OAP fos­ter cou­ple’s house in ter­ror raid

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kieran An­drews kan­drews@sun­day­post.com

TER­ROR po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Lon­don Tube bomb­ing yes­ter­day swooped on the home reg­is­tered to an el­derly cou­ple hon­oured for their work with child refugees.

Po­lice are search­ing a house in Sun­bury-on-Thames, Sur­rey, af­ter an 18-year-old – un­der­stood to be the sus­pected bomber – was ar­rested in Dover.

The prop­erty is reg­is­tered to fos­ter car­ers Pene­lope and Ron­ald Jones, aged 71 and 88 re­spec­tively, who were awarded MBEs in the 2009 New Year’s Hon­ours List for ser­vices to chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Res­i­dents in the street were or­dered from their homes as of­fi­cers swarmed into the house, and were told they would have to re­main else­where overnight.

The cou­ple fea­tured in an on­line in­ter­view with Elm­bridge CAN, a com­mu­nity group which aims “to build a cul­ture of wel­come to refugees” and help set­tle them in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion states that Mr and Mrs Jones have been fos­ter par­ents for al­most 40 years and had taken in 268 chil­dren – the last eight of which were refugees.

It is not clear when the in­ter­view was pub­lished.

In the in­ter­view Mrs Jones said fos­ter­ing “had its ups and downs”, adding: “They’re all chil­dren, it doesn’t mat­ter if they’re sky blue or with pink dots on them – they just need to be loved.”

The prop­erty, in Cavendish Road, was searched just hours af­ter the man was ar­rested in the de­par­ture area at Dover port, on sus­pi­cion of be­ing a ter­ror­ist.

One lo­cal said she was told by po­lice she had “one minute” to leave her home dur­ing the raid.

Mother-of-three Mo­j­gan Ja­mali, who lives on the street, said: “I got

Po­lice raid the Sun­bury home, top, fol­low­ing Friday’s Tube bomb.

my three chil­dren and we left the house and the street.”

Speak­ing af­ter a meet­ing of the Govern­ment’s emer­gency Co­bra com­mit­tee, Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd said the ar­rest was “very sig­nif­i­cant”.

A vast man­hunt was launched af­ter an im­pro­vised de­vice par­tially

ex­ploded on a Dis­trict Line train at Par­sons Green sta­tion dur­ing the Friday morn­ing rush hour, in­jur­ing 30.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors – who it is un­der­stood are link­ing the at­tack to Is­lamist ex­trem­ism – are con­tin­u­ing their probe.

The coun­try’ s top counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cer in­di­cated that a po­ten­tial net­work of plot­ters could have been in­volved.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley said po­lice were “chas­ing down sus­pects”.

The 18- year- old has been held un­der Sec­tion 41 of the Ter­ror­ism Act 2000, mean­ing he can be de­tained with­out charge be­yond the nor­mal max­i­mum of four days.

Armed pa­trols have been stepped up in Scot­land fol­low­ing the Lon­don at­tack.

How­ever, Po­lice Scot­land said the move was part of a “well-re­hearsed plans to re­spond to ma­jor in­ci­dents”, adding there was no in­tel­li­gence of any spe­cific threat north of the Bor­der.

First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon and key cab­i­net col­leagues have been “fully briefed” in con­nec­tion with the in­creased threat level.

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