Teen held at port as he tries to leave the UK
AN 18-year-old youth was arrested at Dover yesterday by police hunting the Tube bucket bomber.
Half a dozen officers surrounded the suspect at the ferry port in Kent.
Holidaymakers were sipping coffee and eating breakfast while preparing to board early morning services across the Channel when police moved in at the crowded passenger terminal. The 18-year-old was trying to leave the country as a foot passenger on a ferry to France at 7.50am almost 24 hours after a bomb exploded on a Tube train at Parsons Green Station.
A port worker said: “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 because they moved towards him so fast.” It is understood the suspect walked the 30-minute journey to the port from the train station after travelling the 76 mile for two hours from London Victoria mainline station.
The young man was last night being held at a secure police station in South London. Deputy Commissioner Neil Basu said: “We have made a significant arrest.”