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Investigation into incident near Buckingham Palace

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Detectives from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after three officers were injured during a terrorist incident on the Mall.

Just after 20:30hrs on Friday, 25 August, a car deliberately drove at a police van and stopped in front of it in a restricted area on Constitution Hill near Buckingham Palace.

The officers, who were unarmed police constables and from Westminster Borough, got out of the van and approached the car, a blue Toyota Prius.

As they challenged the driver, who was the only occupant in the car, he reached for what we now know to be a four-foot sword which was in the front passenger foot well.

The officers acted very quickly to detain him. During a struggle the three officers sustained minor injuries. The man, who repeatedly shouted "Allahu Akbar", was incapacitated with CS spray.

Two of the officers were taken by ambulance to hospital with minor cuts and discharged a short time later. The third officer did not require hospital treatment.

The man [A], who is aged 26 and from the Luton area, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault on police.

He was further arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 and detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command are now leading the investigation into this incident. The man remains in custody at a central London police station.

A warrant for the further detention has been granted; this warrant will expire on Friday, 1 September.

The incident is being treated as terrorism but we will remain open minded while the investigation continues.

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and professionalism of these officers who quickly brought this incident under control. Their vigilance, courage and the swiftness of their response demonstrates how our officers are protecting the public at this time.

"Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command are now investigating and searches have been carried out in the Luton area.

"We believe the man was acting alone and we are not looking for other suspects at this stage. While we cannot speculate on what the man was intending to do - this will be determined during the course of the investigation - it is only right that we investigate this as a terrorist incident at this time.

"I would urge anybody who witnessed the incident or has any information or images that may assist the investigation to contact the confidential hotline on 0800 789 321."

Commander Haydon added: "This is a timely reminder that the threat from terrorism in the UK remains severe. The police, together with the security services, are doing everything we can to protect the public.

"We continue to urge the public to be alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to police confidentially on the hotline - 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999."

At 10:15hrs on Sunday, 27 August, a 30-year-old man [B] was arrested at an address in West London on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism and taken into custody.

He has since been released from police custody with no further action.

Tax fraudster was building his own ‘Buckingham Palace’

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A Birmingham tax fraudster has been sentenced to four years in prison after plans to build his own personal ‘Buckingham Palace’ in Pakistan was thwarted by police.

42-year-old Mohammed Suleman Khan was living a life of luxury in his Moseley home, having cheated the tax man by almost £500,000 over a nine year period.

Despite appearing to have no job on paper in the UK, and only transferring minimal amounts through bank accounts in the country, it was his lavish spending in Pakistan which alerted the authorities.

GUILTY: Mohammed Suleman Khan had cheated the tax man out of more than £400,000 and, having already been sentenced to four years in prison, is likely to lose more than £1million when the West Midlands force conclude their investigation

GUILTY: Mohammed Suleman Khan had cheated the tax man out of more than £400,000 and, having already been sentenced to four years in prison, is likely to lose more than £1million when the West Midlands force conclude their investigation

Detectives investigating Khan’s lifestyle found that he had actually commissioned work for a £2.4million palace to be constructed in Pakistan which a judge described as his own ‘Buckingham Palace’.

The building, upon completion, would have included its own library, private cinema and even servant quarters.

It was a search of Khan’s home which unveiled the true plans for the mammoth operation in Pakistan’s Attock region.

The tax evader’s defence argued that their client was a legitimate businessman who had earned just £300,000 over a nine year period.

Yet officers from West Midlands Police Force CID, investigating the accused, had found that Khan had already spent £893,000 on the outer-shell and roof of his Pakistan project, on top of at least £300,000 income for him and his family in the UK.

CONSTRUCTION: The palace in Pakistan would have been valued at more than £2million upon completion

CONSTRUCTION: The palace in Pakistan would have been valued at more than £2million upon completion

From that information, officers concluded that Khan had failed to pay tax and national insurance over that period which equalled a total amount of £445,264.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Bannister, who led the investigation, said: “We disputed the amounts earned. Our research was not able to find any business he controlled or owned that was consistent with him being a debt collector within the community.

“We were effectively prosecuting someone based on the evidence about lifestyle and property without having easily obtained evidence.’’

Over the course of the investigation it was also discovered that Khan had, at one point, had more than £120,000 in cash possession and had also paid for luxury cars in cash, including a £22,000 BMW.

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray, responsible for policing in east Birmingham, said: “The joint action taken by police and HM Revenue and Customs proves that where communities trust local officers and confide in them, we are able to piece that information together and where appropriate launch an investigation.

“This may take time but we will always seek to bring to justice those who don’t operate within the law.
“The message from West Midlands Police is that we will stop you, whether that is through criminal law, through Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions or others.

“Communities are fed up of people thinking they are above the law and are increasingly standing up to be counted.”