January 1. A 25-year-old Somali man stabbed three people — including a police officer — at Victoria Station in Manchester. BBC producer Sam Clack, who was waiting for a tram when the attack took place, reported: “The guy, his exact words were, he said: ‘As long as you keep bombing other countries, this sort of sh*t is going to keep happening.’ The suspect also screamed “Allahu Akbar!” (“Allah is the greatest!”) as he was bundled into a police van. Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson nevertheless said that officers were “retaining an open mind in relation to the motivation for this attack.” The suspect was eventually detained under the Mental Health Act.
January 2. Golders Green Mosque in London cancelled an exhibit about Muslim Albanians who helped, protected and rescued their Jewish neighbors during the Holocaust. The exhibit, which was intended to be part of the mosque’s drive to open and maintain dialogue with its neighbors, was cancelled after Muslim groups urged a boycott.
January 3. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson deployed the Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Mersey to the English Channel to deter migrant crossings to “help prevent migrants from making the dangerous journey.” The navy’s involvement was requested by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who said it would be an interim measure until two more Border Force cutters, HMC Protector and Seeker, are redeployed from the Mediterranean to UK waters. More than 200 people are known to have reached the UK in small boats since November.