Yesterday it was revealed that he was held by police two weeks ago, but freed. Now we learn that police spoke with him a number of times. He was obviously a source of great concern. Yet no one was watching him closely enough to prevent his planting an IED on the London Tube. Police just don’t have the resources to track the many, many jihadis in the UK; they’re too busy hounding and persecuting foes of jihad terror.
Yahyah Farroukh is 18, and yet he already has a receding hairline. Poor lad! At least his full beard makes up for it.
A teenager suspected of being the Parsons Green bomber had been spoken to by police a number of times, neighbours of his foster family claimed today, amid questions over what authorities knew.
The 18-year-old refugee, believed to be Iraqi, was a “problem” to foster parents Penny and Ron Jones and they had been contacting officials saying that they were unable to cope, it was said.
Neighbours of their house in Sunbury-on-Thames, south west London, said that he had been brought home by officers just two weeks before the attack and they regularly saw plain clothes officers at the property.
The teenager was arrested at the Port of Dover on Saturday morning on suspicion of planting the home-made bomb which partially detonated on a District Line train on Friday morning, injuring 29 people.
All but one of those caught up in the terror attack, which saw commuters getting crushed as they ran for their lives from the fireball which ripped through the carriage, have now been released from hospital.
Police arrested a second man in connection with the attack on Saturday night. The 21-year-old was held in Hounslow, west London, before searching a home in Stanwell, Surrey connected to one of the Jones’ former foster children.
The terror threat level was reduced earlier from critical to severe, but officers continued to search the home belonging to Mr and Mrs Jones, aged 88 and 71 respectively, who previously received MBEs for services to children and families.
Forensic tents were erected in the front and back garden of the terraced property, as residents who were evacuated from their homes by counter-terror officers over the weekend were gradually allowed to return.
It is understood that the teenager was born in Baghdad but came to Britain as a refugee a couple of years ago. He had been staying with Mr and Mrs Jones for several months after going through an immigration centre in Dover, it is said.
Stephen Griffiths, 28, who lives across the road, said: “Police have been at this address a few times in the last couple of weeks.
“At the time we just put it down to it being foster kids that needed to be spoken to. But it clicked in my head earlier – what if one of the children was under investigation or surveillance?
He said the on several occassions police had turned up in marked cars but plain clothes and spoken to the Joneses
“It was nothing like just a normal officer doing a duty call, it seemed like something a bit higher in the chain,” he said. …