UPDATE: “After the horrendous terrorist attack on a Harrow Solicitor I am calling on Bob Blackman (Tory MP for Harrow East) to give a public apology for the comments made by Priti Patel and Boris Johnson that have led to the attack and to apologise for his own role in encouraging the far right in Harrow” demands Harrow Law Centre director Pamela Fitzpatrick, also a Harrow councillor and Harrow East Labour candidate at the last general election.
A Harrow man armed with a knife carried out a racist attack on a firm of lawyers in Harrow that he blamed for assisting migrants, the Old Bailey was told.
The Old Bailey heard Cavan Medlock, 28, arrived at the Duncan Lewis Solicitors offices in Harrow last September armed with a knife, handcuffs, a Nazi flag and a US Confederate flag.
Medlock is accused of planning to kill a lawyer from the firm because of their work representing migrants. He is charged with a racially or religiously aggravated attack on Sheroy Zaq, a solicitor and supervisor within the public law and immigration departments at Duncan Lewis.
Adam Harbinson, for the prosecution, told the court that after his arrest Medlock allegedly told the police that he planned to “take a member of staff hostage and place the flags in the window so that like-minded people would take action”.
Medlock allegedly attacked the solicitor’s offices days after Priti Patel, the home secretary, claimed that “activist lawyers” were frustrating the removal of failed asylum seekers.
“This is very worrying as Harrow Law Centre has three immigration solicitors and less funding for security than big firms. This is the result of the actions of the Tories calling us activist lawyers” said Harrow Law Centre director Pamela Fitzpatrick, also a Harrow councillor and Harrow East Labour candidate at the last general election.
Harrow Law Centre is a small charity and receives very little in terms of public funding. Most of their income is generated through applications to trusts or from fundraising events.