Monday morning news briefing: Terror crackdown begins as close associated of London Bridge attacker arrested

Chris Price
Nazam Hussain was a close associate of London Bridge attacker Usman Khan

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Several terrorists who were freed early due to be sent back to jail

A close associate of the London Bridge attacker has been arrested in a crackdown that could see a number of terrorists returned to jailThe Telegraphcan reveal. Nazam Hussain, 34, was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. He was one of 74 convicted terrorists being vetted in the wake of Friday's attack and sources have told The Telegraph "a number" are expected to be sent back to prison in the coming days. Hussain was London Bridge attacker Usman Khan's closest co-conspirator in the 2010 plot to blow up the London stock exchange. Their parents came from the same village in Pakistan controlled Kashmir and they were close friends growing up in Stoke on Trent. His arrest was not linked to the London Bridge attack, police said.

It comes as the identity of the second victim of Friday's London Bridge attack was named as Saskia Jones, a Cambridge University graduate who was so committed to helping others that she had recently applied to join the police. She was described by her family as "funny" and "kind", and someone who had a "positive influence" on all those she met. It has also emerged her killer had been heralded as a success story of the rehabilitation initiative that he went on to attack. Learning Together, a Cambridge University programme, worked with Khan in prison and used him as a case study to show how they helped prisoners.

EU and Commonwealth visitors could face new US-style visas

Visitors to the UK from the European Union and the Commonwealth will have to comply with a US-style electronic visa system after Brexit, under plans set out today by Home Secretary Priti Patel. The plans for a new Electronic Travel Authorisation system will make it easier for border guards to screen arrivals and block threats from entering the UK, the Tories say. The proposals, set out by Ms Patel in The Telegraph today, are part of a five-strong plan to secure the borders after Brexit. Last night, in a TV leaders' debate, Nigel Farage took on candidates from each of the other six parties - telling an audience in Salford the government must do more to tackle the "jihadi virus". The Brexit Party leader said both the Tories and Labour have been too soft on jail sentences for the last 40 years.

Star pounces on criticism of Cats movie in 'white washing' row

A British mixed-race ballerina has defended the Cats film amid claims it "white washed" her, saying skin colour doesn't matter when you're playing cat. Principal Ballerina Francesca Hayward, who plays Victoria the White in the Andrew Lloyd Webber adaption, sparked debate after a trailer was released depicting her with a face of white fur. Fans took to Twitter to express concern and accuse the film of hiding the 27-year-old's natural skin colour. "She's black?!" tweeted one user, with another replying: "Wow. You cannot tell. That's deliberate and terrible." Click here to see Ms Hayward in the film.

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