The coroner at the London Bridge inquests said he was “not convinced” MI5 and police missed any opportunities that would have prevented the attack.
The inquests into the deaths of the eight victims ended with chief coroner of England and Wales Mark Lucraft concluding they were unlawfully killed.
He said he would not be criticising MI5 and the police in his conclusions.
But Mr Lucraft did criticise the lack of barriers on the bridge – a “particularly vulnerable” location.
The attack, in June 2017, happened only two and half months after the Westminster Bridge attack.
Mr Lucraft said the lack of barriers showed “weaknesses in systems for assessing the need for such measures… and implementing them promptly” – and this was an “arguable” breach of duty by the police.
But some victims’ friends and families remain critical of the police.
Philippe Pigeard, whose 26-year-old son Alexandre Pigeard was killed, also pointed to the lack of barriers, saying: “I think this attack could have been prevented.”
Speaking after the inquest concluded, he said there were “a lot of missed opportunities” to neutralise at least one of the attackers who was known to be dangerous.
Christine Delcros, who was severely injured and lost her boyfriend, Xavier Thomas, in the attack highlighted a “catalogue of failings”.
Ms Delros said it was “staggering” that Butt, a “well known extremist”, was allowed to work within the London Transport network, and that “opportunities to identify all the attackers and disrupt their activities did not occur”.
Mr Pigeard also paid tribute to nurse Helen Kennett, who came to his son’s aid.
Ms Kennett, who was out to celebrate her birthday, was stabbed in the neck as she tried to help.
Standing next to Ms Kennett outside court, Mr Pigeard said: “I want to thank so much Helen for her courage.
“She came to help my son who was bleeding to death. She was stabbed too in a few seconds.”
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu disputed claims that opportunities were lost.
Citing the coroner’s findings, Mr Basu said: “Even those closest to the attackers, and we have heard from them during the inquest, knew nothing of their murderous plans.”
He said it will “never be possible to stop every plot”.
Summing up evidence earlier, the coroner had said the family of attacker Khuram Butt were not “convincing witnesses” in court.
He said each of Butt’s family members “accepted that they should now have done more at the time” and that they all “knew something of his extreme views”.
Four of Butt’s family gave evidence during the inquest at the Old Bailey: his widow Zahrah Rehman, brother-in-law Usman Darr, brother Saad Butt, and sister Haleema Butt.
Mr Lucraft said he could understand the pressures on Saad Butt – whose daughter had been killed in an accident.
But he said: “It seems to me that on the basis of what he accepted he did know of his brother and the worrying views he was espousing, he did very little, if anything, to accurately monitor his brother’s movements.”
Earlier in the inquest Butt’s widow, Ms Rehman, told the court his actions were “disgusting” and their children would never know where his grave was.
She said she would not grieve for his death and also denied prior knowledge of her husband’s plot – although she said she had been worried he wanted to go to Syria.
‘Anger in their eyes’
The coroner praised police officers, medics and members of the public who rushed to help on the night of the attack despite the danger.
PC Charlie Guenigault, 27, was off duty when he took on the three attackers alongside British Transport Police PC Wayne Marques and Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverria.
He said: “In my head I just see all three of them standing in front of me, knives in hand and fake vests on and that look of, ‘We’re going to kill you,’ basically that sort of anger in their eyes.”
PC Guenigault, who was awarded the George Medal, said he “played dead” after being stabbed in the head.
Ringleader Butt, 27, alongside Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before getting out and stabbing people in and around Borough Market.
Xavier Thomas, 45, Christine Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, were all killed. Another 48 people were injured.
The three attackers were shot dead by police less than 10 minutes after the rampage began.
A jury has been shown footage showing the moment a father was stabbed to death on a train in a “quick and frenzied attack”.
The Old Bailey heard Lee Pomeroy, 51, suffered 18 knife wounds in an assault lasting little more than 25 seconds.
His 14-year-old son told jurors he witnessed the confrontation between his father and another man on a train seconds before the stabbing.
Darren Pencille, 36, of Wilbury Road in Farnham, denies murdering Mr Pomeroy.
He has admitted possessing a bladed article and his barrister Justin Rouse QC said the defendant did not deny stabbing Mr Pomeroy but would be arguing that he was acting in self-defence.
Mr Pomeroy’s son told the court he had not noticed Mr Pencille board the train at the same station as he and his father.
But he said the two men exchanged words and he added: “The guy said ‘Come on, get off at the next station’ and my dad took that as a threat and got up with a clenched fist.”
He said: “I could hear them shouting at each other. I don’t remember seeing when the fight started. I think I could hear them shouting. I looked behind again. I see them punching each other.”
Describing his father, he told jurors: “Normally when someone says something to my dad, he won’t let it go.
“Dad never really starts a fight. I have never seen my dad not reply to something like that.”
Jurors watched in silence as they viewed the CCTV footage, which initially showed Mr Pomeroy and his son buying tickets at the station and then boarding the train at London Road at the same time as Mr Pencille.
It showed the two men arguing before Mr Pomeroy followed Mr Pencille into another carriage, while his son remained where he was.
The footage then showed Mr Pomeroy being repeatedly stabbed while trying to defend himself with his hands.
Det Con Marc Farmer, from British Transport Police, told the court: “We see the first blow (that was to his neck), and then movement and we see him slash at his torso and then his thigh.
“It is quick and a frenzied attack.”
Det Con Farmer confirmed to Mr Rouse that there was no audio of the apparent verbal exchange.
The barrister said Mr Pencille walked away and was followed by Mr Pomeroy – which the police officer also confirmed.
“At the end of the carriageway is a dead end,” Mr Rouse continued. “He can’t get out.”
Mr Rouse added: “The train is in motion and he can’t get out of the doors. Before he turns to violence he resorts to using his phone.”
Det Con Farmer replied: “Yes.”
Mr Rouse then said: “After the blows have been exchanged – and there is no dispute Mr Pencille stabbed Mr Pomeroy – Mr Pomeroy then for the first time retreated, and it’s fair to say Mr Pencille doesn’t take a single step towards him.”
Det Con Farmer replied: “Only to pick up his glasses.”
Witnesses who had been in the same carriage as the pair told the court they had been scared for their lives.
Megan Fieberg told the court she heard the two men swearing at each other and added: “They were physical but I didn’t see the whole stabbing situation. I had already left the carriage by then.”
Describing what Mr Pomeroy was saying, she said he “wanted an apology” from Mr Pencille for humiliating him in front of his child.
Mr Rouse asked whether Mr Pomeroy had been mocking Mr Pencille and Mrs Fieberg replied: “Yes.”
He said: “You never heard anything like ‘I’m going to kill him’.”
She replied: “No.”
Mr Pencille’s girlfriend, Chelsea Mitchell, 27, of the same address, denies assisting an offender.
The trial continues.
A man who pushed a former Eurotunnel boss on to Tube tracks in central London has been jailed for life.
Paul Crossley shoved 91-year-old Sir Robert Malpas at Marble Arch in April 2018, after earlier trying to push Tobias French at Tottenham Court Road.
Crossley, 47, of Leyton, east London, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and will serve a minimum of 12 years.
A judge described him as a “grave and enduring risk to the public”.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC told the Old Bailey that Crossley had carried out two attacks in “terrifying circumstances”.
The court previously heard Crossley, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had not taken his medication on the day of the attacks and had used £600 worth of crack cocaine the day before.
In the first of the attacks on 27 April, Crossley tried to push Mr French on to the tracks as a train entered the station, but the professional sportsman managed to keep his balance.
During the trial, Crossley said he had meant “to scare” Mr French, from Bracknell, Berkshire, who had “looked at me a bit funny”.
‘Sought vulnerable victim’
Judge Hilliard said CCTV footage of the attack had been “terrifying to watch” and Crossley fled, before picking out Sir Robert due to his age.
Crossley “consciously and deliberately sought out a more vulnerable victim”, according to the judge.
He added: “The moment you saw Sir Robert you went for him.”
After being pushed on to the tracks, Sir Robert was rescued by Riyad El Hussani, who jumped down from the platform and pulled him away from danger.
Judge Hilliard said teacher Mr El Hussani acted with “great bravery and no regard at all for his safety”.
Former industrialist Sir Robert, who was knighted in 1998, spent more than a week in hospital with a fractured pelvis and a head wound.
The “driving force” for the attacks was “drug abuse and its consequences” rather than paranoid schizophrenia, the judge added.
Crossley will first be sent to hospital until his health improves and then to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Police were called to the London home of Boris Johnson and his partner in the early hours of Friday after neighbours reportedly heard a loud argument.
The Guardian said Carrie Symonds was heard telling the Conservative MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
The Metropolitan Police told the BBC it “spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well”.
In a statement, it said “there was no cause for police action”. A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “No comment”.
Mr Johnson refused to answer questions as he arrived at Birmingham ahead of the first of the Conservative Party’s leadership membership hustings.
Earlier, a neighbour of Ms Symonds in Camberwell, south London, told the Guardian they had heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging”.
The paper said the neighbour was inside their own flat when they recorded the alleged altercation.
‘No offences or concerns’
It said that in the recording – heard by the newspaper, but not by the BBC – Mr Johnson was refusing to leave the flat and told the woman to “get off” his laptop, before there was a loud crashing noise.
Ms Symonds is allegedly heard saying the MP had ruined a sofa with red wine: “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt. You have no care for money or anything.”
Another neighbour, who would only give her name as Fatima, told the BBC: “I heard a female voice, shouting and screaming, and then I heard things smashing, it sounded like plates or glasses.
“I couldn’t hear what she was saying but she sounded really angry.”
Conservative MP Dominic Grieve told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he could not comment on the Guardian’s report specifically but said character was relevant in the contest to be leader of the party.
“They are going to be in a position of responsibility where they have to make very important decisions,” he said.
The former attorney general added: “Clearly, things like reliability and honesty are very important things.
“And I think they matter in one’s private and personal life, and also they matter in one’s public life.”
By BBC News correspondent Helena Wilkinson
Boris Johnson would have preferred his politics – not his private life – to be making headlines.
As we enter the final stage of this leadership campaign the scrutiny of the two men who want the top job will no doubt increase.
There will be intense focus on their every move; their past, their present and their future.
It’s not surprising given the importance of the job they want – running the country.
But does what allegedly happened in the London flat Mr Johnson shares with his partner really matter? His critics will say yes.
They argue that we need someone of good character who can make difficult decisions and work under pressure.
Supporters of Boris Johnson disagree. Whatever happened, they say, was an entirely private matter between two people in a relationship which should never have been recorded by a neighbour.
Journalist Sonia Purnell, who has written a biography of Mr Johnson, told the Today programme she believed it was important to know a future leader’s character.
She said: “It is the most unbelievably pressured job, crises will be coming at you day and night. You have to have equilibrium, a clear head, a stability in your life to be able to cope with that.”
‘Would be toast’
But, political commentator Tim Montgomerie told the BBC that until a complaint was made by Ms Symonds, the row “should be a non-issue”.
He added: “If there was any domestic violence, Boris Johnson’s candidacy would be toast and would deserve to be.
“But all we have at the moment is a partially overheard conversation between two people late at night.
“Unless there is a complaint I think we should draw a line under this.”
Some of Mr Johnson’s supporters have also taken to social media to defend him.
Brexit minister James Cleverly questioned the motives of the “person who recorded Boris and then gave the story to the Guardian”.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant appeared to confuse Camberwell with Islington but wrote he was glad he did not have “nosey neighbours” recording private conversations, sending them to newspapers and “wasting police time for political advantage”.
Mr Johnson’s relationship with Ms Symonds – a former director of communications for the Conservative party – became public after Mr Johnson and his wife announced they were divorcing in 2018.
Ms Symonds was seen in the audience during Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign launch on 12 June.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “At 00:24 on Friday 21 June, police responded to a call from a local resident in the SE5 area of Camberwell.
“The caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour.
“Police attended and spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well. There were no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action.”
Mr Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader and the UK’s next prime minister.
The former foreign secretary and Mayor of London is in a run-off with Jeremy Hunt, with Tory party members due to vote over the next month.
Mr Johnson came top in a ballot of Tory MPs on Thursday. The first hustings of the second phase of the leadership campaign takes place on Saturday.
Calls to allow maternity cover for MPs “divert attention” from the needs of other women, a Tory MP has said.
Kemi Badenoch – who is currently pregnant – said MPs who are mothers are treated well, adding: “We should not present ourselves as victims.”
It comes after Labour MP Stella Creasy said women are forced to choose between being an MP and a mum because of Parliament’s rules.
MPs do not automatically get paid cover if they take parental leave.
In January, MPs backed a year-long trial to allow MPs who were about to give birth or had recently become a parent to nominate another MP to vote on their behalf in the Commons.
But there is no official maternity cover available for their other duties.
However, MPs continue to be paid their full annual salary of £79,468 throughout their parental leave.
Walthamstow MP Ms Creasy, who is also pregnant, argued that without paid cover it would be “impossible” for her to fulfil her responsibilities to constituents once her baby is born.
When she approached Ipsa – the body which regulates MPs’ pay – about the issue, she said they told her “they don’t recognise that MPs go on maternity leave”.
Not a ‘bad deal’
Writing in the Times, Mrs Badenoch said Ms Creasy’s intervention was “hugely disappointing” and was “diverting attention away from those we should be helping”.
The MP for Saffron Walden – who is six months pregnant and had two children before becoming an MP – said she had “greater autonomy” while pregnant in her current role than in her previous careers.
“I would find it hard to claim to a constituent on the minimum wage that I have a bad deal,” she added.
Maternity rights for workers in the UK
Women are entitled to up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave.
They must take at least two weeks’ leave after the baby is born (or four weeks if they work in a factory).
They are eligible to be paid for six weeks at 90% of their average weekly earnings and 33 weeks at £149 per week or 90% of their average weekly earnings (if lower).
Fathers can take two weeks’ statutory paternity leave at £149 a week.
Ms Badenoch argued it was “unrealistic” to have job shares or parental cover for MPs, as the replacement would not be able to vote on issues in parliament.
While she said she was “horrified” to hear about MPs working in the final stages of a difficult pregnancy or just after giving birth, she said there was “absolutely no compulsion to do this” and MPs should resist these “unreasonable pressures”.
She added that all MPs receive a budget of £150,000 for staffing costs and said this could be used to cover any period of absence by an MP.
Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Ipsa to “look very closely” at what further support could be provided, adding there was “much more to do” to make Westminster more family friendly.
Conservative leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt was among those to offer his support to Ms Creasy and called on Ipsa to “do the right thing”.
Lib Dem leadership hopeful Jo Swinson said Parliament should be “setting the standard” on maternity rights.
“If we want to take a lead on tackling this discrimination in the workplaces right across the country, we also need to get our own house in order,” the party’s deputy leader said.
Ipsa said it offered additional funding for MPs to cover absences. For this to be provided, it asks for an explanation of how the money would be spent.
The regulator said it supported allowing parental cover for MPs but that the change would need to be decided by Parliament.
“Ipsa would work closely with Parliament on any changes they wish to introduce and on providing the funding to support this,” a spokeswoman added.
The debate over Parliament’s rules was reignited when Labour MP Tulip Siddiq delayed a Caesarean section to attend a vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
In 2017, former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman called for MPs to be given six months’ maternity leave.
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England captain Eoin Morgan broke the record for sixes in a one-day international innings with an astonishing display of hitting in the World Cup match against Afghanistan.
Morgan hammered 17 sixes in his 148 off 71 balls on a riotous afternoon at Old Trafford.
His innings, allied to 90 from Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root’s 88, lifted England to 397-6, their highest World Cup total.
England’s tally of 25 sixes broke their own record for a team in an ODI – 24 against West Indies in Grenada this year.
Morgan, a doubt for this game because of a back spasm suffered on Friday, only arrived at the crease at the end of the 30th over when England were 164-2.
What followed was a brutal assault that turned fielders into spectators and spectators into fielders.
When Afghanistan dropped short, he heaved or swept the ball over the leg side, often into the massive temporary stand at Old Trafford.
When the ball was pitched up, he smashed it straight.
Morgan had one life, on 28, when Dawlat Zadran barely got a hand to a chance at deep mid-wicket.
After that, he pummelled 120 from 46 balls to the delight of a crowd who at one point were singing his name.
Morgan’s first fifty came from 36 balls and his second from 21. In the 14 balls he faced after reaching three figures, one of which got him out, he smashed 47.
When he was dismissed, caught at long-off, he received a handshake from bowler and opposite number Gulbadin Naib, then departed to a rapturous standing ovation.
Morgan’s tally beat the record of 16 sixes in an ODI innings jointly held by Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers.
Maurizio Sarri has left Chelsea to become manager of Serie A champions Juventus on a three-year deal.
Sarri, who joined the Blues from Napoli in July 2018, led them to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge.
It is understood a compensation fee in excess of £5m has been agreed between the two clubs for the 60-year-old.
Sarri will replace fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season.
“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
“He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.”
Sarri signed a three-year deal last July but now becomes the ninth full-time manager to leave Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003.
The Stamford Bridge club are unable to sign any players after being given a two-window transfer ban by world governing body Fifa – a decision they are appealing against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Sarri’s troubles at Chelsea
After earning glowing references for his tactics at Napoli, he looked to have effectively introduced ‘Sarri-ball’ to his new players as Chelsea started their Premier League campaign with a 12-game unbeaten streak.
But the Blues were out of title contention after losing three out of four Premier League games from January to February, including a 6-0 defeat at eventual champions Manchester City, which saw them slip to sixth in the table.
Chelsea then lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup, when fans booed the Italian’s substitutions and joined in when the visiting supporters sang “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.
However, Sarri remained in charge – and of the 19 matches played after they were beaten on penalties in the Carabao Cup final by Manchester City, his side lost just two, as they won their first European trophy since securing the Europa League in 2012-13.
They also held off the challenge of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United to finish third in the league and clinch Champions League qualification.
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Arsenal have warned youth coach Alex Nichols after he was banned for three matches and fined £400 for verbally abusing a teenage female referee.
Nichols was initially banned for one game and fined £300 but this was increased at a second hearing after an appeal by the Football Association.
The incident happened at an under-nines match between Arsenal and Reading.
“At Arsenal we do not accept or tolerate behaviour of this nature,” said a statement from the Gunners.
Nichols had admitted a charge of improper language and/or behaviour towards the match referee during the game but denied using “abusive and/or insulting words” to the official following the match.
The published written reasons from the case detailed how the match referee said she was made to “feel humiliated, belittled and bullied” and was crying during the closing stages of the match.
She told Nichols she could not shake his hand after the final whistle because of his actions and he is alleged to have made a derogatory remark to her.
Nichols denied making the remark but the panel at the second hearing found the charge proven “on the balance of probabilities” and increased his punishment.
“We took appropriate action, suspending the coach immediately the allegation was brought to our attention,” added Arsenal’s statement.
“This was the first allegation of this nature in his long coaching career and he has been warned about his future conduct.”
Schools have been closed and hospital appointments cancelled due to a burst pipe that has left large parts of London with little or no water.
Thames Water said the fault at its works in Hampton had caused problems in the west and south-west areas.
It said it wanted to get people’s water back on “as soon as possible” but bottled water would be made available if the problem was not fixed soon.
The TW, KT and W postcodes have been affected.
Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham, which has been left without flushing toilets and washing facilities in the kitchen, has sent children home.
Radnor House School in Twickenham also closed at 10:30 BST but exams were still taking place.
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust said all planned clinics and sessions at Teddington Memorial Hospital and Teddington Health and Social Care Centre were cancelled.
The evening fixture at Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey has also been abandoned because of the problem.
The racecourse tweeted there was “no estimated time of the water supply being restored today”.
A Thames Water statement said: “We’re sorry to anyone whose water supply has been affected by a burst on a large pipe at our water works in Hampton.
“A team of engineers is there investigating and we have more experts planning how to get water back on for our customers as soon as we possibly can.”
Tanya O’Connell, who lives in Twickenham, said the lack of water delayed her taking medication while she recovers at home following an operation last week.
The 37-year-old bank manager said her surgeon told her to take soluble pain relief, which she was meant to take at 08:00.
She said Thames Water “promised they would send someone with emergency stuff” but she had to eventually send her mother to the shop to buy water.
“It was difficult for her, she’s in her 60s with a bad leg… taking litres of water up the stairs,” Ms O’Connell said.
Midfielder Brianna Visalli and goalkeeper Becky Spencer are to leave West Ham United Women when their contracts expire at the end of June.
Visalli, 24, scored five goals in 30 appearances for the Hammers, coming off the bench in the Women’s FA Cup final defeat by Manchester City.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Spencer, 28, played 16 times in all competitions.
“I would have loved to have kept both but they have opted to pursue a new challenge,” said head coach Matt Beard.
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