Saudi tourist brings four gold cars worth more than £1m to London

He also has a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe2, a two-door version of the world’s most desirable limousine. With a 6.75-litre engine, the 350,000 vehicle – described by the British manufacturer as being perfect for transcontinental adventures – will reach speeds of 155mph.

Saudi Tourist Brings Four Gold Cars Worth More Than £1m To London

For outright performance, the young man – believed to be in his 20s – has also got a Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce. The supercar, worth around 350,000, has a 6.5-litre V12 engine which accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 217mph.

Saudi Tourist Brings Four Gold Cars Worth More Than £1m To London

The Saudi petrolhead has also brought along his gold Bentley Flying Spur, which has been customised by Mansory. The four-door 220,000 limousine will hit 200mph.

Saudi Tourist Brings Four Gold Cars Worth More Than £1m To London

Every year, wealthy luxury owners arrive in London from the Middle East with their collection of flash supercars. On a number of occasions, the foreign supercars have been driven dangerously around the affluent residential streets, angering locals who are kept awake by the sound of revving engines3.

Last year, following numerous complaints, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order4 in Knightsbridge. Motorists are now banned from revving their engine, rapidly accelerating, racing, performing stunts, sounding horns or causing obstructions. They are also prohibited from leaving the engine of a stationary car running.

Over the past three weeks, seven drivers have been handed fixed penalty notices.

Council leader Cllr Nick Paget-Brown said: “It’s too early yet to judge the success of the PSPO but the police and the council will continue to ticket drivers who breach it until the message gets through that our residents are not to be disturbed by supercars.”


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EU terrorism checks watered down to avoid holiday queues

2 when they enter Europe’s Schengen zone. The plans, drawn up by France and backed by David Cameron, came amid fears that both the Charlie Hebdo terrorists and Paris terrorists used EU passports to travel from Syria.

However, draft legislation reveals that the European Commission3 has significantly weakened the planned inspections regime. Under the proposed amendment to the Schengen Borders Code, officials will be able to suspend the blanket checking of EU citizens’s passports against the Schengen Information System (SIS) and Interpol database at road borders and ports if there are risks it could cause a disproportionate impact on the flow of traffic at the border . Diplomats say that is likely to apply to peak Discount Holidays © holiday times. Instead, they will be able to implement spot-checks on EU passport holders they suspect may be threats, after conducting a risk assessment that it will not pose a security risk.

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Some countries also want the looser rules to apply at airports, leaked papers from the Council of Ministers show. Germany is understood to have lobbied for a weaker regime, but may be change its mind. SIS contains the details of hundreds of thousands of missing travel documents, suspect cars, and missing criminals as well as hundreds of suspected terrorists. The move to water-down the new system of checks has angered France, which demanded a blanket regime in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and again after the Paris massacre, in which 130 people were killed.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will call for universal checks at a summit of European interior ministers in Brussels on Thursday. But she will not be able to vote as the rules apply to only to the Schengen zone, of which the UK is not a part. At present, only non-EU passport holders are meant to have SIS checks, whereas EU passport holders should in normal circumstances only undergo a cursory visual inspection of a passport for the sake of respecting their freedom of movement rights.

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At the time of the Paris attacks, just 1.5 per cent and 17 per cent of EU passports were subject to an SIS check,4 depending on the country. EU officials admitted Abaaoud would have had good odds of reaching Europe unhindered, but Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU’s migration commissioner, signalled his opposition to a review of the rules following the attacks. In November, interior ministers agreed to implement immediately the necessary systematic checks. However, any new regime will require approval of the European Parliament and will come in at July at the earliest, although sources could not rule out the process dragging on into 2017. The European Commission said it would not comment ahead of the meeting on Thursday.

Iain Duncan Smith, the pro-Brexit work and pensions secretary, claimed this weekend that EU membership increases the likelihood of a Paris-style attack in Britain due to free movement rules. Britain has access to the Schengen Information System, and exercises blanket checks on all travellers against the database and other criminal records and counter-terrorism systems. Mr Cameron has claimed leaving the EU would jeopardise access to SIS, and thereby imperil national security.

However, weaknesses in the application of SIS by other countries increases the chances of fighters being smuggled illicitly into Britain from France, as well as heightening the risk of atrocities on the continent.

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There are also concerns that EU states are uploading too little information on their suspected extremists onto SIS. Some 5,000 EU citizens are known to have travelled to fight in Iraq and Syria, and hundreds may have returned. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian architect of the Paris atrocity, had boasted in a jihadist magazine of how police failed to catch him as he moved several times between Belgium and Syria, with border guards failing to recognise his face as a wanted man.

His cell trained together in Syria. Frontex, the EU border agency, said 68,000 people reached Greece last month via the Mediterranean, 40 times higher than in January 2015. It today emerged that most of the finger prints recorded by border guards on EU registration rules are deleted immediately, hindering the ability of police and security services to trace suspects.

Under EU rules, only the fingerprints of those who apply for asylum are uploaded onto Eurodac, an asylum database that is not cross-referenced against SIS but which police can access.

In a country such as Austria, it means 90 per cent of figures are discarded because those migrants are heading onwards to Germany.


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British tourist ‘fighting for life’ after being stabbed in the head in San Francisco

The 44-year-old was walking with his niece, who was visiting from Southern California, when he was attaked by a man and a woman at around 8.30pm on Friday. He is said to have been stabbed in the head as he struggled to keep the male attacker from taking his bag which contained his passport, money and mobile phone, local news site SFGate reported3. The tourist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

His condition has prompted former San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to call for increased foot patrols in the city.

British Tourist 'fighting For Life' After Being Stabbed In The Head In San Francisco

“There needs to be more of a community policing presence throughout San Francisco. Tourists find every nook and cranny in the city,” he said. It is understood that investigators are now using CCTV footage to identify the attackers and witnesses have been urged to come forward.

But a police spokesman, Carlos Manfredi, said muggings in San Francisco “happen to everyone” and that it was unlikely the unnamed Briton was targeted because he was a tourist.

“It happens to everybody, so every now and then there’s going to be a tourist in the mix,” he said. On Sunday evening police described the male suspect as being in his 30s to 40s, while the female suspect was said to be in her 20s.

The victim s niece was not injured during the encounter. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with the family of a British national who is in hospital in San Francisco, and will continue to offer support at this difficult time.”

Police are now hunting the man – described as black, muscular in his 30s or 40s, and the woman, also black, and had dreadlocks or braids in a ponytail.

She was said to in her late 20s.


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