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Edinburgh pub shooting: Two in court accused of murder as third suspect arrested | UK News

A man and a woman have appeared in court charged with murder and a third suspect has been arrested after a shooting outside an Edinburgh pub on Hogmanay.

Marc Webley, 38, and another man, 39, were gunned down minutes before midnight outside The Anchor Inn on West Granton Road.

Emergency services attended and the seriously injured men were taken to hospital, where Mr Webley was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police Scotland launched a murder investigation and arrested a man and a woman in connection with the case.

Grant Hunter, 32, and Emma McVie, 25, were later charged with murder.

The pair, from Edinburgh, have also been accused of assault to severe injury, danger of life and attempted murder.

They entered no plea to the charges when they appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Both suspects were remanded in custody and are expected back in the dock within the next week.

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A 33-year-old woman has also now been arrested in connection with Mr Webley’s death.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 33-year-old woman was arrested on Monday 8 January and further enquiries are ongoing.”

‘Highly visible policing presence’ at Wembley for England match against Italy after Brussels shooting | UK News

A “highly visible policing presence” will be in operation at Wembley for England’s match against Italy this evening following the Brussels shooting.

The Metropolitan Police said: “Given the events yesterday in Brussels, those attending the match can be reassured that they will see a highly visible policing presence.

“Officers are there to ensure the event passes off safely and provide reassurance to those attending.”

The decision comes after a suspected gunman killed two people before an international football match in the Belgian capital.

The shooting caused Belgium’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Sweden to be abandoned at half-time.

Fans were also kept in the stadium as armed officers searched for the suspected attacker.

Police shot dead the suspect this morning, named by Belgian media as Abdesalem L – a 45-year-old Tunisian national.

Superintendent Gerry Parker, match commander for tonight’s game, said: “We have been working with our partners, including the FA, in the weeks leading up to this match to ensure those attending the Wembley area enjoy this match.

“Our officers are experienced in dealing with large-scale public order events, and a flexible plan is in place to reduce the likelihood of crime and disorder, and provide a timely response to any emerging incidents.

“Please ensure you arrive in good time for the match and remain vigilant throughout; if you see anything suspicious then flag it an officer or one of the match stewards immediately so the necessary action can be taken.”

Matt Ratana death: Man, 25, guilty of murder after shooting dead police officer while handcuffed | UK News

A man who shot dead a Metropolitan Police custody sergeant after smuggling a gun into a holding cell has been found guilty of murder.

Louis De Zoysa, 25, was still handcuffed when he opened fire at Sergeant Matt Ratana after officers failed to find an antique revolver and holster believed to have been concealed under one of his armpits.

De Zoysa was taken to the custody block in Croydon, south London, after being found with seven rounds of ammunition during a search in nearby Norbury in the early hours of 25 September 2020.

Northampton Crown Court heard how he deliberately fired the weapon without warning into the 54-year-old officer’s chest, causing a fatal wound to his heart and left lung.

A second shot hit New Zealand-born Sgt Ratana in the leg, a third struck the cell wall during a struggle with officers, and a fourth hit De Zoysa in the neck, leaving him with brain damage.

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CCTV shows moments before shooting

De Zoysa denied murder, telling jurors that he did not mean to fire the gun and was having a “panic attack” at the time, while his lawyers argued his responsibility was diminished by an autistic meltdown.

But he was found guilty of murdering Sgt Ratana – a Met officer for almost 30 years and head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club – on Thursday.

De Zoysa, who had worked for HMRC in Croydon for around 16 months as a data analyst, was living in a flat at a farm in Banstead, Surrey, at the time of the shooting.

He bought the gun, which was legal to own due to its antique status, on the internet in June 2020 and made the ammunition on the farm, the court heard.

The revolver used by Louis De Zoysa to shoot Metropolitan Police officer Matt Ratana
The revolver used by Louis De Zoysa to shoot Metropolitan Police officer Matt Ratana

Body-worn footage played in court showed De Zoysa being stopped and searched in London Road, Norbury, south London, by officers, who removed items from his holdall and patted him down.

He was then put into the back of a police van and taken to the custody block in Windmill Road but officers failed to find a gun and holster which “were probably concealed under one of his armpits”, prosecutor Duncan Penny KC told the jury.

De Zoysa “retrieved” the weapon from a holster under his left arm, while handcuffed to the rear, as he was being transported to Windmill Road in a police van, prosecutors said.

CCTV footage suggests he managed to get hold of the gun with his right hand around 16 minutes before the shooting and then took advantage of a vent at the back of his overcoat to hide the weapon until the attack.

Footage also showed De Zoysa in the holding cell with Sgt Ratana and two other officers involved in his arrest and detention.

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The first three shots were fired within three seconds at 2.09am, while the fourth came around 16 seconds later.

The footage showed officers pulling Sgt Ratana from the cell after the shooting.

Another officer pointed a Taser towards De Zoysa, who was taken to the ground moments after the gun was initially fired.

Sgt Ratana died of his injuries in hospital despite the efforts of medical staff.

His partner Su Bushby said outside court after the verdict: “Today is about justice for Matt.

“His life was taken too soon in the line of duty, doing a job that he loved – a cruel end to a lifetime of service and dedication protecting others.

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Officer’s murder ‘will never leave’ colleagues

“Whilst the court case has concluded, the constant feeling of grief and loss continues.

“My love for Matt, my gentle giant will never end. He will never be forgotten.”

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: “I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this has been for (Ms Bushby) and all of Matt’s family and friends. Matt dedicated 30 years of his life to policing.

“He was nearing retirement when he was tragically murdered. He was an outstanding officer who brought joy to his work.

“He treated everyone with respect, with compassion and with good humour. We will ensure he is never forgotten.”

De Zoysa, who appeared in court during his trial in a wheelchair, gave evidence in a modified way because of communication difficulties caused by his brain damage.

He nodded when asked if he knew that Sgt Ratana had died and said he felt “sad” about it.

Jurors were told they had to consider whether De Zoysa deliberately fired the revolver and the question of diminished responsibility.

Palestinian gunmen killed weeks after shooting three British-Israeli women dead | World News

Two Palestinian gunmen have been killed – weeks after they shot dead a British-Israeli woman and her two daughters.

Israel’s military said that troops were sent to an apartment in the city of Nablus during the early hours of Thursday.

There was an exchange of fire before the two suspects, and a third man who had helped them, were killed.

The gunmen were identified as Hassan Katnani and Maed Mitsri, members of the Hamas militant group.

The third man was named as Ibrahim Hura, a senior operative in the group.

Maia and Rina Dee, aged 20 and 15, died in the West Bank when their car was shot at and forced off the road on 7 April.

Their mother, Lucy Dee, 45, died in hospital from her wounds a few days later.

The attack happened near Hamra, about 30 miles north of Jerusalem, but the family lived in the settlement of Efrat – close to Bethlehem.

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Maia and Rina’s father, Rabbi Leo Dee, said: “I and the kids were delighted to hear that the terrorists were apprehended and eliminated today, and most of all that it was done in a way that apparently did not endanger the lives of Israeli soldiers because that was one of the most important things from our family’s perspective.

“I have requested from the Shabak [Israel’s Security Agency] that since we cannot sit and interview live the terrorists… that we should have the opportunity perhaps to interview live on television members of the family of the terrorist – perhaps the parents, siblings or the parents or the siblings.

“So that is my message.

“The question we would like to ask them is: what was their purpose in this particular attack, what is their vision for a better world?”

Hundreds of people attended funerals for the three women, whose deaths reduced the Dee family from seven members to four.

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Rabbi Leo Dee spoke to Sky News soon after the deaths of his wife and two daughters

Rabbi Dee has appeared in Israeli media a number of times since then, saying he bears no hatred towards the killers and calling for national unity.

Israel has been raiding West Bank villages, towns and cities for more than a year in what it says is a bid to dismantle militant networks and prevent future attacks.

But Palestinians see these as Israel further strengthening its 56-year occupation of lands they seek for a future independent state.

Some 250 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the raids began – Israel has said most of these have been militants, but stone-throwing youths and people not involved in the confrontations have also been killed.

During the same period, nearly 50 people have been killed in Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

Second man charged over fatal doorstep shooting in Greenock | UK News

A second suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a man who was shot on his doorstep.

Neil Canney was seriously injured in an attack outside his house in Nairn Road, Greenock, Inverclyde, at around 1.15am on 28 February.

The 37-year-old was taken by ambulance to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he died a short time later.

On Monday, Police Scotland said a 28-year-old man had been arrested and charged in connection with the death.

A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with the incident on Friday.

The pair are due to appear at Greenock Sheriff Court today.

Euston shooting: Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder released on bail | UK News

A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a drive-by shooting at a church has been released on bail.

The 22-year-old man was taken into custody on Sunday, but has been bailed pending further inquiries to a date in mid-February, the Metropolitan Police said.

Mourners were attending a memorial service for a young woman and her mother in Euston, central London, when they came under fire.

A 12-year-old girl and a seven-year-old girl were injured in the shooting, with the younger victim still in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Three women, aged 21, 54 and 41, were also taken to hospital, where their injuries were assessed as non-life threatening.

However, a 48-year-old woman suffered potentially life-changing injuries, police said.

A police officer stands guard at the scene of a shooting attack that reportedly happened during a funeral at St Aloysius Church
A police officer stands guard at the scene of a shooting attack that happened during a funeral

Witnesses reported seeing people running, screaming and sheltering inside the church as shots were fired, with the priest telling Sky News it was “pandemonium”.

Superintendent Jack Rowlands described the incident as a “senseless act of violence”.

The service was a requiem Mass for Sara Sanchez, 20, and her mother, Fresia Calderon, 50, who died in November.

Euston shooting: People ‘too scared to go outside’ after suspected drive-by incident near memorial for young cancer victim leaves girl, seven, fighting for life | UK News

Witnesses have described how a suspected drive-by shooting which left a seven-year-old girl fighting for her life in hospital sent people running and screaming near a memorial service for a young woman who died from cancer.

There were scenes of panic outside St Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Euston, central London, on Saturday afternoon as gunfire rang out, leaving several people seriously injured.

Two girls, one aged seven and another aged 12, and four women, aged 54, 48, 41, and 21, were taken to hospital following the incident at around 1.30pm.

It happened just as a requiem mass for 20-year-old Sara Sanchez and her mother Fresia Calderon, who died within a month of one another in November, took place inside the church in Phoenix Road.

An online fundraiser to support Ms Sanchez’s battle with leukaemia raised more than £31,000.

The “proud British Colombian” died after her mother suddenly passed away from a rare blood clot upon arrival at Heathrow from Colombia, MyLondon reported.

Sara Sanchez and Fresia Calderon died within a month of each other. Pic: GoFundMe
Sara Sanchez and Fresia Calderon died within a month of each other. Pic: GoFundMe

‘People were too scared to go outside’

Father Jeremy Trood, who conducted the service, described the moment the gunshots were heard.

“I was inside the church. I heard the bang and people ran back into the church,” he said.

“They knew something had happened outside.

“They were very scared, people sheltered in the church until the police said they can leave, but some of them were so scared they had to wait a while to get their confidence back up to go outside.”

‘My heart was racing’

Queen Macauley was visiting a friend who lives near the church when she heard the gunshots.

She told Sky News her “heart was racing” as she saw people running and heard screams.

“It was quite chaotic,” she added.

One resident of an estate across the road from the church, who did not want to be named, also heard gunshots.

“I was having a quiet day on my balcony and I heard this almighty bang and I thought this was not normal,” they said.

“The next minute, everyone was screaming and shouting. We have a food bank there and everyone was running off.

“Neighbours came in and said there has been a shooting. What a terrible thing.”

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Witness describes Euston shooting

‘Urgent investigation’

Metropolitan Police said no arrests have been made yet and an “urgent investigation” is under way.

Officers and forensics teams were at the scene of the shooting into the night, with a cordon in place.

Detectives believe the shots were fired from a moving vehicle, which was then driven away from the scene.

Superintendent Ed Wells said: “Any shooting incident is unacceptable, but for multiple people, including two children, to be injured in a shooting in the middle of a Saturday afternoon is shocking.”

Since the incident unfolded, the 12-year-old girl has been discharged from hospital. She suffered a minor leg injury.

The 48-year-old woman’s injuries are said to be potentially life-changing.

The other women are all in a non-life-threatening condition.

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‘Deeply distressing’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan described the incident as “deeply distressing”.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who is the local MP for Holborn and St Pancras, said he was “deeply shocked” and thanked the emergency services for their response.

“My thoughts are with the victims,” he added.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about what took place is asked to call 101, giving the reference 3357/14JAN.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Girl, 7, in life-threatening condition and five others taken to hospital after shooting near Euston station | UK News

A seven-year-old girl is in a life-threatening condition, while four women and another girl were also taken to hospital, after a shooting outside a funeral near Euston station in central London.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Phoenix Road at 1.30pm on Saturday to reports of a shooting.

Police initially said the seven-year-old girl and three women – aged 48, 54, and 41 – were taken to hospital after the incident. The 48-year-old woman’s injuries are potentially life-changing.

In an update, they confirmed the seven-year-old girl’s condition is life-threatening and gave details of two others hurt.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to hospital and details of her condition have not been released.

A second child, a 12-year-old girl, was also taken to hospital with a minor leg injury but has since been discharged.

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Pic: Simon Lamrock

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Pic: Simon Lamrock

‘Urgent investigation’ is underway

Detectives said the incident took place in the vicinity of a church, where a funeral was taking place.

Police said their initial inquiries suggest shots were fired from a moving vehicle, which was then driven away from the scene.

Police said no arrests have been made yet and an “urgent investigation” is underway.

Forensics officers work at the scene the shooting
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Two children injured in ‘shocking’ incident

Superintendent Ed Wells said: “Any shooting incident is unacceptable, but for multiple people, including two children, to be injured in a shooting in the middle of a Saturday afternoon is shocking.

“Our thoughts are with all the victims, but in particular with the seven-year-old girl who is in a life-threatening condition and with her family.”

Queen Macaulay, who was visiting a friend in the area at the time of the incident, said she heard a gunshot and saw people running.

She told Sky News: “Everyone was running… it was quite chaotic.

“We heard people screaming and saying ‘oh my god’… I was thinking oh my god what’s going on, let’s get to safety.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said the force treated four people at the scene, one of whom was taken to a major trauma centre, as a priority.

‘Deeply distressing’

They added that three ambulance crews and five paramedics in fast-response cars were among those who were called to the scene.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the incident as “deeply distressing”.

He said: “This is a deeply distressing incident and my thoughts are with those who were injured and their families.

“A police investigation is now underway and I am in close contact with the Met Police to determine what happened.”

Third person arrested over shooting of Elle Edwards on Christmas Eve | UK News

A third person has been arrested in connection with the murder of Elle Edwards, who was shot dead outside a pub in Merseyside on Christmas Eve.

A 31-year-old man is being questioned over the killing, Merseyside Police have said.

Ms Edwards, 26, was not the intended target when shots were fired outside the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village in the Wirral at around 11:50pm.

A man aged 30 from Tranmere has previously been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and a woman aged 19 from Rock Ferry has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Both arrests took place on Boxing Day.

Police said on Wednesday they have had “some tremendous intelligence” but are still searching for the gun that killed Ms Edwards.

Forensic officers remained outside the pub on Wednesday and a cordon was still in place outside.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley said officers “will not rest” until they get justice for Ms Edwards’ family.

“I am still appealing for information in relation to anybody who knows who the person was responsible for pulling that trigger in the most indiscriminate, most appalling way,” he told reporters.

“Anybody who knows where the weapon is, anybody who has harboured or has any information at all, we still want to hear from them.”

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy had previously pledged a “relentless” search for those responsible for the “callous and cold-blooded murder” of Ms Edwards.

Merseyside police renewed their appeal for anyone with information or dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage to come forward on Wednesday.

Ms Edwards’ family has been left “devastated” and “inconsolable” by her death, police said in their appeal to the public for information.

Forensics at the  Lighthouse Inn where Elle Edwards was killed on Christmas Eve

Friends told Sky News they were dancing and enjoying a night out when “in a split second” everything changed.

Meg and Jess, who did not give their surnames, told Sky News they thought the gunshots they heard were fireworks until they saw their friend lying on the floor.

“We went to go get a drink and we were at the bar and we just heard bangs,” Jess said.

“The second I heard Elle, I was like, ‘It’s not, it’s not, it’s not’.

“I could see her on the floor, people around her trying to help her.

“You just feel hopeless, you can’t help, you can’t do anything.”

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Ms Edwards’ sister, who lives in Dubai, had left the venue sometime earlier.

“It plays on your mind, knowing whether she should have gone home,” Meg said, adding: “We had been dancing and singing and now she’s on the floor.”

Members of the Wirral community have also been paying emotional tributes to Ms Edwards.

Wirral Borough Council leader Jeanette Williams said the “most heart-breaking aspect” was that she was not the intended target of the attack.

Two men killed after shooting in south London | UK News

Two men have been killed after a shooting in south London.

Police were called to reports of gunshots in Railton Road, Brixton, at about 7.50pm on Sunday.

Armed officers attended the scene, along with ambulance crews, and found two men injured.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene. The Metropolitan Police have said no arrests have been made.

A badly-damaged car was pictured at the scene of the incident, while an eyewitness told Sky News they saw emergency services giving CPR to a person on the ground.

A cordon is in place at the junction of Railton Road and Barnwell Road
A badly-damaged car was pictured at the scene

A Met Police spokesman said the nature of the victims’ injuries has not been confirmed at this time.

However a police officer close to the scene confirmed to Sky News that someone had been shot.

Sebastian Morrison, who lives nearby, told local news site MyLondon that residents had reported hearing 12 shots and “fire exchanged between a pair on a moped and people in a car”.

The victims have not been formally identified and their next of kin are yet to be informed, the Met Police said.

Post-mortem examinations will be held in due course, the force added.

A number of roads in the area are closed and crime scenes are in place.

A cordon is in place at the junction of Railton Road and Barnwell Road

Residents have been told they will see an enhanced police presence in the area and have been urged to speak to officers if they have information about the incident.

The shooting comes just days after two men were shot dead in east London, with a third man left critically injured.

Saydi Abu Sheikh, 23, and 32-year-old Zakariya Jeilani Mohamed died of gunshot wounds at the scene in Ilford in the early hours of Tuesday.

A third man, aged 30, was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition, the Met Police said.

There is no suggestion the two shooting incidents are connected.