Seven armed cops swooped as he tried to board ferry.. he just froze

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY PATRICK HILL

BUCKET BOMB PO­LICE MAKE

THE ter­ror sus­pect feared to be be­hind the bucket bomb plot “froze” as of­fi­cers ar­rested him.

Wit­nesses said the 18-year-old, try­ing to buy a ferry ticket to flee the coun­try, seemed shocked as of­fi­cers pounced on him at the Dover ticket of­fice yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Hol­i­day­mak­ers were sip­ping cof­fee and eat­ing break­fast when seven cops, be­lieved to be act­ing on a tip off from port staff, swooped. The sus­pect was taken away in hand­cuffs.

The wit­ness said: “He didn’t see it com­ing. As the of­fi­cers ar­rived be­hind him he froze and ap­peared stunned.”

Height­ened se­cu­rity saw gun cops on the streets all over Bri­tain fol­low­ing Friday’s bomb at­tack at Lon­don’s Par­sons Green Tube sta­tion.

The sus­pect had been try­ing to leave Bri­tain as a foot pas­sen­ger at 7.50am – al­most ex­actly 24 hours af­ter the blast, which in­jured 29 peo­ple. Last night po­lice in Dover said po­ten­tially vi­tal ev­i­dence had been found at the port which had been seized dur­ing the ar­rest. Of­fi­cers said “a num­ber of items” could prove vi­tal in help­ing de­tec­tives prob­ing the at­tack.

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A port worker told the Sun­day Mir­ror: “He was sur­rounded by about seven po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter he came in to buy a ticket.

“It was all done very quickly and qui­etly. There was no sign of a strug­gle. It was dif­fi­cult to see him or what he looked like be­cause they moved to­wards him so fast.”

Ghio­cal Du­culescu, from Ro­ma­nia, was sit­ting in the port ter­mi­nal at the time of the ar­rest.

He said: “There was no fuss or drama. He must have walked right past us and then been taken away quickly into a back room.”

It is un­der­stood the sus­pect had trav­elled from Lon­don Victoria by train then walked 30 min­utes from the rail sta­tion to the port. Po­lice in black boiler suits evac­u­ated the ter­mi­nal three hours later.

They then con­ducted a foren­sic search of the area and bins out­side the port. Fur­ther po­lice probes were be­ing car­ried out at the town’s Dover Pri­ory train sta­tion.

Three of­fi­cers were seen tak­ing a snif­fer dog into toi­lets and un­locked rooms just af­ter 6pm.

They were also spot­ted check­ing

HIGH ALERT Armed cops in Liverpool as se­cu­rity was tight­ened all over UK GUN GUARD Armed po­lice pa­trol near House of Com­mons

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