Pen­sion­ers hon­oured by the Queen have house searched


A TEENAGER be­lieved to be

l 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 Sur- rey, six hours af­ter ar­rest­ing theth 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 Lon- don Tube bomb­ing.bomb­ing TheTh 2121 year-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 fos- tered 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 ed­neo weeks ago he was ar­rested b 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.

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