Sub­ur­bia

Lon­don will never give in to fa­nat­ics says po­lice chief Rudd: Tube probe ar­rest ‘sig­nif­cant’

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY KAREN ROCKETT BY KEIR MUDIE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

“The po­lice­men are pray­ing be­fore their mis­sion against ter­ror­ism.”

Pene­lope has pre­vi­ously spo­ken of the work she puts into car­ing for the for­eign refugees she fosters with her 88-year-old hus­band – teach­ing them English and Bri­tish val­ues. The cou­ple were Cops swoop in Sun­bury yes­ter­day hon­oured by the Queen in 2009 for their ser­vices to chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Pic­tures cap­tured the mo­ment Her Majesty pinned the hon­our on their lapel – while proud Pene­lope smiled as she en­gaged in con­ver­sa­tion with the Monarch.

Fam­ily friend Nikki Ni­cholass, said: “They’re a won­der­ful cou­ple who have lived at that ad­dress ever since they were mar­ried. They’re loved and re­spected by ev­ery­one. They’re an amaz­ing cou­ple who would do any­thing for any­one.

TROU­BLED

“I know they housed refugees for so­cial ser­vices for years. They’re very old but so kind – they don’t de­serve this. They took on trou­bled kids and changed their lives for the bet­ter.”

The cou­ple were last night be­lieved to be with their chil­dren. Pene­lope, a school gov­er­nor, refers to their £340,000 prop­erty in the sub­ur­ban street as the “mad house”.

She has pre­vi­ously told how at least eight fos­ter chil­dren have been refugees.

In an in­ter­view to pro­mote fos­ter car­ing in Sur­rey, the cou­ple said: “We’ve had a real mix of chil­dren from Iraq, Eritrea, Syria, Al­ba­nia and Afghanistan. One boy ... his mum was im­pris­oned be­cause of her be­liefs. He walked un­til he got on to a boat [and even­tu­ally] man­aged to get in a lorry trav­el­ling through Calais. He was only 15.”

Pene­lope be­came a fos­ter mother af­ter work­ing in a ju­ve­nile prison and was al­ways sup­ported by her hus­band. Af­ter they re­ceived their hon­ours she said: “I just like to be able to help peo­ple.”

They turned to fos­ter­ing in the 1970s and Pene­lope re­called their first place­ment.

“If I wasn’t be­ing called out to a po­lice sta­tion, I was patch­ing him up in ca­su­alty,” she said.

“That was in De­cem­ber 1970. Then a few years later we said we could do with an­other place­ment. I just like to be able to help peo­ple. We open our hearts to all the chil­dren. Any­body that comes to us we will do what­ever we can do to help them.

“There must have been hun­dreds of chil­dren. I try to stay in touch with them, send them birth­day cards – it’s a very ex­tended fam­ily.”

Scot­land Yard’s counter-ter­ror­ism chief Neil Basu re­vealed they were “keep­ing an open mind” as to whether there were oth­ers re­spon­si­ble for Friday’s at­tack. Mr Basu said: “We have iden­ti­fied 121 wit­nesses and spo­ken to 100 of them al­ready.” LON­DON’S po­lice chief yes­ter­day vowed the cap­i­tal would never give into ter­ror.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick spoke as she joined an in­creased po­lice pres­ence on the streets, trav­el­ling on the Tube to Water­loo Sta­tion and pa­trolling the South Bank.

The Com­mis­sioner said: “Lon­don has not stopped af­ter other ter­ri­ble at­tacks and it will not stop af­ter this one.

“The pub­lic seem to be very pos­i­tive about the num­ber of of­fi­cers that we have. The great thing about Lon­don is we don’t give in, we don’t give in to ter­ror­ists, we never have and we carry on.

“So the trans­port sys­tem is run­ning just as it ever did and events are go­ing ahead. Peo­ple are out and about. I’ve spo­ken to lots of Lon­don­ers, tourists and business peo­ple. Peo­ple are here and I would say, carry on about your business and sec­ondly, of course, be vig­i­lant.”

“Don’t be alarmed but make sure you tell us any­thing that wor­ries you.”

Of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Friday’s Tube bomb, she added: “We are mak­ing some very con­sid­er­able progress.” HOME Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said the ar­rest of an 18-year-old man over the Tube ter­ror at­tack was “very sig­nif­i­cant” – but she could not say whether he had been on the po­lice’s radar.

Speak­ing af­ter a meet­ing of the Govern­ment’s emer­gency Co­bra com­mit­tee, she said: “This is a very sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest, the po­lice have made very good progress. But the op­er­a­tion is on­go­ing and we will have to wait to hear from them about any more in­for­ma­tion.

“There is no doubt that this was a se­ri­ous IED. It was good for­tune that it did so lit­tle dam­age. But we are very sym­pa­thetic of course to all the peo­ple that did get af­fected by it.

“We will have to take all steps that we can to en­sure the sort of ma­te­ri­als that this man was able to col­lect be­come more and more dif­fi­cult to com­bine to­gether. We al­ways learn from these in­ci­dents.”

Pic­tures: NI­CHOLAS BOW­MAN/ FLYNET/ REUTERS

PROUD AT THE PALACE Penny and Ron re­ceive MBE from Queen in 2009 HON­OUR Penny and Her Majesty DE­FI­ANT CHIEF Cres­sida Dick yes­ter­day

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