After London attack, May faces election heat over police cuts

Britain's top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said Butt was known to the security services, but there was no evidence of "attack planning" by him.

Public opinion surveys show May's Conservatives are leading Labour by between one and 12 points.

Ten of the people arrested as part of police investigations have been released wtihout charge, police said on Monday.

An unnamed French national also died in the rampage, with two others missing, the French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The capital's police chief, Cressida Dick, said investigators had seized "a huge amount of forensic material" from the van. "Additionally, there are around 20,000 individuals who are former subjects of interest, whose risk remains subject to review by MI5 and its partners". "It's not fair to Mayor Khan, it's not fair to the people of London".

AC Rowley: "I urge anyone with information about these men, their movements before the attack & where they frequented to come forward".

Britain's election campaign resumed in earnest on Monday with Prime Minister Theresa May's opinion poll lead narrowing and the focus firmly on her security record after an attack by marauding jihadis killed seven people in the heart of London.

A one minute silence is expected to be observed across the whole country at 11am today (June 6).

"There's an election on Thursday, that's the chance", he said. According to official data, officer numbers decreased every year that she was in the post, from 2010 to 2016.

May said Corbyn is unable to guarantee Britain's security at a time of such increased threats.

"Londoners will see an increased police presence [Sunday] and over the course of the next few days".

The latest deadly terrorist attack on one of America's most important allies drew a fitting initial response from President Trump: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there", he tweeted.

A vigil was held near Tower Bridge on Monday evening.

On Sunday, police arrested 12 people in the investigation into Saturday's attack.

It was Britain's third terrorist attack in less than three months.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed Monday the identities of two men involved in last weekend's massacre near London Bridge, which killed at least seven and wounded dozens of others.

In March, after an attack by an Islamic militant that left five people dead in Westminster, central London, Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. issued a tweet that criticized Khan.

Khuram Butt (27), believed to have been the ringleader, was known to the authorities as a supporter of the banned Islamist group al-Muhajiroun.

Given the speed with which the attack was ended, it wasn't clear whether having more police on the beat would have prevented it, but questions persisted over whether investigators had the resources to look into such complaints and whether crucial opportunities were missed that could have saved lives.

He had appeared in a documentary, "The Jihadis Next Door", that aired on British television past year.

  • Leroy Wright