Po­lice make se­cond ar­rest in Tube bomb­ing in­quiry

The Advertiser - - WORLD - STEVEN SCOTT RHIAN DEUTROM NORTH KOREA

UK PO­LICE have ar­rested a se­cond man in con­nec­tion with the botched Lon­don Tube bomb­ing.

A 21-year-old man was ar­rested in Houn­slow, in outer west Lon­don, at 11.50pm on Satur­day night lo­cal time, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said, taken to a south Lon­don sta­tion for ques­tion­ing, and held un­der section 41 of the Ter­ror­ism Act.

The ar­rest came as it emerged that the teenager ar­rested in Dover on Satur­day may have been a refugee given a home by a fos­ter cou­ple hon­oured by the Queen.

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 into the at­tack, that left 30 peo­ple in­jured, un­folds.

Counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cers and spe­cial forces troops swooped on the house in Sun­bury-on-Thames in Sur­rey on Satur­day af­ter­noon lo­cal time, six hours after ar­rest­ing the young man at Dover.

He was in­ter­ro­gated overnight as foren­sic of­fi­cers con­tin­ued to search a home owned by Ron­ald and Pene­lope Jones, who have re­ceived hon­ours from the Queen for fos­ter­ing 268 chil­dren.

Nearby res­i­dents were or­dered out of their homes by bal­a­clava-clad armed of­fi­cers ahead of the raid. A wo­man de- scribed the mo­ment she saw armed po­lice flood her street.

“I lit­er­ally came out of my house and I saw three men,” she told iTV. “As I came out I saw the back of one and as he turned around I saw his gun and I im­me­di­ately put my hands up.”

Mr Jones, 88, and Mrs Jones, 71, were de­scribed by neigh­bours as “big-hearted” peo­ple who had taken in many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

Neigh­bour Ser­ena Bar­ber said the pair cur­rently fos­ter two chil­dren and one had been ar­rested two weeks ago.

“All I know is that they have two boys at the mo­ment, both are for­eign,” she said. “One is very quiet and po­lite, the other, who is 18, is aw­ful.

“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 in Dover, where boats reg­u­larly leave for France. The area was evac­u­ated as po­lice con­ducted sweeps.

Tourist Daniel Vaselicu said the man ap­peared “nor­mal, not fight­ing”.

Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu de­scribed the ar­rest as “sig­nif­i­cant” but said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing and would “lead to more ac­tiv­ity from our of­fi­cers”.

Po­lice are be­lieved to be search­ing for ac­com­plices, re­port­edly in­clud­ing a wo­man.

Most of the 30 vic­tims suf­fered burns after the home­made bomb det­o­nated on a packed Tube as it pulled in to Par­sons Greens sta­tion in south­west Lon­don dur­ing the Fri­day morn­ing rush hour.

HON­OURED: Pene­lope Jones, inset, re­ceives her MBE, for work as a fos­ter par­ent, from the Queen in 2010.

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