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Woolwich suspect Adebolajo refuses to stand in court and blows kisses to friend in public gallery

Woolwich suspect Adebolajo refuses to stand in court and blows kisses to friend in public gallery | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

One of the men accused of murdering Drummer Lee Rigby today refused to stand in a court dock and blew kisses to a friend in the public gallery.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, held a copy of the Koran in his right hand and asked to be charged under the name of Mujaahid Abu Hamsa.

He appeared with his left arm bandaged and refused to stand when deputy chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnott entered Westminster magistrates’ court for the short hearing.

When charged with the murder of Drummer Rigby and attempting to murder two police officers known only as E48 and D49 — and possessing a firearm — he asked for the right to speak.

He confirmed that he wanted to be charged under the name Abu Hamsa, his date of birth and that he was of no fixed address. Adebolajo was brought to court days after being released from hospital where he was treated for nine days.

He had been shot by police called to the scene where Drummer Rigby had been hacked to death near Woolwich Barracks on May 22.

When the charges were read  he was asked if he understood them and asked: “May I respond?” As his barrister David Gottlieb tried to intervene, Adebolajo continued to speak and the Deputy Judge told him that this was “just formal procedure and you don’t need to reply at this stage”.

The District Judge told him that he needed to be informed of the charges against him and Adebolajo  responded: “You are correct and I don’t disagree with you.”

Adebolajo, wearing a white T-shirt, was formally committed for  trial at the Old Bailey and will stand in the same dock as Michael Adebowale on June 28.

The District Judge told him that there would be a further hearing at the Old Bailey within 48 hours.

Adebolajo was remanded in custody.

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Dutch TV Show Mocks Death Of Lee Rigby As Actors Wave 'Blood-Soaked Knives' In Eurovision Comedy Sketch

Dutch TV Show Mocks Death Of Lee Rigby As Actors Wave 'Blood-Soaked Knives' In Eurovision Comedy Sketch | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

A Dutch comedy show has apparently mocked the murder of Lee Rigby in a spoof of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The show – named Langs de Leeuw – saw a "host" visiting supposed contestants from different countries, and featured actors waving knives and cleavers dripping with fake blood at Great Britain's table.

The clip is an obvious nod to the footage of suspected killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who addressed cameras at the scene, promising to "never stop fighting".

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Dear Iain Duncan-Smith, Thanks for nothing....... goodbye!

Dear Iain Duncan-Smith, Thanks for nothing....... goodbye! | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it
Dear Iain I've got BIG news!!  I've got a job!!  I know, shocking isn't it?  I mean, I've been nothing more than a lazy, work-shy slob for the past 15 months; sitting around all day doing nothing, ...

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Twitter / wackyj67: " The modern UVF have moved ...

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RT @wackyj67: " The modern UVF have moved on--moved off the stage in that way" http://t.co/1rxgtr9yDg
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Flying the flag risks racism accusation, council is warned

Flying the flag  risks racism accusation, council is warned | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

A MID Devon council could face accusations of racism by flying flags which are also used as emblems by nationalist groups, a member of the town authority warned.

The Union Flag and the Cullompton crest will soon be flown over the town council's offices in Fore Street to identify it as a point of reference for visitors to the area.

A number of councillors also showed support for flying the Cross of St George and other emblems to celebrate other national saints' days throughout the year.

But Councillor Leigh Brooks warned of negative connotations associated with the red and white flag, which is stigmatised for being an emblem for racists. And concern was also raised over the Union Flag, which is the symbol for the right-wing British National Party (BNP).

 

"It may be patriotic to certain people but to others we may be seen as not being diverse and open," said Cllr Brooks, who made it clear he did not share that opinion.

"In this day and age, we could get a lot of stick over it and we have a diverse community here, with a lot of Eastern Europeans."

Cllr Eileen Andrews said it was right the town council should fly the flag when appropriate as the nation openly celebrated St Patrick's Day, for a patron saint of Ireland.

She said: "We should have one because we never celebrate St George's Day. I would like to see that flag flying. We celebrate Scotland, Ireland and everything else, but we don't celebrate St George's Day but we should do. We are English and proud of it."

Cllr Chris Snow said visitors to this country should respect tradition "and our ways of doing things."

Cllr Jane Campbell added: "I don't think anybody took exception to the Polish flag being flown at Frank Clarke's Farm Shop, with the Union Jack flag on the other side. I think we are being too sensitive."

At a recent meeting, Cullompton councillors agreed to buy a 5ft by 3ft flag at a cost of £99, displaying the town crest which will be permanently flown on the town hall alongside the Union Jack.

The authority will also buy 13 smaller Union flags, at a cost of £1.65 each, and 24 French flags, at a cost of £1.97 each, to decorate the town for the visit of residents of Ploudalmézeau, the French town twinned with Cullompton, in May.

Assistant town clerk Steve Reardon told councillors: "What has been suggested is the Union Jack flag flies from the hall full-time and the Cullompton flag, essentially with the town crest, is going to fly alongside it.

"That will identify the town hall to those who are not necessarily from the area or are new to the area who want to know what services are provided.

"Also, with a view to celebrate national saints' days, with the St George's cross, for example.

"We have a big visit and are expecting 90-plus guests from our twin town and we just thought we should decorate the town with a combination of Union flags and French flags," Mr Reardon added.

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Terrorist threat levels | MI5 - The Security Service

Terrorist threat levels | MI5 - The Security Service | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. If your information does not relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact the Security Service via the How You Can Help us page.

Current threat level

The current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is assessed as SUBSTANTIAL.

The threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). In Northern Ireland it is SEVERE and in Great BritainMODERATE.

SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely; SUBSTANTIAL that it is a strong possibility; MODERATE that an attack is possible, but unlikely.

 

See threat level history for previous changes.

See The UK's threat level system for more information on what threat levels mean, who decides the level of threat and how the threat level system is used.

The Government continues to maintain a state of heightened readiness in response to the threat from international terrorism. It remains the Government's policy to issue warnings or advice if this ever became necessary to protect public safety in the event of a specific and credible terrorist threat.

Source and form of the threat

The threat of international terrorism comes from a diverse range of sources, including Al Qaida and associated networks, and those who share Al Qaida's ideology but do not have direct contact with them. A threat could manifest itself from a lone individual or group, rather than a larger network. Domestic terrorism related to Northern Ireland, principally from Republican terrorist groups, also remains a threat.

The terrorist threat can take a number of forms, as terrorists may use a variety of methods of attackto achieve their objectives. These may include explosive devices, firearms, missiles, kidnapping, infiltration and electronic attacks. See the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)  website for practical advice on how to defend against these threats.

This page has been produced in consultation with the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC). It will be regularly reviewed and updated. Whilst every care has been taken in preparing this summary, the Security Service accepts no liability for any statement contained therein (see ourContent Disclaimer).

Threat level history

 

24 October 2012Threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism lowered to MODERATE for GB  and remains at SEVERE for Northern Ireland.Threat from international terrorism remains SUBSTANTIAL (UK-wide)Security Service news announcement11 July 2011Threat level from international terrorism for the UK is lowered to SUBSTANTIALThreat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism remains SEVERE (NI) and SUBSTANTIAL(GB)Home Office press release 24 September 2010Threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism published for the first timeThreat levels: SEVERE (NI) and SUBSTANTIAL (GB), raised from MODERATE (GB)Home Office press release 22 January 2010Threat level raised to SEVERESecurity Service news announcement20 July 2009Threat level lowered to SUBSTANTIALSecurity Service news announcement  (archived copy)4 July 2007Threat level lowered to SEVERESecurity Service news announcement  (archived copy)30 June 2007Threat level raised to CRITICALSecurity Service news announcement  (archived copy)13 August 2006Threat level lowered to SEVEREHome Office press release 10 August 2006Threat level raised to CRITICAL1 August 2006Threat level published for the first time.Threat level: SEVERE

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Liam Adams' trial: Daughter claims the accused 'confessed'

Liam Adams' trial: Daughter claims the accused 'confessed' | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

The sister of an alleged abuse victim has told a court that their father had admitted carrying out the assaults.

Sinead Rossbotham was giving evidence to Belfast Crown Court at the trial of her father Liam Adams, the brother of the Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams.

Liam Adams denies ten charges of sexually abusing his eldest daughter, Aine, more than 30 years ago.

Ms Rossbotham told the court her father made the confession 11 years ago when she confronted him about the claims.

The witness said she had little contact with her father when she was growing up, but had met him on several occasions from 2002.

At their first meeting, Ms Rossbotham said she had asked him: "What did you do to my sister?"

She told the court her father appeared shocked, but when asked again, he replied "yeah, that happened".

Earlier on Tuesday, Liam Adams' former wife, Sarah Campbell, told the court that she believed the Royal Ulster Constabulary had tried to make her into an informer, rather than pursue the allegations of abuse her daughter Aine was making.

In the witness box, Ms Campbell told the court of two incidents in 1987 which ultimately caused her and her daughter to retract the initial allegations of sexual abuse against the accused.

The first was questiong by police about intelligence matters and paramilitary activities in the New Barnsley area of Belfast - questions she did not answer.

The second was the advice of a young social worker who came to Ms Campbell's home at the time and advised her not to talk to the police any further.

She told the court she realised then "it wasn't about my child" and feared that she was about to be made "a police tout".

"After the lady social worker came out I had no doubt I had to cut off contact with the police for my own safety," Ms Campbell said.

The allegations against Liam Adams were then retracted.

The case continues.

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Tory brings tiny flag to meeting after colleagues snub Maggie tribute

Tory brings tiny flag to meeting after colleagues snub Maggie tribute | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

A Tory councillor brought a miniature Union Jack to a council meeting after his colleagues refused a flag tribute to Margaret Thatcher, according to local press reports.


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British soldier killer pleads guilty

British soldier killer pleads guilty | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it
A man accused of killing a British soldier in a Cyprus nightclub changes his plea and admits manslaughter.

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A man accused of killing a British soldier in a Cyprus nightclub has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Fusilier David Lee Collins, 19, from Manchester was stabbed to death in a bar in Ayia Napa, in November 2011.

Three British teenagers were arrested shortly afterwards and charged with manslaughter.

Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman, 19, changed his plea and admitted killing him at a court in Larnaca. Charges against the two other have been dropped.

Fusilier Collins, who served with 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was stationed at Dhekelia, about 12 miles (20km) west of Ayia Napa.

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Remember the British victims of racist murder

Remember the British victims of racist murder | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

Remember the British victims of racist murder.Media cult of St Stephen hides the far bigger scandal of anti-white racist murders.Take a good look at these faces. Every single one of them is of a native British victim of racist murder on our streets.

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Woolwich murder suspects remanded in custody

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The two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby have both been remanded in custody after making separate court appearances.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, appeared before Westminster magistrates holding a copy of the Koran and stating he wished to be known as Mujahid Abu Hamza.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey within 48 hours.

Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link and will next come before the same court on 28 June.

Both of those accused of Drummer Rigby's murder on 22 May were shot by police before they were arrested.

'Mujahid Abu Hamza'

Mr Adebolajo, from Romford, east London, was charged after spending nine days in hospital.

 

He was also charged with the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm, a 9.4mm KNIL Model 91 revolver.

Flanked by two plain-clothes police officers and a prison guard, Mr Adebolajo appeared in court on Monday with his lower left arm in a cast.

He was wearing a white t-shirt and white trousers and blew a kiss to a man in the public gallery before both pointed to the sky.

Mr Adebolajo told the bench he wanted to be known as Mujahid Abu Hamza, and his barrister referred to him by that name.

When he was asked to stand, he said: "May I ask why? May I ask why?" When told it was customary, he replied: "I want to sit."

At the end of the hearing, he told Deputy Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot: "I would like to alleviate the pain, if I may."

He then kissed the Koran and raised his arm into the air.

Bail hearing

Mr Adebowale, of Greenwich, south-east London, who spent six days in hospital, was remanded in custody by Westminster Magistrates' Court last Thursday.

He also faces the same firearms charge as Mr Adebolajo.

During the hearing on Monday, at which he appeared via video link from Belmarsh Prison, he spoke only to confirm his name.

Meanwhile, the prime minister will make the first Commons statement about the killing as MPs return from their half-term break.

David Cameron cut short an official visit to Paris on the day of the attack to return to the UK for a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee.

He later set up the task force which will bring together cabinet ministers, intelligence and police chiefs.

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Paris Brown: no further action to be taken over Twitter comments

Paris Brown: no further action to be taken over Twitter comments | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it
Kent police say case does not pass threshold for prosecution amid storm over youth crime commissioner's offensive remarks

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Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Time Limiting ESA - The Reality

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Time Limiting ESA - The Reality | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

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Angela Sinclaire Mizel's curator insight, April 2, 2013 4:38 PM

This is what it is going to end up like if we are not cautious, if we do not pull our socks up and fight against these conditions that in all probability could become.

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Have to say I disagree with this line of it will be ok to people who have nothing!
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David Cameron gives backing to £15million Thatcher museum - Telegraph

David Cameron gives backing to £15million Thatcher museum  - Telegraph | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

David Cameron has given his backing to the £15million museum and library which is planned as a permanent memorial to Margaret Thatcher.

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THE NATIONALIST CORRESPONDANT: Union Flag protest at Barnsley Town Hall.

THE NATIONALIST CORRESPONDANT: Union Flag protest at Barnsley Town Hall. | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

On Saturday 13th April around 70 men and women from across the North of England arrived at Barnsley Town Hall in South Yorkshire to stand shoulder to shoulder in support of the British people in Belfast.

Ever since the decision to take the Union flag down from the City Hall in Belfast after it has flown there for over 100 years and only fly it on designated days, countless protests have taken place in and around Belfast by Loyalists and proud British men and women. These  Union flag protests have now struck a chord with loyalists and Patriots on the mainland in particular in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, and now one was held on the steps of Barnsley Town. South Yorkshire Police we're happy to facilitate the protest but due to Government and local Council cutbacks they could only provide a minimal presence. 
At 2:00 pm everyone gathered and unfurled their Union and Ulster flags making the town hall steps into a sea of Red, White and Blue, a couple of speeches we're made to highlight what was going on in Belfast.

After the speeches a round of applause started to reverberate around the protest site not just for the speeches but in support of the plight of the people of Belfast and to show defiance towards the Establishment, Sinn Fein/IRA and the Alliance Party, all of which voted to take the Union Flag down.

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Police to meet groups over UVF flags

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The police are to meet community and political representatives over concerns about Ulster Volunteer Force flags in east Belfast.

A group of men stopped and directed traffic on the Belmont Road on Sunday as the flags were erected.

The Alliance Party and some residents have objected.

The flags have been hung on lampposts along a number of roads ahead of a parade to mark the centenary of the formation of the UVF.

In a statement, police said they were aware that flags were being erected in east Belfast in relation "to the 1913 commemoration parade taking place next Saturday".

They said the flags were being erected along the route of the parade and "were not related to a proscribed organisation".

They added that senior police officers would be meeting with community and political representatives together with parade organisers early this week to "address any concerns".

"Parade organisers have given their assurances that these flags will be removed immediately following next Saturday's parade," the statement said.

Alliance Party assembly member, Chris Lyttle, said he had been contacted by residents in east Belfast who were angry at the erection of the flags "along key arterial routes, without consultation or notification".

He said it was his understanding that 600 UVF 1913 and union flags had been ordered to be erected on lampposts in east Belfast ahead of next weekend's parade.

"People are not objecting to dignified commemoration of historic events or indeed the respectful display of flags and emblems, but many people and those include people with relatives that were volunteers in the 36th Ulster Division during World War One, perceive the erection of flags without consultation and in some cases with masked identity to be intimidating and bad for community relations," he added.

"This is a reality and a voice that must be heard."

Mr Lyttle said the incident demonstrated the "urgent need" for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to accept their "statutory responsibility along with the PSNI, agencies and political parties to comprehensively address the appropriate use of all flags and emblems".

The original Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) was established in 1913 to fight against Home Rule in Ireland.

In 1914, a major gun smuggling operation was organised to equip the UVF. The operation involved smuggling almost 25,000 rifles and five million rounds of ammunition from Germany.

Many of those UVF men joined the 36th Ulster Division of the British Army and died in large numbers during the battle of the Somme in July 1916.

In 1966, a loyalist paramilitary group adopted the name and symbols of the original UVF.

According to the book Lost Lives, the UVF and an affiliate group, the Red Hand Commando, killed 547 people, between 1966 and 1999. The organisation was responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Troubles.

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Cenotaph flag plans at Belfast City Hall need Alliance support

Cenotaph flag plans at Belfast City Hall need Alliance support | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it

A proposal to have the union flag fly over the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall is set to be rejected.

Unionists support the proposal, which was made by DUP councillor Lee Reynolds in December, when the council voted to fly the flag only on designated days.

It needs Alliance Party support to pass at next month's council meeting.

The party has indicated it is awaiting advice on the equality implications before making a decision.

It is understood the advice is that there would be equality issues if the flag flew every day over the cenotaph.

That is the same advice that was given over flying the union flag every day at city hall.

The Northern Ireland Conservative Party has previously expressed concern that putting a union flag 356 days a year on the Belfast war memorial could "diminish the flag and debase and politicise a place of remembrance".

One source indicated that there are proposals, including an Alliance request to the Department of Culture, that the union flag fly on 1 July to mark the Battle of the Somme.

Belfast councillors voted on 3 December to limit the days the union flag flies over Belfast City Hall.

Previously, the flag was flown every day.

The decision led to a campaign of street demonstrations by those opposed to the move.

Some of the protests have resulted in violence.

A number of police officers were hurt during disturbances, several politicians received death threats and homes and property were damaged.

Following the city hall decision, unionists attempted to push through a similar review extending the number of days the union flag is flown over Stormont's parliament building.

But the plan was blocked by nationalists and Alliance, who boycotted a meeting to discuss the proposal.

Other Northern Ireland councils, such as Down district, fly their own flags.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has designated 18 days on which the union flag is flown in Northern Ireland in 2013. It may also be flown during the opening and closing of Parliament by the Queen.

 

DESIGNATED DAYS FOR FLYING THE UNION FLAG*

9 January

Birthday of The Duchess of Cambridge

20 January

Birthday of The Countess of Wessex

6 February

Her Majesty's Accession

19 February

Birthday of The Duke of York

10 March

Birthday of The Earl of Wessex

11 March

Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)

17 March

St Patrick's Day (in Northern Ireland only)

21 April

Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen

9 May

Europe Day

2 June

Coronation Day

10 June

Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh

15 June

Official Celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday

21 June

Birthday of The Duke of Cambridge

17 July

Birthday of The Duchess of Cornwall

15 August

Birthday of The Princess Royal

10 November

Remembrance Day (second Sunday)

14 November

Birthday of The Prince of Wales

20 November

Her Majesty's Wedding Day

Opening of Parliament by HM The Queen

 

Closing of Parliament by HM The Queen

 

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Ex Conservative local candidate joins the British National Party

Ex Conservative local candidate joins the British National Party | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it
Matthew Martin stood for the Conservatives in the 2010 local council elections. He is now a member of the British National Party, he explains why he joined.

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Cyprus: Asian #Muslim Man Admits Killing off duty British Soldier David Lee Collins

Cyprus: Asian #Muslim Man Admits Killing off duty British Soldier David Lee Collins | Ulster is forever British | Scoop.it
A man accused over the death of a British soldier in Ayia Napa changes his plea to guilty, a court official confirms.

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Thousands mark UVF 100th anniversary

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Thousands of people have taken part in a parade in east Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).
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