News 20th January 2015
- British jihadist pleads guilty to terrorism offences
- Women injured by object falling from scaffolding
- Chief executive of London Ambulance Service resigns
A man from Hounslow has pleaded guilty to four terrorism offences.
Imran Khawaja from Southall travelled to Syria last January to train alongside jihadist fighters.
The Old Bailey heard that in Syria, Khawaja joined an extremist group who were connected to ISIS, and appeared in their propaganda videos.
In May last year, the group used social media to announce Khawaja’s death, apparently so that he could attempt to re-enter the UK.
The news of his death was reported by the British media, but Khawaja was stopped by police officers as he tried to come back to Britain.
Legal restrictions have been lifted to allow the media to report Khawaja’s guilty pleas.
He was called a “dangerous man” by Commander Richard Walton, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Commander Walton said:
The images and video of Khawaja in Syria are horrific and deeply disturbing. He was a senior figure in Rayat Al Taweed, a group aligned to Islamic State that celebrated its terrorist acts through social media back to the UK.
Khawaja chose to become a terrorist, engaged in weapons training in a terrorist training camp and faked his own death in order to conceal his entry back into the UK.
He posed a serious threat to this country and the country is safer as a result of this prosecution.
He will be sentenced next month, and faces a sentence of up to life imprisonment.
Women injured by object from scaffolding
Two women were injured in the City of London today when they were hit by an object that fell from scaffolding.
The women were taken to hospital with head injuries. A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
The incident took place around midday today on Eldon Street near Moorgate.
Further inquiries are being made.
Head of the London Ambulance Service quitsEmbed from Getty Images
Ann Radmore, who has been the chief executive of the London Ambulance Service for two years, has resigned.
Dr Fionna Moore MBE will become interim chief executive. She’s previously held the position of the Service’s Medical Director.
The London Ambulance Service has been criticised recently for having poor emergency response rates.
Ms Radmore is taking up a position at the NHS, where she’ll be working on new care models. Talking about leaving the Ambulance Service, she said:
This was a hard decision to make. I have enjoyed every minute of working with the dedicated and compassionate staff here, and I will be sad to go.