Attack on Police at Buckingham Palace

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3575
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

To ask the mayor if the terrorist who attacked three police officers with a sword outside Buckingham Palace on 25 August 2017 was an Uber driver licenced by TfL and whether this was logged as a hate crime.

Answer

Answer for Attack on Police at Buckingham Palace

Answer for Attack on Police at Buckingham Palace

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The suspect arrested outside Buckingham Palace on 25 August 2017 was dealt with by Counter Terrorism officers and charged with a terrorism offence, namely 'intention of committing an act or acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention', contrary to Sec 5 (1) Terrorism Act 2006 and is currently awaiting trial. As such the incident is recorded as a terrorism case and not a hate crime.

TfL has confirmed that the person in question was licensed as a private hire driver.

To note, all taxi and private hire driver applicants must undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and pass a medical before a licence is granted.