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Met under scrutiny over London attacker

The Metropolitan Police are facing questions over why an inquiry into one of the London attackers was downgraded. Khuram Butt, 27, from Barking, east London, was known to police and MI5 in 2015. But assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said there had been no evidence of a plot before Saturday's killings.

The second of the three attackers - all shot dead within eight minutes of police getting a call - has been named as Rachid Redouane, 30, also from Barking. He worked as a chef and was not known to the Met.

Meanwhile, the family of 32-year-old James McMullan, from Hackney, east London - who has been missing since Saturday night - say they believe he was among those killed. The first victim named was Canadian Chrissy Archibald.

A vigil was held overnight for the seven people killed in the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market, and a minute's silence will take place at 11:00BST. Thirty-six people remain in hospital, 18 in a critical condition.

Analysis: Khuram Butt showed his extremist colours

By Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent

It's still not clear when he got involved in radical Islamist politics, but there is ample evidence that he was involved in the al-Muhajiroun network - certainly in 2015 and potentially at least two years earlier still.

Read Dominic's full article

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Gunman killed in Melbourne siege

Police in Melbourne, Australia, say they're treating a siege in which three officers were injured and a gunman was shot dead as a "terrorist incident". Armed officers arrived at an apartment building in the city after reports of an explosion and found one man already dead in the foyer. Yacqub Khayre, 29, was holding a woman inside the building against her will before a firefight took place between him and police.

Labour criticises PM over police numbers

There are only two days to go until the general election and Labour has criticised Theresa May for allowing police officer numbers to fall while she was home secretary. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the prime minister must "take responsibility for letting austerity damage her ability to keep us safe". But the Conservatives called this "desperate stuff", saying Ms Abbott's "views on keeping us safe are as dangerous as she is hopeless under pressure".

May wants Board of Trade back

Theresa May is promising to revive the Board of Trade, a body with roots going back to the 17th Century, if the Conservatives win the election. The body, made up of nine commissioners in different parts of the world, would boost exports and encourage investment, the Conservatives say. But the Liberal Democrats called the plan "outdated" and Labour has said it will seek tariff-free access to the EU single market after Brexit.

What the papers say

"So how the hell did he slip through?" asks the Mirror, one of several papers to question how Khuram Butt was able to carry out the London attack, given that he was known to authorities and had been featured in a television documentary about extremism. "Why didn't they stop TV jihadi?" is the Sun's headline, while the Daily Telegraph describes Butt as "brazen".

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