Met Police terror warning over radical Islamist websites - Wimbledon All England Club targeted

Scotland Yard warned people who read banned Islamist websites could face terrorism charges

Scotland Yard warned people who read banned Islamist websites could face terrorism charges

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Jihadists are being encouraged to bomb the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) in Wimbledon this June.

The world famous tennis tournament has been identified as one of several targets including the Derby at Epsom racecourse and Premier League football games this summer by a magazine reportedly published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The claims have been made in Inspire magazine, an online English language publication which outlines specific targets in the UK and details how to carry out devastating attacks to kill the most people.

Wimbledon Tennis Championships attracts 38,500 spectators a day, with the site also holding 1,800 staff.

An AELTC spokesperson said they work closely with the police to protect the public and this year would be no different.

The article advises would-be bombers to disguise themselves during the operation by wearing masks, and making themselves appear fat by wearing lots of clothing.

It gives advice to ‘lone wolves’ and says the important thing is to ‘target people and not buildings.’

In broken English the author states: "As for the field target for the car-bomb, you have places flooded with individuals, eg sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gathering.

"When targeting high profile places, go for the entrance; you cannot get a car into most of these targets."

The article states there are many times and places to be targeted, and goes on to list football stadiums and major horse racing events as other targets.

Reacting to the news, the AELTC spokesperson said: "We have always worked very closely with police on all matters of security and public safety and this is no different."

Police have warned people to steer clear of radical Islamist publications online websites or face prosecution.

The caution comes after the article in the Spring issue of Inspire magazine.

A Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson said: "The MPS counter terrorism command is aware of the websites and appropriate steps have been put in place, including providing security advice where relevant.

"The public is reminded that viewing downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Section 1 and 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

"As part of our continued work, we regularly work with, and support, industry, the organisers of sporting events and companies overseeing crowded places with a variety of briefings and advice."

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10:10am Mon 24 Mar 14

edstar says...

And why is this in the local Guardian? Is there any mention of south London or is the guardian using scaremongering stories about Muslims to sell advertising rather then actually going out and reporting on real stories?
And why is this in the local Guardian? Is there any mention of south London or is the guardian using scaremongering stories about Muslims to sell advertising rather then actually going out and reporting on real stories? edstar
  • Score: -12

11:25am Mon 24 Mar 14

QPR4Me says...

edstar,

seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story.
Support for terrorism happens everywhere.
edstar, seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story. Support for terrorism happens everywhere. QPR4Me
  • Score: 13

11:57am Mon 24 Mar 14

edstar says...

QPR4Me wrote:
edstar,

seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story.
Support for terrorism happens everywhere.
Sorry i didnt know that this story was about that. I thought it was about a general warning that is sent out now and again to remind us who the enemy is.
[quote][p][bold]QPR4Me[/bold] wrote: edstar, seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story. Support for terrorism happens everywhere.[/p][/quote]Sorry i didnt know that this story was about that. I thought it was about a general warning that is sent out now and again to remind us who the enemy is. edstar
  • Score: 2

12:25pm Mon 24 Mar 14

edstar says...

edstar wrote:
QPR4Me wrote:
edstar,

seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story.
Support for terrorism happens everywhere.
Sorry i didnt know that this story was about that. I thought it was about a general warning that is sent out now and again to remind us who the enemy is.
Just so as i dont look crazy, the Guardian has changed this article to one that is relevant to south Londoners.
[quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]QPR4Me[/bold] wrote: edstar, seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story. Support for terrorism happens everywhere.[/p][/quote]Sorry i didnt know that this story was about that. I thought it was about a general warning that is sent out now and again to remind us who the enemy is.[/p][/quote]Just so as i dont look crazy, the Guardian has changed this article to one that is relevant to south Londoners. edstar
  • Score: 11

12:29pm Mon 24 Mar 14

ooakes says...

edstar wrote:
edstar wrote:
QPR4Me wrote:
edstar,

seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story.
Support for terrorism happens everywhere.
Sorry i didnt know that this story was about that. I thought it was about a general warning that is sent out now and again to remind us who the enemy is.
Just so as i dont look crazy, the Guardian has changed this article to one that is relevant to south Londoners.
Yes - edstar is certainly not crazy! This story was updated at 11.30am with more details of how the Wimbledon All England Club and Epsom Racecourse are mentioned in this magazine.

Omar Oakes
Digital Editor
[quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]QPR4Me[/bold] wrote: edstar, seeing that a certain South London MP (in Toooting) has publicly supported a man convicted of fund raising for terrorist activities, the WG has every right to publish this story. Support for terrorism happens everywhere.[/p][/quote]Sorry i didnt know that this story was about that. I thought it was about a general warning that is sent out now and again to remind us who the enemy is.[/p][/quote]Just so as i dont look crazy, the Guardian has changed this article to one that is relevant to south Londoners.[/p][/quote]Yes - edstar is certainly not crazy! This story was updated at 11.30am with more details of how the Wimbledon All England Club and Epsom Racecourse are mentioned in this magazine. Omar Oakes Digital Editor ooakes
  • Score: 11

12:34pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Georgia Lewis says...

Er, edstar, given that "Wimbledon" is mentioned in the headline, I'd say that makes it a pretty relevant south London story...
Er, edstar, given that "Wimbledon" is mentioned in the headline, I'd say that makes it a pretty relevant south London story... Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 7

12:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Georgia Lewis says...

My apologies to edstar!!!!
My apologies to edstar!!!! Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 3

12:42pm Mon 24 Mar 14

kingstonpaul says...

Those dopey Muslims (cue synthetic outrage from Islamic apologists...) . Surely it can't have taken them this long to suss that mass-spectator events are an opportunity. I can't believe either that our security forces haven't been aware of thie threat.
Those dopey Muslims (cue synthetic outrage from Islamic apologists...) . Surely it can't have taken them this long to suss that mass-spectator events are an opportunity. I can't believe either that our security forces haven't been aware of thie threat. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 9

1:14pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Georgia Lewis says...

I'm pretty sure whatever jihadist wrote the original article has never actually been to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club or has any idea about the car parking arrangements and how getting a car right in the middle of a crowded area would be rather difficult. I'm also pretty sure that there has been plenty of security at Wimbledon, both visible and obvious, such as the bag X-rays at the entrance, as well as more discreet security for quite some time.
I'm pretty sure whatever jihadist wrote the original article has never actually been to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club or has any idea about the car parking arrangements and how getting a car right in the middle of a crowded area would be rather difficult. I'm also pretty sure that there has been plenty of security at Wimbledon, both visible and obvious, such as the bag X-rays at the entrance, as well as more discreet security for quite some time. Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 10

1:21pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Twickenham resident says...

Security Forces are well aware of the threats to the high profile establishments and events in the South West London area.

Why can't these online extremist "magazines" or rather mental rants be blocked? These people need to join the 21st century. They will never win and are a disgrace to their God, who would never condone their actions.
Security Forces are well aware of the threats to the high profile establishments and events in the South West London area. Why can't these online extremist "magazines" or rather mental rants be blocked? These people need to join the 21st century. They will never win and are a disgrace to their God, who would never condone their actions. Twickenham resident
  • Score: 11

10:37pm Mon 24 Mar 14

metis says...

Ah yes - 'The religion of peace'
http://www.archbisho
p-cranmer.blogspot.c
o.uk/2014/03/disreme
mbering-syria.html
Ah yes - 'The religion of peace' http://www.archbisho p-cranmer.blogspot.c o.uk/2014/03/disreme mbering-syria.html metis
  • Score: 4

12:15am Tue 25 Mar 14

QPR4Me says...

Indeed edstar, the WG does seem to like shifting headlines after people have commented.

Mind you, they haven't been so good at looking into the support that Tooting's MP gave to Ahmad, nor trying to get the MP to comment, or apologise for that support!!
Indeed edstar, the WG does seem to like shifting headlines after people have commented. Mind you, they haven't been so good at looking into the support that Tooting's MP gave to Ahmad, nor trying to get the MP to comment, or apologise for that support!! QPR4Me
  • Score: 4

12:21am Tue 25 Mar 14

buggsie says...

@ Georgia Lewis - are the staff searched on entering The Championships - probably more danger from employed staff.
@ Georgia Lewis - are the staff searched on entering The Championships - probably more danger from employed staff. buggsie
  • Score: 3

12:04pm Thu 27 Mar 14

emilysw19 says...

A Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson said:
"The public is reminded that viewing downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Section 1 and 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. ''

The Guardian quotes:
In broken English the author states: "As for the field target for the car-bomb, you have places flooded with individuals, eg sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gathering.

"When targeting high profile places, go for the entrance; you cannot get a car into most of these targets."

Lets just hope Becky and Omar look up the definition of disseminating and don't get a knock on his door from the Special Branch!
A Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson said: "The public is reminded that viewing downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Section 1 and 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. '' The Guardian quotes: In broken English the author states: "As for the field target for the car-bomb, you have places flooded with individuals, eg sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gathering. "When targeting high profile places, go for the entrance; you cannot get a car into most of these targets." Lets just hope Becky and Omar look up the definition of disseminating and don't get a knock on his door from the Special Branch! emilysw19
  • Score: 2

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