A ‘shame’ woman went into fury online after she burst into Sky News’ broadcast about the Nottingham murders yesterday.
Barnaby Webber, 19, Grace O’Malley-Kumar, 19, and Ian Coates, 65, were all killed yesterday in a knife and van blowout.
Sarah-Jane Mee from Sky News provided a clip of the scene on Ilkeston Road where a witness reported at around 4am yesterday that an assailant had stabbed two victims.
But as she spoke, a “photobomber” sprang into view behind her, waving her arms and dancing as the host tried to deliver the tragic news.
Her actions sparked anger, with one Twitter user saying, “Despicable!”, while another said it was “absolutely disgraceful” for her to interrupt sensitive reporting.
A ‘shame’ woman went into fury online after jumping into the shot of Sky News’ broadcast about the Nottingham murders yesterday
Sarah-Jane Mee from Sky News delivered a clip of the Ilkeston Road scene
Police today are working to uncover details of the attack in which Mr Webber and Ms O’Malley-Kumar were stabbed to death before dawn yesterday on a street near student accommodation.
Officers say the suspect also killed a man in his 50s more than a mile away, stole his van and hit a group of pedestrians. Three people were injured in the collision, one of them critically.
The killed van owner was Ian Coates, a school janitor. His employer said he was a ‘loved and respected’ member of staff at a primary school in Nottingham.
Police overpowered the suspect with a stun gun nearby and detained him on suspicion of murder. Police said they believe the attacker acted alone and cooperated with counter-terrorism agents to try to establish a motive.
The attack has not been labeled as terrorism by the authorities and the police are investigating, among other things, the mental health of the suspect.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, is said to be originally from West Africa and has been legally resident in Britain for many years. It is clear that he had no criminal record.
In a heartbreaking tribute released this morning, Barnaby’s family described the talented cricketer as a ‘beautiful, brilliant, smart young man, with everything in life to look forward to’.
Grace’s family released a tribute to MailOnline today praising her as a “truly wonderful and beautiful young lady.”
Barnaby’s family described him today as a “beautiful, brilliant, smart young man, with everything in life to look forward to”
Grace Kumar, 19, was one of two University of Nottingham students stabbed to death at 4am yesterday as they walked home from a night out
Ian Coates was stabbed to death in the early hours of yesterday after the same assailant fatally stabbed two students – after he was named as the third victim of the attack
England Hockey clubs and local cricket clubs paid tribute to Grace this morning.
The tributes come as it was revealed that the 31-year-old suspect arrested in the rampage previously lived on the street where the teens were killed.
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Sources say he is a low-level drug dealer who was known to the police but had no criminal record. He is said to have lived in the UK for more than ten years, according to the Telegraph, with neighbors describing him as a ‘very quiet man’.
He is also described as having a history of mental health problems.
It was previously suggested that the investigation is moving away from terror and instead focusing on the suspect’s mental state.
Barnaby’s parents David and Emma Webber, and younger brother Charlie, issued a heartfelt statement today telling how the murdered student was “starting his journey into adulthood and developing into a wonderful young man.”
They said, “Complete devastation is not enough to describe our pain and loss at the senseless murder of our son.
‘Barnaby Philip John Webber was a beautiful, brilliant, smart young man, with everything in life to look forward to.
Forensic police officers on Magdala Road yesterday where Mr Coates was stabbed to death in the early hours
Barnaby Webber, 19, with his younger brother Charlie. His family today expressed their anger at his ‘senseless murder’
Mr Coates worked at Huntington Academy, a primary school in the town, and was described this morning as a ‘loved and respected’ member of staff
Grace Kumar is pictured with her father Dr. Sanjoy Kumar, mother Sinead and brother James
‘A talented and passionate cricketer, who was overjoyed to have been selected for his university cricket team.
At the age of 19, he was just beginning his journey to adulthood and developing into a wonderful young man.
“As parents, we are immensely proud of all he has achieved and all the plans he had made.
“His brother is saddened beyond belief and at this time we are asking for privacy as a family to allow time to process and grieve.
“We will not be making any further announcements, especially in relation to the police investigation.
“We are so proud to release these photos, chosen by us as a family, of an amazing son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend.
“Thank you for your understanding, and to everyone who has supported us on this terrible journey so far.”
Grace’s family released a tribute to MailOnline today praising her as a “truly wonderful and beautiful young lady.” She was adored by her parents and brother, who is “totally heartbroken” by her death.
Many of the young people at a vigil for those captured and killed in the attacks were emotional at St Peter’s Church in Nottingham last night
The family revealed that the star athlete had also studied to become a doctor.
Grace was an adored daughter and sister; she was truly a wonderful and beautiful young lady,” the family’s statement read.
Grace was not only a sister to James, but also his best friend. he is completely devastated. As parents, words cannot explain our complete and utter devastation. She will be missed so very much.
“We were so incredibly proud of Grace’s accomplishments and what a truly lovely person she was. She was resilient and wise beyond her years. Grace was so happy in life and fulfilled her ambition to study to be a doctor while playing top hockey in college.
“She leaves behind devastated extended family and friends.”
It comes as the families of the victims of the attacks are united in their shared grief at a vigil attended today by thousands of students.
Photos of the scene on the University of Nottingham campus show thousands of mourners from all walks of life huddled together with flowers.
In heartbreaking scenes, Grace’s father Dr. Sanjoy Kumar, who previously saved the lives of three teenagers who were stabbed in a gang attack near his operating room, pictured hugging Barnaby’s brother, Charlie.
Dr. Addressing the huge crowd, Kumar thanked everyone who came to the vigil, saying it was a ‘beautiful sign of the university and the bond you have’.
He remembered how Grace loved being in Nottingham and was full of stories about her time there. After a short pause, he added, “So take care of each other is the most important thing, take care of your friends and take care of people around you.”
Barnaby’s father David also spoke and said, ‘I’m out of words, I’ve lost my baby boy. I know Barney would be super touched by everyone here. His heart will be with you forever.’
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