3.1464 3.1415926535 3.141592657 3.141592610 3.14133 3.141526 3.173 LEVEL OF PRECISIONPERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS Today is Pi Day — the day each year, March 14, that follows the first three digits of pi (3.14). And this year’s Pi Day is a special one: Since — in the U.S. — the date is represented as 3/14/15, we have the first five digits of pi on the calendar.That’s news for some people. When it comes to how many digits of pi people know by heart, the majority only know 3.14. Which is fine! Unless you’re building a bridge, that’s the most you will really need to know.I asked SurveyMonkey Audience to put out a poll to see how far people could get reciting the infinite digits of pi. Of 941 respondents, 836 attempted to name the digits after the decimal point. This is how far they got: 3.14159212 3.1415919 If you can get to the first 3 after the decimal point, you’re in the top 5 percent of pi memorizers. I asked the people who got that far to keep going, and most tapped out shortly after.The biggest drop came after “3.14,” as respondents who got that far made it to “3.141” only about 52 percent of the time.And that’s fine!NASA employees can probably get away with knowing only the first six digits after the decimal point. Also, we have calculators for when we need a few more digits, TI-89s for when those calculators are insufficient and Wolfram Alpha for when we reduce those calculators to a smoking, melted mess.Maybe after the highly anticipated apocalypse, the guys at the Large Hadron Collider will be happy to have that dude who memorized tens of thousands of pi digits around, but for now, he’s just got a weird hobby. Knowing pi is strictly a performative act, like people who readily volunteer their SAT score or high school completion percentage.But, uh, happy holidays.
The Minnesota Vikings found a way to stop Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, showing late resolve after a series of final-minute collapses.Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vikings forced Griffin into three straight incompletions from the 4-yard line to hold on for a 34-27 victory Thursday night.After losing three games this year in the final minute, the Vikings finally pulled one out.“There were many times during the course of that game where they could’ve gone, ‘Oh, no, here we go again,’” coach Leslie Frazier said.Christian Ponder went 17-for-21, for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Minnesota before leaving late in the third quarter with a dislocated shoulder on his non-throwing left arm. John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, and rookie Cordarrelle Patterson also had a scoring reception for the Vikings (2-7).“We just played the way we were supposed to,” Ponder said. “We executed like an NFL team is supposed to, especially a 10-6 playoff team like we were last year. We really needed that, to help out with our confidence, and now that’s our expectation for the rest of the year.”Griffin was 24-for-37 for 281 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers for the Redskins (3-6), who led 27-14 early in the third quarter. He also ran seven times for 44 yards, but the Vikings took him down for four sacks for 39 yards in the second half, including 2 1/2 by Kevin Williams.The Redskins committed eight penalties for 63 yards.“You can’t do that,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “You’ve got to keep your poise. You make mistakes like that and so often it will cost you the game.”With the Redskins out of timeouts, Griffin ran for 12 yards on fourth-and-1 at his own 49, right after the 2-minute warning. After a run to the 4, the Vikings stopped the clock. Wide receiver Greg Jennings was livid on the sideline, but Frazier defended the timeout to give the drained defense a rest and allow at least a few seconds for a comeback in case the Redskins scored.Read more at ESPN.
Watched golf this weekend—no this was not a masochistic endeavor. It was sort of a one-man straw poll on the sport that once rose like a supernova that is now descending like a fallen star.What is watching golf like without Tiger Woods?It’s like having sweet tea without the sugar; like watching Training Day without Denzel; like a Beyonce video that’s too dark to see.Empty.It does not matter the event or the depth of the field. If Tiger Woods is not playing, the panache is absent.It once was considered an overstatement to say that golf lived and died with Tiger Woods. Not anymore. Golf is dying—professionally and recreationally—as Woods makes his descent.Watching Woods play badly is more interesting than seeing world No. 1 Rory McIlroy shoot 62.Who would have thought that a Black man would dominate the sport so significantly that at one point people wondered if it was good for the game that he won so much? Here’s the thing: Everyone won when Woods was at his apex.TV ratings were sky high. Prize money exponentially increased to induce Woods to play and because sponsors were at a premium, knowing Woods was going to fill the course with patrons in record numbers and generate unprecedented TV ratings. Many who never considered the game recreationally began playing, especially in the Black community.Woods made a lot of people a lot of money as a Black man reigning over a traditionally white sport, and doing it with flair.You had to watch. And you began to think you should at least try to play. Even if you weren’t very good—which describes everybody in the beginning.But the worst case scenario happened to the game: Tiger Woods is not playing as he tries to locate a game that has been missing for some time now. His absence and the decline of golf viewership run parallel. It is not a coincidence.Phil Mickelson’s a great American player who does not have the zest of Tiger. McIlroy is as interesting as Irish coffee. A host of young, talented players have no drawing power to the casual, would-be viewer.Television ratings have dipped to levels of the absurd without Woods. The final round of the 2014 Masters lured only 7.8 percent of television viewers. That weekend produced the unique major championship’s smallest TV audience since 1993.Sunday when Tiger does not probably could have been tallied by head count by Neilson.Unless Woods’ game has deteriorated to the point where he wouldn’t want to embarrass himself, he will tee it up next month in Augusta at the Masters. Watch the ratings skyrocket, whether he plays well or not.If, by some amazing reversal, Wood is in contention on Sunday, golf executives around the country would be kissing his spikes. He moves the interest meter like no one in sports has since Michael Jordan.Outside the PGA Tour, golf is losing, too. TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, the world’s biggest maker of golf clubs and clothes, had sales plummet 28 percent last year, its parent company Adidas said to The Washington Post.More stats: Sports & Fitness Industry Association data show those who said they played golf at least once last year has fallen to one of its lowest point in years. Young people—that coveted 18-to-30 demographic—playing golf has fallen an incredible 35 percent over the last decade.And more stats: More golf courses closed than opened in 2013 for the eighth straight year, according to the National Golf Foundation. And the number of course closures has sped up, averaging 137 closings every year since 2011, data from golf-industry researcher Pellucid show—right around the time Woods began to fall apart.“There’s nobody out there who’s going to save us,” Pellucid’s president Jim Koppenhaver said at a Professional Golfers Association of America gathering in January. “We have to save ourselves.”Tiger Woods gave golf a great gift. An identity. A reason to watch. Inspiration to play. All that’s fading now, and the numbers say the descent is in full throttle. As he works to get back to form, the game continues to diminish in stature and interest. Now, you can bet all those who were rooting against Woods are now praying for him to save the sport.
History was made at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night, when the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team of the NHL’s salary-cap era to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.1The NHL instituted a salary cap after labor disputes that resulted in the loss of the entire 2004-05 season. Winning back-to-back titles wasn’t as big of a deal for much of the NHL’s history — through the 1970s and ’80s, it wasn’t uncommon to see teams win two, three or even four Stanley Cup titles in a row — but repeating has been notoriously difficult in recent decades.The last franchise to go back-to-back was the Detroit Red Wings, whose ridiculously talented Steve Yzerman-led teams won in 1997 and 1998. And before that, it was Mario Lemieux’s Penguins, buttressed by some teenager from the Czech Republic named Jaromir Jagr; they lifted the Cup in the springs of 1991 and 1992, cementing Pittsburgh as a hockey town.Just as those Penguins teams from the early 1990s owed a lot to their captain — Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in both Cup-winning campaigns — these Penguins have been powered by their leader, Sidney Crosby. He played brilliantly in this season’s playoffs, scoring 27 points in 24 games, including 7 in six games during the Final, and earning a second consecutive Smythe. Only one other player, beyond Crosby and Lemieux, has won back-to-back Smythes since the award was first given out in 1965.2That player is goalie Bernie Parent, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975. (And it was never done by all-time greats like Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy and Bobby Orr, although each of those players won the trophy at least twice in his career.)Of course, netminder Matt Murray wasn’t too shabby, either. After returning from injury to play in the conference finals, Murray was virtually unbeatable. In 11 games, he recorded seven quality starts3Hockey-Reference.com defines a “quality start” as one in which a goalie records a save percentage greater than or equal to the league average for the season. (Or, if a goalie faces 20 shots or fewer, he must record an 88.5 percent save percentage for the start to be considered “quality.”) and stopped 93.7 percent of the shots he faced.Here’s the most ludicrous thing of all: Murray led Pittsburgh to not one, but two titles as a rookie. After backstopping the Pens to the title last season, he still qualified as a rookie for 2016-17 because of the way the NHL judges rookie status. That elevates Murray into the same territory as Montreal great Ken Dryden, who as a rookie led the Habs to a Stanley Cup championship in 1971.Dryden won the Conn Smythe that year, and because he’d played in only six regular-season games, he still qualified as a rookie for the 1971-72 season. The Habs failed to repeat, but Dryden won the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie. Regardless of what Murray does over the rest of his career, he and Dryden will always be mentioned in the same breath. That’s not bad company!Beyond Crosby and Murray, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was exceptional, finishing as the leading scorer in the playoffs. Geno’s 28 points are tied for the sixth-most of any player in a single postseason since the lockout and are the second-most of his playoff career (trailing the insane 36 points he dropped in 2009, when he won the Conn Smythe).In the first nine seasons they played together, Crosby and Malkin were playoff fixtures. They won one Cup, but otherwise, the Penguins during that time frequently seemed to disappoint in the postseason. After Pittsburgh’s championship in 2009, its record under coach Dan Bylsma was just 27-27 in the postseason, and the team was 0-5 in elimination games. Despite having two of the best players of their generation, the Pens were underachieving. The Crosby-Malkin era had held such promise, but each star was aging out of his prime. It was beginning to look like they might have missed their window for further championship success.All that panic feels like a dream now. Two championships in succession have put Pittsburgh’s tally during the Crosby-Malkin era at three — one more than the team earned in the Lemieux-Jagr era.So where does this place Crosby and Malkin in Penguins lore? It’s difficult (and kind of foolish) to compare eras. The game has changed a lot since Lemieux and Jagr played together, and Crosby and Malkin probably won’t touch their predecessors’ scoring totals. But in terms of titles, the Crosby-Malkin era has been the most successful run in the Penguins’ history. It’s hard to argue with all that silverware.
The very first women’s NCAA basketball tournament was held in 1982, and Louisiana Tech took center stage. The Lady Techsters had already compiled a 109-9 record over the previous three seasons, winning the 1981 AIAW Championship (the precursor to the women’s tourney) with a perfect 34-0 record. Led by Wade Trophy winner1Given to the nation’s best women’s college player each season. Pam Kelly, the team put the finishing touches on another title in 1982 by defeating Cheyney and legendary coach C. Vivian Stringer in the final. It was the first of two NCAA championships Louisiana Tech would win in the 1980s and started a run of seven No. 1 seeds across nine NCAA tournaments.Louisiana Tech was the UConn of the women’s NCAA tourney’s early era. But aside from a few more strong seasons in the 1990s, it’s been downhill since. The Lady Techsters haven’t made the NCAA field since 2011 — at 14-14 this season, they aren’t likely to end that drought soon — and they haven’t had an All-American since Tamicha Jackson in 2000.Louisiana Tech isn’t alone among once-great programs whose talent pipelines have dried up. A number of teams that were the titans of the early NCAA tournament have struggled in recent decades. And in their place, a new ruling class of schools has emerged to become the defining programs of the modern age. In a championship as young as the women’s tournament, it’s been fascinating to watch the rise and fall of programs that, not very long ago, were in a very different place.To visualize the progress of women’s programs in the absence of game-level data, such as our Elo ratings, we can use NCAA Tournament seeds as a proxy for team strength over time. This doesn’t explicitly factor in how a team performs in the tournament itself, but it does measure the general quality of a team’s entire season — plus, higher seeds tend to win more in the tournament anyway2Both because they are better teams and because the women’s NCAA tournament gives higher seeds home games early in the bracket.. To measure this, we awarded “seed points” in proportion to a given seed number’s expected wins in the tournament, calibrated to a 100-point scale where the No. 1 seed gets 100 points, No. 2 gets 70 points, and so forth.3Using data since the women’s tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1994. 1Tennessee73.795.487.468.982.1 Which women’s programs have been most successful during the NCAA tournament era?Seed points* in NCAA tournaments held for women’s programs, by decade and overall since 1982 2UConn2.272.089.4100.068.4 3Stanford15.783.351.177.458.5 10Notre Dame0.010.935.993.435.4 7Texas76.429.835.035.142.6 5Georgia65.045.742.924.644.0 4Duke2.723.389.455.344.5 Some teams, such as Tennessee, have been relatively consistent throughout the NCAA era. Although the Lady Vols were at their best under coach Pat Summitt during the 1990s, ranking first among all programs in seed points per tournament, they were also the third-best program of the 2000s according to our metric, fourth-best of the 1980s and even fifth-best of the 2010s, though the past few years haven’t been as strong by Tennessee standards. (The Vols probably won’t be adding to their tally this season, either: Tennessee is currently 18-11 and ranks 63rd in the RPI ratings, making it a bubble team at best for this year’s bracket.)Maryland and North Carolina have also been relatively good throughout the history of the women’s tournament. But more striking on the list above is how many programs followed the Louisiana Tech path — dominating the early days of the tourney, only to drop off the face of the Earth later. In addition to the Lady Techsters, three other programs — Long Beach State, Southern Cal and Old Dominion — have seen the biggest drop-off in seed points per tournament between the tournament’s first two decades and its two most recent. 6Louisiana Tech92.6184.108.40.2064.0 18Old Dominion57.242.517.10.028.5 14Baylor0.00.041.183.731.5 *Seed points award a score on a 100-point scale; a No. 1 seed gets 100 points, while the rest descend in proportion to the seed’s expected wins during the tournament.Source: NCAA Other stunning out-of-nowhere success stories include current No. 1 Baylor, which made its first NCAA tournament in 2001(!); defending champion Notre Dame, which didn’t win an NCAA tournament game until 1996; and Duke, which — despite the success of its men’s team — failed to make much noise on the women’s side until the late 1990s/early 2000s. With the exception of the Blue Devils (who at 14-14 are unlikely to make the tournament), all of these programs have continued to be great this season. In fact, many more of today’s top teams — such as Louisville, Mississippi State and South Carolina — all emerged from humble results during the 1980s and ‘90s.Most sports see early champions maintain some sort of strong presence into modern times, like the New York Yankees in baseball and Boston Celtics in basketball. So it’s surprising that this many of the most dominant teams of the early women’s tourney have vanished from the competitive landscape. It’s not impossible to imagine Louisiana Tech returning to its former glory someday, but for now the Lady Techsters’ success is a memory fading quickly into ancient history.Sara Ziegler contributed research. Seed Points Per Tournament, by decade 15Virginia40.858.419.34.931.0 11Penn St.31.048.732.319.633.4 13Purdue220.127.116.117.531.5 19Iowa18.104.22.168.026.0 17LSU25.216.860.017.430.5 16Vanderbilt11.146.948.510.530.8 12Ohio St.46.115.536.233.832.1 School1980s1990s2000s2010sOverall 20NC State41.326.619.512.924.6 A more basic scoring system might assign 16 points to a No. 1 seed, 15 to a No. 2, etc., all the way down to 1 point for a 16 seed. But that would understate the power of a high seed: Instead of being only twice as valuable as, say, a 9 seed, a No. 1 seed wins about seven times as many games during the average tournament.Averaging those seed-based point totals over all the women’s tournaments held since 1982, here are the top overall programs of the entire NCAA tourney era. 9North Carolina25.438.362.520.237.7 At the other end of the spectrum, we have the programs that started slow and picked up steam into the present day. And as hard as it is to believe now, Connecticut wasn’t always the unstoppable force we see today. The Huskies didn’t make their first NCAA tournament appearance until 1989 and didn’t win a championship before 1995. Now it’s shocking news when UConn might not be a No. 1 seed, and it’s currently riding a streak of 11 straight Final Four berths. According to our metric, no team’s fortunes have improved more between the NCAA tourney’s early period in the 1980s and the current era than the Huskies’. 8Maryland43.520.838.650.437.7
OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUIn the final weekend of matchups of the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (10-23-1, 6-21-1) split its series with the No. 9-ranked University of North Dakota (16-11-5, 13-10-5).OSU showcased the strides it has made this season as it beat the Fighting Hawks 3-1 on Friday before falling 3-2 in a tight contest a day later.On Friday, after an extremely competitive first period, the Buckeyes and Fighting Hawks were tied 0-0. Despite 17 combined shots from both teams, neither OSU nor North Dakota was able to find the back of the net.However, that turned around 16:51 into the second period, as OSU got on the board off a goal from freshman forward Maddy Field. Sophomore defenseman Dani Sadek then doubled the Buckeyes’ lead less than three minutes later.In the third period, North Dakota’s Meghan Dufault knocked the puck past OSU goalie Alex LaMere to cut the Buckeyes lead in half with a little more than three minutes to play. The Fighting Hawks pulled their goalie in an attempt to find the equalizer, but that alllowed OSU junior Claudia Kepler to score with four seconds remaining on an open nut to seal the 3-1 result.In Saturday’s senior day affair, OSU jumped out to its fastest start of the season with two goals in the first three minutes. Junior Alexa Ranahan and sophomore Lauren Spring scored the goals for the Scarlet and Gray, with Ranahan’s being her first of the season. However, North Dakota answered with a goal with less than three minutes left in the first period — a sign of things to come in the contest.In the second period, North Dakota was able to get two shots past redshirt senior goalkeeper Stacy Danczak, who got the start in her final game at OSU. Becca Kohler and Dufault scored the two goals for the Fighting Hawks. Neither team was able to score in the third, as the game culminated in a 3-2 final score.After the game, seven senior Buckeyes — Danczak, Melani Moylan, Julia McKinnon, Kendall Curtis, Cara Zubko, Maggie Rothgery and Bryanna Neuwald — were honored at center ice in recognition for their time wearing scarlet and gray.Both games were close contests, and OSU assistant coach Carson Duggan said she thinks the second game was decided by a few more positive plays for North Dakota.“Those are two evenly matched teams and it was just they executed one more time than we did,” Duggan said. “I think we had our chances and we battled hard. We came out with a lot of energy and it’s an emotional day for a lot of kids, but I think that was the only difference is that they executed one more time than we did.”Field, however, offered a different explanation for Saturday’s defeat, citing the referees as an issue in the second game and the way the team let the officials’ calls affect their play.“Obviously you can’t blame it on the reffing, but I think the reffing kind of let the game get out of control,” she said. “We had a really good start but I think we let the reffing get in our head and we let a weak goal in.”The team was only able to score on one of eight power plays over the weekend, which is something they will look to improve upon in their first-round playoff series against Minnesota next weekend.“I think that we won a lot of our battles and we were getting shots at the net,” Field said. “I think we need to work on capitalizing on power plays but I think we did really well penalty killing.”Duggan said she thinks the team’s drive and tenacity will be keys to the playoff games next weekend.“I think just leaving it out there. At this point in the season it’s who wants it more and how bad do you want it and what are you willing to do to get it, and I think our girls showed a lot of character and a lot of heart this weekend,” Duggan said. “We have a short bench, and the girls battled hard, as a coach that’s all you can ask for. So I think just taking that mentality and why not let’s see what we can do in Minnesota.”OSU is scheduled to travel to Minnesota next weekend to take on the Golden Gophers in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. The puck is set to drop in Minneapolis on 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday. If Friday’s and Saturday’s games are split, there will be a deciding game on Sunday.
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston sets the offense during a game against Illinois on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 117-74. Credit: Brooke Profitt | Lantern photographerAs time ticked down at the Schottenstein Center in the final home game of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s regular season against Illinois, the question was not which team would score more points. It was whether OSU’s starting backcourt of Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston could outscore the Fighting Illini on their own.On a warm Sunday afternoon in Columbus, No. 5 OSU (23-4, 15-1) ran past Illinois (9-18, 2-14) with an outstanding offensive showing, 117-74. The Buckeyes powered past the Illini behind an impressive offensive performance from the senior guard Alston, who scored 39 points, just three points shy of the single-game record at OSU. Meanwhile, the sophomore Mitchell had an extremely efficient day, putting in 35 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including eight 3-pointers.Combined, the duo matched the point total of the entire Illinois team, with 74. “We played with great pace, we shared the ball (and) we shot it well. We were extremely efficient,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “There’s not much more I could ask for in terms of how our offense went today.”The Buckeyes are now on a season-high 11-game win streak and still hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Before their final game at the Schott began, Alston, along with fellow senior Cait Craft and redshirt junior Kalpana Beach, were recognized for their contributions to the program over the course of their careers.The emotional pregame turned into a high-powered first-quarter offense for the Buckeyes. The Fighting Illini held their own through the first five minutes, but quickly fell behind by double digits when the Scarlet and Gray turned to their full-court press defense. The Buckeyes finished the first quarter with 37 points, 16 of which were dropped in by the nation’s fifth-leading scorer, Mitchell.OSU followed up its first quarter outburst with another offensively charged 10 minutes. An array of Buckeyes contributed to the second-quarter barrage.By the half, the lead had bloomed to 27 points as the Buckeyes owned a 67-40 advantage heading into the locker room. It marked the highest-scoring first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray’s big lead was due in part to impressive team 3-point shooting effort, as they connected on 11 of their 18 attempts. At the midway point, Mitchell had 25 points for the Buckeyes on a nearly perfect 8-of-9 shooting. Alston added 19 points of her own.Although the Buckeyes maintained control for the vast majority of the game, Craft said she is still focused on what the team can improve on heading toward the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.“I feel that offense is something our team has, even when we’re not hitting shots, we find other ways to score,” Craft said, “Defensively is where we really need to work.”OSU showed no signs of rust coming off the break as it continued to add onto its already-impressive lead. No single player took control in the third period, but just about everyone who checked in meshed with the others and helped create scoring opportunities. At the conclusion of the third period, the Buckeyes were in control by 44 points. In the closing quarter, the Buckeyes held their own, maintaining their massive lead and spreading out playing time. The three players recognized before the game subbed out just before the end of the final quarter and were given a big round of applause by the home crowd. “I think we were really dialed in,” Alston said. “I feel like that’s how the game should be. When you make it fun and everyone is scoring it becomes contagious.”The Buckeyes are set to get back in action Wednesday on the road against Minnesota (18-9, 10-6). Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
In a successful homecoming for Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (8-2, 5-1) avenged last season’s 13-6 loss to Penn State, leaving Happy Valley with a 24-7 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Brandon Saine’s six-yard touchdown reception with 9:37 remaining put the Buckeyes up by the final margin, as the whiteout crowd — the fourth largest in the stadium’s history — filed for the exits.Pryor, a native of Jeannette, Pa., had a hand in all three OSU touchdowns.“Terrelle Pryor came in here and did a heck of a job,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He was a little bit banged up, but he gutted it out and did what he had to do.”Receiver Ray Small returned a punt 41 yards to the Nittany Lions’ 9-yard line, setting the table for the Buckeyes’ first score, a seven-yard rush by Pryor.“I always go out there and do my part, and coach [Tressel] always preaches special teams,” Small said. “So every time I’m back there, I’m thinking big. The first drive, I sparked it, and it just got me going from there.”Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark spent the evening under pressure from the OSU defensive line. Junior Cameron Heyward led the Buckeye charge with 11 tackles, including three for loss and a pair of sacks. In all, OSU held Penn State to just 201 total yards.“It seemed like every time I looked around, Cam [Heyward] was back there bull-rushing over a guy, using brute strength,” senior linebacker Austin Spitler said. “It was unbelievable to see these guys. We have a great defensive line, and everybody’s aware of that. They played lights out.”The lone Penn State score came early in the second quarter. Clark punched it in from less than a yard out to tie the game 7-7.The Bucks answered with a 10-play drive, culminating in a 37-yard field goal by 26-year-old walk-on kicker Devin Barclay, who replaced starter Aaron Pettrey, out for the regular season with a knee injury.“Devin’s been good all year,” Tressel said. “He’s been good when called upon in games. He’s a veteran.”OSU had one final chance to tack on a score in the first half, but Pryor overthrew a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher near the end zone, and the Buckeyes settled for a 10-7 lead at the break.“No one is harder on themselves than [Pryor],” Tressel said. “The fact that he had a chance to hit a home run and didn’t, you know that was eating at him.”Pryor got his opportunity to atone for the overthrow.With 1:47 left in the third quarter, Pryor connected with sophomore DeVier Posey for a 62-yard touchdown strike, nudging the OSU lead to 10.“We had been running a lot on first downs,” Tressel said. “We felt like, if we had decent field position, that it was time to try to strike.We were out near the 40, and we felt like we could get behind them.” Penn State never got in an offensive rhythm, especially in the second half, when held scoreless. Clark completed just 12 of 28 passes, and the Nittany Lions’ rushing attack averaged just 2.5 yards per carry.“Going up against a great offense like that, you don’t expect to hold them to such few yards and such few points,” Spitler said. “We always talk about how we want to outplay their defense if we want to win the game. Obviously, we did that tonight.”With the victory — and Iowa’s first loss of the season, 17-10 to Northwestern — the Buckeyes control their own destiny in the quest for a Big Ten championship. OSU hosts Iowa Saturday, and with a Buckeye victory, both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions would have two conference losses to OSU’s one, guaranteeing OSU at least a share of a Big Ten title.“November is for contenders,” Tressel said. “That’s why it’s hard to get too ecstatic now, because we know the Hawkeyes are coming to town.”Oh
When the No. 13 Ohio State men’s volleyball team first faced No. 7 Penn State earlier this season in Hawaii, it turned from a luau into a nightmare.The Buckeyes are seeking revenge as they welcome the Nittany Lions into St. John Arena tonight. Ohio State (10-6, 5-1) steps away from conference play as they face what coach Pete Hanson calls one of their toughest opponents of the season.“Penn State is a very good team,” Hanson said. “They have several outstanding players including four All-Americans. This is a big challenge for our guys.”Senior Ted Schoenfeldt said he also recognizes the talent that Penn States has on its roster.“Penn State has always had a very strong volleyball program, and this year they continue to be a big physical team,” Schoenfeldt said. “They have a lot of talented athletes on their roster, and have several guys who can be a threat both attacking and from the end line.”The Buckeyes are going to have to elevate their game if they want to avoid a repeat of their earlier season matchup. OSU was dominated in all aspects of the match, falling 3-1 (30-16, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25). “We need to match their physicality,” junior John Klanac said. “Working on first-swing kills and transition offense is a must when you play a team like this.”“We are preparing to serve Penn State hard to try to drive them out of system as much as possible,” Schoenfeldt said. “By forcing them into bad pass situations, it will make it much easier for us to deal with their offense and gang up on guys with our block.”Ohio State has the luxury of facing the Nittany Lions in St. John Arena, where the Buckeyes are undefeated and have yet to drop a set.“It always helps [playing at home],” Hanson said. “Our guys feel really good playing at home and it allows them to relax and be comfortable.”Having those familiar faces supporting the Buckeyes was something lacking in Hawaii, but Schoenfeldt said the fans really helps the team “get pumped to win big games.”While Penn State is a marquee opponent, it has no effect on the Buckeyes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball conference standings. However, facing an elite opponent may resonate on OSU in upcoming MIVA play.“Being able to play against a high caliber Penn State team will allow us to hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to playing teams that we come into knowing that we’re the better team,” Schoenfeldt said.Hanson sees this matchup as a measuring stick to see how far the Buckeyes have come this season.“This is a very good match to play to keep working on things and helping our guys improve and get better for the later matches we will have with the MIVA opponents,” Hanson said.OSU will meet the Nittany Lions at least one more time this season with a match at Happy Valley, but they could also face Penn State in the NCAA Semifinals or championship if both teams win their conferences.“Playing a good team like this, there never is really a dull moment,” Klanac said.
Ohio State then-sophomore center Micah Potter finishes on a dunk with 6:19 remaining in the first half of Ohio State’s win over Wooster. Credit: Jacob Myers | Former Managing EditorJunior forward Micah Potter announced that he will be transferring from Ohio State according to a release by the program.Potter averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the field in 59 games and 16 starts during his Buckeye career.“We appreciate Micah’s contributions to our program, and we wish him the very best moving forward,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said via the release.Ohio State did not release information as to where Potter would be transferring.The Buckeyes will open the season Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Cincinnati.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace declined to comment.The Prince was attending the reception as the guest of honour, and also presented Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to young people who had achieved them.In 2008, when Castro decided to stand down as president, Mr Gonsalves paid tribute to him by saying: “Cuba has made tremendous progress in the fields of agriculture, education and health … living standards.”In the United Nations Human Development Index it is ranked in the top 50.” Fidel Castro was a defining figure of the 20th century Show more When he closed the twice-a-decade congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April, he called on his countrymen to maintain socialist ideals in the face of closer ties with the US.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “Fidel Castro’s death marks the end of an era for Cuba and the start of a new one for Cuba’s people.”Mr Castro’s last appearance in public was at a gala to mark his birthday, which celebrated key moments in his life including repelling the US-backed attempt to invade in the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Prince Harry observed a moment’s silence for Fidel Castro as he attended a drinks reception in the Caribbean island of St Vincent.The Prince was put in the potentially awkward position on Saturday night by the Governor General of St Vincent, Sir Frederick Ballantyne, who is the Queen’s representative in the Commonwealth realm.Sir Frederick asked guests at the reception, jointly hosted by himself and the country’s Prime Minister, to observe a moment’s silence on the day the Communist dictator died aged 90.Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, said: “Castro was a good friend of the island.”He said Castro had invested in St Vincent, which had been a trading partner of Cuba for decades. In his address, Cuban President Raul Castro said his brother died at 10.29pm on Friday and would be cremated on Saturday before a period of national mourning is observed.He ended the announcement by shouting the revolutionary slogan: “Toward victory, always!”The news was followed by jubilant scenes in Miami’s Little Havana, home to thousands of Cuban emigres who fled in the decades after Castro’s forces toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Mr Castro stepped aside 10 years ago after suffering a severe gastrointestinal illness, and before his 90th birthday in August he told supporters he expected to die soon.He led a guerrilla coup in 1959 to overthrow the regime of the US-backed Batista, and remained hostile to Washington throughout his life.As US President Barack Obama moved to heal relations with Havana, Mr Castro responded: “We don’t need the empire to give us anything.” Show more It was a defining moment in the Cold War, which reached its peak a year later when the world came to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Mr Castro survived numerous assassination attempts by US spies, including a plot to kill him with an exploding cigar.But he clung on to power, enduring decades under a crippling US trade embargo.As its greatest ally, the Soviet Union, collapsed, Cuba remained a pariah Communist state at the cost of becoming one of the world’s poorest nations. Show 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.
There were some weaknesses in some of the specific controls relevant to this incident and we’re very sorry for thatAndy Duncan, Camelot chief executive Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson called for an urgent statement by the Government.He said: “Thousands of organisations rely on money from the National Lottery and the millions of people who play it are right to expect that the rules of the game are fair.”Camelot has very serious questions to answer.”So too do ministers. Karen Bradley was asked only yesterday in Parliament about security breaches at the National Lottery and she failed to offer assurance that the Government is taking steps to improve it.”The commission ruled that Camelot breached the terms of its operating licence over control of its databases, the way it investigated prize claims and its processes “around the decision to pay a prize”.A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesman said: “The integrity of the National Lottery is absolutely paramount and it is crucial that both players and returns to good causes are protected and not at risk from fraudulent activity.”It is right that the Gambling Commission has acted in this case and assured us that Camelot has put controls in place to mitigate against any similar licence breach in the future.” The commission said Camelot had already taken steps to ensure that a similar problem would not happen again.The watchdog’s chief executive, Sarah Harrison, said: “The Gambling Commission’s chief concern is to ensure the National Lottery is run with integrity and that player interests are protected.”Camelot’s failures in this case are serious and the penalty package reflects this. Importantly, the package also ensures that good causes will not lose out as a result of Camelot’s licence breach.”Lottery players can feel reassured that our investigations have found no evidence of similar events happening and that controls are in place today to mitigate against future prize payout failings of this type.”Camelot said police had decided earlier this year to take no further action over the alleged fraud.Mr Duncan said: “It’s really important that people understand that this allegation relates to a unique, one-off incident dating back to 2009 and involves a potentially fraudulent claim on a deliberately damaged ticket. It has nothing to do with the National Lottery draws themselves.”We’ve strengthened our processes significantly since 2009 and are completely confident that an incident of this nature could not happen today. We welcome the Gambling Commission’s confirmation that this is the case.” Camelot chief executive Andy Duncan apologised, saying: “We accept that, at the time, there were some weaknesses in some of the specific controls relevant to this incident and we’re very sorry for that.”Hertfordshire Police said: “An allegation of fraud connected to a lottery win from 2009 was investigated by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist Cyber and Financial Investigation Unit working with the Gambling Commission.”As part of the investigation a man was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Following a thorough investigation the man was released with no further action to be taken against him.”In 2012 convicted rapist Edward Putman, 51, also from Kings Langley, was in court for fraud for falsely claiming £13,000 in benefits on top of his £5 million win. Convicted rapist Edward Putman, who won £4.9 million on the National Lottery arrives at St Albans Crown Court, before being sentenced to nine months in prison for benefit fraudCredit:Kerry Davies/INS NEWS LTD National Lottery operator Camelot has been fined £3 million by the gambling watchdog after paying out a £2.5 million prize claim involving a deliberately damaged ticket.The penalty was handed down by the Gambling Commission over a 2009 incident that went undiscovered for six years until 2015, when the regulator and police were alerted.A 51-year-old man, from Kings Langley, had claimed the £2.5 million jackpot using a damaged ticket.He was arrested for fraud last October and has been released without charge, Hertfordshire Police say they will reopen the case if new evidence comes to light.The man has not repaid any of the money to Camelot and the firm says it is still “considering its options”.Camelot said it was unable to confirm the details of what had occurred but added that many of the people involved in the case in 2009 were no longer with the company. 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.
Meanwhile almost half (48 per cent) confess to talking on a phone on a train or other confined space.And 53 per cent of those surveyed acknowledged they have been guilty of writing emails or text messages largely in capital letters – seen as the internet era’s answer to sending letters in green ink.The habit of text walking has become a major source of ire around the world in the last few years since the advent of full internet enabled smartphones.A series of studies have highlighted the risk of accidents from people failing to look where they are going, in addition to the general annoyance from blocked pavements and initiatives have been introduced in several countries to curtail the practice.A bill being debated in the US state of New Jersey has even proposed making texting while walking – or “distracted walking” – a crime punishable by a fine or even a short prison sentence.Earlier this year staff at Utah Valley University responded to the problem by the pragmatic – if tongue-in-cheek- introduction of a “texting lane” for phone-absorbed students in corridors and staircases.Similar schemes have even been tried in cities, although the first such reported case, in Philadelphia, turned out to be an April Fool.Jokes notwithstanding other cities followed suit including Antwerp in Belgium, where a network of designated text walking lanes were marked out through pedestrian areas across the city last year –partly as a publicity stunt for a local mobile phone company. Text walking lanes in AntwerpCredit:Mlab/Shutterstock/Rex They are the 21st century faux pas which irritate us all but have become a fact of life in the age of the smartphone.Yet if the sight of someone blocking the pavement by plodding along staring intently at a screen, bumping into passers-by while texting or braying loudly on a mobile phone in a confined space is enough to set your blood pressure racing, it might be time for a dose of self-examination.New research shows that, despite our indignation at the digital bad habits such as “text walking” we find most annoying in others, most of us are guilty of the same things.A survey commissioned by the technology firm Pitney Bowes found that almost two thirds of Britons (62 per cent) admit texting or typing while walking in a public place. 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. Credit:PA Earlier The National Geographic TV channel created a short text walking lane on a street in Washington DC as part of an experiment in crowd control and a 100ft stretch of an avenue in Chongqing, China, was also similarly designated.More seriously, officials in the German city of Augsburg installed pedestrian crossing lights at ground level earlier this year in hope of preventing distracted mobile users from wandering onto the road following the death of a teenager who had been hit by a tram.The research also gave an insight into the evolving concepts of internet etiquette.When given a choice of possible digital bugbears, seven in 10 people polled classed checking emails in a meeting as rude, compared with only half when a similar survey was conducted three years ago.Six in 10 counted sending emails while on a conference call as ill-mannered and a similar proportion (63 per cent) cited Checking texts during a business lunch as impolite, up from 45 per cent in 2013.
We have more detail on the named terrorists here…he ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack who was photographed on the ground with canisters strapped to his body was today named by police as Khuram ButtButt, 27, of Barking, East London, is believed to have led the trio of terrorists who ploughed into pedestrians using a hired van, before stabbing revellers in pubs and bars on Saturday night.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to police and MI5 but said there had been no evidence of “attack planning” and he had been deemed as a ‘low priority.’ A second man Rachid Redouane, 30, also from Barking was named by police as one of the other two attackers. Redouane was unknown to police. The third man is not a UK citizen. Prime Minister Theresa May has just come out of the the latest emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra committee.She said the victims of the attacks came from “a number of nationalities”, adding: “This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom but it was also an attack on the free world.” ZpdHhnYjE6oA7VIRD4ti0SGuSaCYn4ZM Metropolitan Police detectives are seeking information about Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, whose names they have released as two of the London Bridge attackers.”Detectives would like to hear from anyone who has any information about these men that may assist them with the investigation,” the force said.”They are particularly keen to hear about places they may have frequented and their movements in the days and hours before the attack.” London Waterloo this morning: increased police presence. Plus two spray-tanned guys in trunks advertising Love Island 😀— Louise using spoons (@usingspoons) June 5, 2017 The Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim anti-extremist charity, revealed that its chief executive, Mohammed Shafiq, was called a traitor by Butt after he denounced the killing of Fusilier Rigby.Hannah Stuart, author of Islamist Terrorism, a definitive analysis of UK attacks and offences, said: “Al-Muhajiroun is obviously very well known to both the police and to MI5. It is connected to a quarter of terrorism offences.”Ms Stuart, who is co-head of the security and extremism unit at the Policy Exchange think tank, added: “The London Bridge attacker’s connection to al-Muhajiroun’s leadership raises very serious questions about the security services and the police.” 12:57PMJeremy Corbyn U-turns on plea for Theresa May to resign 6:10PMTwo of the terrorists named Thuraisingam Thusyanthan, who lives opposite the house, said he was woken up up by a noise like a “bomb blast” at about 4.30am.He said police told him to stay in his house, adding: “I looked out the window. I saw armed police. They went inside the house.” An image showing a suspected terrorist, wearing what appear to be canisters around his waisCredit:GABRIELE SCIOTTO Cressida Dick on Sky NewsCredit:SKY NEWS Scotland Yard say counter-terror officers are searching a property in Ilford, east London, after entering the address at around 1.30am.No arrests had been made as part of the search, the force said. 12:05PMVideo: Police shooting at attackers The American network NBC is reporting the bystander struck in the head by a stray bullet fired as police killed the London Bridge terrorists was a US citizen.Authorities said the wounded civilian was expected to survive. Police have not revealed any details about the individual who was accidentally hit in the hail of 50 bullets that ended Saturday night’s van-and-knife rampage.Fabio Lamas, who works at a pub in Borough Market, described seeing “three guys who were carrying knives and … wearing body armor” before officers arrived at the scene.”I got people to start evacuating inside from our little garden that we have … and got people to come into the bar and to go into toilets, hide under tables and hide in our cellar where we keep all our stock,” the 20-year-old told NBC News.”Then I heard shooting and I saw an American guy get shot in the head.” But the information is not yet being released to the public.The Metropolitan Police said their names would be released “as soon as operationally possible”. This morning residents heard gunshots at 4.15am as Officers stormed the addresses in Barking and Newham.They have confirmed that a “number” of arrests have been made.According to police, searches continue at both addresses. Sad to see new barrier on Waterloo Bridge – tho it’s for our protection #London #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/qEdVMnl0DT— Debbie Lye (@Debolye) June 5, 2017 Chef Sebastien Belanger went missing after the attack. He is French and has worked in cafes and restaurants across London.Friends say he works as a chef at Coq d’Argent, near Bank.Sebastien Belanger was last seen watching the Champions League football final on telly in a pub at London Bridge on Saturday night.He was watching the match in the Barrow Boy and Banker pub with pals near where a hire van swerved across the bridge and ploughed into pedestrians.After the match he then went to the Borough Bistro with two friends who escaped unharmed from the stabbing rampage by three knife men.Friends are visiting hospitals, police stations, the French embassy and handing out fliers in a desperate bid to find any information about their missing friend and trace he movements.Pal Damien Lecompt, 34, a sales rep from Putney who has lived in London for seven years, said: “The last time I met Sebastien was in London Bridge.”I last saw him on Saturday afternoon, I left him around 7pm.”He was planning to go to watch the Champions League game with some friends and have a couple of drinks after that.”First he watched the game in the Barrow Boy, then went to Borough Bistro.”I have not heard from him since he was in Borough Bistro.” 4:56PMSister of missing British man says she thinks her brother is dead Two of the London Bridge terrorists have been named by Scotland Yard as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, both from Barking.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to the security services, but there was no evidence of “attack planning”. We have faced a terrorist threat throughout my life, that threat changes and morphs and we will change and adapt for what appears to be a new reality for us. Since 2013, we’ve foiled I think 18 plots, we arrest about a person a day and have been for some time in relation to counter terrorism, we have very good intelligence… I understand people will be concerned and all I can say is we will be doing everything in our power and we will be stepped up a gear. Ignacio Echeverria’s employers HSBC have now hired a detective to find him, reports EFE https://t.co/ljGq2a4p3k— Piers Scholfield (@inglesi) June 5, 2017 The Newsnight editor writes on Twitter: Prado in middle, Marquesi on right. Another kitchen staff member on leftCredit:Camilla Turner 10:45PMManchester bomber’s brother released without charge 2:19PMBarriers installed on London’s bridges 10:02PMAll people arrested on Sunday released without charge This man believes one of the London Bridge attackers was his neighbour: 11:51AMPolice chiefs in Dublin are ‘providing every assistance’ 21 victims in hospital were in a critical condition yesterday according to the NHS.This number has fallen to 18.Of the 48 individuals who were conveyed, a total of 36 patients are currently being cared for in London hospitals. 8:37PMTraffic is now open in both directions on the M25 1:52PMSadiq Khan says London does not get enough police finding Here are the six people still missing after Saturday’s attack: At least a dozen Molotov cocktails were found in the van used by the attackers, according to reports last night. Officers are said to be treating the bottles filled with clear liquid as petrol bombs. 11:09AMTheresa May: This was an attack on the free world 6:57PMA moment of silence Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremistsCredit:CHANNEL 4 7:11AMSadiq Khan to lead vigil for London terror attack victims London Bridge itself is open. A police officer stands next to a person detained after a property was raided in Newham, east LondonCredit:REUTERS/Neill Hall Gabriel Scottio, whose photo of a suspect lying on the ground was widely circulated, shares footage of the moment he is caught up in the terror attack near Borough Market: LONDRES pic.twitter.com/kbrpIHwRd1— PLANTU (@plantu) June 4, 2017 Moving vigil led superbly by @MayorofLondon, London united in calm dignified memory. Great civic leadership, let’s pray on & persist in hope— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) June 5, 2017 London does not receive the “right level of funding” for policing, the city’s mayor has claimed, as the Met Police Commissioner called for more resources in the wake of the London Bridge attack. 1:08AMTuesday’s front pages This from Eleanor Steafel, our reporter at this evening’s vigil:A woman whose husband is one of the hundreds of police officers who has been guarding the city since the early hours of Sunday morning said: “The atmosphere on the way to work this morning was quite somber. The Tube was emptier than usual. It’s an experience that has been repeated after every terror attack. But I didn’t feel overwhelmed or scared. I felt confident. “The thing that feels different about this is that it seems like a tipping point.”A heartfelt note on her bouquet of white flowers read: “To all those who helped. Your bravery in the face of barbarity has moved us all.” Laura Hughes reports:Jeremy Corbyn has argued that people who support Islamic State should not be prosecuted for “expressing a political point of view”. The Labour leader told MPs that Britain should not make “value judgements” and that holding a view was not in itself “an offence.”Speaking during a parliamentary debate on temporary exclusion orders in 2014, he questioned the creation of “legal obstacles” for fighters returning from to the UK from Syria.Asked by a Conservative MP if he believed Isis fighters should be subject to special measures when they return to Britain, Mr Corbyn suggested they should not be prosecuted for “expressing a political point of view”.Read her full report here. Police on the A13Credit:@BatemanLDN/Twitter Cressida Dick (2L) and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (3R) are shown across London Bridge Credit:AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS In a Facebook post titled “Missing from London Terror Attack”, a family friend of Miss Zelenak, who has been working as a nanny, called out for people to share information about her possible whereabouts.“Dear friends please can I ask you to share this post. My friend’s daughter, Sara Zelenak, was last seen on London Bridge and was witness to the terror attacks,” says the message, which has since been removed.“She got separated from her friends and has not been seen since. Her phone has rang with no reply and now the battery must have gone… She calls her mum daily. It’s been over 24 hours with no news from the consulate.” London mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking at a vigil in Potters Field Park beside City Hall in central London, said that the city’s message to terrorists is “We will defeat you, you will not win.” He told thousands of people who gathered to hold a minute’s silence for the victims of Saturday night’s atrocity that “London stands in defiance” against the “cowardly” and “barbaric” attack. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visits the scene Credit: CLODAGH KILCOYNE Sadiq Khan addresses crowds at a vigilCredit:ODD ANDERSEN/AFP Crowds observe moment of silence in central London in vigil to remember victims of London Bridge terror attack https://t.co/16XgyBZK0c pic.twitter.com/M7rGIc6g65— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 5, 2017 Scotland Yard has given an update on the number of officers injured and their conditions.One BTP officer and three Met officers were injured during the attack on Saturday night.The further two Met officers were both on duty Southwark officers. One a plain clothes officer who received stitches to a head injury and a uniformed officer received an injury to his arm.The off duty Southwark officer remains in hospital in a serious condition. 12:01AMTrump UK visit ‘in the long grass’ A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed a police operation was underway in the area.Police vehicles have been pictured parked outside the Ship and Shovel pub in Barking. One of the London Bridge terrorists was carrying an identity card issued in Ireland when he was shot dead, security sources in Dublin said. A spokesman for Mr Khan, responding to Mr Trump’s latest tweet, said: “Nothing has changed since yesterday.”The mayor is focused on dealing with Saturday’s horrific and cowardly attack and working with the police, the emergency services and the Government to keep London safe.” 6:17PMKhuram Butt: the ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack Butt, 27, of Barking, East London, is believed to have led the trio of terrorists who ploughed into pedestrians using a hired van, before stabbing revellers in pubs and bars on Saturday night.He was known to police and security services but Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said there had been no evidence of “attack planning” and he had been deemed as a ‘low priority.’ Sadiq Khan praised officers for doing a “fantastic job” with the resources they have but said it was “a fact that, over the last seven years, we as a city have lost £600 million from our budget – we have had to close police stations, sell police buildings and we’ve lost thousands of police staff”. 5:24PMFriends desperately search for missing French chef 11:29AMBREAKING NEWS: Terrorist was carrying Irish identity card Australia’s prime minister says a woman who worked in London as a nanny is one of two Australians for whom the government “have real concerns” after the van and knife attacks on London Bridge and in London’s Borough Market.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters on Tuesday that 21-year-old Sara Zelenka has not contacted her family since she was seen fleeing from knife-wielding assailants on London Bridge on Saturday night. Seven people were killed in the attacks and dozens were wounded.He said Australian officials in London were working diligently with authorities there to try to confirm her circumstances. He said similar efforts were being made regarding a second Australian he didn’t identify.Two Australians were among the wounded but both are recovering. Cement blocks protecting the pavement at Westminster this morning pic.twitter.com/eLlFBez3oK— Stephanie Boland (@stephanieboland) June 5, 2017 We are all shocked and angry today – but this is our city. We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism. pic.twitter.com/kcosumkdCR— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 4, 2017 NHS staff have been working round the clock to treat those injured in the London terror attack.Many were off-duty and came in on their night off to help, having stayed sober on Saturday night, as they do most Saturdays, in case of a terror attack.Manchester Royal Infirmary sent the pizzas to Kings College Hospital on Sunday night.The Telegraph’s Helena Horton has more here. Theresa May did not directly criticise Donald TrumpCredit:ANDY RAIN/EPA 7:30AMSajid Javid: Muslims need to do more to tackle extremism 9:47PM’Molotov cocktails found in back of van’ Melissa McMullan said her brother’s bank card was found on one of the bodies of the victims of Saturday night’s attack.She is almost certain her brother, 32-year-old James McMullan is dead. An Australian newspaper says a 34-year-old Brisbane woman is recovering from the London attacks after being stabbed in the neck.Candice Hedge’s father tells The Courier Mail that his daughter was hiding under a table at a restaurant when one of the attackers came up behind her and slashed her throat with a knife.Ross Hedge says the attackers appeared to be leaving the restaurant where his daughter worked, but came back after spotting her.He says Candice Hedge underwent surgery but suffered no major damage and is expected to recover.Ms Hedge had moved to London last year. Credit:Facebook 4:42AMCorbyn attacks May’s ‘political speech’ 4:34PMOpinion: Why Cressida Dick is the woman of the moment Rosa Silverman has written a piece for Telegraph Women about the Met Police Chief who has been at the forefront of the terror coverage.She writes: Impressive. Authoritative. Brilliant. Quietly competent. These were some of the adjectives used to describe Dick’s comportment in the wake of the horror. There were also plaudits (from a former Met officer, among others) for the “genuine feeling” she exhibited: she appeared to choke up while recounting how an off-duty policeman was injured by the terrorist killers.In the absence of a surge of love for Prime Minister Theresa May, could this just be the woman of the moment? Here’s the case for Dick…Read the full piece here 4:29PMTim Farron speaks up for Sadiq Khan These three kitchen staff at a tapas restaurant in Borough High Street were among the heroes on Saturday night, writes Camilla Turner. 3:41PM’It was harrowing’ 39-year-old HSBC worker Ignacio Echeverría Credit: Ten of the people arrested on Sunday as part of investigations into the London Bridge attack have been released without charge, British police said on Monday, meaning that all 12 arrested in the aftermath of the incident have now been let go.The Metropolitan Police also said in a statement that specialist officers were working with families and the coroner to identify those who died in the attack. It has also emerged one of the London Bridge suspected attackers appeared in a jihadi documentary on Channel 4 and had previously “tried to go to Syria”.He appeared in a television documentary last year about British extremists called The Jihadis Next Door, and was filmed at events attended by two notorious Islamic preachers. Barriers have been installed on three central London bridges following the latest terror attack to hit the capital.The structures have been introduced to stop traffic from mounting the pavement on Westminster, Lambeth and Waterloo bridges. Donald Trump has been tweeting about Sadiq Khan again.Following his criticisms yesterday, the US President has just tweeted this: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick visit the sceneCredit:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne 2:41PMBystander shot by police ‘was an American’ Auto updateOnOff Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017 James Badcock writes from Madrid:A Spaniard is feared to be among the victims of Saturday night’s terrorist attack after his friends say that he confronted a knife-wielding assailant and was not seen again. Ignacio Echeverría, a 39-year-old resident of London, has not been traced by his family since he was on his way home after skating in a park with his friends when they saw one of the terrorists stabbing a woman near Borough Market.According to Europa Press, Mr Echeverría’s friends said that he confronted the assailant and the next time they saw him he was lying on the pavement. Since then, neither the family nor his friends have been able to contact him or find him in hospitals, despite having reported the situation to the Spanish consulate, the police, the hospitals in the area and HSBC, Mr Echeverría’s employer.Echeverría’s family said that he was probably not carrying any ID documents as he had been returning home from playing sport. They said he is around five feet, nine inches and was wearing jeans, black Vans shoes and a dark sweater. He has a scar above an eyebrow, close to the hairline.Mr Echeverría’s sister, who also lives in London, has been visiting local hospitals in search of her brother. 6:58PMForget it, they’re stronger than us Metropolitan Police have released this picture. 9:02AMCressida Dick warns of Daesh’s promotion of ‘low-tech methods’ Theresa May must withdraw the state visit. This is a man insulting our national values at a time of introspection and mourning.— Tim Farron (@timfarron) June 5, 2017 6:33PMPolice appeal for information about named terrorists “We know there are bodies that have been identified and also people in a critical condition who have not yet been identified.”The family, who have a family liaison officer from the Met’s counter terrorism department, has been told that coroners will not start the formal identification of bodies until Tuesday. Miss McMullan said it was the first night out her brother, from London, had had for months as he had been working 16 hour days getting ready to launch a new e-learning business.“I think he was celebrating coming to the end of it,” she added“He was due to launch it in the next couple of weeks.”Miss McMullan said her parents, Mila and Simon, who are both in their 60s and retired, were beside themselves.“They’re devastated,” she added. “My mum is just sat in front of the TV watching the news. We don’t know what else to do.” Miss Lunz says:Put 999 in your phone- it is the UK police number. As much as you think you will remember this in an emergency- your brain is in survival mode- you won’t.If something like this happens stick with your friends – you will help keep each other safe and calm. You make better decisions together.Don’t go out without an extra battery charger. You need your phone in these things!I had called my sister to tell her what was happening and asked her to text me the news as it what was going on. Because we ourselves didn’t really know what was happening this was incredibly helpful- you don’t have time to look what the news is saying but information is power in this kind of situation.Avoid the high density tourist places when the country is in a state of high terror threat. Keep it local and low key. Safety first.Don’t run in a crowd but walk fast as there is a risk of causing a stampede.Meanwhile, those searching for Sebastien Belanger has posted up this appeal nearby: Khuram Butt, left, and Rachid RedouaneCredit:Metropolitan Police 12:53PMJeremy Corbyn said Isil supporters should not be prosecuted for ‘expressing a political point of view’ More on this morning’s raids in Dagenham.Police vans were parked outside a property on the A13 in Dagenham in east London. 3:14PMDonald Trump resumes Twitter attack on Sadiq Khan Barriers have been installed on Westminster, Lambeth and Waterloo bridgesCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph But some cyclists claim they have made journeys more dangerous by reducing the width of cycle lanes.Commuters posted photographs of the barriers on social media as they made their way to work on Monday. The brother of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi has been released without charge by police.Ismail Abedi was arrested in Whalley Range, Manchester, on May 23, a day after the terror attack on Manchester Arena which killed 22 people including children.Ten men remain in custody in connection with the attack.Another eight people have been released without charge. 1:03PMMayor visits the scene of the attack 6:21PMPictures of the London Bridge terrorists 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. It came as: Details emerged of one of his accomplices; The first British victim of the atrocity was identified as James McMullan. His family confirmed that his bank card had been found on one of the bodies;Donald Trump accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of making “pathetic excuses” in his response to the London terror attacks;Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick said Britain had been hit by an “unprecedented” wave of terror attacks and there would have to be a review of resources.Unlike Butt, his accomplices were not known to the security services and are both thought to be foreign nationals. About 15 minutes later, three men and three women were brought out of the house, he said.”They looked like normal people,” he said, adding that he thinks they are from Bangladesh or Pakistan. However, Britain’s most senior counter-terror officer, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, last night defended the investigation and said he had seen nothing so far to suggest a “poor decision had been made”. She gave a tearful interview on Sky News in which she said: “This morning we received news from the police that my brother’s bank card was found on one of the bodies from Saturday night’s brutal attack.”They are unable to formally identify him until the coroner’s report begins tomorrow. Here is their story:Renan Marquesi, a sous chef at Lobos, told how a woman who sought refuge in the tapas restaurant could not walk so he took her in his arms and carried her across the bridge. “In front of the restaurant door there were three dead people,” said Mr Marquesi, who is from Brazil. “There was a man with a white shirt on, a woman, and another person lying there. There was so much blood. They were not moving. Doctors were trying to resuscitate people who were lying on the ground.”Mr Marquesi, 22, told of the chaos that erupted outside the restaurant on Saturday night. “There were people screaming, shouting, running. There was so much blood on the floor.”He said that people from the street ran into the restaurant to take cover, and when the restaurant was full he locked and bolted the door to keep everyone safe. “We have two floors. I told everyone to go upstairs to keep them safe,” Mr Marquesi said. “When we had 50 or 60 people int eh restaurant we closed the door and locked it. “It was really scary. People were shocked. One woman couldn’t walk because she was in shock and she couldn’t move her legs. I took her in my arms and carried her across the bridge to the end where the police were.”Santlago Prado, 20, a kitchen boy at the restaurant, said: “At first we thought it was a fight. People were on the floor with blood, people were crying. People ran into the restaurant from the street to take cover.” This prompted Mr Khan’s spokesman to state the mayor has “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed” tweet, before Mr Khan later suggested he does not regard Mr Trump’s planned state visit as welcome.The president’s initial criticism of Mr Khan was based on a clear misinterpretation of some of the mayor’s comments in the wake of the atrocity. 7:53PMAustralian nanny recovering in hospital Mr Belanger’s girlfriend of eight months Gerda Bennet was in Malta at the time and is heading to London to search for him.She wrote: “I still have no news. Please if anyone has seen him or knows anything contact me.”The 22-year-old said Mr Belanger was “exactly at the place where the attack happened” and has not heard from him for more than 24 hours. 7:00AMSpanish Red Cross put out plea for missing person 12:39PMCorbyn calls on May to resign – video The communities secretary wrote in The Times:Speaking as a Muslim myself, we need to ask ourselves searching questions … There’s no avoiding the fact that these people think they are Muslims. They identify as Muslims.And they carry out their attacks – ignorantly, offensively – in the name of Islam. That’s why, although we all share the responsibility for tackling terrorism, there’s a special, unique burden on the Muslim community …We need them to set off on the path to peace rather than the road to war. We need to offer not just a counternarrative, which rebuts the extremists, but a positive and self-confident narrative that promotes pluralistic, British values – and their compatibility with an Islamic life.And that message can best come from within the Muslim community. Ignacio Echeverría, a 39-year-old who lives in LondonCredit: One of the London Bridge terror attackers was carrying an ID card issued in Ireland when he was shot dead, security sources in the Republic have confirmed.Police chiefs in Dublin said they were liaising with counterparts in the UK amid reports that the killer had Irish papers.”An Garda Siochana is providing every assistance to our colleagues in the London Metropolitan Police in relation to the terror attack in London,” a spokesman said.”We will process all requests from the UK authorities in relation to inquiries into individuals, identities or any other matter.”There are unconfirmed reports that the man who had been carrying the Irish-issued ID may have claimed to be from Morocco and that he was married to a woman from Scotland and had lived in Dublin.Gardai are investigating whether the ID card belonged to the dead man and if the documents are legitimate.It is understood inquiries are continuing into whether the man was given an Irish ID card issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.The plastic credit card-sized documentation is given to people from outside the EU. It has a person’s certificate of registration which states they have permission to stay in Ireland. It must be carried at all times.There are also inquiries into whether the man had been given paperwork after landing in Ireland to claim asylum or if he had an ID card issued under EU treaties which allowed him to live in Ireland with his family.Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was holding a meeting with the force’s anti-terror and intelligence chiefs as they co-operate with the Met investigation. But despite receiving calls from concerned members of the public about Butt’s increasingly radical views, police concluded that he was not a threat and the investigation was scaled back.The revelation will add to pressure on the authorities over whether enough is being done to tackle extremism, after it emerged that Butt is the third terrorist in recent months to carry out an attack despite being known to security services. Sadiq Khan (C) and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick make (L) a statement on Borough High StreetCredit:AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS Whitehall source tells @nicholaswatt Trump state visit to UK has been in “pretty long grass, and getting longer” #Newsnight— Ian Katz (@iankatz1000) June 5, 2017 7:48PMFrance promises even closer co-operation Mr Bateman said the bangs that followed were not as loud but sounded “the equivalent” of gunshots.He said he thought it was more like a business address than a property where people live.Officers were standing guard in front of the property, which is on a busy road. London Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, center left, and the Mayor of London Sadiq KhanCredit:AP Photo/Alastair Grant A second man Rachid Redouane, also from Barking was named by police as one of the other two attackers. Redouane was unknown to police. The third man is not a UK citizen. Today it emerged that Butt had appeared in the Channel 4 documentary The Jihadis Next Door, which warned of the rise of extreme Islam in London.This is everything we know about the attackers. Arielle Lande, a 17 year old student from Hampstead in north London, said she spent Saturday evening with a group of school friends at one of their parents’ houses in London Bridge, writes Camilla Turner.She told how they decided to stay in rather than walk down to hang out by the river because it was a bit rainy – a decision that could have saved their lives. Ms Lande spent Saturday evening at with five other friends from Highgate School, a private school in north London. “There were five of us at a friend’s house a three minute walk from London Bridge,” Ms Lande said.”We heard a police helicopter circling and were told not to leave the house. We all stayed there overnight and my dad came to pick me up on Sunday morning.”She said it was “harrowing” to think that their decision not to go out earlier that evening meant that none of the group got hurt in the attack. “We were going to go down to the river but we decided not to because it was raining,” she said. “Instead we went to the shop on the end of the road and bought some snacks, then went back to our friend’s house.”When we figured out what time the attack was, it was about the time that we were going to go down to the river but we decided not to because it was raining. It is quite harrowing to think that a different decision would have put us in a completely different situation.” London’s bridges have been targeted in two terror attacks in recent weeks. Se busca a Ignacio Echeverría, vecino de #Las Rozas,desaparecido ayer en Londres. Se cree que estaba en la zona de los atentados. pic.twitter.com/ItsC445XxB— Emergencias CREM (@emergenciasCREM) June 4, 2017 9:36AMCulture Secretary pressed on police numbers 12:38PMThe sister of missing James McMullan has spoken to the Telegraph Victoria Ward reports:James McMullan, 32, has not been seen since he stepped outside the Barrowboy and Banker on Borough High Street, where had had been drinking with old school friends.Five minutes later, the terrorists ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge, before crashing the vehicle directly outside the bar and indiscriminately stabbing people.His sister Melissa McMullan, 30, sobbed as she told the Telegraph that they had received no information and had absolutely no contact since.“All the police have told us is that he’s not on any identified list, not the dead or the critically injured.“His friends who were with him on Saturday have been driving around all the hospitals but all they’ve been told is that they don’t have anyone of his name or matching his description.“The police haven’t told us anything. He phone was ringing until midnight last night but then it went dead.“He must have dropped it. But we just want something, any small bit of information that will let us know they are doing something.“We understand there’s a much bigger picture but at the same time, surely they can trace where his phone has been for the last two days. The crowds applauded as he spoke of his Muslim faith, saying: “You do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. Your perverse ideology has nothing to do with the values of Islam.” He thanked the “brave Londoners” who risked their lives to save others. “You are the best of us,” he said. James McMullan Named as missing after London Bridge attack Khuram Butt is on the left and Rachid Redouane on the right. 12:28PM’I thought it was some gunfight’ 8:59AM’The first bang was nothing like I’d heard before’ 10:16AMThe ‘Jihadi next door’ 4:53AMTurnbull: ‘Real concerns’ over nanny in London 7:15AMPolice know the identity of the attackers “We receive half the funds we should be receiving – £170 million versus £370 million.”His comments come after Theresa May refused to say whether cuts to police numbers under her watch should be reversed. Six people are missing after the London terror attackCredit: All 12 people arrested in east London on Sunday in relation to the attack have now been released without charge.A vigil was held at London Bridge last night for the victims of the attack.Seven people were killed in Saturday’s onslaught and 48 injured. Of those, 36 are still in hospital; 18 remain in a critical condition. 12:16PMThe six people missing after the London Bridge terror attack Sara Zelenak has been missing since the London Bridge terror attackCredit: 7:56PMArchbishop of Canterbury: Let’s persist in hope They are (clockwise from top left):Ignacio Echeverría, 39Sara Zelenak, 21Xavier ThomasSebastien BelangerJames McMullan, 32Socaine DrzFor more detail on them, Helena Horton has written this piece. 1:07PM18 people now remain critical One of terrorists carried an Irish identity cardFamilies appeal for loved ones still missingScotland Yard says it knows attackers’ identitiesSadiq Khan says Trump’s state visit to UK should be cancelledCorbyn criticises Theresa May over police cutsEverything we know about the attackHow the London terror attack unfoldedWho are the suspects behind the attack?Who were the London attack victims?The ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack was so open about his extremist views that he appeared in a fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled The Jihadis Next Door, it emerged on Monday.Khuram Butt, 27, a British national who was born in Pakistan, was filmed praying in front of an Isil flag in London’s Regent’s Park as part of a controversial Channel 4 programme that was broadcast in January last year.By the time the documentary went out, the father of two had already been under investigation by the police and MI5 for six months. The Mayor of London is due to lead a vigil at 6pm today.The service will be in in Potters Fields Park, near City Hall and he will be joined by senior Met officers, paramedics, fire crews and community leaders.There will be a minute’s silence across London at 6.20pm. 7:42AMOff-duty police officer was ‘utterly heroic’ Echeverría, who lives in London, had apparently been skateboarding in a park with friends when he stopped to help a woman who had been injured in the atrocity.His sister Isabel, an account operations manager with WEX Virtual Payments who also lives in London, has launched a social media appeal for help in tracking him down. 11:44AMAustralian nanny Sara Zelenak missing since terror attack 9:54AMFour police injured in attack, Scotland Yard says It comes just a few hours after Theresa May suggested the Trump was wrong to criticise London’s Mayor.Mr Trump, during a series of tweets following the London Bridge terror assault, misrepresented Mr Khan’s statement that there was “no reason to be alarmed” when seeking to reassure Londoners. New security measures on Westminster bridgeCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph 11:33AMLondon terrorist appeared in Channel 4 jihadi documentary 1/2 We were called to Cobham Services earlier to an alarm activation. It was closed as a precaution. A search took place with nothing found.— Elmbridge Police (@ElmbridgeBeat) June 5, 2017 6:55PM’It seems like a tipping point’ 3:39PMTrump Vs Khan continues The suspected terrorist had previously worked for London transport operator Transport for London (TfL) and a branch of fast food chain KFC, neighbours said.A relative also told how he had previously tried to go to Syria to fight jihad but had been talked out of it by his family as his wife was pregnant at the time.As part of a year-long undercover documentary that aired last January, he was filmed attending one event alongside Mohammed Shamsuddin, who has warned that “Sharia is coming to the UK” and that the black flag of Islam will fly over Downing Street.Shamsuddin said that his views were “moulded” by the hate preacher Omar Bakri – the Tottenham Ayatollah – who is now in jail in Lebanon for supporting terrorism. Shamsuddin was arrested on terror charges in 2014 on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and being a member of al-Muhajiroun, an extreme radical Islamist organisation that openly supported al–Qaeda, sent men out to fight in Syria and was said to have influenced the murderers of Drummer Lee Rigby.Read more here. Speaking on the BBC, Mr Khan made clear that he was advising people not to be concerned by the presence of additional armed police officers on the streets of the capital in the days to come, and not playing down anxieties about the attack itself.Mrs May initially sidestepped questions about Mr Trump by choosing to praise Mr Khan’s response.She stopped short of directly criticising the US president.Asked if Mr Trump was wrong in his assessment of the London mayor, the Prime Minister told reporters: “I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it’s wrong to say anything else – he’s doing a good job.” 5:51PMNYC mayor praises Sadiq Khan Twitter user Andy Silvester wrote: “Not a great sight for Londoners to wake up to. Concrete bollards being installed on Lambeth Bridge.”Another commuter, Jose Diaz, posted: “Waterloo Bridge this morning. They have installed a barrier … Not sure if this makes me feel more or less secure.”Debbie Lye wrote: Details of another of Saturday night’s heroes are emerging.Millwall fan Roy Larner put his own life in danger to help others escape the three London Bridge attackers.The Londoner is currently recovering from surgery from being slashed “in the head” multiple times by the assailants.Admiration for his actions has poured in since the tragic night resulting in his friend Archie Webber-Brown setting up a petition for Roy to be given the George Cross.It is the highest award a civilian can receive for showing extreme courage in the face of adversity – the equivalent of the Victoria Cross in the military.Mr Webber Brown wrong on the Change.org page: “Roy Larner charged at the terrorists on London Bridge in order to try and stop them and help others escape, he ended up getting himself stabbed multiple times showing great courage and preparing he’s body for the ultimate self sacrifice to help others, he should be acknowledged and rewarded for he’s actions!”The petition calls for Lib-dem parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey Simon Hughes to nominate the Millwall FC supporter for the prestigious award.Another friend Simon Willoughby said: “This man’s name is Roy Larner a friend of mine for for the past 20 odd years!”Yesterday when the terrorist attacked he went an stuck it to them and save a persons life, but in doing so got stabbed 5 times in the head, neck, back, front and cut all his fingers and at present is in intensive care! #Legend”Please share this as much as possible as this is what we should be reading about not them muggy delusional fanatics!! #roylarnermbe”A JustGiving page set up to help financially support the hero in his recovery has raised more than £4,000 in less than 24 hours. 7:07AMMet Police confirm fresh raids A woman lays flowers at a pedestrian crossing on the south side of London BridgeCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images The Prime Minister chided all who provide “safe spaces” for extremists – in “real life” or online – telling them they must help “stamp it out”.She also made clear that councils must play their part by breaking up ghettos where “evil” ideology can breed and stopping it spreading in schools. Manchester nurses, some of whom are still treating patients of the atrocity at an Ariana Grande concert two weeks ago, have shown solidarity with their London counterparts by sending them pizza. NHS staff were working through the night to tend to victims of the terror attackCredit:Twitter Mr Rowley said there had been no intelligence to suggest Butt was planning a terrorist act and no evidence that he had committed any terrorist offences.He said that as a result Butt – who wore an Arsenal football shirt when he carried out his deadly attack – had been “prioritised in the lower echelons of our investigative work”.His admission came as it emerged that Butt had links to the radical preacher Anjem Choudary, former leader of the banned Al-Muhajiroun group, and was with him the day after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south London in 2013. James Bateman, who lives at the other side of the road, said: “At about 4am, after the large bang, I looked outside the window after being woken up and I saw about a dozen armed police officers going to and from an unmarked van.”He said they were wearing “full gear”, adding: “The first bang was nothing like I’d heard before.” Police search an address in BarkingCredit: Christopher Pledger 8:56PMAll clear at Cobham Services Spanish authorities have said that they are still trying to find 39-year-old HSBC worker Ignacio Echeverría who has not been seen since the attack on Saturday night. Sky News reports that police found Molotov cocktails in the back of the hired van used in the London Bridge attack.At least a dozen bottles filled with clear liquid, which had rags stuffed in their tops, were found in the back of the hired van, and police had treated them as though they were petrol bombs, Sky News said citing unnamed sources. “We would like to send our condolences to the relatives and loved ones of all the people who lost their lives.”Our thoughts are also with them at this time.”We would like to thank all the services who did their utmost to protect the people of London”.Ms McMullan condemned the terrorists who she thinks took her brother’s life.She said: “Their hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals “His friends want everyone to know what a generous and caring friend he was”No words can ever match his essence”There will only ever be one James, nowhere else will you find so much humour and unique personality and someone who puts his friends above everyone “He was an inspiration”. More from the raids taking place in Newham.Soruban Balachandran, who also lives on the street in Newham, said he heard noises that sounded like gunshots, adding: “I thought it was some gunfight.” 6:43PMButt was known to police Mayor Sadiq Khan is doing an extraordinary job supporting Londoners in a time of pain. President Trump’s attack on him is unacceptable.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 5, 2017 Romy Lunz, an art director, was with her friend Lisa Fedrid when the London Bridge attack happened.She later posted this up on Facebook: This is what Team Corbyn meant when he said May should resign, ‘Jeremy is saying he believes the public will judge her on her record’— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 5, 2017 Culture Secretary Karen Bradley was quizzed on whether the number of armed police officers in the country had gone up or down.During an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, she said: “What I’m interested in is making sure that we have the right resources, the right powers, and the right training and capabilities.”I am assured by the police that they have that to deal with the counter-terrorism threat, but we need to look, learn lessons and make sure that we act where appropriate and we need a leader who is prepared to take those decisions, and that is Theresa May.”Pressed by presenter Piers Morgan on why she did not answer the question, Ms Bradley replied: “Piers, we are here to talk about how the attack on Saturday, how we react to that attack, and how we make sure on Thursday that we have the right person elected to Downing Street so that we can deal with it.”The presenter accused Ms Bradley of not wanting to answer the question, to which she said: “Piers, we are here because on Thursday there is a General Election, and in that General Election there will be a very, very clear choice.” 9:13AMLondoners go back to work London went back to work today, but commuters faced significant disruption because of Saturday’s terror attack.While London Bridge rail station reopened this morning at 5am, it is exit only. Sad to see new barrier on Waterloo Bridge – tho it’s for our protection #London #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/qEdVMnl0DT— Debbie Lye (@Debolye) June 5, 2017 12:35PMHSBC reportedly hires detectives to find missing employee Cordons were also put in place around the scene of the attacks.A section of Borough High Street and Borough Market is still closed, as well as Montague Close and Stoney Street. British Transport Police also warned people that they may notice an increased police presence following the attacks, with armed officers manning mainline rail stations across London and the south east. 6:20AMProperty searched in Ilford Cressida Dick, the Scotland Yard chief, has done the full round of TV and radio interviews this morning on Saturday night’s terror attack.She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it was “certainly a possibility” that the attacks were triggering the next one.The rhetoric that has been coming from Daesh and other organisations has been to encourage people to take action into their own hands, to use low-tech methods, and undoubtedly when people see something which appears from their perverted point of view to be successful some people will be inspired by that, so that is most certainly a possibility.The Commissioner also said that “all” of the recent attacks had a “primarily domestic centre of gravity”.In the five that we’ve foiled, and these three recent attacks, in some of them there are undoubtedly international dimensions.We will always be looking to see if anything has been directed from overseas, but I would say the majority of the threat that we are facing at the moment does not appear to be directed from overseas.Ms Dick also told Today:We have a very fast moving investigation, we have made a number of arrests, we have also carried out lots of searches and we have got an enormous amount of forensic material.We do have a very large intelligence database available to us through the agencies and of our own.She said that “people will be very concerned that there have been three horrendous attacks in the last nine weeks” but said that it was inevitable that “with a large database and some very good knowledge, on occasion somebody will, as my predecessor predicted, get through and be successful and on occasion those people may have been known to the agencies before”. The second terrorist was named as Rachid Redouane, 30, who police said had claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan. He was also known to use the name Rachid Elkhdar, and was understood to be in possession of an Irish identity card when he was shot dead by police. Redouane, who was married to a British woman and had a daughter with her, is thought to have lived in Dublin previously. It was not clear when or how he arrived in the UK.Redouane, a chef, was seen visiting his wife, Charisse, only three hours before he and his two accomplices carried out the attack, neighours said.He and his wife are reported to have split up over their differing views on religion, after they clashed over the best way to raise their child.Police said while they believed they knew who the third terrorist was they were still working with international partners to formally identify him.The disclosure that he is not British will raise questions about how recently he moved to the UK and under what circumstances he had entered the country. Khuram Butt who appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about Islamic extremistsCredit: CHANNEL 4 Mr Khan, who was speaking alongside Cressida Dick at the scene of Saturday’s attack, said: “Over the next four years there are plans to cut a further £400 million from our city’s policing budget.”There are plans to change the police funding formula which could mean we lose up to £700 million on top of that, which leads to a total loss of our policing budget of £1.7 billion and we don’t receive the right level of funding as a capital city we should receive. 8:18PMBritish police say they are attending an incident at a motorway services station outside London 2:31PMSurvivor posts guide for those caught up in a terror attack Gérard Collomb, the French interior minister, said he had spoken to Amber Rudd by telephone and assured her of even closer French co-operation “to support the inquiry and ward off any new attacks”.”The fight against Daech (Isil) is at the heart of cooperation between France and Britain,” he said.The pair would meet “in the coming weeks” to discuss “the concrete details of this cooperation”. 6:46AMPolice raid homes in Dagenham Dr Malik Ramadhan consultant in charge of A&E at the Royal London Hospital said the 12 patients rushed there in the wake of the terror attack were expected to recover.”From last night everyone who was brought to the hospital was recovering,” he said. “Our expectation is that everyone will make a full recovery.”There were gunshot wounds, three or four stabbings and the rest were presumably hit by the van. Everyone has severe injuries.”Dr Ramadhan was cycling home from work on Saturday night when he saw convoys of emergency vehicles heading into Central London.Sensing something had happened, he turned back to help. “This is a main trauma centre and has a plan for dealing with mass casualty events,” he added.”We executed that plan and it worked really well. “I know that there were lots of concerns on scene about the gun shots and how many perpetrators there were.”The people brought to the Royal London were brought in very quickly and treated very quickly.” 11:14AMPetition for Millwall fan to get George Cross Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is appearing on TV channels right now.She has described an off-duty police officer injured during the Borough Market terror attack as “utterly heroic”.Interviewed on BBC Breakfast, she said: This was a terrible appalling attack and all our thoughts are with those who have been affected.. but all that horror and anger and sorrow is of course mingled with huge admiration. Just extraordinary amounts of courage shown… I simply pay tribute to them all. We do have a Metropolitan Police officer injured who was unarmed. I met his family in the middle of Saturday night into Sunday morning.He was there off duty, he had finished a day’s work, he was having a drink with friends in the market and he witnessed the attack and witnessed members of the public and indeed uniformed officers being very severely assaulted. My understanding is that without hesitation, wearing his normal clothes, he dived in and tried to assist.He I’m afraid was severely injured but utterly heroic. Then members of the public stepped in and tried to assist him, stayed with him, performed first aid on him and then another plain clothed officer arrived and the members of the public stayed with him as they drove him to hospital in the back of a police car. He is in hospital and in a critical condition… I’m immensely proud of him and what he did. On Sky News Commissioner Dick said police believe they know the identity of the attackers and that the high priority is to try and understand if they are working with anyone else. Eerily quiet on London Bridge this morning. Londoners not reeling, reflecting. pic.twitter.com/1Iy2KyeYbG— Christina Marker (@christinamarker) June 5, 2017 6:50AM’Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life’: Family and friends of first victim speak out British police have said they were attending an incident at a motorway service station on the busy M25 in Surrey, just outside of London.”We are currently dealing with an incident at Cobham Services,” Elmbridge Police said on Twitter.The M25 is a circular motorway around the outskirts of London. Cobham is 17 miles (27 km) to the southwest of the city’s centre. Another woman missing since Saturday night’s London Bridge terror attack is 21-year-old Australian Sara Zelenak.Miss Zelenak’s disappearance has prompted a desperate plea from her family. 7:32AMCement blocks protect the pavement in Westminster #CobhamServices on the #M25 btwn J10 and J9 is NOW OPEN in both directions following a @SurreyPolice incident. Thanks for your patience.— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) June 5, 2017 Sara Zelenak is missing after the London Bridge terror attack Some pictures of Sadiq Khan being shown around the London Bridge scene by Cressida Dick. 11:07AMManchester nurses send pizzas to London NHS staff His team has tried to spin his statement: Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Theresa May’s “political speech” after the London terror attack on Sunday.“May chose to make a political speech in the middle of the day – which I thought was inappropriate. It should have waited until the evening as I did,” he told the Guardian.In a speech outside Downing Street, Mrs May rounded on those who “tolerate” extremism as she told them: “Enough is enough.” Police still on guard outside Dagenham property raided as part of London Bridge attack investigation. Detailed search underway inside pic.twitter.com/dPFv1GD8BH— Mark White (@skymarkwhite) June 5, 2017 8:05AMDoctor hopes ‘everyone will make a full recovery’ “The embassy and the consulate are in permanent contact with the family and with the British authorities and are giving them all the help they can,” a spokesman for Spain’s foreign ministry said.“But there is still no news for the moment.” Credit:Metropolitan Police 6:27PMSadiq Khan: Terrorists ‘do not commit these disgusting acts in my name as a Mulsim’ The sister of Tyler Ferguson, Chrissy Archibald’s fiance, has written a heartbreaking account of what happened.She said: “I can’t breath. You hear these things so often but it doesn’t seem real. Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London bridge.”In a split second his entire life was ripped away from him. Hearing his painful sobs on the phone while he’s alone trying to deal with this tears me apart. I have no words. If you know Tyler, please be there for him now, and later when what happened sinks in, he’s going to need us all.” 9:47AMSpanish HSBC worker Ignacio Echeverría missing, authorities say Neighbours have spoken of hearing gunshots in Dagenham after officers searched two addresses and ‘detained a number of people’ in connection with the London Bridge terror attack.One witness told the Daily Mail he heard an “extremely loud bang at 4am followed by multiple gunshots” off the A13 in Dagenham, east London.He said: “It was as if my ear was right next to a car backfiring. It was loud enough to wake everyone up at 4am.”It is thought that a quarter-mile stretch of the A13 was closed off during the raid. 1:50PM’In front of the restaurant door there were three dead people’
“I was reading my book in bed when I heard lots of teenagers making loads of noise walking up the road,” the woman said. “I think they were walking up from The Forum. There was lots of noise and people wandering down the road.”They must have been walking in the middle of the road because the pavement is so high up the bank. I heard a car racing down the street and then horrified screams and a horrific bang.” A Metropolitan Police spokesman said initial enquires led them to believe the vehicle was travelling “at speed” before it lost control at a corner and collided with the group. “At this time there is nothing to suggest the car was driven deliberately at the group,” the spokesman added. “The driver of the car, a man, fled from the scene on foot following the collision.”One girl died at the scene while six other injured teenagers were taken to a number of London hospitals. None of their injuries are life-threatening. The driver may have suffered a head injury in the crash, the force added. London’s Air Ambulance, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service also attended the incident A teenager died and six others were injured after a sports car ploughed into a group in the early hours. The convertible is believed to have accidentally veered off the road at a corner and hit the seven teenagers on a residential street in Croydon, south London.Officers said the driver of the red Audi A3 fled on foot after the crash on Pixton Way at around 1.30am on Sunday.A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after attending a police station on Sunday afternoon. A woman who lives nearby, who asked not to be named, said she heard a group of teenagers walking up the road before a “horrific bang”. Reports suggested the group may have been at a birthday party at a nearby pub. The convertible is believed to have accidentally veered off the road at a corner and hit seven teenagers on a residential street in Croydon, south LondonCredit:Yui Mok/PA Wire 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.
Elderly, frail patients were then left lying on the ground waiting up to two or three hours, for the ambulance to turn up, a senior… NHS call handlers are to be given longer to assess 999 calls to stop trusts sending out paramedics on bicycles simply to hit ambulance targets. In the latest case, staff from East of England Ambulance trust said a “fixation” with hitting targets meant that single staffed “rapid response vehicles” (RRV)were increasingly being sent to calls where an ambulance was needed. The reforms come after a string of trusts were accused of risking safety by taking steps which allowed them to claim standards had been hit – even though the help that was needed had not been given.
Washing drying in the Devon townCredit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY Ms Mountjoy said: “I think it is so lovely that I live in a community that’s so supportive of me and doing something that people have done for generations – hanging the washing to dry outside their homes. On Saturday the local Nunsford Nutters Carnival Club strung up a washing line decorated with pyjamas between the town hall and the Colcombe Castle pub in support of Ms Mountjoy.Gail Jarman, one of the race organisers, said “The reaction for Claire has been fantastic – the amount of people who have got behind it is absolutely brilliant. The note is ridiculous – none of us are supporting the person who wrote it. You have got to dry your washing somewhere.”Alison Stenning, a neighbour, said “We should have an annual Colyton Hanging Day when everyone hangs their washing in front of their house.” Credit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY That was enough to summon up the same spirit of rebellion that led to dozens of Colyton’s citizens to follow the Duke of Monmouth into battle in the summer of 1685.Ms Mountjoy, 47, posted the offending email on her Facebook page and was soon deluged with messages of support.As the great knicker rebellion spread items of underwear began appear on washing lines and clothes racks in front gardens and alleyways across the town – to the presumed chagrin of the anonymous traders. The Monmouth RebellionColyton earned its reputation as the most rebellious town in Devon after more citizens from the town joined the Protestant rebellion against the Catholic James II than from any other part of the county.The rebellion was led by James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, who claimed to be rightful heir to the throne after James became after King of England, Scotland and Ireland on the death of his elder brother Charles II.Monmouth, an illegitimate son of Charles II, landed at Lyme Regis on 11 June 1685 and over the following weeks his rag-tag army of nonconformists, artisans and farm workers fought a series of skirmishes with local militias and regular soldiers.But the rebels were unable to match James II’s forces and the rebellion ended in defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor, on 6 July 1685.Monmouth was executed for treason on 15 July 1685 and hundreds of his supporters were condemned to death or transportation by Judge Jeffreys, during a series of notorious trials which came to be known as the Bloody Assizes. 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Neighbours began hanging their washing out in public in support of Ms MountjoyCredit:Alison Stenning It was once the epicentre of the fight against the Catholic monarch James II, earning a reputation as “the most rebellious town in Devon” after its men volunteered in droves to follow the Duke of Monmouth.Now the winds of dissent are once more blowing through Colyton, but this time over the delicate matter of underwear.Where once the struggle was over the question of religion and who could lay rightful claim to the throne, today’s uprising turns on a woman’s right to hang her smalls out in public.It began when Claire Mountjoy, a mother of three, received an email from local traders instructing her not to hang her washing out to dry for fear it would lower the tone of the neighbourhood.In response hundreds of fellow residents have taken to displaying bras, nighties, pants and other items of laundry outside their homes in a show of solidarity with Ms Mountjoy. Claire Mountjoy – and laundry – outside her house in Colyton, DevonCredit:SWNS.com Soon hundreds in the town had joined inCredit:Alison Stenning “We all try hard to keep our lovely town thriving and looking good. The visitors walk up from the tram and your terrace is a prime location.”While we understand you have a small house with no outside room for your boys, would you please consider using a tumble dryer or hanging the washing indoors.“This letter is not written with malice but we ask you to please help us all keep Colyton a town we can all be proud of.” The email was sent by an anonymous correspondent on behalf of the Devon town’s traders, claiming that the sight of her underwear hanging outside Ms Mountjoy’s small terraced home was likely to offend passing tourists.It stated: “I am writing on behalf of local businesses and your neighbourhood to ask you with kindness not to put your washing out at the front of your house. Ms Mountjoy, an education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust, said her favourite gesture of support was the bra that one sympathiser had managed to erect on the top of one of the town’s flagpoles.”It shows the fabulous community spirit Colyton has – it’s known as the most rebellious town in Devon. That kind of streak is still in its people,” she said.”It is quite strange that someone should be so upset about it. They suggest that visitors would be put off, but actually our laundry revolution is actually bringing in more visitors.” “The community response has been amazing – the rebellious nature of Colyton has come to the fore and the laundry revolution has begun!”
“University is about opening your horizons and meeting people from different cultures, different backgrounds, different sexualities, everything,” Simon Thompson, director of Accommodation for Students, told The Telegraph.“I think it’s a disadvantage if people close themselves off and don’t socialise with straight people. It just seems madness to me.”He said he is already concerned about racial segregation on campus, with a number of student housing blocks in Manchester, London, and Liverpool becoming known informally as “Chinese-only”.They mean some Chinese students now live entirely separate lives to their white British classmates, he said.He said Sheffield’s plan will go even further by enacting an explicit ban on heterosexual students, and will further fuel student segregation.Gay rights campaign Stonewall offered only muted support for the idea, saying that LGBT-only accommodation could help gay and transgender students “in the short term”. Universities have been warned of a “creeping segregation” on campus after Sheffield became the first in the country to open student housing where only gay and transgender students are allowed to live.Sheffield University says it will open a set of LGBT-only student flats in September to provide a “safe space for students to be themselves”.The university has received 30 applications so far and plans to expand the accommodation next year beyond the 12 rooms currently offered.It follows concerns from the student union that gay and transgender students will be subject to “bullying and harassment” in mainstream accommodation.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A report from gay rights group Stonewall this year found that 42 percent of LGBT students in the UK are forced to hide their sexuality at university, and 33 percent have received “negative comments” from other students.But the director of the country’s largest student accommodation service criticised the plan as a form of “segregation” which will ghettoise gay youth and divide student communities. Celeste Jones, former Women’s Officer at Sheffield University Students’ Union, who campaigned to introduce the LGBT-only flatsCredit:Sheffield University Students’ Union 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. But they said addressing homophobia on campus “is also about changing the wider culture to be inclusive and accepting of all people”, adding: “We’re working towards a world where everyone can be accepted without exception, wherever they live, work, study, or pray.”Birmingham University briefly considered its own LGBT-only housing scheme in 2016, but quickly dropped the idea after lack of interest from students.Sheffield University insisted this weekend that they do not want to “encourage any feeling of segregation”, and said the LGBT-only flats will be situated in the same building as other flats.They added: “Our student union and LGBT society confirmed that this would provide a supportive and comfortable environment.”The students’ union said: “By no means is this accommodation compulsory, nor do we wish to encourage segregation, but we feel it is extremely important that our students have the choice of living in LGBT+ only accommodation if they so desire.“Even if just a tiny fraction of LGBT+ students feel this will benefit their University experience then we feel it is all entirely worthwhile.” Gay-only dorms are already in place at some US colleges, with even Georgetown University, which is run by Jesuit Catholics, opening one earlier this year in Washington DC.Many US universities have also generated controversy by opening “racially-themed dorms”, which critics say carry disturbing parallels to 1950s-era segregation.In 2016, California State University opened a “black living-learning community” after the Black Students’ Union warned that racial “micro-aggressions” from white students made them feel unsafe.
“The chain and pendant the police have returned to us is not gold, is too chunky, and is not the kind of thing Pauline would have worn. I don’t think it is hers.”Jackie, 44, from Wythenshawe, also doubts whether two other chains returned by police belonged to Pauline.”I am grateful for the shoes, and other items of clothing, which will now be reunited with her remains. But we have an issue with the jewellery. And if they aren’t Pauline’s, who do they belong to?” It was revealed in November that body parts of Pauline had been kept by police for three decades without her family’s knowledge.Following the death of Brady in May last year, an audit was carried out and some of her remains were discovered at Leeds University, where they had been kept on behalf of Greater Manchester Police.In June, GMP contacted the family’s solicitor to reveal they had her stilettos, a broken necklace, a metal chain belt, a piece of material from her dress, a safety pin, six buttons and a press stud.A spokeswoman for GMP said after Pauline’s body was found, her then next of kin had agreed the necklace and other items should be handed over to police to keep. Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley may have killed more people, it has been suggested after the family of their first victim said the necklace returned to them 55 years later wasn’t hers.Pauline Read was 16 when she was killed in 1963, but her body was found decades later in a shallow grave on Saddleworth Moor in 1987.Brady and Hindley went on to kill another four children, aged 10 to 17.Now it’s been alleged there may have been more victims after her family received items she was said to be wearing on the day of her death – including jewellery and white stilettos.Pauline’s niece, Jackie Reade, said: “It was very emotional seeing Pauline’s shoes and clothing, I was crying.”But I was told by my nana (Pauline’s mother) that the necklace she was wearing was fine gold with a St Christopher on it. The necklace and medallion returned to the family of Moors Murder victim, Pauline Read, which they say is not hersCredit:MEN MEDIA 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. Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra HindleyCredit:AFP Peter Hall, head of civil litigation for Tranters Solicitors of Stockport, who is representing Jackie, said: “The likelihood is that these items returned to Jackie purporting to relate to Pauline in fact relate to other murder victims.”It has been another unpleasant twist in an already deeply upsetting matter for Jackie.”
The teachers and pupils at the Royal College of Music, which he joined aged 15, were the first to accept Van Bloss for who he wasCredit:Russell Duncan In what van Bloss described as “collusion on a grand scale”, the orchestras sent messages to one another about him and two sent him identical responses. Van Bloss has spent countless hours in front of the mirror, training himself to suppress his condition, which started at the age of sevenCredit:Jeff Gilbert An Arts Council spokesperson said: “Whilst of course we recognise how upsetting these rejections must be, organisations must be free to make their own artistic decisions and we can not dictate who they work with in this fiercely competitive field.” It added that it expects its funded institutions to consider musicians with disabilities. The Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony (CBSO), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras denied the allegations and said they had considered Van Bloss’s requests to play based on musical merit. The CBSO added that it didn’t know at the time that he had a disability. Other orchestras didn’t respond to request for comment. An email from one orchestra’s chief executive to another said: “I would cut and paste the response from [redacted] to show solidarity… and a message that we all think the same!”When one orchestra said van Bloss wasn’t good enough to perform on its stage, a staff member at another said in an internal email: “I actually think it’s great that another orchestra is taking that line. It’s not one we all agreed [we] should take but good that someone else is telling the journalist another take on this.”The email continued: “With any luck all the responses taken together may persuade her it’s not a story and nothing will appear.”An internal email between the directors of Philharmonia called van Bloss “trouble”.“Nick van Bloss is a protege of [redacted] and he is Trouble,” it said. “Switch off your phone, is my advice.”Three orchestras used their public relations companies to address the “problem”, one of which, Albion Media, helped the pianist launch his comeback 10 years ago, calling him “hot property… a serious and inspired classical musician”. One email from Rebecca Driver PR said: “This is exactly what he wanted – publicity, so responding is just giving him oxygen.”Van Bloss said he was seeking legal advice on how to move forward, adding that he felt Arts Council England had “ignored’ his concerns. “Despite my valid letters of complaint, there are no communications on file within Arts Council England that show they have taken any interest in my concerns,” he said. A concert pianist with Tourette’s Syndrome has accused Britain’s top orchestras of branding him “trouble” and refusing to let him play.Internal documents seen by the Telegraph reveal that six separate orchestras coordinated a response after Nick van Bloss complained that by ignoring his requests to play they had discriminated against him.The 51-year-old musician has been praised for live performances in London, Tokyo and Miami, but has felt belittled and mocked by leading orchestras in his home country. In February, his agent sent letters to the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hallé in Manchester, Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic accusing them of discrimination, which all denied. But documents retrieved by van Bloss through a public access request and shared with the Telegraph paint a picture of institutions failing to address a serious complaint and working together to quash it.“The emails display a hostile, mocking and pathological disregard for me and my complaint,” said van Bloss. “The main point of my concern was diversity. The orchestras are funded to promote and celebrate it, but they reacted to my complaint by asking for me to apologise for having called them out.”Van Bloss’s condition gives him thousands of tics a day, but these disappear when his fingers touch piano keys. He has only once had a spasm during a performance when he was 21. 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.