WORLD Po­lice swoop on blast sus­pect

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD - STEVEN SCOTT and RHIAN DEUTROM in Lon­don

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 man. His iden­tity is a closely guarded se­cret.

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

The sus­pect was be­ing in­ter­ro­gated in Lon­don overnight 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.

Res­i­dents were or­dered out of their homes by bal­a­clava­clad armed of­fi­cers ahead of the raid in the sub­ur­ban re­gion south- west of Lon­don.

Across Lon­don, armed of­fi­cers pa­trolled Lon­don’s streets and se­cu­rity was beefed up at ma­jor events, in­clud­ing Premier League soc­cer matches, af­ter in­tel­li­gence chiefs warned an­other at­tack may be im­mi­nent.

Of­fi­cers ap­pre­hended the teenager in Dover, where boats reg­u­larly leave for Calais and Dunkirk in France.

Dover’s ferry ter­mi­nal was evac­u­ated dur­ing the ar­rest and “a num­ber of items” were re­cov­ered.

“We’re keep­ing an open mind around whether more than one per­son is re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack,” Neil Basu of Lon­don’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice told re­porters.

Tourist Daniel Vaselicu who wit­nessed the ar­rest said the teenager ap­peared “nor­mal, not fight­ing” as he spoke with po­lice of­fi­cers.

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

The de­vel­op­ments came as Lon­don hos­pi­tals up­dated the num­ber of peo­ple in­jured in the at­tack to 30.

Most of the vic­tims suf­fered burns af­ter the home- made bomb det­o­nated on a packed train as it pulled into Par­sons Green sta­tion in south- west Lon­don dur­ing the Fri­day morn­ing rush hour.

Mass ca­su­al­ties would have been likely if the bomb had det­o­nated prop­erly.

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