Police make second arrest in Tube bombing inquiry
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.