London police open fire, arrest suspect in Ukraine embassy car crash

Police opened fire outside Ukraine’s embassy in London on Saturday after a vehicle repeatedly rammed into the ambassador’s parked car. (Screenshot/Sky News)
Updated 13 April 2019

London police open fire, arrest suspect in Ukraine embassy car crash

  • No diplomatic staff were injured in the incident
  • Police were called immediately and quickly blocked the suspect vehicle

LONDON: Police opened fire outside Ukraine’s embassy in London on Saturday after a vehicle repeatedly rammed into the ambassador’s parked car, the mission said.
No diplomatic staff were injured in the incident, which took place around 10:00am local time in the exclusive Holland Park area, and a suspect was arrested.
“The official vehicle of the ambassador of Ukraine to the UK was deliberately rammed as it sat parked in front of the embassy of Ukraine’s building,” a statement from the embassy said.
Police were called immediately and quickly blocked the suspect vehicle, but it hit the ambassador’s car again.
“In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator’s vehicle,” the statement said.
“The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station. No one of the embassy staff were injured.
“The police are investigating the suspect’s identity and motive for the attack.”
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “As part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were deployed to this incident.
“Police firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man, aged in his 40s, was arrested.
“He has been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution. He was not injured,” the statement added.
Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “As is standard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident. While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put themselves in harm’s way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe.”
The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.


New Zealand records 100 days without domestic virus case but warns against complacency

Updated 09 August 2020

New Zealand records 100 days without domestic virus case but warns against complacency

  • New Zealanders have returned to normal life, but authorities are concerned that people were now refusing testing
  • New Zealand has 23 active cases in managed isolation facilities, and 1,219 COVID-19 cases in all so far

WELLINGTON: New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries like Vietnam and Australia which once had the virus under control now battle a resurgence in infections.
New Zealand’s successful fight against COVID-19 has made the Pacific island nation of 5 million one of the safest places in the world right now.
New Zealanders have returned to normal life, but authorities are concerned that people were now refusing testing, not using the government contact tracing apps, and even ignoring basic hygiene rules.
“Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent,” Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said.
“We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread in places where it was previously under control, and we need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand,” he said.
New Zealand has 23 active cases in managed isolation facilities, and 1,219 COVID-19 cases in all so far.
Vietnam, which went for three months without detecting any domestic transmission, is now racing to control a new outbreak in Danang.
Neighbouring Australia’s second-biggest city, Melbourne, has gone into a six week lockdown due to a surge in cases. The second wave of cases in Melbourne has been largely a result of lapses in quarantining.
“For countries like Australia and New Zealand the source of such outbreaks is likely to be from managed isolation and quarantine facilities because of the large numbers of people held there and the multiple shifts of staff involved in looking after them,” said Michael Baker, Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago.
There have been cases of returning New Zealanders sneaking out of quarantine, and other security slip ups.
New Zealand last week ramped up testing at quarantine facilities and clinics, and started work on technology to track people using Bluetooth technology.
Ardern kicked off her re-election campaign on Saturday calling it a ‘Covid election’.
But a resurgence of cases due to “Covid fatigue” could spark a backlash against her, and give the opposition a chance to work their way back into the election contest. (Repotring by Praveen Menon; Editing by Michael Perry)