Pensioners honoured by the Queen have house searched
A teenager is the key suspect in the botched London train bombing
A TEENAGER believed to be a refugee from the Middle East is the key suspect behind the botched London train bomb that injured 30 people and saw Britons warned to prepare for another attack.
British police were yesterday searching the home of a pensioner couple who foster refugee children from countries including Syria and Iraq after arresting an 18-year-old.
His identity is a closely guarded secret and police have implored the press not to speculate while the inquiry unfolds.
Counter terrorism officers and special forces troops swooped on the house in Surrey, six hours after arresting the young man at the Port of Dover.
The suspect was being interrogated as forensic officers continued to search the terrace house owned by Ronald and Penelope Jones, who have received honours from the Queen for fostering 268 children.
Yesterday, police arrested a second man over the London Tube bombing. The 21year-old man was arrested in Hounslow, outer west London.
Armed officers were patrolling London streets and security beefed up at major events including Premier League soccer matches.
Residents were ordered out of their homes by balaclava-clad armed officers ahead of the raid southwest of London. Mr Jones, 88, and Mrs Jones, 71, were described by neighbours as “big hearted” people who had taken in many vulnerable children.
They were mentioned in a recent article about fostering, where they said they had taken eight children from war zones including Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.
Neighbour Serena Barber said the pair currently fostered two children, one of whom was arrested two weeks ago. “One is very quiet and polite, the other who is 18 is awful,” she said. “I know about two weeks ago he was arrested by police at Parsons Green, for what I don’t know and returned back to Penny and Ron.”
Officers apprehended the teenager at 7.50am Saturday local time in Dover, where boats regularly leave for Calais and Dunkirk in France. Most of the victims suffered burns after the homemade bomb detonated on a packed train as it pulled in to Parsons Greens station. The crude device was stored in a bucket.
Mass casualties would have been likely if it had detonated properly.
ON PROWL: Police cordon off a street in Surrey; (inset) emergency services outside Parsons Green and a Twitter image of the white container burning inside a train carriage.