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Policeman Saves Woman From Mob Attack In Abuja

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A senior police officer, M.A Kaura, on Friday in Abuja rescued a woman from being attacked by an angry mob along Airport Road.

The woman was said to have insulted protesters when she told them that the demonstration was unnecessary and a waste of time.


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The statement infuriated participants in the protest, who chased her in an attempt to beat her up.

It took the intervention of the policeman, who was at the scene of the incident, to save the woman.


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The protesters, who had occupied and blocked the highway since morning, vowed to pass the night on the road.




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Mystery over Keir Starmer’s claim he ‘spoke to a British Transport Police officer’

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British Transport Police said Sir Keir Starmer spoke to an-off duty PCSO – not a police officer – as a witness after a crash involving a cyclist, following the Labour leader’s spokesman saying he gave them his details at the scene.

Sir Keir, 58, was involved in a collision with the bike rider just after midday in Kentish Town, north west London, on Sunday.

He exchanged insurance information with the biker – described by an onlooker as ‘in a lot of pain’ on the ground – before leaving him in the care of paramedics who were called at 12.08pm, and who then took him to hospital with an injured arm.

The Metropolitan Police Service said London Ambulance Service medics informed them about the crash and two of their cars arrived at 12.20pm.

By this time Sir Keir had already left the scene, which is near Kentish Town Overground station, his spokesman saying later he had left his details with a British Transport Police officer and the cyclist.

But BTP told MailOnline today they had no record of officially speaking with the Labour leader with no details registered on their recording systems.

Later they said they had found out it was actually an off-duty member of staff, a PCSO, that provided their details to him as a witness to the collision.

Sir Keir, 58, had left the scene in Kentish Town, north west London by the time two police cars arrived at around 12.20pm on Sunday, reports say

Sir Keir, 58, had left the scene in Kentish Town, north west London by the time two police cars arrived at around 12.20pm on Sunday, reports say

Sir Keir, 58, had left the scene in Kentish Town, north west London by the time two police cars arrived at around 12.20pm on Sunday, reports say

In a statement The Met did not explain how they learned the politician’s identity, but said they left a message at a driver’s home for him to report the incident.

They have not named Sir Keir because he has not been charged with an offence.

It is thought that he was driving a Toyota Rav 4 SUV when the collision happened with the cyclist near one the politician’s local pubs, The Grafton.

Local resident Nicolas Janes, 39, told The Sun: ‘I was walking and there was a bang. A loud bang. I didn’t witness it directly but could hear the impact.

Pictured: The Grafton pub in Kentish Town where the incident occurred at the weekend

Pictured: The Grafton pub in Kentish Town where the incident occurred at the weekend

Pictured: The Grafton pub in Kentish Town where the incident occurred at the weekend

A spokesperson for Sir Keir said that the Labour leader was involved in a minor road traffic accident and spoke to a police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and others involved (pictured: Kentish Town Police Station)

A spokesperson for Sir Keir said that the Labour leader was involved in a minor road traffic accident and spoke to a police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and others involved (pictured: Kentish Town Police Station)

A spokesperson for Sir Keir said that the Labour leader was involved in a minor road traffic accident and spoke to a police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and others involved (pictured: Kentish Town Police Station) 

Keir’s crash: the three statements

Sir Keir’s spokesman: ‘Keir was involved in a minor road traffic accident on Sunday. He spoke to a British Transport Police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and the other individual involved. Keir stayed at the scene until the ambulance arrived. Later that afternoon, he reported the incident to a police station in accordance with the law. Since the incident, Keir has also been in touch with the other individual involved.’

British Transport Police: ‘It was not a police officer, it was an off-duty member of BTP staff that provided their details as a witness to the collision. It was a PCSO.’

Met Police: ‘Police were alerted by LAS at around 12.20hrs on Sunday 25 October to a report of a road traffic collision between a cyclist and car in Grafton Road, NW5. The driver of the car had stopped at the scene and exchanged details with the cyclist but had left before officers arrived. The male cyclist received a minor injury to his arm and was taken to hospital by LAS as a precaution. Officers later attempted to contact the driver of the car and left a message advising him to report the matter to police. The driver of the car subsequently attended a north London police station. He was not arrested or interviewed under caution. An investigation into the collision is ongoing by officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command.’ 

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‘I saw what happened after. The cyclist was on the pavement, he was holding his arm. He looked like he was in a lot of pain.

‘There were people helping the cyclist. He just remained on the floor in pain. They looked concerned for him.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline they were alerted by medics.

He added: ‘Police were alerted by LAS at around 12.20hrs on Sunday 25 October to a report of a road traffic collision between a cyclist and car in Grafton Road, NW5. 

‘The driver of the car had stopped at the scene and exchanged details with the cyclist but had left before officers arrived. 

‘The male cyclist received a minor injury to his arm and was taken to hospital by LAS as a precaution. 

‘Officers later attempted to contact the driver of the car and left a message advising him to report the matter to police. 

‘The driver of the car subsequently attended a north London police station. 

‘He was not arrested or interviewed under caution. An investigation into the collision is ongoing by officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command.’

A spokesperson for Sir Keir said he had spoken to the BTP before leaving.

They added: ‘Keir was involved in a minor road traffic accident on Sunday.

‘He spoke to a British Transport Police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and the other individual involved.

‘Keir stayed at the scene until the ambulance arrived. Later that afternoon, he reported the incident to a police station in accordance with the law. Since the incident, Keir has also been in touch with the other individual involved.’

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Mother of Princess Beatrice’s stepson poses for snaps outside Buckingham Palace

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The mother of Princess Beatrice’s stepson has shared a series of playful snaps posing outside Buckingham Palace as she teased it had taken her ’10 years to see the landmark in person.’

American-Chinese architect Dara Huang, 38, who shares four-year-old son Wolfie with her ex-fiancé property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36. posted the pictures on her Instagram page yesterday.

She wrote: ‘Can anyone guess where I am?!? Can’t believe after living down the street for 10 years, it took me an ambassadorship from one of my favourite companies, to see this site in person.’ 

Beatrice, 32, who is ninth in line to the throne and granddaughter of the Queen, married Edo in July, becoming the only princess to marry someone with children and take on a stepchild. 

Dara Huang, 38, shared a series of playful snaps posing outside Buckingham Palace as she teased it had taken her '10 years to see the landmark in person'

Dara Huang, 38, shared a series of playful snaps posing outside Buckingham Palace as she teased it had taken her '10 years to see the landmark in person'

Dara Huang, 38, shared a series of playful snaps posing outside Buckingham Palace as she teased it had taken her ’10 years to see the landmark in person’

The American-Chinese architect shares a young son, three-year-old Christopher 'Wolfie' Woolf, with former fiancé of three-and-a-half years, Edo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured together)

The American-Chinese architect shares a young son, three-year-old Christopher 'Wolfie' Woolf, with former fiancé of three-and-a-half years, Edo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured together)

The American-Chinese architect shares a young son, three-year-old Christopher ‘Wolfie’ Woolf, with former fiancé of three-and-a-half years, Edo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured together) 

In the snaps, Dara could be seen leaping into the air as she posed for pictures at The Queen Victoria Memorial.

Sharing the playful photographs, she hashtagged her post ‘tourist for the day’, adding: ‘Looks just as good up close as it does from the taxi.’  

Her visit to the palace comes after sources said Princess Beatrice is a ‘doting stepmother’ who has put up ‘loads of pictures’ of Wolfie in their home so he ‘feels like he has two families’. 

Insiders told The Telegraph‘s Camilla Tominey that the royal has been embracing her new role, saying: ‘Beatrice ensured there are loads of pictures of him up in their house, so he feels like he has two families, and they do get on well. She has instigated a lot of that, rather than Dara.’ 

Edo married Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne and granddaughter of the Queen, in July, with the royal becoming the only princess to marry someone with children and take on a stepchild

Edo married Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne and granddaughter of the Queen, in July, with the royal becoming the only princess to marry someone with children and take on a stepchild

Edo married Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne and granddaughter of the Queen, in July, with the royal becoming the only princess to marry someone with children and take on a stepchild

They claimed she has become a regular at collecting Wolfie from nursery and accompanying him home on his scooter.

Friends of the royal said she talks about the youngster ‘all the time’ and has warmly embraced him into her life.

They added that he is ‘super little’ and ‘extremely cute’, adding that Beatrice will always make Wolfie’s happiness ‘her number one priority’ even when she and Edo decide to have children themselves.  

In January, a friend of Dara and Edo insisted the estranged couple remain close, with Dara even cutting Edo’s hair and occasionally buying him clothes.  

in a series of photographs posted to her Instagram page, the architect leapt into the air on The Queen Victoria Memorial

in a series of photographs posted to her Instagram page, the architect leapt into the air on The Queen Victoria Memorial

in a series of photographs posted to her Instagram page, the architect leapt into the air on The Queen Victoria Memorial

in a series of photographs posted to her Instagram page, the architect leapt into the air on The Queen Victoria Memorial

in a series of photographs posted to her Instagram page, the architect leapt into the air on The Queen Victoria Memorial 

Their amicable relationship meant Dara was on the original guest list for Edo’s wedding to Beatrice before the coronavirus pandemic forced the couple to cancel their May nuptials.

Beatrice and Edoardo later secretly tied the knot on July 17 in Windsor, with the Queen and Prince Philip in attendance and Wolfie acting as best man. 

Dara and Edo dated for three years before splitting in 2018. Edo and Beatrice, who were long-time family friends, started dating in October 2018 and got engaged during a romantic trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast in September last year, after an 11-month whirlwind romance. 

When news of Edo and Beatrice’s romance became public in December 2018, Dara’s father Po-Tien accused the Royal Family of helping to rob his daughter of the chance to walk down the aisle with Edo.

When news of Edo and Beatrice’s romance became public in December 2018, Dara’s father Po-Tien accused the Royal Family of helping to rob his daughter of the chance to walk down the aisle with Edo. Pictured: Edo and Beatrice after announcing their engagement in September 2019

When news of Edo and Beatrice’s romance became public in December 2018, Dara’s father Po-Tien accused the Royal Family of helping to rob his daughter of the chance to walk down the aisle with Edo. Pictured: Edo and Beatrice after announcing their engagement in September 2019

When news of Edo and Beatrice’s romance became public in December 2018, Dara’s father Po-Tien accused the Royal Family of helping to rob his daughter of the chance to walk down the aisle with Edo. Pictured: Edo and Beatrice after announcing their engagement in September 2019

‘Why would they want to go and break this up?’ the retired Nasa scientist said. ‘I can’t understand it. It’s not fair, but the Royal Family are very powerful.’

However, her father’s apparent frustration did not result in Dara cutting ties with her ex-partner.

Dara has recently found love again with 37-year-old London-based financier Filippos Kodellas de la Morena, the son of ‘a Greek diplomat and a well-connected Spanish mother’, according to the Daily Mail diarist Richard Eden. Filippos is also reportedly director of La Perla. 

Meanwhile Beatrice and Edo are settling into married life in London. Wolfie also plays an important part in their lives together in the city, with friends previously speaking of the good relationship Beatrice has with her new stepson.

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Defence worker ‘breached Official Secrets Act and put UK at risk by leaking top secret details’

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A former MoD analyst leaked top secret weapons intelligence in a revenge ‘plot’ after complaining police did not take his homophobic assault claims seriously, a court heard. 

Software engineer Simon Finch denies recording and disclosing secret defence information and refusing to give authorities access codes to three electronic devices, the Old Bailey heard.

The 50-year-old, of Swansea, is accused of sending technical details classified as ‘secret’ and ‘top secret’ in an email containing operational information about the weapons system, which is still in use by the armed forces, his trial heard this morning.

He allegedly wrote down the confidential information from memory and emailed it to nine addresses on 28 October 2018.

The analyst complained to recipients of mistreatment at the hands of the UK state, including police, the NHS and his employers, jurors heard.

Among the perceived slights was a claim that he had been forced to defecate on the floor of Merseyside police station because he had been refused quick access to the toilet.

Simon Finch, 50, (pictured) is accused of unlawfully recording secret information and then disclosing it. Jurors heard the secrets would have been 'useful to an enemy' of the state

Simon Finch, 50, (pictured) is accused of unlawfully recording secret information and then disclosing it. Jurors heard the secrets would have been 'useful to an enemy' of the state

Simon Finch, 50, (pictured) is accused of unlawfully recording secret information and then disclosing it. Jurors heard the secrets would have been ‘useful to an enemy’ of the state

Finch said he had suffered two serious homophobic assaults which ‘triggered’ a deterioration in his health that went ignored by officers and healthcare professionals, it was said.

The defence expert insisted he had also been dragged along the floor and subjected to humiliation at the hands of officers on duty, it was said.

He denies breaching the Official Secrets Act by making a ‘damaging’ disclosure and recording information which could be ‘useful to an enemy’ of the state.

When a criminal probe was launched into the alleged disclosure, he then refused to hand over passcodes to his electronic devices to investigating officers, the court heard.

The court heard he had reached the conclusion that ‘he should have no care for national security if the nation had no care for his security.’

An expert damage assessment found that the release of the information could give ‘a hostile adversary of the UK… an understanding of the function’ of the system and ‘methods of countering it’, prosecutor Mark Heywood QC told jurors.

The systems analyst worked for private contractors including BAE Systems and QinetiQ from the late 1990s until 2018.

He appeared for his trial on Tuesday morning wearing a mustard-coloured jumper and tinted spectacles.

Opening the prosecution case, Mr Heywood told jurors: ‘Simon Finch is 50 years old and a British citizen. He shares British nationality with the other key participants in this trial.

Simon Finch, from Swansea, denies breaching the Official Secrets Act by making a 'damaging' disclosure and recording information which could be 'useful to an enemy' of the state

Simon Finch, from Swansea, denies breaching the Official Secrets Act by making a 'damaging' disclosure and recording information which could be 'useful to an enemy' of the state

Simon Finch, from Swansea, denies breaching the Official Secrets Act by making a ‘damaging’ disclosure and recording information which could be ‘useful to an enemy’ of the state

‘Unlike most of us, for many years he occupied a very important and special role as someone with expert technical ability.

‘He was employed in the design, testing and configuration of a UK weapons system on which the security of the realm partly depends.

Finch leaked details about the missile system which is still in use by the armed forces to recipients including an MP, charities, trade unions and law firms, the court heard.

Mr Heywood said: ‘On 28 October 2018 an email was sent to eight recipients.

‘The email addresses suggest that the recipients included members of law firms, charities, trade unions, [and] a Member of Parliament.

‘It was copied to a ninth.

‘Suffice it to say the system in question is a UK missile system still in use by armed forces of this country.’

Mr Heywood told the court that Finch began to experience problems in his personal life shortly after becoming privy to the classified information.

He continued: ‘There was an appearance before the courts in 2016 which you will hear about, the loss of his job in 2018 and then after that gathering frustration to get others to pay attention.

The analyst went out armed with a machete and a hammer after his health began to spiral but was let off with a suspended sentence in 2016, jurors heard.

Finch leaked the top secret weapons intelligence in a revenge ‘plot’ after complaining police did not take his assault claims seriously, a jury at the Old Bailey heard where the trial continues

Finch leaked the top secret weapons intelligence in a revenge ‘plot’ after complaining police did not take his assault claims seriously, a jury at the Old Bailey heard where the trial continues

Finch leaked the top secret weapons intelligence in a revenge ‘plot’ after complaining police did not take his assault claims seriously, a jury at the Old Bailey heard where the trial continues

He insisted the downward spiral was triggered by two assaults spaced six weeks apart at the hands of attackers who thought he was gay, it was said. 

The conviction ‘led him to plot a very deliberate kind of retaliation’ prosecutors told the court.

Mr Heywood added: ‘He first wrote down extensive details that he could remember – he’s a highly intelligent man – details in the national interest that had been gained through his privileged and trusted access to secret information.

‘He then distributed that information.

Finch is accused of releasing three types of classified information 

The prosecutor told jurors that material fell into three categories of sensitivity – official, secret and top secret – and that Finch leaked material of the highest possible confidentiality.

He said painstaking efforts were made to protect the information against ‘sophisticated’ and ‘violent’ attacks to get hold of it.

‘Official, above that secret and above that top secret,’ said Mr Heywood.

‘These are intended to indicate the level of the sensitivity of the information involved, and also the level of safeguard which should relate to that information.

‘Just to give you a flavour at this stage, official covers most government information.

‘In the case of secret information, it’s designed to be protected against highly capable threats.

‘The designation of top secret relates to information which directly requires extremely high assurance of protection from threats of all kinds, including the most determined and sophisticated, even violent attacks to get hold of it.’

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‘Both in making the records which he did in the first place and then deciding to make those disclosures he made, he was acting consciously in breach first of his own solemn promises he had written down in declarations over the years, and second of the law, particularly the criminal law, for this kind of information.

‘The document he attached to the email set out technical detail classified as secret and top secret… (and) contained detail about the operational performance of the system to which I have referred.

‘A full damage assessment has since been carried out to find consequences or possible consequences of that information being disclosed into the public domain.

‘Expert evaluation has concluded that the release of information of that kind, for example to a hostile adversary of the UK, would give them an understanding of the function of that relevant system which in turn would allow them methods of countering it.’

Mr Heywood said the disclosure could create a ‘risk to the UK and to others with whom that technology is shared’.

Jurors will hear more details about the system during closed sessions of the court, with journalists and the public not allowed into those proceedings.

Finch, of Swansea, denies recording information for any purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of the state which was calculated to be or might be or was intended to be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy.

He also denies making a damaging disclosure relating to defence which was in his possession by virtue of his position as crown servant or government contractor, and failing to comply with a disclosure notice by knowingly failing to make disclosure as required by that notice which would facilitate access to three electronic devices.

The trial continues.

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