Fighting jihad? No, they'd rather arrest a man with a pencil

Police across Britain are ever vigilant when it comes to preventing an “Islamophobic” backlash after terror attacks.
Officers in Grimsby rushed to a mosque, where it was reported a suspect was threatening to stab someone.
They arrested a homeless man, Jake Jones, and charged him with possessing an offensive weapon.
The charge, which was subsequently dropped when it came to court this week, read: “At Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, you had with you in a public place, namely Legsby Avenue, an offensive weapon, namely a sharply pointed pencil.”
When I read the address, I assumed this was a wind-up. Legsby Avenue?
’Ello, ’ello, ’ello. Legsby ’avin’ yew.
Nope, it really exists.
Deputy district judge Philip Houlden said that the whole purpose of having a pencil was “surely that it should actually have a sharp point” so that it could be used properly.
This is another one of those stories I don’t know whether to pencil in under Mind How You Go or You Couldn’t Make It Up.


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What especially infuriates Trump’s many sworn enemies and high-minded critics is that most of the time he’s absolutely right.
In the wake of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, Trump tweeted: ‘At least seven dead and 48 wounded . . . and Mayor of London says there’s no reason to be alarmed.’ Cue bien-pensant outrage and a hissy fit from the mayor himself, Sadiq Khan, demanding that Trump’s proposed state visit to Britain should be cancelled, on the grounds that the President had insulted all Londoners.
No he hadn’t. He’d insulted Sadiq Khan, which is not the same thing at all. Those of you who read my column on Monday will be aware that I said almost exactly the same thing about Khan. Perhaps the mayor will retaliate by banning me from paying another state visit to Smith & Wollensky, the magnificent American steakhouse off the Strand.
For anyone who missed it, I monstered Khan for claiming that: ‘London is the safest city in the world, even while the body count was rising. With complacency like that, what chance have we got?’
Trump wasn’t insulting London, he was quite rightly criticising the typical knee-jerk ‘nothing to see here’ reaction of politicians unwilling to confront the clear and present danger we face from the nihilistic Islamist death cult in our midst.
No reason to be alarmed? This was the second murderous terrorist attack in London in a matter of weeks, coming as it did in the wake of the Manchester massacre.
No reason to be alarmed? Then why are the barricades going up all over London and the streets flooded with armed policemen?
If there was any insulting going on, it was Saddo Khan insulting our intelligence.


 Saddo Khan has announced that if the President’s visit goes ahead, he will boycott the official state banquet. Pathetic
After mouthing the usual platitudes and pieties, it was back to parochial political business as usual for the mayor, who attempted to shift responsibility for the London Bridge atrocity on to ‘Tory cuts’ to police budgets.
Trump’s tweet gave the mayor another convenient excuse to change the subject, to summon up a wave of faux fury against one of the Left’s favourite bogeymen.
‘You’re not welcome in my city, Mr President,’ parroted one ‘respected’ commentator yesterday, repeating the fiction that Trump had insulted all Londoners. This from a former Moscow stooge who was an active Communist throughout the time the Soviet Union had hundreds of nuclear missiles pointed at Britain and was equally scathing about Ronald Reagan, the President who won the Cold War.
Like it or not, Trump is the democratically elected leader of our closest ally. As Randy Newman sang about another controversial U.S. politician: ‘He may be a fool, but he’s our fool.’
We are going to need him — and not just to prop up the Nato alliance at a time when Islamist nutjobs have declared war on the West.
Unlike some of our so-called international ‘partners’, Trump is an Anglophile who has said that Britain will receive favourable treatment when it comes to trade post-Brexit. That should be music to the ears of the mayor, who says he wants to protect London’s economy when we leave the EU. American investment is vital to ensure that happens.

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Yet Saddo Khan has announced that if the President’s visit goes ahead, he will boycott the official state banquet.
It’s a pity the mayor isn’t quite so fussy over some of the other company he keeps. In the past he’s shared a platform with Islamist rabble-rousers who would do us harm and campaigned against the deportation to America of a man who subsequently pleaded guilty to raising money for terrorists.
If he really wanted to keep undesirables off the streets of London, he might think twice about allowing the Al-Quds Day march through London to go ahead on June 18.
Ostensibly in support of Palestinians, this event is regularly infiltrated by anti-Semites, Islamists and terrorist cheerleaders.
Last year, demonstrators waved Hezbollah and Hamas flags. If this rabble tried marching through Trump’s New York they wouldn’t get more than five yards.
The timing is deliberate. Al-Quds Day is always held on the date chosen by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to call for Israel to be destroyed. No wonder London’s Jewish community is alarmed. It’s irresponsible madness to hold such a polarising, provocative march in the wake of a bloody attack by Islamist terrorists.

From left: London Bridge killers Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba
But the authorities can always be relied upon to prostrate themselves before militant Islam.
Pity they’re not so obliging when it comes to others, especially supporters of the Jewish state.
Britain’s largest pro-Israel event, scheduled to be held in Westminster on June 22, has just been scrapped on the advice of ‘security’ experts. The organisers, Christians United for Israel, said it had been cancelled for the protection of the 1,000 people who had already bought tickets.
A statement explained: ‘Islamist extremists have called for specific targeting of Christians and Jews during Ramadan, when our event was due to take place.’ Chalk that up as another victory for the terrorists. If London really is ‘the safest city in the world’, as Saddo Khan claims, then why cancel it?
If defending freedom is paramount, then why not surround the venue with some of those armed officers to ensure the event can go ahead safely?
Curiously, another pro-Palestine event is being held in Westminster next month, free of any ‘security’ concerns. Still, no one is calling for the specific targeting of Muslims or Palestinians, are they? Only Jews and Christians.
It’s almost exactly ten years since I presented a Channel 4 documentary exposing the new virulent anti-Semitism being propagated by the unholy alliance of militant Islam and the hard Left.
This oldest of hatreds has now gone mainstream. Yesterday’s Mail featured a photo of a giant election poster portraying Theresa May in Star of David earrings, along with claims she was responsible for everything from NHS spending cuts to ‘causing Isis’.
I hadn’t realised until now that the Zionists were to blame for the wicked ‘Tory cuts’ to the health service. They get everywhere, don’t they?
The clowns behind this kind of poisonous propaganda are the terrorists’ useful idiots, along with politicians like Khan and his opportunist oppo in Manchester, who still claims the maniac who blew up the Ariana Grande pop concert ‘wasn’t a Muslim’.
At least Trump is prepared to identify the problem as ‘radical Islamist terrorism’. He took his message to the Middle East recently and, as a result, other Muslim states have now moved to isolate rich Qatar, which is a notorious state sponsor of terrorism.
No such luck here, where our politicians are desperate for Qatar’s billions. The scene of Saturday night’s carnage lies in the shadow of The Shard, London’s tallest tower, built with Qatari money.
It’s easy to mock Trump — I’ve done it myself. His proposed ‘Muslim travel ban’, however crass, provoked outrage. But when we learn two of the London killers were from Morocco and Pakistan and had been free to move around Europe and enter Britain unimpeded, are we really in any position to gainsay him?
Saddo Khan can stamp his little bootees and demand that Trump is banned from Britain, while simultaneously allowing Islamist terrorist cheerleaders and anti-Semites to march through London.
But what he can’t deny is that, much of the time, the Donald is dead right.