ian Lucas (@IanCLucas) March 23, 2017 1:24PMDuchess of Cambridge sends ‘thoughts and prayers’ 12:05PMVideo: Defiant London commuters vow to carry on regardless Stopped here on the way into Parliament to give thanks for PC Keith Palmer & all those who put themselves at risk to protect the public.— Maeve Sherlock (@MaeveSherlock) March 23, 2017 Trail of destruction on Westminster Bridge Colleague Richard Benyon shared a word with Mr Ellwood as MPs awaited Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement on the Westminster attack. He had his head bowed as Mrs May praised his bravery.Foreign Office minister Mr Ellwood, a former soldier, gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Pc Keith Palmer and attempted to stem the flow of blood amid the carnage in New Palace Yard.Mr Ellwood was pictured with blood on his face and clothes. His life has previously been touched by an atrocity, as his brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing. Hagley Road was cordoned off for several hoursCredit:Caters The suspect told staff at a budget hotel in Brighton where he is thought to have spent his last night that “London isn’t what it used to be,” The Sun reports. 11:14AMJeremy Corbyn: ‘We are united by our humanity and by our democratic values’ In a moving service in the Chapel of Saint Mary Undercroft within the Palace of Westminster, the chaplain warned against the danger of thinking “an eye for an eye” and urged people to share memories of the “heroic contributions on that day when evil dared to show its face”.The ornate chapel, just off Westminster Hall, is a short distance away from New Palace Yard where Pc Palmer lost his life. Urging calm within all communities and offering condolences to those bereaved by the attack, Mr Afzal added: “The Islamic faith does not allow anyone to take the life of others.”No religion justifies the indiscriminate killing of individuals in such a barbaric and heartless way, and such acts only serve to differentiate between the misguided and the just.”We call upon those that may have even a shred of sympathy for the like-minded terrorists to shake their conscience and realise that such acts are the work of evil and not the work of God-fearing people.”In a statement on Facebook, the organisers of the vigil wrote: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by what has happened.”Birmingham is a united city and we will not let anyone use these terrible events to divide us. Please come and join us on Friday for a unity vigil.” Defiant MPs stood side by side in silence as they came together to remember those injured and killed in the attack.With the benches full and heads bowed, the debating chamber usually full of noise observed a minute of silence. 10:17AMVideo: MP pays emotional tribute to the dead Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood looks on as Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to MPsCredit:PA Theresa May leaving Downing Street on Thursday morning Westminster Bridge has reopened less than 24 hours after Wednesday’s attack, police on duty in the area have confirmed. Farhad Makanvand, landlord of the Birmingham property raided by counter-terror police late on WednesdayCredit:Michael Scott/Caters 7:49PM#WeStandTogether Wembley arch lit up tonight  However, he added: “Let’s be frank about this, only a tiny fragment of the Muslim community in this country are radicalised – probably one per cent – so the majority should not be blamed for the actions of one lunatic.”But what will become clear I’m sure is that this is a lone wolf attack, but lone wolf attacks aren’t always just committed by one person on their own. There’ll be other people who would have known about this… and I just wonder whether more could have been done to stop them.” An employee sets the Spanish flag at half mast on a balcony of the council of Betanzos 3:30PMBreaking: Westminster terrorist named as Khalid Masood Pc Keith Palmer lost his lifeCredit:LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE MPs, peers and staff working in Parliament and Whitehall will observe a minute’s silence at 9.33am to pay respects to the victims of the terror attack.A large area around the Palace of Westminster, including Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge, remained cordoned off on Thursday morning, but staff were able to access the building and return to work.The House of Commons will sit after prayers at 9.30am, with the minute’s silence expected to follow, and then questions to Liam Fox and ministers from his Department for International Trade.Two people in overalls and masks were seen sorting through material near the area in New Palace Yard where the attacker was shot and Pc Keith Palmer stabbed, and an area in the courtyard remained cordoned off.The popular Terrace cafeteria was open and serving a hot breakfast as normal as MPs, peers and staff arrived for work.The Union flag was flying at half-mast over the Houses of Parliament and other nearby buildings. 2:13PMTerrorist was shot dead by Sir Michael Fallon’s bodyguard Pope Francis has sent a message to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, assuring the “nation of his prayers” after yesterday’s terror attack.The message, communicated via the Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, commends those who died to the loving mercy of Almighty God as Pope Francis “invokes divine strength and peace upon their grieving families”. 2:37PM’I wouldn’t recognise them if I saw them’, says landlord of Birmingham flat where three men arrested He said: “We had a minute’s silence in the Plaza de la Constitucion outside the local government building and we have declared three days of mourning, which will include flying the flag at half mast until Saturday.”About 100 people attended despite the rainy weather.” London Ambulance Service said paramedics had treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge. A party of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge, with three injured.Mrs May, who was ushered away from Parliament after the attack, was chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee. Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (left) stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA 10:21AMEighth arrest in Westminster terror attack investigation Prime Minister Theresa May is currently making a statement in the House of Commons.She said “an act of terrorism tried to silence democracy”, saying that “today we meet as normal as generations have done before us”.Mr May said she wanted to “deliver a simple message – we are not afraid and our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism”. 1:31PMTobias Ellwood’s mother speaks of pride at his bravery 10:20AMMI5 is ‘fully mobilised in support of the police’, says chief in rare public statement Independent Police Complaints Commission deputy chair Sarah Green has issued a statement:”The terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday was horrific and our thoughts are with all of those affected by it.”The IPCC is responsible for investigations into fatal police shootings. Accordingly, after being notified by the Metropolitan Police Service of the fatal shooting of a man outside the Houses of Parliament, we have opened an independent investigation. It’s important to stress that we are currently investigating the circumstances of the incident and no police officers are under investigation.”The IPCC and the Metropolitan Police Service are following agreed working arrangements related to terrorist incidents, which are working well. I recognise that this is a very difficult time for the police service, following the tragic loss of Pc Keith Palmer and the injuries to other officers. We are giving this investigation the highest priority and we will conclude it as soon as possible.” Street art in Trafalgar Square #London— Henry Rome (@hrome2) March 23, 2017 Security arrangements at Westminster are to be reviewed following Wednesday’s horrific attack. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the review would look at whether current security arrangements are “adequate” and whether police at the front gates should be armed.But he said it was neither possible nor desirable to seal Parliament off from the public. At least 100 people have attended a memorial in Spain to commemorate Aysha Frade, who was also killed in the terror attack. A minute’s silence was held in the Galician municipality of Betanzos, where the British woman’s family originates and where she spent her summers.Betanzos councillor Andres Hermida said the community in Spain was in “enormous pain” and shrouded in an “atmosphere of sadness”. A sombre calm hung over Westminster the morning after the attack. There were none of the large groups of tourists usually seen taking photos outside Big Ben.Instead the whole area was cordoned off as MPs and staff working in Parliament flashed their passes and filed quietly into an entrance at the side of the building.The police presence is heavy with dozens of officers, many armed with guns, keeping guard at the entrance. Aysha Frade, pictured with her husband John 9:59AMPictures from sombre Westminster as MPs return to ‘business as usual’ The man police believe to be responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster has been formally identified as Khalid Masood, 52, Scotland Yard said. Police cordon in Westminster the day after the terror attack The view from my office-normally a bustling Westminster Bridge-Today a crime scene-my thoughts with those killed & injured & their families— Albert Owen MP (@AlbertOwenMP) March 23, 2017 Several bunches of flowers have been laid in Westminster Hall alongside what appeared to be a book of condolence.They were left in a small, roped-off area in what is the oldest part of the building of Parliament. Police activity on Whitehall 10:22PMUS source says London attacker associated with those interested in jihadist groups 5:13PM#WeStandTogether: Crowds gather in Trafalgar Square for candlelit vigil Vigil 12:49AMMasood reportedly said ‘London isn’t what it used to be’ on morning of attack. Mrs May said the attacker had been identified as someone known by police and MI5, and the working assumption was that he was inspired by Islamist terrorism.She said it was still believed that the attacker acted alone and there was “no reason to believe” further attacks on the public were planned. She added:”His identity is known to the police and MI5 and when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified.”What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.”He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic. He was not part of the current intelligence picture.”There was no prior intelligence of his intent or of the plot.”‘Our values will prevail’ 1:11PMBarack Obama: No act of terror can shake the strength and resilience of our British ally 10:56AMMore from Theresa May’s speech on the victims and the attacker 9:41AM’They were all dressed in black and armed with machine guns’ : The moment police stormed Birmingham flat linked to terror attack Police outside the Palace of Westminster shortly after the attack 🌍💞 #WeStandTogether #TrafalgarSquare— Justine Goethals (@justinegoethals) March 23, 2017 Raids took place today in Birmingham, Luton and East London.Our Deputy Political Editor Steven Swinford outlines the areas’ previous links with extremism here.  Witnesses said the attacker was shot by police as he approached a second officer clutching his knife during the incident at about 2.45pm. The family of Pc Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the Westminster attack, have described him as a “wonderful dad and husband, a loving son, brother and uncle”, adding that he was “dedicated to his job and proud to be a police officer, brave and courageous”. They said:”Keith will be remembered as a wonderful dad and husband. A loving son, brother and uncle. A long-time supporter of Charlton FC.”Dedicated to his job and proud to be a police officer, brave and courageous. A friend to everyone who knew him.”He will be deeply missed. We love him so much. His friends and family are shocked and devastated by his loss and ask that they are left to grieve alone in peace.” Among those who came to pay their respects was Jess Okpere, whose teacher Aysha Frade lost her life on Westminster bridge.Carrying a bunch of daffodils and clearly very emotional, the 18-year-old said: “I cried this morning when I found out. I’ve had a very long day filled with a lot of tears. I’m here to show that we’re not going to let these people win.” The road was sealed off by balaclava-wearing officers for several hours as the raid continued, although the busy main road into the city has since reopened.Another man who have lived in the neighbouring flats said he was “scared and frightened” when he glanced out of the window and saw about a dozen armed police wearing Kevlar helmets and body armour in the street.One man, asked if he knew anything about the men in the flat, recalled two men living there.He heard one man in the flat speaking on the phone in what he described as an “Arabic or Pakistani accent”, saying he had heard it “for the last two or three nights”. Credit:Eddie Mulholland for the TElegraph  11:20AMPope sends message assuring the ‘nation of his prayers’ 3:24PMDonations for family of murdered Pc pass £100k 1:42PMFrench foreign minister flies to London to visit pupils hurt in attack Walking into @UKParliament as normal today. Flag at half mast however. Thanks to thousands of police on the streets keeping us safe— Ben Howlett MP (@ben4bath) March 23, 2017 Security is being stepped up in Rome in light of the London terrorist attack as EU leaders prepare to descend on the city for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday, reports Nick Squires in Rome.More than 3,000 police are being deployed to the streets of the capital. Authorities are already deeply concerned about the six demonstrations planned on Saturday, but they are now worried about the risk of a terrorist attack too.Security measures have been stepped up around the Italian parliament, the president’s palace on the Quirinale Hill as well as at well-known monuments such as the Colosseum. Police and the Carabinieri are deploying armoured vehicles equipped with water cannon.It comes as it emerged an Italian woman is among the injured from the attack. She is believed to be from Rome.A second Italian, a woman from Bologna, is also reported to have been lightly injured when the terrorist rammed his car into crowds on Westminster Bridge.”When the attack happened, my niece was walking across the bridge and was then crushed against the railings,” the woman’s aunt told Italian television.”She seems to have been shielded from the worst of it by the group of French children who were hit. It is just awful, it’s so shocking what happened.” 1:26PMPaul Nuttall: Muslim communities have to do more to root out ‘this cancer of radicalisation’ 9:26AMLord Carlile: ‘It is very rare for lone wolves to have no connections’ Police have said another victim of the attack has died tonight.In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: “​Detectives investigating the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday, 22 March can confirm that a 75-year-old man died tonight, Thursday, 23 March.”The man had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn this evening. “Next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained family liaison officers.” Lord Carlile, the former independent government reviewer of terrorism legislation, told BBC Radio 4: “This is the sort of attack that we feared, the sort of attack that was predicted by the authorities. “There may have to be changes in the way that Parliament and other major public buildings are guarded. We have to study what occurred and lean the lessons. It is very rare for so called lone wolves to have no connections whatsoever. “However, I suspect that when we see the background of this perpetrator we will probably see that he was inspired by something external and we have to address the causes that drive people to commit these terrible crimes.” Sir Michael Fallon speaking in Westminster on Thursday morning A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017 Trail of destruction on Westminster BridgeCredit: TOBY MELVILLE/Reuters A Government minister has returned to the Commons just hours after running towards gunfire in a bid to save the life of a policeman, reports Christopher Hope.Conservative frontbencher Tobias Ellwood walked into the chamber shortly before the end of women and equalities questions, standing up at the back and watching on with arms folded. 9:10AMBrendan Cox: ‘Westminster attacker represents British Muslims no more than Jo Cox’s killer represents Yorkshire’ Well-wishers have already donated more than £100,000 online for the family of murdered police officer Keith Palmer, reports Mark Malloy.Multiple fundraising pages have been set up to help the loved ones of the husband and father who was stabbed outside Parliament, as well as other victims of the deadly Westminster attack.The Metropolitan Police Federation launched an official memorial page at 9.13am on Thursday, which smashed its £100,000 target within hours. Read more here. One of the victims has been named by Spanish reports as Aysha Frade, a 43-year-old British woman of Galician origin, reports Helena Horton.Mrs Frade was a married mother-of-two, according to Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia, who was believed to have been picking up her children from school.According to reports, she was leaving work at the DLD college near the Westminster Bridge, where she was a department head and taught Spanish, when she lost her life. Read more here. The crowd fell quiet as a minute’s silence was observed in honour of the victims. Many bowed their heads, while others clung to each other for comfort. She told the Telegraph she had been overcome with emotion watching people come together in solidarity. “People’s positive response is what is making me so emotional,” she said.”That, and the staff at my hospital who ran out into the road yesterday to help. That is what healthcare in this country is all about.” Police outside the flat raided by police above Shiraz Restaurant in Hagley Road Scottish politician Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh paid a tearful tribute to those who lost their lives in the terror attack in Westminster:  At the vigil in Trafalgar Square, the crowd fell quiet for a minute’s silence in honour of the victims. Many bowed their heads and others clung to each other for comfort.Craig Mackey, Amber Rudd and Sadiq Khan then lit three candles on the steps. If you’re just joining us this morning, here’s a quick recap of what we know so far about the Westminster attack. You can read a fuller version here.Four people have died – a police officer, the attacker, a woman in her mid 40s and a man in his mid 50sThe officer was Pc Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old husband and father with 15 years of police serviceSeven people have been arrested and six addresses raided across London, Birmingham and elsewhereThe woman was killed on Westminster Bridge as a number of pedestrians were mowed down by a grey HyundaiIt is believed the man was also killed in the incident on the bridgeSeven people are in a critical condition, and 29 have been treated in hospitalOne woman ended up in the Thames and was treated for serious injuries after being pulled from the waterThe attacker, armed with two large knives, jumped out of the car after smashing it into the railings encircling the Palace of Westminster, fatally stabbing Pc Palmer as he entered the grounds. He was shot dead moments later by another officerDefence Secretary Michael Fallon has said the working assumption is that the attack is linked to Islamic terrorism Three of the victims were named as Pc Keith Palmer, who the suspect stabbed; Aysha Frade, a British mother of two, and American tourist Kurt Cochran – both of whom where mown down as the terrorist sped across Westminster Bridge in his car. 3:33PMFull statement from Scotland Yard on identity of attacker Andreea Cristea fell into the River ThamesCredit:Facebook Witnesses described scenes of terror when gunfire rang out as the attacker approached a second officer within yards of the Houses of Parliament.The suspected attacker was pictured being treated by paramedics on a stretcher, as two knives used in the assault lay on the ground nearby.Paramedics fought to save his life and that of Mr Palmer on the floor of the cobbled courtyard in front of Parliament, with Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood among those who rushed to help.”Heartbroken” former colleague, Conservative MP James Cleverly, paid tribute to the “lovely man” he had known for a quarter of a century.”I’ve known Keith for 25 years. We served together in the Royal Artillery before he became a copper. A lovely man, a friend. I’m heartbroken.”My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Pc Keith Palmer. A brave man.”MPs said that the terror attack could have been prevented if police on duty at a well-known security “weak spot” had simply kept it bolted. 8:29PMKhalid Masood ‘not the attacker’s birth name’ The killer managed to get in through a vehicle gate in New Palace Yard – used by the Prime Minister and other members of the Government – because it was not locked.Prime Minister Theresa May has described the attack as “sick and  depraved”. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee, Mrs May paid tribute to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack.Mrs May said that any attempt to defeat the values that Parliament stands for was “doomed to failure”.And she vowed: “We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.” Every mother is proud of their son, but Dr Caroline Ellwood has an extra reason, reports Joe Shute.Her son is Tobias Ellwood, the MP who battled to the save the life of fatally wounded Pc Keith Palmer. A good number and mixture of #faith leaders gathering for the Trafalgar Square #vigil #PrayForLondon #LondonUnited— Lindsay Meader (@apollochaplain) March 23, 2017 Neighbours have described the dramatic moment armed police stormed a Birmingham flat linked to the Westminster terror attack.Stunned residents watched as more than a dozen black-clad officers equipped with machine guns smashed their way in to an address in Hagley Road at about 11pm on Wednesday.The Metropolitan Police have confirmed the overnight raid was part of a wider operation in which several addresses were searched and seven arrests made.One witness, who works in a shop near the second-floor flat, said: “The man from London lived here.” He added: “They came and arrested three men.” Show more Police said earlier that the attacker went by a number of aliases.Scotland Yard now say that they believe Khalid Masood was not his birth name.A spokesman for the force said research into Masood’s aliases was ongoing, adding: “Khalid Masood is not at this early stage believed to be his birth name.” Sir Michael Fallon speaking in Westminster on Thursday morningCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Mrs Garriques added that Masood lived at the property sometime between 2010 and 2011.”I’ve been here since 2001. It used to be a nice secular close, but as time went on it became more buy to let.”As soon as I heard the name I thought oh my god. “I recognise the name, the beard and I remember he had children.”He was often gardening, mowing the lawn. I think he had the windows changed in the property.”He was frequently out with his children in the morning and in the afternoon.”He had at least two. A younger one, and he had a people carrier. He was always polite.”I’m just saddened. I feel sick to be honest.”Mrs Garriques has also been speaking to Sky News. She said Masood was houseproud and seemed to be a good househusband.  9:06AM#WeAreNotAfraid: Defiant Londoners return to work after attack An Italian woman who was injured in the Westminster terrorist attack has had surgery to her left leg, reports Nick Squires in Rome.She is expected to be released from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in a few days.The woman, who was visiting London with a tourist group, was hit by the car driven by the attacker as he mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.Italy’s ambassador to London, Pasquale Terracciano, visited the middle-aged woman from Rome in hospital.A spokesman for the Italian embassy said: “The ambassador was visiting for almost an hour visiting one of the victims, who is Italian. He brought flowers and gave her comfort.”She was one of the people hit by the car. She is not in any serious danger of her life. She was just walking when it happened and had to undergo minor surgery to her left leg. She is expected to be released in the next few days.” Patrick Sawer reports from Birmingham:A mother of three was left stunned after recognising Khalid Masood, the terrorist pictured on a stretcher after Wednesday’s attack, as the man who had lived next to her for several months.Iwona Romek said she had been left terrified by the realisation she might have been living next to a fanatical terrorist who she had previously regarded as a “calm family man”. She told The Telegraph:”I’m so scared for my children knowing that he lived so near to us. We’ve lived here for 12 months and I never could have imagined that we were living next to someone who would do something so terrible.”It’s left me so scared and I don’t know what to tell the children.”Mrs Romek, a cake factory worker from Poland who has lived in Birmingham since 2005, said the man  – who she said looked in his late 40s – had lived at No. 4 Quayside, in the Winston Green district, for around seven months, before leaving suddenly about two months ago.He lived with a woman of Asian appearance in her 30s who covered her hair with the hijab when outdoors, and their five year old child.”I used to see them taking the child to school in their car. The man would smile but we never spoke,” said Mrs Romek, whose children are aged 25, 15 and eight. “He seemed like a normal calm and kind family man, always with a smile on his face.” 9:21AMVictim was ‘highly regarded and loved’ Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, said: “Everything has to be seen to get back to normal as quickly as possible so that people realise that this sort of attack is ultimately a futile gesture.”I think the police have been absolutely right not to release details of the attacker, to give it no publicity.”What happened yesterday was sordid, shameful and vile. The attacker caused the most appalling carnage in the lives of 20 to 25 families.”I think everyone in Parliament will want to pay tribute to the security services and the police and how they responded yesterday, and the officer who tragically died.” 6:53PMArmed police should be at ‘sensitive sites’ Sky News cited unnamed sources as saying the action was linked to the attack in London.  BBC Newsnight had earlier reported there was a suggestion the car used in the attack was hired from an address in Birmingham. However, this has not been confirmed.Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard’s top anti-terror officer, confirmed that 40 people were injured after the attacker – armed with two large knives – mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, stabbing a plain-clothes policeman before he was shot by armed officers. The man police believe to be responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday, Wednesday, 22 March, has now been formally identified as Khalid Masood.Masood, aged 52 (25.12.1964), was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands. Masood was also known by a number of aliases.Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.However, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife.He has not been convicted for any terrorism offences.Anyone with any information about Masood can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. 2:58PMBoris Johnson lays into social media over radicalisation 11:32AMPublic donate thousands for family of Pc Keith Palmer As a crowd gathers at Trafalgar Square, a handful of people are wearing t shirts with the words: “I am a Muslim, ask me anything” printed on them. Three members of the group are holding up a banner which reads: “Love for all, hatred for none”. Among the injured were 12 Britons, including three police officers who were returning from an event to recognise their bravery.Meanwhile, at the scene of one of the police raids – a flat in Hagley Road, Birmingham, where the attacker is believed to have lived – witnesses told how black-clad officers equipped with machine guns smashed their way into the property.One neighbour told The Telegraph: “It’s left me so scared and I don’t know what to tell the children. He seemed like a normal calm and kind family man, always with a smile on his face.” 4:14PMPc Keith Palmer’s family: He was proud to be a police officer, brave and courageous Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (left) stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster 9:17PM’A true Muslim would never do this’ says worshipper at East London mosque  8:24PMIn pictures and video: tonight’s vigil at Trafalgar Square  Keith Palmer 8:20AMMichael Fallon: Working assumption is attack is linked to Islamic terrorism Defiant Londoners are heading back to work “as normal”, telling those responsible the events did not succeed in crushing their spirits and making them afraid, reports Mark Molloy.A defiant trend popped up on Twitter, as commuters going about their business in the capital in the wake of the attack tweeted “we are not afraid”. Injured man on Westminster Bridge 12:49PMGallery: Social media pays tribute with memes, illustrations and defiant quotes Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (left) stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also paid tribute to Keith Palmer, the police officer who lost his life in the attack, and to the police and security services who “keep us safe every day” on the Parliamentary estate.He said: “Today we are united by our humanity and by our democratic values and by that human impulse of solidarity to stand together in times of darkness and adversity.”I express my condolences to the family and friends of police officer Keith Palmer who gave his life yesterday in defence of the public and of our democracy.”He added: “We especially pay tribute to the bravery of those who took action to stop the perpetrator of yesterday’s assault.” The statement reads: “The attacker is a ISIS soldier who answered the call to attack countries participating in the anti-ISIS coalition.”Josie Ensor, the Telegraph’s Middle East Correspondent, reports the group’s late spokesman, Abu Mohammed Adnani’s, previously called on followers abroad: “If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies.”Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car.”Isil has been explicitly threatening attacks on Britain for the last 18 months. At the end of a propaganda video claiming the Paris attacks in November 2015, Isil singled out the UK as its next target. Westminster still in lockdown this morning. Forensics officers have been working through the night and are still here.— Gordon Rayner (@gordonrayner) March 23, 2017 12:02PMVideo: MP breaks down as he pays tribute to his friend Pc Keith Palmer Standing on the steps in front of the National Portrait Gallery, faith leaders joined Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Acting Met Commissioner Craig Mackey and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Three large candles in glass hurricane lanterns sat before them.The respectful hush in the square was broken only by applause, as the Home Secretary praised PC Keith Palmer. Metropolitan Police Acting Commissioner Craig Mackey leads a one minute’s silence outside New Scotland Yard at 9.33amCredit:SWNS US President Donald Trump has paid tribute to Westminster attack victim Kurt Cochran, saying he was “a great American”:  The woman “thrown into the Thames” from Westminster Bridge was enjoying a holiday with her fiance to celebrate his birthday, reports Henry Bodkin.Police rescued Andreea Cristea, a 29-year-old architect, from the river following the attack, and she is now in a serious condition in hospital.Her partner, engineer Andrei Burnaz, was also taken to hospital with a fractured foot. “He was courageous, he was brave and he was also doing his duty,” she said. “It reminded us of how we are all connected.”In an impassioned address, Ms Rudd said: “The terrorists will not defeat us, we will defeat them.” The vehicle rammed into a perimeter fence outside the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Lukesteele4/Twitter Birmingham riad 8:43PMControlled explosion near Downing Street  Sadiq Khan spoke of how Londoners had come together in the aftermath of the attack.He said: “London is a great city full of amazing people from all backgrounds, and when Londoners face adversity, we always pull together.”Our response to this attack on our city, on our way of life, our shared values, shows the world what it means to be a Londoner.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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first_imgAll was looking up with all the Ronaldo speculation.. heard a £3.5 million bid was 1/2— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Hi, I’m enjoying it here, and I am getting a lot of good experience working so it’s all good :). ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 100 duck-sized horses. A horse-sized duck would be pretty scary! You? ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Here’s how Twitter reacted:The classic horse sized duck question  He really enjoyed the experience  A dinner conundrum  “Eddie’s time with the Southern Twitter team was part of a structured work experience programme with Govia Thameslink Railway – for which the intake has more than quadrupled this year – which Eddie has excelled in.”During this time he has spent time with Train Service Managers, as well as information controllers, Train Service Assistants and Fleet Control Managers.”Using social media to keep our passengers up-to-date is a key part of our modernisation plan.” Suite yourself, a horse-sized duck would be pretty ferocious 😬 ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 It has to be the chicken fajitas 😉 ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Hi, it has to be a war monger. The fish monger at my nearest ASDA is amazing. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Eddie’s fan base quickly grew Probably a sloth. I can’t picture them running away. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 His first appearance on the rail company’s Twitter account on Tuesday sparked a series of questions from social media users – most of which had nothing to do with trains.  You’re not having him. He is ours 🙂 ^Neil— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 It shouldn’t but just in case you may as well ask station staff to let you out. ^Neil— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 But Eddie soon returned  All i want is a chicken fajita 😂 ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Hi, Eddie here! Here on Work Experience and ready to answer your questions! 😊— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 No, not yet. I am 15 😂. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Huge respect to you Eddie! Smashing it mate— John Brown (@brownbare) July 11, 2017 Guess who’s back?! #AskEddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) 12 July 2017 Hi, what service will you be on tonight? Be sure to make me some! ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 And Eddie had a day to remember Thank God for that. I was getting concerned and had a swat team ready. We’ve got your back Eddie. Grand job!— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) July 11, 2017 Hi, if you need the correct amount, always start off with around 200g per person, then build up depending on how much 1/2— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 There were more unusual questions Southern Rail have earned some rare social media praise after letting a work experience teenager take over its official Twitter account.The beleaguered train network, which has faced widespread criticism as strikes resulted in severe disruption and rail cancellations earlier this year, put a 15-year-old boy called Eddie in charge of its social media.The teenager quickly became a social media sensation, after his quick witted responses won over Twitter users who began asking him questions using the hastag #AskEddie. On Wednesday morning Southern Rail announced that Eddie was taking the reigns of the company’s Twitter account once again, as they released a photograph of Eddie at work.  And Twitter was delighted  Hi, it has been such an insightful period and it keeps getting better! ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 I’m still here! ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Baked goods connoisseurs Greggs previously showed how to handle a social media nightmare after this offensive logo appears on Google. 10 of the most brilliant customer service exchanges ever seen on TwitterA Southern spokesperson said: “We are pleased to have given Eddie an insight into working life in our social media team and are thrilled to see that he won over so many of our customers yesterday. We have been very impressed at his quick-wit and positive approach at the age of just 15. ‘Neil’ then tried to muscle in  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgA US professor telephoned Great Ormond Street Hospital at the request of the White House offering dramatic new evidence in the fight to keep Charlie Gard alive.The High Court heard on Thursday how the eminent doctor – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was contacted by Donald Trump’s staff a day after the president tweeted his support for the 11-month-old baby.Mr Justice Francis, who ruled in April that Charlie’s life support should be switched off, asked the physician if he would now be prepared to fly to London to examine the baby if the case was adjourned for a few days.The dcotor replied: “ Yes, if necessary I would love to do that.” Charlie Gard's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday morning The hospital maintains that there is no dramatic new evidence that should reverse the decision made by Mr Justice Francis and upheld in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European courts.The same doctor had given evidence in April in support of experimental treatment for Charlie but at the time admitted the chance’s of the boy’s condition improving was ‘highly unlikely’.Via video link, he said – nine days after the White House intervention – that Charlie was merely ‘unlikely’ to improve. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit: PA But the doctor said he could see no evidence from scans that Charlie had suffered irreversible brain damage.The possibility that the judge may now be open to allowing an assessment threw an extraordinary lifeline to Charlie’s parents Connie Yates, 31, and Chris Gard, 33.Charlie’s case has become a worldwide cause celebre and with tensions running high, Mr Justice Francis also spoke of his deep concern that doctors treating Charlie at Great Ormond Street had been “subjected to the most vile abuse” and threats. He issued a warning that perpetrators who were caught would be punished and said it “was grossly unfair” that staff had been targeted.“I don’t know how anybody can think they are helping the parents’ case,” he said. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street Hospital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victoria Butler-Cole, a lawyer acting for Charlie’s legal guardian, questioned why he suddenly thought Charlie’s chances had improved after three months, during which time his head had not grown indicating his brain is damaged. She said: “What I am struggling with is how come you concluded a future better than the one given in April?”The professor had earlier told the court: “I estimate the chance of meaningful success [of the treatment] to be at least 10 per cent.”He said there was a small but significant chance of improvement in brain function, adding that he had “over-reached” when he had said at the April hearing that it was likely Charlie’s brain damage was irreversible. Outside the court, pro-life demonstrators denounced the hospital over its handling of the case.During Thursday’s hearing Katie Gollop QC said while cross examining the doctor via a video link with the US: “You had a discussion with Great Ormond Street at the request of the White House on the 4th July.”The telephone call led to the hospital going back to the High Court to reassess in light of alleged new evidence from the doctor, prompting new hearings this week. Charlie Gard’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday morningCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA At one point during Thursday’s hearing, Charlie’s parents, who live in Bedfont, west London, stormed out of court furious at the judge for saying: “They [the couple] have not been fighting to retain what he has now but fighting for a chance to give him the treatment to possibly improve.” Mr Gard stood up at this and said: “We’re not allowed, are we,” adding: “I thought this was supposed to be independent.”Miss Yates said: “He’s not suffering and not in pain” before the couple walked out.The judge said: “I am sorry if that upsets them” and later added, “I understand you walking out because it is a desperate situation.”  The neurologist told the court that a new anaylsis of a study of nine children with a disease similar to Charlie’s but not nearly as severe showed five of them – equivalent to a 56 per cent success rate – had improved after receiving experimental treatment.One child, who had been breathing on a ventilator for eight hours a day, no longer need one at all.Charlie suffers from a rare form of mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Unlike the children in the doctor’s study, the illness affects not only his muscles but also his brain.last_img read more

first_imgThe results of the study suggests you should keep your baby photos to yourselfCredit:JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They are notoriously hard to avoid and are often met with fixed, polite smiles. And now a survey has confirmed what many have long suspected.More than half of men and women could not care less about seeing your baby photos.The question was posed by YouGov as part of its daily series of questions answered online by several thousand members of the public: Generally speaking, how do you feel about being shown recent photos of a friend or family member’s baby?Almost 40 per cent admitted they had no burning desire to study snaps of someone else’s little bundle of joy, expressing no like or dislike.Some ten percent said they disliked it and a similar number said they hated it.On the other side, around a quarter of more than 4,200 respondents admitted they did like looking at baby photos while ten per cent went as far as to say they loved it. Men tended to express the most negativity towards the pastime, while more women were in favour. Ben Glanville, Head of YouGov Omnibus UK, said: “Our survey reveals a difference in enthusiasm between genders when it comes to being shown baby photos.“Almost half of women either like or love it, compared to just 22 per cent of men. Similarly, 26 per cent of men either dislike or hate looking at baby photos, against 15 per cent of women.” The results of the study suggests you should keep your baby photos to yourselflast_img read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @GaryLineker Gary. You are the face of BBC Sport. Please observe BBC editorial guidelines and keep your political views, whatever they are and whatever the subject, to yourself.I’d be sacked if I followed your example. Thanks.— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) December 13, 2018 Gary Lineker has come under fire from his BBC colleague, star cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew, for his frequent outbursts against Brexit.The former professional cricketer publicly chided the Match of The Day host on Twitter, writing: “Gary. You are the face of BBC Sport. Please observe BBC editorial guidelines and keep your political views, whatever they are and whatever the subject, to yourself.“I’d be sacked if I followed your example.  Thanks.”He then followed this up by tweeting a link to the BBC Editorial Guidelines.The guidelines ask the broadcaster’s staff to remain impartial on controversial matters both on TV and radio, as well as in external activities. The rules say: “The external activities of staff, presenters and others who contribute to our output can also affect the BBC’s reputation for impartiality.”Mr Lineker responded to the tweet saying: “Johathan, I’m the face of my own Twitter account. I’ll continue to tweet when I like and if folk disagree with me then so be it. Thank you so much for your concern, which, I imagine, wouldn’t be a concern at all if you agreed with me.”The Match of The Day host is well-known for his frequent outbursts against Brexit, Donald Trump and the Conservative Party, and campaigns for a “People’s Vote.” He also hit out at another 1986 World Cup player, Chris Waddle, who said “let’s leave Brexit with no deal, we’ll be fine.” The BBC presenter told him to “stick to football.”Mr Lineker, who is hosting BBC show Have I Got News For You this Friday, campaigns for Remain or a People’s Vote frequently on Twitter.He has said that blocking Brexit is more important to him than football and backed the campaign for a second referendum this summer.He said: “I find the whole thing more bewildering and worrying than ever.“Whether you voted Leave or Remain, did anyone really vote for the mess we seem to be in, let alone the prospect of no deal with all the terrible consequences attached to that? What’s that old saying? You should never see a tweet from your heroes? 😬— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 12, 2018 “There are some things in life that, even for someone like me, are more important than football. This is one of them. I am not a politician but I know when something is going wrong and right now Brexit feels like it is going very wrong indeed.”He has continued to campaign for a second referendum on Twitter. One tweet reads: “It’s very clear now that there is no good deal. There’s this rotten deal or an even more painful no deal. Surely It’s time our politicians did what’s right for this country and what’s right for the people of this country for the sake of this country. #PeoplesVote” On Thursday, Mr Lineker criticised his fellow Leicester City legend Peter Shilton for praising Jacob Rees-Mogg.The former England footballer, who played alongside Mr Lineker in the 1986 World Cup, said on Twitter: “Have been so impressed with @Jacob_Rees_Mogg @Conservatives @itvnews  with interviews in the last few days. He really knows what he is talking about and puts it across in a calm and calculated manner!”Mr Lineker responded: “What’s that old saying? You should never see a tweet from your heroes?” A spokesman for the BBC said: “Gary is not involved in any news or political output for the BBC and as such any expression of his personal political views does not affect the BBC’s impartiality.”  Last week, he wrote: “Why have a debate on television, which is presumably an attempt to sway people’s opinion one way or the other, only then not to allow the people to decide what the outcome should be? Makes no sense.”He also criticised Jeremy Corbyn for pledging to see through Brexit if he became Prime Minister, tweeting: “Any deal will leave Britain worse off. Do tell us your master plan @jeremycorbyn?”Mr Lineker was widely criticised on social media last night for his comments, with one user writing: “What has @Peter_Shilton said that is incorrect? Gary, you’re coming across as someone who thinks he is right and a know it all when this is just about opinions. I’d say you’re even getting above your station. You’re just an ex footballer who does MOTD.” read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Line of Dutyactor Martin Compston has had a lucky escape after a HGV truck collided into a taxi he was travelling in.The recovery truck ploughed into the passenger side of a black cab as the television detective was heading to a hotel in Greater Manchester on Thursday night. Taxi driver Derek Burton, 71, said the actor – known to fans as DS Steve Arnott – was “very shaken” by the incident but was unhurt. “There was a thundering bang. I thought it was a bomb. Martin screamed. We didn’t know what happened. We hadn’t seen the truck.“It smashed into where he was sitting. Martin’s door was bashed in. It was probably doing 10mph but was so big it destroyed the cab,” he told The Sun newspaper. Mr Burton said the passenger door was bashed in but said Mr Compston was unharmed. He appeared on BBC Breakfast the following day to promote Sunday night’s season finale of Line of Duty. It comes as Compston has signed up for a further two series of the hit BBC drama which follows the unit of AC-12 who investigate police corruption.  read more

JAc Starr, chief operating officer at the RDG, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: “This move demonstrates that the rail industry is doing all it can to improve fares for passengers within the constraints of outdated fares regulations but we need to go further. Britain’s rail ticketing system is underpinned by regulations which are unchanged from the mid-1990s, and have not kept pace with technology or how people work and travel.Several layers of complexity have been added through individual franchise agreements over the past three decades, meaning around 55 million different fares exist.”The ticket management system developed by Virgin will automatically and retrospectively allow someone who has a peak-time return but who ends up travelling off-peak to pay the lower fare,” Virgin said.Virgin Trains managing director Paul Whittingham said: “The changes we’ve announced today, which align with the Rail Delivery Group’s Fares Reform agenda, could save UK rail passengers around a billion pounds a year, and ensure Virgin Trains continues to deliver for customers whatever happens with the West Coast franchise.” “The industry’s fares proposals would offer passengers more flexibility to mix and match travel according to their needs. They would drastically reduce overcrowding on some of the busiest long-distance trains and remove the need to buy multiple tickets to get the best deal.”In February, the RDG recommended a series of measures to simplify the system, including an end to split ticketing.The group said its plan would remove the need for the trick because passengers would always be charged the best value fare. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A train firm has announced a split ticketing app to help passengers save money on trips, but the industry body has said that it fails to address the real issue.Virgin Trains is launching a mobile app which helps passengers take advantage of split ticketing to save money on journeys, claiming it could save passengers £1 billion.Split ticketing involves buying multiple tickets for separate sections of one journey, with a combined price which is less than the standard fare.In one extreme case in 2017, a Newcastle United fan bought 56 tickets to cover a return journey for him and his girlfriend to travel to Oxford for an FA Cup match, saving him £30.The app, which will go live by the end of the year, will also introduce a fares cap similar to London’s Oyster card system.The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train operators and Network Rail, welcomed the move but said an “industry-wide root and branch reform” of the ticket system is needed. read more

There are few moments in the career of an international footballer that bring more pressure than performing at a World Cup when your country is among the favourites to lift the trophy. But for the captain of England’s Lionesses there will be a powerful reminder in the stands at this year’s tournament that win or lose, there is more to life than the beautiful game. Steph Houghton will be cheered on by her husband Stephen Darby, who was forced to leave behind his own football career after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.  Darby, 30, was diagnosed just months… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Despite his illness, he is expected to make the journey to France to support his wife as the World Cup begins on Friday. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFire scare at GRA head office on Camp StreetJanuary 20, 2017In “Local News”Update: UG to undertake fire safety audit of all its facilities- Vice ChancellorMarch 9, 2017In “latest news”Fire destroys building near fuel bondSeptember 3, 2017In “Local News” Staff and persons conducting business at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Headquarters, Camp Street, Georgetown were evacuated out of the building following a small fire earlier today.Staff members assembled outside of buildingBased on reports received, staff members saw smoke emanating from a room on the third floor and an alarm was raised. When <<>> arrived at the scene, staff members confirmed that it was a fire and not a bomb threat that was initially stated.One staff member explained that within minutes, the fire tenders arrived on the scene and were able to put out the fire.The fire according to sources cause minor damage.  An investigation is ongoing. read more