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MADNESS - Muslim preacher linked to the Tunisian beach massacre gets
£123,000 legal aid to help him resist being deported from the UK. Hani al-Sibai,
a cleric suspected of influencing "Jihadi John", lives in a posh house in west
London claiming £50,000 a year in benefits, with his wife and five children. He
arrived in Britain in 1994 and was refused asylum in 1998 because of his alleged
involvement with the Egyptian terror group Islamic Jihad.
The Islamic invasion of Europe.
This article by Guillaume Faye seems appropriate
at this time. The invasion of refugees into Europe, their
dispersion throughout the continent, and the cultural consequences for the
nations affected, constitute the latest chapter in the on-going fight for ethnic
The figures are terrifying and surpass anything one could have ever imagined. In
2014, 170,000 persons landed in Italy (compared to 23,719 in 2002). Since
January 1, 2015 25,000 illegals have landed in Italy, not to mention Greece and
Spain. The figures are up 42% compared to 2014. In eighteen months 210,000
migrants have landed, 91% of them embarked from Libya, having arrived there from
all of Africa and these African masses, nearly of them Muslims, will then
spread throughout all of Northern and Western Europe. Many will file (bogus)
requests as political refugees. Those refused will never be expelled. They will
stay and they will all receive aid and subsidies. All of this is known in all of
Africa and it attracts crowds of illegals who take advantage of the imbecilic
soft-heartedness of Europeans - rather, of the leaders, not the people who are
never asked their opinion!
Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem.
I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.
The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.
All throughout Europe, a new reality is rising, entire Muslim neighbourhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen and if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs in a language you and I cannot understand. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighbourhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, city by city.
There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is a bad one!
Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighbourhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.
In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.
Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam, gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore, whore'.
In France, school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can sadly, no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.
In England, sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. In 2009, a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run from the worst wave of anti-semitism since World War II. There are many, many depressing stories like these stories about Islamization.
A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that, due to out-of-control immigration, together with the higher birth rates of Muslims, on average, there could be a Muslim majority in Europe by 2025!
Now, these are just numbers and the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for social cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favour of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call 'respect' and this is how we give them respect. We also have Muslim official state holidays.
The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority, which there will be, as predicted, by 2016.
Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behaviour, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. These Muslims do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam.
Much of this street violence mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighbourhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
The second thing you need to know, is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer and a paedophile!! Islamic tradition tells us how he even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.
Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and '72 virgins'. But in its essence, Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means 'submission'. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.
Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in Israel and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defence.
This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.
Many in Europe argue in favour of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behaviour, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War 2, and another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a danger, greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. Todays younger generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. We do not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe's children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so. We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.
As Colonel Gaddafi of Libya famously
said, the Muslims want to take over the whole of Europe, without the use of
any weapons!! We must do all we can to stop this.
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understand what is on this page and please send it to every person that you
know, it is so very important.
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Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe foresaw his own death!
Damning memo: Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, the most senior casualty of
the Afghan war
The most senior soldier to be killed in Afghanistan foreshadowed his own death in a damning memo about the shortage of helicopters.
Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe told his superiors that many more British troops would die because they were being forced to make trips by road.
Less than a month later on the 1st of July 2009, he was blown up by a roadside bomb!!
The leaked memo dramatically undermines Gordon Brown's naive claims that helicopter shortages have not caused the deaths of troops fighting the Taliban.
It amounts to a devastating condemnation from beyond the grave of Labour's stewardship of the war in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, 39, commander of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, died with Trooper Joshua Hammond when their convoy set off an improvised explosive device (IED) during a patrol north of the town of Lashkar Gah.
On June 5, he had chillingly predicted the circumstances of his own death in his weekly report to the Ministry of Defence.
Headed 'Battle Group Weekly Update', it reads: 'I have tried to avoid griping about helicopters - we all know we don't have enough, but we obviously cannot carry out our usual army operations without people moving around, so this month we have conducted a great deal of administrative movement by road. This increases the IED threat and our exposure to it.'
Victim of a Taliban booby-trap bomb: Thorneloe with his children Hannah and Sophie :
Colonel Thorneloe goes on to spell out in graphic terms how he had 'virtually no' helicopters of the type which would allow him to move troops by air rather than road. He added: 'The current level of SH (support helicopter) support is therefore unsustainable.'
In a damning assessment of Nato operations, he concluded by saying that the system used to manage helicopter movements in Afghanistan 'is very clearly not fit for purpose'.
Another leaked report by a senior officer in Afghanistan, written on July 10, proves that the problems still persisted.
It reads: 'Aviation has been erratic throughout this week. This has forced us to conduct more road moves than I would like. I understand the strains in the fly programme but any improvement would greatly assist.'
The officer added that he had received just half the helicopters he had requested for operations that week. And he also complained about the 'attrition of Vikings' - armoured vehicles overused because of the helicopter shortage.
Yet just two weeks later, on July 22 the Prime Minister insisted that soldiers had not died because of MoD penny pinching.
He told Parliament: 'In the operations we are having at the moment it is completely wrong to say that the loss of lives has been caused by the absence of helicopters.'
The memos were leaked by a disgusted MoD official to Tory MP Adam Holloway, a former Grenadier Guards officer who regularly visits Afghanistan.
In an email, the official referred to the second memo, telling the MP: 'As you can see, situation: no change, despite Rupert Thorneloe's death. Still no aviation, still unnecessary administrative road moves which are killing people.
'Still claims by the Government that the military have got enough helicopters and all the tools they need. Lies.'
Mr Holloway told the Mail: 'What a heart-wrenching irony it is that Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe wrote those words. It must have been terrible for him as the commander of 800 men to know that their lives were being put in danger because the Government, in whose name he had taken them to war, would not spend the money to make it safer for them to move across country.'
He added that defence chiefs 'should be ashamed - hopefully now they will at last do the right thing and get our troops off the roads and into the air where they are safer.'
Mr Holloway has written a devastating critique of the handling of the war in a pamphlet shortly to be published by the Centre for Policy Studies think tank.
It reveals that despite clear evidence that a shortage of helicopters is killing British troops, defence chiefs are still refusing offers to supply more.
Prediction: Lt-Col Thorneloe told his superiors many more British troops would die because they were being forced to make trips by road.
Only last month, the Ministry of Defence turned down another offer of helicopters which could double Afghanistan flying hours for British troops fighting the Taliban. The Mail has independently confirmed that former RAF pilots offered to supply 25 helicopters within three months to back up the Chinook fleet which is stretched to breaking point.
The deal would have cost the MoD just £7million a month - a relative drop in the ocean - but the offer was rejected because the RAF did not want to share a role with private contractors.
Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe and his widow Sally had two daughters, Hannah, four, and two-year-old Sophie. At his funeral the mourners included the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who knew him well.
In a statement yesterday, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said: 'My thoughts remain with the family and friends of Lt-Col Rupert Thorneloe, who was a courageous soldier and a fine man. Our brave forces deserve the very best equipment and we remain determined to provide it.
'We know the value of helicopters on operations, and that commanders could do more with more. That is why we have increased the numbers and types, improved engines and almost doubled flying hours. To counter the roadside bomb threat we have also been improving unmanned air surveillance.'
October 29, 2009 - Mother's anger at Help for Heroes
Beth Hoyle said she was turned away from tills at Asda because a checkout operator objected to her Help for Heroes charity band - telling her she was 'supporting the war'.
Mrs Hoyle said a supervisor at the store in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, backed the worker.
Asda, which sells the
wristbands in some of its stores, last night said it was taking the complaint
PC's racism claim over turban row
Pc Gurmeal Singh, 31, told a tribunal he was asked to remove his turban by senior officers who said he had to wear a helmet for training exercises. But the constable said he was so offended and humiliated, his heart rate quickened and he felt short of breath. Pc Singh is challenging Greater Manchester Police at a tribunal in the city.
Mr Singh, who served at Northenden, Greater Manchester, and is currently at Wythenshawe station, Greater Manchester, is being backed by the British Sikh Police Association in the 'landmark' case that could lead to a £200,000 payout of taxpayers money.
On the opening day of the hearing, at Parsonage Gardens, Mr Singh told of a 2006 riot training session at Openshaw police station, near Manchester, when a senior trainer 'patronised him' when he raised his concerns about putting on a helmet.
He alleged he was 'coerced' into walking through a petrol fire, despite telling trainers about a flammable gel he had applied to his beard.
'I am deeply offended by the way I have been treated by the police organisation and by various colleagues,' he told the Manchester hearing.
'I felt like I was going to have to wear a modified turban which compromised my religion.
He told the tribunal: 'I felt ostracised. As I did not want to wear a helmet, I was told that I would not be able to make use of the pedal cycles. This meant that I would have to cover the same area of the division by foot when others had the luxury of the pedal cycle policing.' PC Singh later signed a declaration to say he would not sue if he had an accident and began cycling without a helmet.
PC Gurmeal Singh also claimed that his application for promotion was delayed for 18 months after he was approached by an assistant chief constable who was concerned that Pc Gurmeal Singh was not wearing an official police badge on his turban. I constantly had to reiterate and justify why I did not wear a badge on my turban,' added the PC.
Surely, if someone didn't like the rules that a certain employer had, why on earth would that person want to join that company???
Update on 2nd of August 2009 - PC Gurmeal Singh has now been paid £10,000 compensation!!! As if taxpayers haven't got enough to keep paying out for!!!!
David Cameron - Speechless !
David Cameron told her about his plan for an Australian points-based system to bring order to immigration, but then admitted that, under European Union law, this could not apply to Polish people. He had no answer for her!!!
Consumers Report - 2008
Britons have to pay sky high prices for fuel, food and other essentials, while having among the shortest holidays, latest retirement age and lowest life expectancy, according to the survey of 10 European countries.
Ireland, which like Britain, has seen a huge market-driven economic boom over the last decade, is even worse than its bigger neighbour, coming in last in the European Quality of Life Index by U-Switch, a British service comparison website.
"We may earn substantially more than our European neighbours but when it comes to quality of life we remain the sick man of Europe," said Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com.
"Soaring food prices and inflation, not to mention high property costs, are placing the biggest squeeze on disposable incomes in well over a decade," she added, noting also below-average investment in health and education services.
The study assessed 19 factors affecting quality of life, ranging from income and working conditions to healthcare, education and cost of living.
Britons have an average net income of more than 33,000 pounds a year, about 10,000 pounds more than the European average, while Ireland comes second on more than 29,000 pounds. But they pay between six to 18 percent more for fuel and 49 percent more for gas, not to mention spectacularly high housing costs. Ireland's gas bills are more than twice the European average.
At work, Ireland comes worst in terms of retirement age, with an average of 64.1 years, followed by Britain on 63.2 years, while life expectancy is 78.1 years and 78.9 years respectively, the lowest barring Italy.
At the other end of the scale, Spaniards have the lowest average income, at some 16,800 pounds, but low taxation and cheaper essential goods prices put them at the top of the overall quality of life indicator.
France comes second, notably benefiting from the longest holidays in Europe at 40 days and the second-lowest retirement age at 58.9 years, just later than Poles who retire at 58.4 years old on average.
The findings come as Britain and Ireland face a sharp economic slowdown fuelled by the global credit crunch, which is also threatening other European countries although they have enjoyed less of a boom in recent years.
Don't say you're English ! !
To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that's fine
The French and the Germans may call themselves such
At Broadcasting House, the word is taboo
They must not teach children about England of old.
We are not Europeans, how can we be ?
Let's tell our Government and
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Human Rights ! ! !
The murder of Philip Lawrence was an event that took place on 8 December 1995. Philip Ambrose Lawrence QGM, a headmaster at a London secondary school, was stabbed to death outside the gates of his school by Italian Learco Chindamo, when he went to the aid of a pupil who was being attacked by a gang.
Philip Lawrence (pictured right) and his wife Frances had three daughters and a son.
The man who knifed head teacher Philip Lawrence to death, Learco Chindamo, has been allowed to stay in the UK after winning an appeal against deportation to Italy, where he came from, because of human rights!!
Learco Chindamo, 26, is serving a 'life sentence' for killing Philip Lawrence outside his London school in 1995.
Chindamo's lawyers argued that deporting him to Italy, where he was born, would breach his human rights.
In August 2007, an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruled that Learco Chindamo could not be deported to his home country of Italy on completion of his prison sentence, as doing so would allegedly breach his human rights!!!
Although the Home Office argued that Learco Chindamo presented a "present and serious threat" to society, the human rights tribunal disagreed; they also argued that Learco Chindamo had a right to a "family life" under the terms of the Human Rights Act 1998, the decision was severely criticised by Frances Lawrence, widow of the murdered headteacher Philip Lawrence.
Conservative leader David Cameron argued that the case highlighted the need for a fundamental review of human rights legislation in the United Kingdom, including the abolition of the Human Rights Act 1998 and its replacement with a "British Bill of Rights".
A spokeswoman for the Home Office said: "We believe that foreign prisoners who have committed serious crimes should face automatic deportation from the UK, to their country of origin at the end of their sentence."
It was the second time the UK government had tried to remove Learco Chindamo and send him back to Italy, where he came from.
Mr Lawrence's widow Frances, said she was "totally depressed" by the ruling and Alan Gordon, vice-chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), said it was a "ludicrous decision" to allow Chindamo to stay.
Mr Gordon of the PFEW said: "The fact that he may be back on the
streets of the UK as early as 2010 is in itself disgusting. Life should mean life.
"What about the human rights of Philip Lawrence, robbed of his life by a
thoughtless knife attack or the human rights of Mr Lawrence's wife and children,
deprived of a loving husband and father."
Frances Lawrence said: "I am totally depressed that the Human Rights Act has failed to encompass the rights of my family." "The notion of human rights falls into disrepute if it's seen that the rights of a convicted murderer somehow are put above the rights of a grieving family whose husband and father have been murdered."
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis added: "It is a stark demonstration of the clumsy incompetence of this Government's human rights legislation that we are unable to send a proven killer back to his own country, especially when that country is in the EU."
Chindamo, who was jailed for life in 1996 with a minimum 12-year term, could be
released into the UK in 2010 if the human rights legislation gets it's own way!!
Human Rights ! ! !
Human Rights ! ! !
29th of November 2004 - Damien Hanson was being 'supervised' by probation officers, when he killed 49 year old John Monckton during a burglary at the family home in Chelsea, West London.
Damien Hanson, pictured on the right, carried out the murder three months after being let out of jail half way through a 12-year sentence for attempted murder, as this was his human right!!
The Old Bailey was told Hanson had been released from jail for attempted murder and robbery, three months before the attack at the Moncktons' home.
The jury heard that John Monckton fought for his life. He was a "proud and devoted father" who would have stretched every sinew to protect his wife and daughter, 9 year old Isobel.
John Monckton, his wife Homeyra and two daughters are pictured on the right.
He died from multiple stab wounds to his heart and lungs. His daughter Isobel described the horrifying scene from the top of the stairs in a video played to the jury. Homeyra Monckton cried "help Issie" and the schoolgirl ran downstairs where she saw "blood all over the floor" and on the walls.
Clutching her toy rabbit, she described how she saw her father lying on the floor with his eyes closed. "I knew my Daddy was hurt... in the heart... cos there was blood there, and then I started to cry," she said.
Homeyra Monckton was attacked as she made for the stairs in a vain attempt to reach a panic button in a bedroom. She lost four litres of blood and needed life saving surgery. Homeyra was stabbed with such force, that the stabbing broke her ribs and damaged her spine, but despite her injuries she was able to instruct Isobel to call for help as the attackers fled. She is now, not able to walk at all without the aid of a walking stick.
Richard Horwell, prosecuting, said that having overpowered the Moncktons at the front door, the two men ran off with a pair of earrings, two rings, a watch and a purse. "The cost - one life taken and very nearly a second," he told the jury. "They left behind John Monckton, dead or effectively dead, and Mrs Monckton with multiple stab wounds to her back. She would have died but for the emergency medical care."
He said Mr Monckton made a point of being home by 7.30pm to see his daughter before she went to bed. Mrs Monckton, who was in the basement kitchen, reacted first to a ring at the doorbell and spoke to the caller through an intercom. "The caller said he had a parcel for John Monckton" said Mr Horwell."
Mr Monckton said he was not expecting a parcel and was cautious at the front door. He peered through a spy hole and when he opened the door he left a security chain attached. On seeing the killers dressed in a Royal Mail Parcelforce jacket, he removed the chain. "But the moment he had done so, he must have realised the terrible mistake because he tried to close the door again," Mr Horwell said. "His wife joined in to add her strength to what was an unequal contest."
Hanson and his equally 'brave' accomplice, Elliott White, pushed their way in. "They were so close to their prey that they were not going to be defeated. Mr and Mrs Monckton were shouting 'No, No, No' but White and Hanson burst into their home."
Mrs Monckton has described the night, to an Old Bailey Jury, when the two
robbers stabbed her husband to death and "destroyed" their lives.
She had to stop for almost a minute to compose herself and dab tears from her eyes with a tissue, as she recalled the moment when two raiders burst into their home. Mrs Monckton, 46, told the Old Bailey of the "sheer panic" she felt as the men forced open their front door. She thought she was going to die after being stabbed in the back.
"They destroyed our lives," Mrs Monckton, who now walks with a stick as a result of the attack, told the court.
Hanson, armed with a knife and a firearm, stopped Mrs Monckton climbing the stairs to activate a panic alarm. He struck her and stabbed her in the back before demanding her jewellery using a "calm, flat voice." In the melee, she shouted to her husband: "I am bleeding, I am bleeding."
Hanson then joined White, who was grappling with Mr Monckton by the front door. "This proud and devoted father would have stretched every sinew in his body to protect his wife and daughter," Mr Horwell said. The two attackers left Mr Monckton slumped, dying, by the sitting room door.
Once they had gone, the terrified daughter Isobel emerged to follow instructions from her barely-conscious mother. "What confronted that girl is almost impossible to imagine," Mr Horwell said. "But she is a brave girl and at her mother's request she dialled 999, closed the front door and put on the chain."
Human rights - don't human rights apply to everyone - including the people being killed?!? Don't the 'ordinary' law-abiding people of England have a human right to live a safe and happy life?!? Surely, the community has a right to be protected from dangerous criminals, doesn't it??"
Death Penalty in the UK ? Most people in the UK would prefer the death penalty in the UK to be brought back again, and even though we're supposed to be in a democratically elected society, the bill to bring back death penalties in the UK keeps being turned down!!!! How can that be happening in a democratic society??
We know the arguments for death penalties, whether by hanging, lethal injection, guillotine etc, are very strong, especially when the crime is so obviously pre-meditated!!! If a couple of vile low-life's like the two described above, are knocking on a door, as mentioned above, for the killers of John Monckton, with a knife and a gun, they're not exactly popping round to have a cup of tea, are they??!!
It's time to get real with these scum. Re-introducing the death penalty in the UK may seem like an excellent solution to get rid of murderers, and if you asked the parents of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells, who were killed in Soham by the low-life Ian Huntley, perhaps their first response would be to exterminate his life.
Garry Newlove, 47, was beaten to death by thugs outside his Warrington house on the 12th of August 2007. (He was just asking the 3 pieces of scum to stop vandalising his wifes car!) . Swaggering killers Adam Swellings, 19, Stephen Sorton, 17, and Jordan Cunliffe, 16, showed no remorse when sentenced at Chester Crown Court. Swellings will serve a minimum 17 years, Sorton at least 15 and Cunliffe at least 12. But widow Helen Newlove, 45, called for the ultimate punishment. She said: "For many, the death penalty is murder by another name - a chilling relic from an uncivilised past. "Yes, the thought of bringing it back may be unpalatable. But the horrifying events of the past week have strengthened my conviction that the hangman is the answer. "It's not about revenge. It's about a just society imposing a fitting punishment for those who have committed a uniquely horrifying crime."
Helen's opinion was mirrored by Richard Taylor, dad of ten-year-old schoolboy Damilola - stabbed to death by Danny and Ricky Preddie in Peckham, South London, in 2000. The lawless savages, then 18 and 19, were convicted of manslaughter in 2006 and jailed for eight years. But ex-civil servant Richard Taylor, 59, said: "Is it right that the killers of our beautiful son will be released next year after only serving three years in prison? Of course it isn't!! "The death penalty has to be brought back because it is the only deterrent available. It won't bring my son back, but how many would commit these awful murders if they knew the gallows or a lethal injection was waiting? Few, I suspect."
Mark Dixie, 37, received a life term for stabbing to death 18-year-old Sally Anne Bowman - and having sex with her corpse!! Her mum Linda Bowman, 45, said: "Men like Dixie are like a dog. "Once they draw blood they should be put down. I wish this was America and we had the lethal injection."
Strangler Wright, 49, killed five women working as hookers in Ipswich. Kerry
Nicol, 38, whose 19-year-old daughter Tania was his first victim, said of his
life sentence: "In no way has justice been done. These crimes deserve the
ultimate punishment. The public must insist this Government look at returning
the death penalty for cases such as this."
Monster Mark Dixie, Suffolk strangler Steve Wright and the teenage killers of hero dad Garry Newlove have sickened the UK in recent weeks as details emerged of their vile crimes. All received jail sentences. But, as the demand grew for the return of capital punishment in the UK, "Do we really want it back?" Should Britain bring back the death penalty?
The mood of Britain was summed up by dad-of-four Brian Steede, who said in Brighton, Sussex: "Why should taxpayers pay for the likes of Wright and Dixie to live in prison? "They took away their victims' human rights and gave up theirs when they committed their hideous crimes. Bring back hanging, I say."
The mother of little James Bulger, killed by ten-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables in 1993, also backed the return of the rope. Denise Fergus, 38, claimed the rash of recent cases prove the point. She said: "Beasts like them don't deserve to breathe the same air as decent people - they should hang.
"The law must be brought up to date to take account of DNA tests. In cases with no scientific doubt, there's no chance of hanging a wrong man." The mum of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett said all serial killers should receive the death penalty. Heartbroken Winnie Johnson, 74, lost her 12-year-old in 1964 when evil Ian Brady and Myra Hindley lured him to his death on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester. Winnie said: "Monsters like Brady and now this sick Steve Wright creature do not deserve life, or our pity. "We should stop thinking about what's best for people who murder our women and children!!!!"
The sister of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, ALSO said the death penalty should return. Muriel Jakubait, 86, said killers like Wright and Dixie should be "strung up and killed" rather than spend an easy life in prison. She said: "It would set an example. Serial killers don't deserve to live."
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said he stood by his views that Britain should bring back the death penalty for serial killers.
He faced a storm of controversy in 2003 for suggesting its return. But he said: "I would bring back capital punishment for serial murderers. This is not a crime of passion - it's premeditated and cold-blooded."
Former Home Office Minister Anne Widdecombe also wants a return of the death penalty in the UK. She said: "I believe it acts as a deterrent. It should be available in cases of premeditated murder."
Suffolk Strangler Steve Wright and Sally Anne Bowman's killer Mark Dixie were jailed - but should such monsters forfeit their lives? How about killers like Ian Huntley, Mark Dixie, Peter Sutcliffe and Adam Swellings? What about these low-lifes like the Soham killer of 2 10 year old girls, Ian Huntley, Megan and Lin Russell's killer Michael Stone, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Adam Swellings, one of doting dad Garry Newlove's three killers? Should they get life - or death?
The metropolitan liberal ruling elite dares to sneer at people like you and me, who are demanding the restoration of the death penalty.
What planet do these fools live on? The ultimate deterrent of the rope or lethal injection would make some of these scum pause for thought.
When someone commits crimes as heinous as those of Steve Wright or Mark Dixie, what's wrong with revenge? Poll after poll shows the UK majority wants the death penalty. But every time it is debated, politicians ignore the wishes of their constituents and vote against it!!
There are two questions to ask. Would the death penalty stop some murders? Yes. And is it a fair penalty for the very worst crimes? Yes again. Back in the 1960s, just one murder was massive news. Now murder is so common it barely makes a paragraph in the newspapers!!
Anyone who thinks crime is under control lives in cloud cuckoo land. Hanging as a capital punishment was abolished in 1965 and now murders are up more than 400 per cent. A large majority of girls have to grow up half-expecting to be abducted and murdered. People who say the lethal injection (for that is what it probably would be) is uncivilised should stand in the Soham churchyard and remember Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman!!
Harold Shipman was jailed for 15 murders. Family GP Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 patients, but officials fear he could have caused another 150 deaths.
We can completely understand why Linda Bowman wants the monster who murdered her beautiful daughter to be put down like a rabid dog. Garry Newlove's family feels the same and so do relatives of the Suffolk Strangler's victims.
Who can blame any of the above for feeling that bringing the death penalty in the UK back would be a good idea? In their shoes we would feel the same. Those left behind are the ones serving a life sentence, while the twisted killers receive all the attention and all too often serve barely half their sentences.
If anyone has committed an awful crime, such as any of the crimes on this page, then they should suffer, BUT not to just spend a few years in a cosy prison with all the luxuries - what sort of deterrent is that??
Life should mean LIFE - and in tough conditions. Killers and rapists are given far too many privileges and are even treated like minor celebrities in jail. That has to stop right now.
Craig Sweeney abducted a 3 year old girl and sexually assaulted the child, at his hearing, Sweeney admitted kidnap, three charges of sexual assault and dangerous driving. But the court also heard how Sweeney had already been convicted of an indecent assault on a child in 2003 and had carried out his attack on the three-year-old during his early release from a three-year sentence for the crime. After serving half of his sentence, he was released from prison and living in a flat in Newport where he then went on to sexually abuse the three-year-old.
Janice Longman, 35, from Hartlepool, said: "The young these days are not scared of prison. They know they will have access to computers, PlayStations, gyms and whatever. "If the death penalty was introduced maybe they'd think twice about kicking people to death."
What do YOU think?
Nothing will happen until our rulers are subject to the same risks as the rest of us. Remove the barriers and security around Downing Street and parliament, then force ministers to travel by public transport and then we might see some action!!!
Also, isn't it amazing, that when it comes to soccer hooligans or potential hooligans, the government seem to know who they are, take away their passports, forbid them from travel etc. But when it comes to rapists, murderers etc. they know who they are but don't do enough to protect us. Why the difference?
Why is it, that the Police usually give more help to the aggressors, than the innocents???
Police officers drove past the Simmons family home at least 11 times and made a 30-minute visit to the home of Dorothy Simmons, the matriarch of the family. In contrast, the police log of the 33 telephone calls that Ms Pilkington made about death threats, children lighting fires on her property and her son being attacked show that she received as few as eight visits, sometimes days after the event.
A record that Ms Pilkington kept of incidents involving the gang, some as young as 10 and who boasted of being above the law, showed that she had given up calling the police in the months before her death.
An inquest jury found on Monday that police and council failings led Ms Pilkington, 38, to kill herself and her severely disabled daughter, Francesca, 18, in 2007. They and her son, Anthony, had been terrorised by the gang for years.
The single mother became so depressed with the repeated failure of the police to respond to her pleas that she doused her car in petrol and set it alight.
Some of the Simmons children, described locally as "street rats", were named for the first time yesterday and accused of having played a leading role in harassment of the Pilkingtons.
Neighbours of the Simmons family have launched a petition to try to get Steve Simmons, his wife Suzanne and their four children evicted from their home in Barwell, Leicestershire.
Hazel Smith, 47, the local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, said: "I am going to do my absolute damnedest to have that family removed. I am beyond livid about what has happened. It is a disgrace and not much short of a national shame. The people in power should have been listening to Fiona. What she did was beyond desperation."
Ross Simmons, 20, the eldest son, claimed the family had received death threats. "We have had threatening phone calls, people threatening to kill my uncle. We don't know who they are. My brother (Alex, 16) is innocent. This is terrible. This is harassment."
It emerged last night that in the past six weeks alone, at least two of the Simmons children had come to the attention of the police and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council's community safety unit over accusations of a range of thuggish behaviour.
It is understood, however, that the children have refused to sign an acceptable behaviour contract, something the inquest heard that the family also declined to do when their children were identified as being part of the gang attacking the Pilkingtons.
The allegations of yet more antisocial behaviour by the family follow a period of relative calm after the council obtained a power of arrest over the father if the children caused trouble. The parents even made a pledge to a county court judge to ensure that their children behaved.
Both those court orders have lapsed since April. The council and police are currently investigating the reports of renewed thuggery and considering what action, if any, to take.
David Peace, a Barwell parish councillor, who was born and raised in the same road as the Simmons, moved out in 1982, said: "When I lived there it was much quieter, all local families working in the boot and shoe industry, even though it was 100 per cent social housing then.
"Now lots of outsiders get put there. It is on the fringe of town, as you know if you've been there. You might say it is a policy of out of sight, out of mind."
Carol Sainsbury, 46, a full-time carer who still lives in Bardon Road, said that despite the recent increased patrols, there continued to be problems. "The youths are still out and about," she said. "I did see some bobbies out here on Thursday and Friday night when there were about ten youths outside causing problems. I told them there was a police riot van down the road and they just thought it was hilarious".
London bombings in July 2005 - the 7 July 2005 London bombings (also known as the 7/7 bombings) was a series of coordinated suicide bomb attacks on London's public transport system during the morning rush hour. The bombings were carried out by 4 'British' Muslim men!!!!
The start of the terrorist bombings in the UK in 2005, happened at 08:50, three bombs exploded within fifty seconds of each other on three London Underground trains. A fourth bomb exploded on a bus nearly an hour later at 09:47 in Tavistock Square. The explosions were packed into rucksacks. The devices were detonated manually by the bombers themselves in intentional suicide attacks and so killing innocent UK citizens.
The bombings killed 56 people, including the four bombers, injured 700, and caused disruption of the city's transport system (severely for the first day) and the country's mobile telecommunications infrastructure. The series of explosions constituted the largest and deadliest terrorist attack on London's transport system in history.
A permanent memorial was unveiled in Hyde Park on the 7th July 2009, the fourth anniversary of the bombings, as a tribute to the 52 murder victims.
The following 4 bombers carried out the attacks:
The 52 victims who died as a result of the 7 July bombings are listed below.
Below, are the 26 innocent victims who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!!
James Adams, 32, a mortgage broker who was travelling from his home in Peterborough to London through King's Cross from where he called his mother.
Adrian Johnson, 37, a keen golfer and hockey-player with two young children. He was on his way to work at the Burberry fashion house in Haymarket where he was a product technical manager.
Edgware Road Station / Paddington Station bomb
Below, are the 6 who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!!
Michael Brewster, 52, a father of two who was travelling to work from Derby. He died in the arms of fellow passengers who tried to help.
Below, are the 7 who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!!
Lee Baisden, 34, an accountant from Romford who was going to work at the London Fire Brigade.
Tavistock Square bus bomb
Below, are the 13 innocent victims who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time!!
Anthony Fatayi-Williams, 26, an executive with an oil and gas company based in Old Street.
Gill Hicks, one of the survivors of the horrific bomb attack at Kings Cross / Russell Square, lost both of her legs in the London bomb blast caused by Huddersfield terrorist Germaine Lindsay.
But 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks pictured right, has since completed a 200-mile challenge by walking through Dewsbury and Batley.
Mrs Hicks, who now wears prosthetic legs, has walked from Leeds to London to encourage "honest dialogue" among diverse communities.
She said: "I am truly grateful to even be alive and I am determined to make my life count, to make a significant difference.
"Building peace and reconciliation and obviously trying to deter anyone from following a path to violent action is my main focus.
Gill Hicks was the last person to be pulled alive from the wreckage of the tube train blown up by the terrorist bomber Germaine Lindsay, near King's Cross station in 2005.
She later set up a campaign group called Making a Difference (Mad) for Peace with her husband, Joe Kerr.
The walkers set off from Leeds city centre and walked through the suburb of Beeston, where bombers Shezhad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain lived.
Gill Hicks lost both of her legs, because of Muslim terrorist bomber Germaine Lindsay, pictured right, who changed his name to Abdullah Shaheed Jamal, when he converted to Islam!!!
The nineteen-year-old suicide bomber responsible for the King's Cross explosion, known as the "fourth man", Germaine Lindsay, played a key co-ordinating role in the London bus and tube terrorist bombings that killed 52 people.
It's known that the three other bombers travelled from West Yorkshire to London via Luton. After they detonated their devices to deadly effect, further bombs were found at Luton station in Jamal's red Fiat car.
Officers believe there may be significance in the fact that the group travelled to meet Jamal in Luton rather than going direct to London from Leeds.
They are also trying to establish whether the devices left behind in Jamal's car were intended for other suicide bombers to use on this or on future terrorist missions.
Jamal, 19, a convert who was raised in Huddersfield but born in Jamaica, is believed to have had the connections that made the terrorist operation possible.
Newspaper reports, claim that Jamal also spent time at a Brixton mosque in south London with Richard Reid, the convert jailed after trying to blow up an airliner with a bomb in his shoe.
It emerged that the bombs used in London contained a substance similar to that within the device used by Reid. A knowledgeable source said: "There is no doubt that he was a main player. He moved around a lot and seemed to have the contacts. But his movements themselves throw up a lot more questions. Piece by piece we are putting this together."
How Jamal came to choose a path that would end in such notoriety baffles police and acquaintances alike. There were no clues in what many describe as a gentle nature that he had the capacity to kill on such a grand scale.
He was born Germaine Maurice Lindsay in the West Indies but spent much of his childhood in the Huddersfield suburb of Dalton in Holays, a street of semi-detached municipal-style homes.
Little is known about his home life but, towards the end of his secondary school education, he started to wear traditional Islamic dress of a long shirt and cap. His younger sister Lauren also began to wear the traditional headscarf.
Jamal's mother was reported to have remarried and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, about three years ago, but federal sources told journalists in the city that she had since moved on elsewhere in the US since then, and had appeared in Florida and New England. Her immediate whereabouts were not clear yesterday. The public housing estate in Cleveland that was her last known address has been torn down.
Before she left for the US, she found her son a house in the Birkby area of Huddersfield and it was there that he began a relationship with Samantha Lewthwaite, the white Englishwoman who is being guarded by police at a safe house and who is pregnant with their second child.
Abdullah Shaheed Jamal and Samantha Lewthwaite lived in a terraced house, paying the £63 a week rent by claiming housing benefit!!! He would supplement his income by working occasionally, selling mobile phone covers at the local Saturday market.
He would sometimes pray at the nearby Omar Masjid mosque and the couple had their first child, Abdullah, last July. Later they moved south to Aylesbury, where Ms Lewthwaite was born and educated and where her closest relatives still live.
But for all the time she was there, she had limited contact with members of her family. The couple had even less contact with neighbours in Northern Road, Aylesbury, where they rented a tidy red-brick house on a six-month contract.
Sadeer Saleem, Mohammed Shakil and Waheed Ali, pictured below, conspired with the July 7 bombers.
Human rights!!! Why on earth is the UK so soft on
people who whinge about human rights?? Didn't Gill Hicks have a human right to travel
to work without losing both of her legs??!!??
How do you feel about Muslim gangs grooming young white girls?
How do you feel about the Koran promoting marriage of middle aged/elderly men to nine year old girls?
How do you feel about Islamists killing ALL Infidels? (THIS MEANS ALL NON-MUSLIMS!)
How do you feel about female genital mutilation at 6 years old?
How do you feel about women being stoned to death for being raped?
How do you feel about Muslims flying planes full of innocent people into tall buildings full of 1,000's of innocent people?
How do you feel about Muslims blowing up trains and buses full of innocent people?
How do you feel about Muslims walking along beaches and killing innocent holidaymakers with sub machine guns and grenades?
The IRA lynch mob murders
Initially mistaken for loyalist terrorists and trapped in their car, they were
dragged out in front of the world’s press and viciously beaten in nearby
Casement Park. Minutes later they were executed as suspected SAS members.
Although armed, they did not fire on the civilian mob, and faced their deaths with forbearance. The killings were compared to the Crucifixion.
My article threw new light on what the corporals were doing in Northern Ireland - acting as support staff for undercover surveillance soldiers - and why they were not rescued.
Catholic priest Alec Reid, who tried to save them, had spoken for the first time about the terrible events. Also breaking a quarter-century silence, Corporal Howes’s father asked for the Army to tell the truth about the episode.
The piece attracted a powerful response. One soldier, who was on duty in Ulster that day, recalled how his unit had begged to be allowed to go the soldiers’ aid but been refused - apparently to avoid inflaming the situation. He said of the soldiers: ‘They were just left to die.’
But the most unexpected and extraordinary reaction came from a Catholic woman who was then living in a hard-line Republican area.
Nuala Cassidy, as she calls herself, lost her father to The Troubles, and her
family was terrorised by paramilitaries from both sides. Her mother was a
witness to the corporals’ lynching.
Nuala was so horrified - and moved - by her mother’s account that in an extraordinary act of courage and defiance of sectarian prejudice, she named her first child after the two slaughtered soldiers.
She has now told me: 'As an Irish Catholic, I am so very proud of them. They taught me the meaning of true Englishmen. They were strong, brave, honourable men who gave their lives for those who killed them.'
Today, in an open letter to Corporal Howes’s father, she writes of the indelible mark left on her own life by the atrocity.
She does not want to use her real name, as many members of her family still live in and around nationalist areas of Belfast. There is a kind of peace now - but the scars have yet to fully heal.
Dear Mr Howes,
For 25 years I have so wanted to get in touch with you but I was afraid to, in case contact by a stranger with my background - a working-class Roman Catholic from Belfast - would upset your family and that of Corporal Derek Wood.
Also, if the IRA had found out, my life would have been over. These days I don’t fear them as much. I don’t think I ever really did, for myself. It was more being scared of how a ‘mistake’ on my part would impact on my family. We had already been through enough, as I will explain.
Maybe first I should tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Belfast
at the very start of ‘The Troubles’. I wasn’t so very different in age to your
son David. A few years younger. What set me apart from most of those around me
was that my Catholic mother had fallen in love with a Protestant man.
At first we all lived together as a family in a Catholic enclave, which was also an IRA stronghold. But my dad was considered an outsider, given his religion, so ‘they’ came for him one night and he was warned to stay away from the area.
He found lodgings on the [Protestant] Shankill Road, and sometimes Mum and I
stayed over with him.
But Mum was horrified by his visit. She knew he wasn’t safe, as he had been threatened to stay away ‘or else’ by the IRA as recently as March.
In our neighbourhood, everyone was watching everyone. And my parents’ relationship was strained enough - through being forced to live apart. Mum asked Dad to leave the area, promising they would talk another time, somewhere more safe.
(Pictured on the right, Father Reid spoke out about his attempts to save the two soldiers for the first time this week).
The next thing she knew, my dad had been murdered.
No one claimed responsibility for his death but it was likely a loyalist killing, given he was found in one of the spots where the notorious Shankhill Butchers gang [thought to have killed at least 30 people] used to dump their victims. My father had been shot dead!
After that, my mother - who’d loved across the sectarian divide - just wanted to get on with her life without interference. She didn’t want to be involved with any paramilitary or political activities.
But every week, Republicans in our area collected house-to-house for the Prisoners’ Relief Fund. Every time an IRA ‘volunteer’ was killed, they collected more money. My mother never contributed anything, and that drew the worst kind of attention to us.
In our neighbourhood, there was a group of men who terrorised people and thought they were untouchable. My mum wouldn’t let her house be used for IRA operations, and it all went from there - stone-throwing at the house and my family, following us, threatening and beating us. As a teenager, I got into trouble for hitting a girl who had threatened my mother.
Our mistake was to try and stand up for ourselves. I can’t in a few words describe how difficult it was, and still is. It would take an entire book.
And so to that terrible day 25 years ago… I will never forget it. It was a Saturday. I was unemployed but was out doing some work at an old people’s home. There were no buses that day and my mum was trying to get by foot to Poleglass [a district in the west of the city], where my Granda lived.
To do so she had to walk along the same route as the funeral cortege - which was heading along the Andersonstown Road to Milltown Cemetery - but in the opposite direction. Only just before she saw the procession did it dawn on her that something strange was going on. Men wearing earpieces were checking under cars for bombs.
She was walking past Casement Park [a large Gaelic games stadium on the Andersonstown Road], keeping her head down, when suddenly she heard people screaming: ‘The Brits are in, they’re going to kill us.’
Out of nowhere the car containing your son and Corporal Wood had blundered into the cortege, and within seconds had become trapped. Everyone was screaming and shouting. A crowd surged towards the car. I think their initial reaction was one of pure fear, caused by the deadly attack in Milltown Cemetery a few days earlier by the loyalist gunman Michael Stone. He had killed three mourners at the funeral of the IRA gang shot dead on Gibraltar.
Mum tried to get away but she became stuck where she was. To her everlasting regret, she saw most of what followed. As your son’s car was surrounded, other people near my mum were fighting off the watching press. She recalls there was a photographer from the Belfast Telegraph. Some wee runt took his camera off him and shoved him about.
Mum shouted over: ‘Leave him alone, it’s Stanley Matchett from the Telegraph [a well-known figure in the local press].’ The fella was quite abusive back to her.
Then there was a single gunshot [Wood fired once into the air in an effort to
disperse the mob]. Mum tried to move off again. She didn’t know what was going
on but surely, she thought, if they were attacking the mourners, the men in the
car would have done more than fire a warning shot. She didn’t understand it.
It was to prove no hiding place. Mum was only there a short time when men from the cortege dragged in the two soldiers. The gates to the park were then closed. The horror began.
Mum wanted to go and help your son and his colleague but was afraid. She asked a man standing in the park if she could be allowed to leave, and he said no. She was told not to watch.
She walked away a little but could not help but see. When relaying it to me later that day, she was able to describe everything in detail, from their clothes to their body movements. Mum said they never fought - they were still the whole time.
Mum’s been talking about the attack again this week. She said your son was brought in first and they laid him down on the ground. He was already covered in blood.
She said she saw a big man with reddish hair being particularly cruel. He was later identified as Henry Maguire. He seemed to be the one in control. Maguire [later jailed for the soldiers’ murder but freed early under the Good Friday Agreement] kept jumping on your son’s head and kicking him.
Corporal Wood was next to be brought in, and he seemed bigger in stature. He endured the same ordeal. They never moved, cried or did anything. She wasn’t sure but even then she thought they must be military with that level of discipline.
Mum wondered why no one came to help them. In Belfast, the police are omnipresent but on that day they were nowhere to be seen. Why didn’t the Army helicopter that was directly overhead just lower itself closer to distract the attackers until help arrived? All those unanswered questions.
The attack seemed to go on for a long time but the gang then threw the soldiers over the wall before taking them to some spare ground behind a shop on Penny Lane.
Mum didn’t know what happened after that, until she saw it on TV. She left Casement Park as soon as she could, and as she was hurrying up the road, she heard the shots - she prayed for the two men as she walked quicker and quicker.
It took so long for the security forces to respond. Mum had time to walk as far as the bottom of Stewartstown Road [some two miles] before the Army and RUC Land Rovers went screaming by.
Mum got to my Grandads, and by that stage it was on the news. No one knew the truth, and there was a lot of fear in the city.
When I got home, Mum told me everything. For weeks she kept crying. She felt the most awful guilt and shame that she couldn’t help.
She’d had to bury our dad. She didn’t want someone else doing the same with their loved ones.
She talked about them over and over - how Corporal Wood fired one shot and Corporal Howes fired none. She said that in the middle of them being attacked, they chose to hold back - not to hurt anyone.
They basically sacrificed their own lives for those who killed them. During that time in the park, when they were attacked, they were the bravest soldiers England would want. We could not forget. When my youngest son was born a few years later, he was a little poorly and it seemed the right thing to do to give him the middle names ‘Derek David’ as some tribute to them.
Yes, a Catholic boy from Belfast named after your son.
I know you and your family and Corporal Wood’s family will always love them and be proud of them. I just wanted you to know how much people even over here remember them after all this time.
It never once goes away, the pain or frustration. Every time we pass the spot, we pray. And now my son carries a little of them around.
We all have our theories on what they were doing there. I know you haven’t been told the full story.
People here were terrified after the previous attacks, and the Security Forces backed off so the community could self-police. Some people said the soldiers panicked as the cortege approached, and that is possible.
I think they were on some kind of intelligence mission when something happened to frighten them and they tried to leave. These men weren’t rookies. Their determination to hold on to their lives until they were shot proved their strength. We could spend forever asking questions. All I know is that as an Irish Catholic, I am so very proud of them. They taught me the meaning of true Englishmen.
They were strong, brave, honourable men who gave their lives for those who
killed them. From the bottom of our hearts, we are eternally grateful for their
bravery, and so very proud of them. We will never forget them.
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