Lon­don bomb fall­out

Teen grilled & cou­ple raided in ter­ror probe

New York Post - - NEWS - By LAURA ITAL­IANO

An 18-year-old ar­rested Satur­day as a “very sig­nif­i­cant” sus­pect in Fri­day’s Lon­don sub­way bomb­ing may be the foster son of an el­derly cou­ple whose home was raided by Bri­tish po­lice hours later — and one neigh­bor said the teen had re­cently been ar­rested near the ex­plo­sion site, then freed.

The cou­ple, from Sun­bury-on-Thames, a com­muter town 11 miles south­west of Lon­don, was iden­ti­fied in nu­mer­ous re­ports as Ron­ald and Pene­lope Jones.

They have fos­tered more than 250 chil­dren, in­clud­ing refugees from Iraq and Syria, and in 2010 were hon­ored as Mem­bers of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire by Queen El­iz­a­beth II in a Buck­ing­ham Palace cer­e­mony.

The two are car­ing for two “for­eign” chil­dren, one young and po­lite and the other 18 and un­man­age­able, neigh­bor Ser­ena Bar­ber told the Daily Mail early Sun­day.

“I know about two weeks ago he [the teen] was ar­rested by po­lice at Par­sons Green,” the Lon­don neigh­bor­hood where the bomb­ing oc­curred, Bar­ber said. “For what I don’t know.”

The teen was later “re­turned back to Penny and Ron,” she said.

“Af­ter that, Penny said she was go­ing to have to stop car­ing for him; she couldn’t han­dle him.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors searched the cou­ple’s prop­erty well into the night.

Ru­mors — un­con­firmed — quickly spread among neigh­bors that cops had re­cov­ered mul­ti­ple ex­plo­sives and weapons.

“Po­lice told me there was a bomb found in the gar­den and firearms hid­den un­der the floor­boards,” neigh­bor Car­rie Hill told the Mail.

There was no sug­ges­tion that Ron­ald, 88, and Pene­lope, 71 were them­selves con­nected to the morn­ing rush-hour ex­plo­sion on a train car at the Lon­don Un­der­ground’s Par­sons Green sta­tion — a car crowded with com­muters and schoolkids.

The home­made bomb, which was con­tained in a plas­tic bucket and in­cluded a tim­ing de­vice, only par­tially ex­ploded, but still cre­ated a fireball that filled the train car. Thirty peo­ple suf­fered burns or in­juries as they fled onto the plat­form.

By Satur­day night, just three of the in­jured re­mained in cen­tral Lon­don hos­pi­tals with non-life- threat­en­ing in­juries.

ISIS has claimed that one of its oper­a­tives planted the bomb.

Some six hours be­fore Satur­day’s raid on the Jones home, in­ves­ti­ga­tors grabbed the 18-yearold in the de­par­ture lounge of a ma­jor ferry port in Dover — min­utes be­fore boats bound for the French cities of Calais and Dunkirk were to de­part, ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times of Lon­don.

“This is a very sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest,” In­te­rior Min­is­ter Amber Rudd told re­porters, di­vulging no fur­ther de­tails.

The teen was be­ing ques­tioned in Lon­don and had not been charged by late Satur­day.

Lon­don was to stay on the high­est level of ter­ror­ism alert through the week­end, of­fi­cials said.

Mil­i­tary per­son­nel were sta- tioned at sen­si­tive lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing at nu­clear plants and pub­lic trans­porta­tion across Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales.

Sources told the BBC that sur­veil­lance-cam­era images show the per­son sus­pected of plant­ing the bomb. Lon­don’s Un­der­ground is ex­ten­sively cov­ered by sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were also be­ing aided by the re­mains of the bomb it­self, which is be­lieved to have been made with the com­pound TATP, nick­named “Mother of Satan” due to its volatil­ity.

The bomb re­mained rel­a­tively in­tact, so in­ves­ti­ga­tors may re­cover DNA or fin­ger­prints.

TATP was also used in the co­or­di­nated July 2005 sui­cide at­tacks that killed 52 peo­ple on three Lon­don sub­ways and a bus.

HUNT: The home of Ron­ald and Pene­lope Jones, who were hon­ored by the queen in 2010 (right), is searched Satur­day, a day af­ter the rail at­tack

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