Has anyone looked into where Lewis Ludlow learned about Islam? Has anyone tried to determine how he got the idea that his new religion called upon him to commit mass murder? Or are British authorities satisfied that he was “radicalized on the Internet” and that no mosque or Muslim cleric in his vicinity is teaching any such thing? Have British authorities even made basic inquiries at Ludlow’s mosque? Do they even know which one he attended? Or are they too busy looking out for online “Islamophobic hate crimes”?
A Muslim convert who allegedly plotted a ‘large-scale’ vehicle attack on London’s Oxford Street has appeared in court.
Lewis Ludlow is accused of targeting busy, landmark parts of the capital, including Madame Tussauds.
The 26-year-old from Rochester in Kent was remanded in custody following a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
He refused to stand in court, saying: ‘I’m not allowed to stand for anyone but God.’
Ludlow, who wore a traditional black Muslim skull cap, spoke to confirm his personal details.
As the charges against him were read out, he said after each one: ‘I declare myself innocent of that charge.’
Ludlow was arrested on April 18 by officers from Kent’s Counter Terrorism unit, prosecutor Mark Dawson said.
He was later charged with two charges relating to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and one contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Act.
Mr Dawson said: ‘Charge one relates with the defendant’s intention to travel to the Philippines to join up with Daesh, the Islamic State.
‘Charge two relates to sending money, we say, clearly for the benefit of Islamic State.
‘And charge three relates to the defendant planning a large-scale, multiple-casualty vehicle-borne assault, perhaps in the Oxford Street area of London.’
Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot said: ‘Clearly on charge three the defendant was planning an attack at Madame Tussauds.’…