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Convicted murderer who helped stop London terror attack among those honoured by Princess Anne | UK News

A convicted murderer who helped tackle a terrorist in London was among those honoured at a Windsor Castle ceremony.

Princess Anne awarded Steven Gallant the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his actions during the Fishmongers’ Hall attack in November 2019.

He was one of four men who confronted Usman Khan – who had knives taped to his hands and a fake suicide belt.

Khan killed Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, at an offender rehabilitation event before fleeing on to London Bridge and injuring others.

Kitchen porter Lukasz Koczocik used a ceremonial spear to fight Khan, communications manager Darryn Frost jabbed him with a narwhal tusk, while another ex-prisoner John Crilly hosed him with a fire extinguisher.

Gallant tackled Khan to the ground and helped restrain him with the others despite not knowing if the suicide belt was real.

Armed police eventually arrived and shot him dead.

Gallant was one of two men convicted of killing Barrie Jackson in Hull in 2005 and was out on licence for the first time when the attack happened.

Lukasz Koczocik after being decorated with the Queen's Gallantry Medal at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Tuesday September 26, 2023.
Lukasz Koczocik said getting the medal represented ‘closure’

All four men who intervened have been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for their actions – but Mr Crilly couldn’t attend and will collect his award another time.

This year’s Civilian Gallantry List is the last to be approved by the late Queen.

Mr Koczocik, who was stabbed by the terrorist, said getting the medal was an “amazing honour” and had given him “closure”.

Among others honoured at Tuesday’s ceremony were Jacob Rees-Mogg and former home secretary Priti Patel, awarded a knighthood and a damehood respectively, after being named on Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list.

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Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg after being made a Knight Commander of the British Empire at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Wednesday September 27, 2023.
The Right Honourable Dame Priti Patel, formerly Home Secretary, after being made a Dame Commander of the British Empire at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Wednesday September 27, 2023.

After receiving his knighthood, Sir Jacob praised Mr Johnson’s “great leadership” during the pandemic and also paid tribute to Princess Anne’s “model of public service and duty”.

Dame Priti said her damehood was an “absolute honour and privilege”.

“I will never forget my time as home secretary, working alongside people who, day in day out, also gave so much to our country and particularly those on the front lines,” she said.

Anne Keast-Butler to become first female director of GCHQ | UK News

Anne Keast-Butler will become the first female director of GCHQ, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

She will succeed Sir Jeremy Fleming as the 17th director of the Cheltenham based intelligence agency.

Mr Cleverly said: “Anne Keast-Butler has an impressive track record at the heart of the UK’s national security network, helping to counter threats posed by terrorists, cyber-criminals and malign foreign powers.

“She is the ideal candidate to lead GCHQ, and Anne will use her vast experience to help keep the British public safe.”

The appointment was made following a cross-government recruitment process chaired by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

Ms Keast-Butler said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the 17th director of GCHQ.

“GCHQ’s mission to keep the UK safe is as inspiring today as it was when it was founded more than 100 years ago, operating at the very heart of the UK and our allies’ response to some of the most challenging issues of our time.

“In just the last year GCHQ has contributed vital intelligence to shape the West’s response to the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine; helped disrupt terrorist plots; and worked tirelessly to tackle the ongoing threat of ransomware, the impact of which costs the UK dearly.

“I was privileged to work in GCHQ a few years ago, so I know I am again joining a world-class team of people from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of skills, who share a singular focus on making our country safer, more secure, and more prosperous.

“I am passionate about continuing to ensure that GCHQ is an organisation where everyone can perform to their very best.”

Jeremy Fleming, head of the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), in London, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Jeremy Fleming

Outgoing director Sir Jeremy, who announced his intention to step down in January, said: “Anne’s appointment is fantastic news for the organisation.

“I have worked with Anne for decades and think she is a brilliant choice with deep experience of intelligence and security in today’s technology-driven world.”

Ex-children’s commissioner Anne Longfield warns more families face ‘awful living conditions’ like Awaab Ishak | UK News

The former children’s commissioner for England has warned of families across the country facing “awful conditions” in their social housing, following the death of Awaab Ishak.

The two-year-old died in December 2020 from a respiratory condition caused by mould in his home, managed by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH).

There has been an outpouring of emotion after the toddler’s death, and anger from many quarters over the poor state of the home he and his family were forced to live in – leading to RBH’s chief executive being sacked.

But Anne Longfield, who until 2021 worked as the commissioner with the role of protecting the rights of children, said it was “undoubtedly the case” that other children would find themselves in the same situation.

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme, she said: “I think we should be shocked by this but we should be really angry too.

“These are absolutely pointless harms and needless harms, they can be prevented, that needs to be the focus now.”

She said she had spoken to families in similar circumstances, adding: “We are talking about cramped conditions but [also] cold, mould, rat infestations, places which, as the coroner said in Awaab’s case, really are not fit for human habitation.”

Ms Longfield praised Housing Secretary Michael Gove for his willingness to focus on the issue, after he wrote to every English council leader and social housing provider to put them “on notice” over the “abhorrent” conditions that killed Awaab.

Awaab Ishak
Awaab Ishak died in 2020 because of the mould in his social housing

But she said: “My message to him would be to make this a mission. It is in plain view, it is in front of us, it is one of those things that compounds so many social problems around children growing up in poverty.

“But it needs that determination and leadership [to fix it].”