COPS RAID HOUSE OF FOS­TER MUM HON­OURED BY QUEEN

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY DAN WARBURTON

COPS prob­ing the bucket bomb tube at­tack stormed the home of fos­ter par­ents hon­oured by the Queen.

Armed of­fi­cers burst into the Sur­rey house where Pene­lope and Ron­ald Jones have cared for chil­dren, in­clud­ing refugees from war-torn coun­tries.

Ear­lier an 18-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested in Dover as he tried to board a ferry.

ARMED po­lice poured into a re­spectable street yes­ter­day as the war on ter­ror reached sleepy subur­bia.

Of­fi­cers prob­ing the Lon­don Tube bomb stormed into the home of el­derly Pene­lope and Ron­ald Jones – hon­oured for fos­ter­ing hun­dreds of chil­dren, in­clud­ing war­zone refugees.

Neigh­bours claimed ex­plo­sives were found in their gar­den.

Four hun­dred fran­tic res­i­dents were evac­u­ated – some at a minute’s no­tice – as the op­er­a­tion swung into ac­tion in Sun­bury-on-Thames, Sur­rey.

It came af­ter an 18-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested 100 miles away near the ferry ter­mi­nal in Dover as he tried to flee the UK.

Pene­lope and Ron­ald have six chil­dren of their own. Neigh­bours said two Syr­ian boys had been fos­tered by the cou­ple re­cently and claimed one had been ques­tioned by po­lice ear­lier this month.

Ser­ena Barber, 45, who lives in Cavendish Road, said: “There has been a lot of trou­ble with one of the boys. The other boy was re­ally quiet.”

Ser­ena told of the mo­ment po­lice stormed the street at 1.40pm yes­ter­day. She said: “There was a loud bang on our door. An armed of­fi­cer was there. He gave us two min­utes to get out. It was ter­ri­fy­ing. I left my daugh­ter’s ashes in the house. If any­thing hap­pens I will be heart­bro­ken.”

Sindi Xaba, 26, who was evac­u­ated with her hus­band and son, said: “We were told there were ex­plo­sives in a back gar­den but they didn’t say where. We were told it was close by. It is wor­ry­ing.”

Mo­j­gan Ja­mali was told by po­lice to get out as quick as she could. The mother of three said: “There was a knock at the door from the po­lice.

REEL­ING

“They told me to leave. They said: ‘You have one minute to get out of the house and get away’.

“I just got out, I got my three chil­dren and we left the house and the street.”

Spe­cial­ist po­lice teams were comb­ing the cou­ple’s li­lac-painted home and gar­den yes­ter­day.

It is close to the train line to Wim­ble­don, which links di­rectly with the Tube to cen­tral Lon­don, via Par­sons Green – scene of Fri­day’s Tube at­tack.

Pas­sen­gers were left run­ning in ter­ror af­ter a crude bucket bomb packed with nails and screws ig­nited on the rush-hour ser­vice. The IED – en­cased in a Lidl cool bag – could have un­leashed a deadly blast that would have killed dozens had it fully det­o­nated at 8.20am. It par­tially ex­ploded – send­ing a wall of flame along the car­riage.

Some 30 pas­sen­gers suf­fered burns or other in­juries as they tum­bled out of the train in panic.

Nicola Rider, 43, who lives op­po­site the Sun­bury prop­erty, said: “Po­lice went to the house last week, but I don’t know why.

“Penny and Ron are fan­tas­tic peo­ple, re­ally car­ing. They’ve al­ways been noth­ing but friendly to me. Penny is quite ec­cen­tric.

“She has li­lac high­lights in her hair and their house is painted li­lac too.”

Other neigh­bours were reel­ing at yes­ter­day’s events. They spoke of Mr and Mrs Jones as a kind and car­ing cou­ple who did all they could to help needy chil­dren.

The cou­ple – both awarded the MBE for ser­vices to fos­ter­ing – have taken in at least 268 chil­dren over the years. They in­clude at least eight refugees from war­zones in Iraq, Eritrea and Syria.

Pene­lope, 71, uses her Face­book page to proudly dis­play some of the chil­dren. One pic­tures shows three teenagers en­joy­ing a cup of tea and smil­ing in­side her home.

And on her Face­book page she even paid tribute to the vic­tims of the 9/11 ter­ror at­tacks, writ­ing:

SCENE Armed of­fi­cers and foren­sic ex­perts in Sur­rey yes­ter­day

GONG: Mr & Mrs Jones hon­oured by Queen

TAR­GET Li­lac home stormed by cops

FOS­TER PAR­ENTS Ron­ald and Pene­lope

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