Britain’s Cameron places poppy at World War One remembrance site
LONDON – A blanket of red in the heart of London. An installation of red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London is drawing hundreds of visitors, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha – who placed two poppies at the site ahead of Sunday’s Remembrance Day commemorations.
Britain Maintains Stiff Resolve Despite Terrorist Threats
Britain is preparing for Remembrance Day services which are held on Sunday. The city is also on heightened security after a plot to harm the Queen was thwarted. There were both arrests and searches which are a part of an ongoing investigation into Islamic related terrorism.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) arrested four men overnight [6 November going into 7 November] on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism.
The men – aged [A] 22 yrs, [B] 19 yrs, [C] 25 yrs – were arrested after warrants were executed at addresses in west London and Thames Valley. [D] 27 yrs was arrested in the street in west London by armed officers. Two of the entries to premises were assisted by firearms officers. They have all been taken to police stations in central London and remain in custody. No shots were fired.
A number of residential addresses and vehicles were searched by specialist officers in west London and Thames Valley as part of the investigation.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) are working closely with their colleagues in South East Counter Terrorism Unit and MI5.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Royal Family are both carrying on normal duties.
Early Saturday, Prime Minister Cameron stated, Prime Minister David Cameron said, “The poppy display at the Tower of London has in a very short space of time become a much loved and respected monument.
“We want to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to witness it, and the government is providing money and working with charities to do so.By displaying parts of the installation around the country and then permanently in the Imperial War Museum, we have ensured that this poignant memorial will be saved for the nation,” added Cameron.
The installation-called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ was created by artist Paul Cummins to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.
It has more than 888,000 poppies— each representing a British or Commonwealth casualty in the war.
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