Third arrest in Parsons Green train bomb probe

Parsons Green

British police posed as homeless tramps at a busy London bus stop when they rushed and arrested a suspect in connection to the Tube train bucket bombing.

The unnamed refugee, who is suspected of detonating the improvised explosive device (IED) on a train injuring 30 people last Friday, had been fostered by Ronald Jones, 88, and his wife Penelope, 71.

ITV News published CCTV footage recorded on the same street showing a man leaving the foster parents' home around an hour and a half before the bomb attack.

Police are continuing to search a commercial property in Hounslow and two other addresses in Surrey, south-east England.

Friend Alison Griffiths said the couple, who are now staying with friends, are "great pillars of the community", adding, "they do a job that not many people do".

POLICE visited the main suspect in the Parsons Green bombing "multiple times", it has been claimed.

An 18-year-old man was apprehended at the Dover ferry terminal, a main link to Europe, followed by a 21-year-old man in Hounslow in west London.

Ian Harvey, leader of Spelthorne Council in Surrey, said: "Clearly there should now be an independent inquiry about the actions of all relevant agencies to ascertain exactly what has been going on".

Their neighbour Serena Barber, 47, said the couple were now caring for two foreign boys, describing one as polite but the 18-year-old as "awful".

A witness said he had been walking past a takeaway when four undercover counter-terror police officers tackled him to the ground.


The older man's family expressed their shock after the Syrian refugee was arrested on Saturday night as he finished a shift at a fried chicken takeaway.

"The cops were shouting to get his phone".

"The guy was screaming", one witness told The Sun.

Farroukh's Facebook page says he comes from Damascus in Syria, and that he attended West Thames College, West London, where he reportedly learned English.

He and the 18-year-old remain in custody as they are questioned on suspicion of terror offences.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police had made "good progress" in the investigation as she announced the country had been removed from the highest terror alert.

"A search is taking place at an address in the Newport following the arrest", police added.

Information on Farroukh emerged as the United Kingdom government reduced the official terror threat level from critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently, to severe, suggesting an attack is highly likely.

Officials said soldiers will continue to protect key sites including nuclear power stations as armed police carry out increased patrols.

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