Course Module: 
MA Reporting

TERROR ATTACK – RON'S ANSWERS

Question 1 story

A nationwide hunt was under way today for a gang on the run after armed police seized a lorry loaded with high explosives in London. 

Army and police experts made the lorry safe before it was removed from a disused warehouse in Lambeth.

Airports and ports were on high alert.   49

Q2 Heading

NATIONWIDE ALERT AFTER POLICE FIND LONDON LORRY BOMB

Q3 Tweet

Nationwide alert after tons of high explosives found on a lorry in London. #Londonlorrybomb >link

Q4 STORY

A plot to assassinate the Queen with a huge lorry bomb was foiled by anti-terrorist police today.

A nationwide hunt was on for 12 terrorists who were on the run. It is believed they intended to explode the bomb during the State Opening of Parliament, which went ahead as planned today. 

Armed police discovered the lorry and its deadly load of tons of high explosives when they raided a warehouse in South London on Wednesday. One man was arrested.

The Prime Minster authorised the raid after an intercepted email revealed the terrorist plot.

Sir Thomas Howard, the Home Secretary, said security forces had secretly tracked the terrorists for weeks.

He said the lorry contained enough explosive to cause devastation and many fatalities and added: “We believe that the terrorists were targeting Her Majesty and the principal members of her Government.”   139

Q5 HEADING

LORRY BOMB  TERROR PLOT TO KILL THE QUEEN IN LONDON

 

Q6 UPDATE STORY

A plot to assassinate the Queen with a huge lorry bomb was foiled by anti-terrorist police today.

A nationwide hunt was on for a gang of 12 suspected terrorists. It is believed they intended to explode the bomb during today’s State Opening of Parliament. 

The ringleader was named as Robert Catesby, Oxford-educated son of Sir William Catesby. MI5 described him as “the most wanted man in England”.

Armed police discovered the lorry and tons of high explosives when they raided a warehouse in South London on Wednesday. One man was arrested.

The Prime Minster authorised the raid after an intercepted email revealed the terrorist plot.

Sir Thomas Howard, the Home Secretary, said security forces had been secretly tracking the terrorist cell for weeks.

He said the lorry contained enough explosive to cause devastation and many fatalities. He went on: “We believe the terrorists were targeting Her Majesty and the principal members of her Government.”

MI5 boss Sir Robert Cecil, who described Catesby as an athletic man, 6ft tall and in his early 30, said the terrorists were “desperate and dangerous”.

He added: “My message to these terrorists is simple:  there is no hiding place for you, give yourselves up immediately.”  200

 Q7 new Tweet

UK’s most wanted man. Robert Catesby, son of Sir William Catesby, named as ringleader of #Londonlorrybomb plot to kill Queen. >link  (131)

Q8 WRAP-UP STORY

Sir Robert Catesby, named as the ringleader of a terrorist plot to kill the Queen, was killed in a shoot-out with security forces today.

A second gang member was killed in the gun battle at a manor house near Worcester and four others arrested. Two of the arrested men had gunshot wounds and another was injured in an explosion.

Police believed the gang had intended to blow up the Queen during today’s State Opening of Parliament, which went ahead on schedule today.

The terror plot was kept under a security blanket until early this morning.

Then police revealed that two days ago a lorry loaded with tons of explosives was seized by armed police in Lambeth, south of the Thames and only minutes from Westminster.

The Prime Minster authorised the police to swoop after an intercepted email revealed that the terrorist’s planned to attack during the State Opening of Parliament today.

Sir Thomas Howard, the Home Secretary, said security forces had secretly tracked the terrorist cell for weeks.

He said the lorry contained enough explosive to cause devastation and many fatalities. He went on: “We believe the terrorists were targeting Her Majesty and principal members of her Government.”

One man was arrested but at least 12 others were said to be on the run.

MI5 boss Sir Robert Cecil named Catesby, the Oxford-born son of Sir William Catesby, as the ringleader and said he was the most wanted man in England.

He said the terrorists were “desperate and dangerous”.

The drama suddenly switched to Worcester when a 200-strong force of armed police and anti-terrorist officers went to Holbeche Manor.

Sir Richard Walsh, Chief Constable of West Mercia, said the shooting began when one of the suspects resisted arrest in the courtyard. 

When the gun battle ended two suspects were dead and four were arrested. Sir Richard said that one of the dead was Robert Catesby.

The police and security officers were unhurt.   320

 

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