Police nab terror teen
A TEENAGER arrested over London’s Parsons Green terror attack may have been an asylum seeker who was given a home by a foster couple.
Police raided the couple’s house in Surrey just hours after dramatically ambushing the 18-year-old bombing suspect in Dover as he tried to leave the country on Saturday.
Penny Jones, 71, and her husband Ron, 88, have been honoured by the Queen after taking in hundreds of refugees, including some from Syria.
As 250 residents living near the Jones’s house in Sunbury-on-Thames were evacuated, there were unconfirmed reports explosives were found during the raid.
Neighbour Serena Barber, 47, who has known Mr and Mrs Jones all her life, said: “All I know is that they have two boys at the moment. Both are foreign.’’ She alleged that one of the pair was “arrested at Parsons Green’’ two weeks ago. Scotland Yard declined to comment on the claim.
Earlier, about seven armed officers surrounded the bombing suspect in the ticket office at Dover’s ferry terminal as he attempted to catch a boat to France.
Sources said police lay in wait at the port for his arrival, suggesting his movements were being monitored by security services.
It is understood he was identified following an exhaustive examination by hundreds of detectives of CCTV footage. This prompted a tense sur- veillance operation involving MI5 and police forces, which ended dramatically with the Dover sting.
A witness said the suspect was surrounded by police officers as he tried to buy a ticket at 7.50am.
“It was difficult to see him or what he looked like because the police moved towards him so quickly,” she said. “He was led away and there was no shouting and no sign of a struggle.”
After being held for several hours under the Terrorism Act, he was later moved to a South London police station where he will be questioned over Friday’s attack on a packed morning rush hour-train in West London.
Hundreds of commuters and schoolchildren narrowly avoided death when a bomb in a bucket hidden in a shopping bag failed to fully detonate. About 30 people were rushed to hospital, some with serious burns.
Witnesses described a fireball in the carriage.
A forensic officer walks down Cavendish Rd, Surrey, during the raid.