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Clapham: Moped rider opens fire with ‘shotgun’ while being chased by Met Police | UK News

A moped rider being chased by police has fired shots, wounding three people in south London.

Two of them suffered shotgun pellet injuries while a third was hurt by the moped, but none are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Officers were pursuing the vehicle, being ridden by two people, after it failed to stop in the Clapham area just before 5pm on Friday, the Metropolitan Police said.

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A firearm, believed to be a shotgun, was fired from the moped near Clapham Common South Side.

The suspects then fled the scene and officers are trying to trace the moped. No arrests have been made.

The London Ambulance Service said its crews had taken two people to a major trauma centre in the capital, while the third was treated in hospital.

A forensic officer at the scene of a shooting in Clapham, London. Three people have been hurt after shots were fired by a moped rider who was being pursued by police in south London. Picture date: Friday March 1, 2024.
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A forensic officer at the scene. Pic: PA

The Met said: “A crime scene is in place and urgent enquiries to trace the moped are ongoing. Firearms officers are searching the area.”

Several roads have been cordoned off.

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Police in the Clapham Common area. Pic: @siancole8

A local barber, who gave his name as Kaka, said he was left “shocked” after hearing shooting close to his shop near Clapham Common.

He said: “I was in the shop just before 5pm and I heard a gunshot up the road. We were all shocked because it was so close, the police were everywhere afterwards.”

Annecy attack: ‘Backpack hero’ chased ‘possessed’ knifeman after British girl and five others stabbed in French park | World News

A 24-year-old has been hailed the “backpack hero” for confronting the suspect after the stabbing of a British girl and five others in a French park – while using his bag as a shield.

Henri, who was on a nine-month Catholic pilgrimage around France‘s cathedrals, said that after realising the extent of the attack he “followed [his] instincts and tried to protect [the] children”.

Four children, aged between 22 months and three years old, were left with “life-threatening injuries” after the suspect, a Syrian refugee named by French media as Abdalmasih H, rampaged through the lakeside park in the town of Annecy.

The most critically injured children were two cousins.

Two adult men were also hurt during the incident – one of whom was injured with the knife and by a shot fired by police as they were arresting the suspect.

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Henri following the suspect with his backpack after the attack in French park
Backpack hero Henri

Using his bag to swipe at the attacker, and at one point throwing one of the backpacks to fend off his blade, Henri told broadcaster BFMTV that he acted off his instincts and immediately ran after the suspect, trying to scare him off and distance him from the injured.

“I didn’t even think, I must admit the brain really unplugged,” he said.

“For me, it was just impossible to let those who can’t defend themselves get attacked by someone who seemed like a crazy person.

“I had my big 20kg backpack on my back, I tried to run with the big one at first in the park behind him before realising he was much faster than me so I got rid of my big backpack after and followed him with my little bag.”

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The knife attack suspect

Henri added: “He tried to attack me at some point, our eyes have met.

“I understood that it wasn’t a guy in a normal state, something really bad was inside of him and it had to absolutely be stopped.

“I am far from alone in having reacted.

“Many other people around started, like me, to run after him to try to scare him, push him away.

“And other people immediately went over to the children to take care of the injured.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron talks with Henri, the 24-year-old 'backpack hero'
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Henri the ‘backpack hero’
French President Emmanuel Macron talks with Henri, the 24-year-old 'backpack hero'
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President Emmanuel Macron talks with Henri

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that the victims would “continue to improve”.

The two cousins have been stabilised and the three-year-old British national is “awake and watching television” after being treated at a hospital in Grenoble, Mr Macron said.

A wounded Dutch girl has also improved and a critically injured adult is regaining consciousness.

He said that the children were saved by the “swiftness” of those who intervened after the incident, including Henri.

Henri asked the French president if he could be invited to the inauguration of Notre-Dame Cathedral – which was partially destroyed in a fire in 2019 – when it re-opens.

Mr Macron said he will personally make sure he is invited.

“Thank you immeasurably for your courage,” Mr Macron said to those who intervened. “You experienced very hard moments, traumatising. I am very proud of you.”

Motives for the attack remain unknown, but there was “no apparent terrorist motive”, according to local prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis.

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People pay tribute at scene of attack

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the 31-year-old suspect recently had an asylum request rejected because he has held refugee status in Sweden for the past 10 years.

French authorities rejected the request on 26 April but the suspect only learned of the decision on 4 June, French broadcaster BFMTV said.

Henri’s father, Francois, said his son “told me that the Syrian was incoherent, saying lots of strange things in different languages, invoking his father, his mother, all the Gods”.

“In short, he was possessed by who knows what, but possessed by folly, that’s certain,” he said.

Niall Horan ‘afraid’ to go out after being ‘chased’ by One Direction fans | Ents & Arts News

Niall Horan has said he was “afraid” to go out after being “chased” by fans while touring with One Direction.

The 29-year-old, who rose to fame alongside band members Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik on the X Factor, told Cosmopolitan UK he “loved touring” with One Direction “but it was f***ing crazy”.

“We’d go to countries and never see a second of it – it was hotel, venue, plane, same again,” the Irish singer-songwriter said.

“We couldn’t get out the (hotel) door. If you went out in the car, you’d be seen and chased (by fans).

“I understand why it was going on, but it gave me a thing where, when I came back to London, I would be afraid to go out. There was a period where I actually couldn’t.”

The boy band was put on indefinite hiatus six years after it formed in 2010 and became one of the biggest pop groups in the world, with five albums and four world tours.

Horan, who has launched a solo career with hit songs Slow Hands and Heaven, said he is “excited” and “nervous” to be releasing his third album The Show.

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Pic: Cosmopolitan/PA

“I hope I didn’t waste 18 months writing something for people not to like it… There’s no heartbreak stuff (on this album), so there needed to be a new concept,” he said.

“The only good part of the pandemic for me was that I was actually happy being still. I had time to breathe; I realised it doesn’t have to be a thousand miles an hour all the time.”

‘Diamond geezer’ Lewis Capaldi and a ‘token celebrity moment’ with Channing Tatum

Horan, who played for US President Joe Biden at the White House for St Patrick’s Day in March, also discussed his friendship with Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi, who he called a “diamond geezer”.

“There’s not a bad bone in his body. He’s a solid friend, and he also happens to be one of the funniest f****** you’ve ever met in your life,” he said.

Horan also said “famous people” do not always know each other.

“You’re not friends with everyone in your office, are you? I remember seeing (Magic Mike actor) Channing Tatum on a plane.

“I’d never met the guy in real life, but he waved. We were laughing later. He was like: ‘I felt like I had to do the token celebrity to celebrity kind of moment’.”