Queen Elizabeth murder plot foiled

KILLING PLOT: British police have foiled a plot to kill 88-year-old Queen Elizabeth, arresting four suspects after raids ...

KILLING PLOT: British police have foiled a plot to kill 88-year-old Queen Elizabeth, arresting four suspects after raids across England.

New Zealand MP Maggie Barry has not been put off official duties in London by an uncovered plot to kill the Queen.

The plan to stab Queen Elizabeth was foiled by British police, who arrested four Islamic terror suspects.

The suspects were allegedly planning to stab the 88-year-old monarch to death at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sun reported.

National MP Barry, who is in London, said she was undeterred from representing the Government at the wreath laying ceremony.

"I think in London, at the heart of the Royal Family, they are very aware of security threats, and they always have been."

Security was tight in central London, Barry said.

The Queen had been due to attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Hall today and both she and UK Prime Minister David Cameron had been informed of the threat, the paper said.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key had no comment on the incident, with a spokesman saying the Prime Minister did not have enough information about the alleged conspiracy and was not in a position to comment.

New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service (SIS) would not be drawn on whether the alleged plot had influenced the domestic threat level but an SIS spokesman said the Combined Threat Assessment Group took into account world events as well as the domestic situation, and the threat level was under continuous review. 

Since Thursday night (local time) armed British police had raided several homes in West London and Buckinghamshire, arresting men between the ages of 19 and 27.

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The men were held on suspicion of being concerned in the "commission, preparation or instigation" of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000, The Sun reported.

The Queen would continue with her plans to attend Remembrance Sunday celebrations at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, central London, amid "unprecedented security".

Despite security fears, she was determined to lead the nation's tribute and lay the first wreath, sources said.

Computers and documents seized from suspects' homes and were being "fast-tracked" for examination.

In a statement Scotland Yard said: "These arrests and searches are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism.

"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) are working closely with colleagues in the SE Counter Terrorism Unit and MI5."

None of those arrested were believed to have direct links to Syria, but were suspected of being jihadists.

PREVIOUS THREATS

In 1981 Marcus Serjeant, 17, was jailed for five years after firing six blanks at the Queen just before the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

A year later Michael Fagan, 31, broke into Buckingham Palace and entered her bedroom in what was the biggest royal security breach of the century. He was not charged for trespassing but spent the next six months in a psychiatric hospital.

 - Stuff

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