Raided Surrey home 'owned by MBE foster couple'

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  • Police launched an armed operation in Sunbury-on-Thames this afternoon with local residents evacuated
  • Came after officers arrested suspected bomber in the departure lounge of Dover port at around 7.50am 
  • Home in Sunbury believed to be owned by Penelope and Ronald Jones who have been honoured by Queen 
  • Neighbours of the MBE couple said they are currently fostering two children one of whom is '18 and awful'
  • Did you see the arrest at Dover or the Sunbury armed operation? Email [email protected]

By Martin Robinson Uk Chief Reporter and Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent and Rory Tingle and Amie Gordon and Katie French and Stewart Paterson and Joe Sheppard and Scott Campbell For Mailonline

Published: 20:05 EDT, 15 September 2017 | Updated: 19:04 EDT, 16 September 2017

The suspected Parsons Green bomber was a 'problematic foster child' who was allegedly arrested two weeks ago near to where the attack took place before being freed.

Police are searching a house in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, after the 18-year-old was detained in the 'port area' of Dover earlier today while apparently attempting to leave the country.

The home raided by police in connection with the attack, which injured 30, is owned by a kind-hearted couple who were both appointed MBEs for fostering hundreds of children.

Penelope Jones, 71, and her husband Ronald, 88, have raised 268 foster children in the house over three decades and the last eight have been refugees.

Officers stormed the house on Cavendish Road at 2pm around six hours after apprehending the suspect in the departure lounge of the Port of Dover.

Around 60 people were evacuated from near the house, where locals claimed 'explosives' were found in the garden. There is no suggestion the Joneses had any knowledge of any alleged wrongdoing at the property.

Close friends of pensioners Penny and Ron Jones said the couple - who are widely respected in the local area - were at 'their end' with the teenager.

Serena Barber, 47, who has known the couple all her life and lives in a property backing on to theirs, said: 'They have two boys at the moment, both are foreign. One is very quiet and polite, the other who is 18 is awful.

'I know about two weeks ago he was arrested by police at Parsons Green, for what I don't know and returned back to Penny and Ron. After that Penny said she was going to have to stop caring for him, she couldn't handle him.'  

The development comes as police revealed they are 'keeping an open mind' on whether there was more than one person responsible for the bombing. 

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Ronald and Penelope Jones receive MBEs from the Queen in 2009 for fostering hundreds of children. The couple own the house in Sunbury-on-Thames that has been raided as part of the investigation into the Parsons Green bombing
Ronald and Penelope Jones receive MBEs from the Queen in 2009 for fostering hundreds of children. The couple own the house in Sunbury-on-Thames that has been raided as part of the investigation into the Parsons Green bombing

Ronald and Penelope Jones receive MBEs from the Queen in 2009 for fostering hundreds of children. The couple own the house in Sunbury-on-Thames that has been raided as part of the investigation into the Parsons Green bombing

Penelope Jones became a foster mother after working in a juvenile prison and was always supported by her husband. She said: 'I just like being able to help people'
Penelope Jones became a foster mother after working in a juvenile prison and was always supported by her husband. She said: 'I just like being able to help people'

Penelope Jones became a foster mother after working in a juvenile prison and was always supported by her husband. She said: 'I just like being able to help people'

Officers stormed the house on Cavendish Road at 2pm around six hours after apprehending the suspect in the departure lounge of the Port of Dover. Residents had to be evacuated as a precaution
Officers stormed the house on Cavendish Road at 2pm around six hours after apprehending the suspect in the departure lounge of the Port of Dover. Residents had to be evacuated as a precaution

Officers stormed the house on Cavendish Road at 2pm around six hours after apprehending the suspect in the departure lounge of the Port of Dover. Residents had to be evacuated as a precaution

Serena Barber, 47, who has known the foster parents all her life, said: 'They have two boys at the moment, both are foreign. One is very quiet and polite, the other who is 18 is awful'.  Pictured: The scene in Sudbury tonight
Serena Barber, 47, who has known the foster parents all her life, said: 'They have two boys at the moment, both are foreign. One is very quiet and polite, the other who is 18 is awful'.  Pictured: The scene in Sudbury tonight

Serena Barber, 47, who has known the foster parents all her life, said: 'They have two boys at the moment, both are foreign. One is very quiet and polite, the other who is 18 is awful'.  Pictured: The scene in Sudbury tonight

At least eight of the Jones' foster children have been refugees, with some coming from Iraq, Eritrea, Syria, Albania and Afghanistan. The couple were honoured by the Queen in 2009 for their services to children and families
At least eight of the Jones' foster children have been refugees, with some coming from Iraq, Eritrea, Syria, Albania and Afghanistan. The couple were honoured by the Queen in 2009 for their services to children and families

At least eight of the Jones' foster children have been refugees, with some coming from Iraq, Eritrea, Syria, Albania and Afghanistan. The couple were honoured by the Queen in 2009 for their services to children and families

An aerial view of Cavendish Road in Sudbury-on-Thames where the house that has been raided is located
An aerial view of Cavendish Road in Sudbury-on-Thames where the house that has been raided is located

An aerial view of Cavendish Road in Sudbury-on-Thames where the house that has been raided is located

Sunbury-on-Thames is just a 37-minute train journey from Wimbledon station, where the tube that was bombed yesterday began its journey
Sunbury-on-Thames is just a 37-minute train journey from Wimbledon station, where the tube that was bombed yesterday began its journey

Sunbury-on-Thames is just a 37-minute train journey from Wimbledon station, where the tube that was bombed yesterday began its journey

A photograph of the flaming white bucket taken just after it exploded around 8.20am on Friday shows a number of wires protruding out of the top and on to the train carriage floor
A photograph of the flaming white bucket taken just after it exploded around 8.20am on Friday shows a number of wires protruding out of the top and on to the train carriage floor

A photograph of the flaming white bucket taken just after it exploded around 8.20am on Friday shows a number of wires protruding out of the top and on to the train carriage floor

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: 'At approximately 7.50am local police officers in Kent arrested an 18-year-old man in the departures area of the port in Dover.

'He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism and transferred to custody in a police station in London.

'Officers from Kent police had to partially evacuate the port of Dover at 11am this morning. That work is now complete and they have recovered a number of items during that search.'

'At around 1.40pm with the assistance of Surrey Police, we evacuated a house on Sunbury-on-Thames. As a precautionary measure we evacuated the surrounding buildings.

'I want to reassure that community that our experts are quickly and thoroughly searching that address.

'At this stage we are keeping an open mind about whether more than one person is responsible for this attack and we are still pursuing multiple lines of enquiry at pace.' 

Deputy Commissioner Basu revealed police have received 180 photos and videos and located 121 witnesses - 100 of whom they have spoken to already.

Sunbury-on-Thames is just a 37-minute train ride from Wimbledon station, where the tube that was bombed yesterday began its journey.

Residents on Cavendish Road were evacuated and asked to find somewhere to stay for the evening. Staines Rugby Club has been set up as a meeting point.

Neighbour: 'Police had been at house before'

Stephen Griffiths, 28, who lives across the road from the house that was raided, told MailOnline that police had been at the house numerous times in recent weeks - sometimes spending 'hours' at the property'.

He also saw officers using drones to search the garden at the back of the property.

He 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?

'Why couldn't something be done sooner to stop this happening? Why couldn't the police have questioned him?

'Three or four officers would turn up and would speak to the foster parents on the doorstep.

'They were in normal police cars but they weren't wearing police hats or reflective jackets - they were dressed all in black.

'It was nothing like just a normal officer doing a duty call, it seemed like something a bit higher in the chain.

'The other day they were out there for a long time - a few hours - and they could have even gone in the house.' 

Residents in the outer cordon were allowed home at 8pm after they had given their names and proof of address to police.

They were told once they were in their houses they must stay there unless absolutely necessary, and sign in and out of the cordon until it was lifted if they had to leave.

Residents closer living closer to the house were asked to find alternative accommodation for the night.

Brenda Matthews, 53, was told by police to pack essential items and find somewhere to stay for 12 hours while specialist officers raided the property .

She said: 'I looked out this morning and saw men with bandannas. I asked what was going on and a neighbour told me it was a terrorist raid.

'Everyone knows everyone round here. The house involved is blocked off, police are knocking on doors to try and basically get everyone out and to safety.

'The scary thing is how long have these people been living in this house for? I've lived here seven years.'

Mrs Jones is the governor of a local school and became a foster mother after working in a juvenile prison and was always supported by her husband.

The couple featured in an 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.'

Alison Griffiths, a Surrey county councillor who knows Mr and Mrs Jones, said they had two young people staying with them - an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old.

She described Mr and Mrs Jones as 'great pillars of the community', adding: 'They do a job that not many people do.'

Ms Griffiths, 42, said the couple may not be able to return home for days as police continue to search their house.

She said: 'I think they are actually staying with friends of theirs.

'But I spoke to the police officer earlier and he said he doesn't think they will be going home until at least five days because of forensics.'  

Mojgan Jamali, who lives on the road where the house was raided this afternoon, said police gave her just 'one minute' to pack her bags, grab her children, and leave her home.

She said: 'We didn't know what was going on. There was a lot of rumours going on, a lot of stories, people saying this and that, but we didn't know.'

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told MailOnline police vehicles swooped on the street as she was making her way to a local Tesco store. We thought it was a drug raid, but the police would not tell us anything.

'We tried driving around but they had blocked of part of the road and they said that we really need to go right down [to the other end of the road].

'When I was leaving they were knocking on all the doors. A police sergeant told us that they had found an explosive device.' 

A 32-year-old woman who lives locally told MailOnline she was ordered to leave her mother's house after getting a knock on the door from a police SWAT team.

'My brother got a bang on the door about half past one by a swat team and they were told to leave immediately.

'We are waiting outside on Catherine Drive there now. Everyone is cold and just waiting to see when we can go back home. The couple in the house are lovely, they've be fostering kids for years since I was little.'

A woman, who lives opposite, added: 'I am so worried about Ron and Penny, they are a lovely couple. I hear they have been taken away for questioning. I don't understand.'  

Police were seen searching bins outside Dover Priory railway station on prompting suggestions the suspect may have arrived in the town by train
Police were seen searching bins outside Dover Priory railway station on prompting suggestions the suspect may have arrived in the town by train

Police were seen searching bins outside Dover Priory railway station on prompting suggestions the suspect may have arrived in the town by train

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Dover in relation to the Parsons Green bombing at around 3pm. This image shows police at the port
An 18-year-old man was arrested in Dover in relation to the Parsons Green bombing at around 3pm. This image shows police at the port

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Dover in relation to the Parsons Green bombing at around 3pm. This image shows police at the port

A police van pictured in the Dover port area outside a building that houses the terminal's control offices and a car rental firm where officers say they have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the attack on Parsons Green
A police van pictured in the Dover port area outside a building that houses the terminal's control offices and a car rental firm where officers say they have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the attack on Parsons Green

A police van pictured in the Dover port area outside a building that houses the terminal's control offices and a car rental firm where officers say they have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the attack on Parsons Green

Armed police have raided a residential property in Sunbury-on-Thames in connection to the Parsons Green bombing
Armed police have raided a residential property in Sunbury-on-Thames in connection to the Parsons Green bombing
Armed police have raided a residential property in Sunbury-on-Thames in connection to the Parsons Green bombing
Armed police have raided a residential property in Sunbury-on-Thames in connection to the Parsons Green bombing

Armed police raided the residential property on Cavendish Road in Sunbury-on-Thames in connection to the Parsons Green bombing

There is a heavy police presence around the area, where residents have been ordered to leave their homes as the investigation continues
There is a heavy police presence around the area, where residents have been ordered to leave their homes as the investigation continues

There is a heavy police presence around the area, where residents have been ordered to leave their homes as the investigation continues

One neighbour, a 32-year-old woman, told MailOnline she was ordered to leave her mother's house  after getting a knock on the door from a police SWAT team
One neighbour, a 32-year-old woman, told MailOnline she was ordered to leave her mother's house  after getting a knock on the door from a police SWAT team

One neighbour, a 32-year-old woman, told MailOnline she was ordered to leave her mother's house after getting a knock on the door from a police SWAT team

At 8.20am on Friday, a bomb left by a suspected terrorist detonated on the tube at Parsons Green in west London, injuring 30 people. Two hours afterwards, the Metropolitan Police said they were investigating a terrorist incident.

On Friday evening, the Islamic State claimed the attack, saying it had been carried out by their 'soldiers', although the group has made false claims in the past. 

Theresa May raised the UK's threat level to critical on Friday night and soldiers were deployed to guard key sites, such as nuclear power stations, to free up armed police for regular patrols. 

These are the updates since then -

    • Parsons Green underground station reopened on Saturday morning following the attack at 8.20am on Friday; 
    • 18-year-old 'suspected bomber' was arrested in Dover at 7.50am and at 2pm police stormed house in Sudbury;
    • Unconfirmed reports from locals said police found explosives in the garden of the terraced house;
    • Suspect was arrested two weeks ago, neighbours claimed, although Scotland Yard declined to comment;
    • The Metropolitan Police said officers 'open minded' about whether more than one person was responsible;
    • Police have received 180 photos and videos, located 121 witnesses and have spoken to 100 of them already;
    • Public have been told to dial 999 or call the  anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321 if see anything suspicious.

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd described arrest of the 18-year-old at 7.50am in the Dover port departure lounge as 'very significant', but added: 'The operation is ongoing.'

    The suspect was taken to a local police station and will be transferred to south London during the course of the day, officers said.

    One witness said the man was arrested in the ticket office at the port.

    She told The Sunday Mirror: 'He was surrounded by about seven police officers as he went to buy a ticket. It was all done very quickly and quietly. 

    'I couldn't really see who he was or what he was wearing as they were all around him. 'I didn't realise what it was at the time. It's only after and heard it on the news I realised what it was.'

    Tourist Daniel Vaselicu, 31, said the man appeared calm as the officers two unarmed interrogated him for 10 minutes before arresting him minutes later. 

    Police were seen searching bins outside Dover Priory railway station on prompting suggestions the suspect may have arrived in the town by train. 

    The station also has CCTV cameras positioned in and outside the building. The station is a 30 minute walk to the port. Police officers also searched industrial bins at the Dover ferry passenger terminal. 

    Officers were pictured lifting plastic carrier bags out of the bin and examining them before putting them back. 

    Security minister Ben Wallace said today the threat level has been raised to critical because a new attack is likely to be 'imminent' as an increased presence of armed officers was seen in cities across the country. 

    But he piled the pressure on police for not releasing CCTV footage of the attacker, describing it as a 'useful' tool in identifying suspects.

    He said on BBC Radio 4's Today show this morning: 'I totally agree that CCTV footage is useful but that part of the investigation I leave with the police and security services.'  

    Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said today: 'London has not stopped after other terrible attacks and it will not stop after this one'
    Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said today: 'London has not stopped after other terrible attacks and it will not stop after this one'

    Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said today: 'London has not stopped after other terrible attacks and it will not stop after this one'

    The crime commissioner chats with armed police officers who have been deployed around the city in the wake of the failed bombing at Parsons Green tube station yesterday 
    The crime commissioner chats with armed police officers who have been deployed around the city in the wake of the failed bombing at Parsons Green tube station yesterday 

    The crime commissioner chats with armed police officers who have been deployed around the city in the wake of the failed bombing at Parsons Green tube station yesterday 

    The crime commissioner joined police patrols today after Operation Temperer was activated, meaning that up to 5,000 armed troops can be deployed at sensitive sites
    The crime commissioner joined police patrols today after Operation Temperer was activated, meaning that up to 5,000 armed troops can be deployed at sensitive sites

    The crime commissioner joined police patrols today after Operation Temperer was activated, meaning that up to 5,000 armed troops can be deployed at sensitive sites

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick talks to a member of the public on the South Bank in central London, as Operation Temperer is enacted
    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick talks to a member of the public on the South Bank in central London, as Operation Temperer is enacted

    Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick talks to a member of the public on the South Bank in central London, as Operation Temperer is enacted

    Armed officers on patrol at a busy Westminster station this morning - Scotland Yard said the arrest will lead to more activity from officers
    Armed officers on patrol at a busy Westminster station this morning - Scotland Yard said the arrest will lead to more activity from officers

    Armed officers on patrol at a busy Westminster station this morning - Scotland Yard said the arrest will lead to more activity from officers

    Armed police officers patrol Northumberland Street in Newcastle today following the UK's threat level being raised to critical following yesterday's attack in London 
    Armed police officers patrol Northumberland Street in Newcastle today following the UK's threat level being raised to critical following yesterday's attack in London 

    Armed police officers patrol Northumberland Street in Newcastle today following the UK's threat level being raised to critical following yesterday's attack in London 

    Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols
    Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols

    Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols

    Armed police were also seen on patrol in other parts of the country such as in Brighton (pictured)
    Armed police were also seen on patrol in other parts of the country such as in Brighton (pictured)

    Armed police were also seen on patrol in other parts of the country such as in Brighton (pictured)

    Armed officers chat with passengers coming in and out of Manchester Piccadilly station on Saturday
    Armed officers chat with passengers coming in and out of Manchester Piccadilly station on Saturday

    Armed officers chat with passengers coming in and out of Manchester Piccadilly station on Saturday

    In Liverpool Armed officer were present at the city's Food & Drink Festival at Sefton Park
    In Liverpool Armed officer were present at the city's Food & Drink Festival at Sefton Park

    In Liverpool Armed officer were present at the city's Food & Drink Festival at Sefton Park

    An armed police officer provides security as members of the Queen's Life Guard ride across Horse Guards Parade
    An armed police officer provides security as members of the Queen's Life Guard ride across Horse Guards Parade

    An armed police officer provides security as members of the Queen's Life Guard ride across Horse Guards Parade

    Scotland Yard said last night it is making 'excellent' progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off a crude bucket bomb on a packed commuter train. The timeline of the attack is shown in this graphic
    Scotland Yard said last night it is making 'excellent' progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off a crude bucket bomb on a packed commuter train. The timeline of the attack is shown in this graphic

    Scotland Yard said last night it is making 'excellent' progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off a crude bucket bomb on a packed commuter train. The timeline of the attack is shown in this graphic

    It was the middle of rush hour on Friday when the crude bucket bomb - which had a timer - went off at 8.20am inside a tube train packed with commuters, including schoolchildren and a pregnant woman.

    The train is regularly packed full of schoolchildren. The Fulham area serves at least three state secondary schools: Fulham Boys School, The London Oratory and Lady Margaret Hall along with a number of independent schools. 

    Terrified passengers were left covered in blood with scorched hands, legs, faces and hair – others suffered crush injuries during a stampede as they 'ran for their lives' over fears the 'train would blow up'.

    Theresa May raises terror threat level to its highest possible

    Mrs May said in a statement from Number 10 on Friday night -

     'The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical - this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent.

    'The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection.

    'This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses.'  

    London Ambulance took 19 patients to hospitals, while the others went in themselves. The four hospitals dealing with patients were Imperial, Chelsea and Westminster, Guy's and St Thomas' and St George's.

    An officer at the scene on Friday told MailOnline: 'We believe there is a second bomb - there is a man with knives on the loose.'

    In a pre-recorded television statement released around 8.30pm, Mrs May said military personnel would replace police officers 'on guard duties at certain protected sites which are not accessible to the public'.

    She said: 'The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection.

    'This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses.'

    Speaking moments afterwards, Assistant Commissioner Mike Rowley said: 'We are making excellent progress at the moment as we pursue our lines of inquiry to identify, locate and arrest those responsible.

    'We have hundreds of police officers trawling through CCTV footage, detectives have spoken to tens of witnesses and we have taken a large number of calls to the hotline... from members of the public.

    Donald Trump tweeted just hours after the blast that police had the attacker 'in their sights' and should have been 'more proactive' in catching 'the loser'.

    Scotland Yard hit back and said Mr Trump's comments were 'pure speculation' while senior officers refused to name the suspect.

    The President later adopted a more conciliatory tone in another tweet last night saying, 'our hearts and prayers go out to the people of London'. 

    Mrs May also hit out at the President's tweet, calling it 'unhelpful', and has this evening discussed the intelligence sharing between the two countries with the President in a telephone call.  

    The majority of victims of Friday's attack suffered 'flash burns' including to their heads (pictured)  and several were taken to a specialist burns unit
    The majority of victims of Friday's attack suffered 'flash burns' including to their heads (pictured)  and several were taken to a specialist burns unit

    The majority of victims of Friday's attack suffered 'flash burns' including to their heads (pictured)  and several were taken to a specialist burns unit

    Armed police pictured on guard in Westminster on Saturday after the UK's terror threat level was raised to severe - the highest level
    Armed police pictured on guard in Westminster on Saturday after the UK's terror threat level was raised to severe - the highest level

    Armed police pictured on guard in Westminster on Saturday after the UK's terror threat level was raised to severe - the highest level

    The introduction of Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols
    The introduction of Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols

    The introduction of Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols

    Theresa May gave a statement from within Downing Street on Friday in which she announced the terror threat level would be raised to critical, its highest level
    Theresa May gave a statement from within Downing Street on Friday in which she announced the terror threat level would be raised to critical, its highest level

    Theresa May gave a statement from within Downing Street on Friday in which she announced the terror threat level would be raised to critical, its highest level

    Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there may have been more than one person involved stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'
    Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there may have been more than one person involved stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'

    Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley suggested there may have been more than one person involved stating that police were 'chasing down suspects'

    A young woman was walked to safety by a Met officer after having her head bandaged after suffering a burn or wound to her cheek
    A young woman was walked to safety by a Met officer after having her head bandaged after suffering a burn or wound to her cheek

    A young woman was walked to safety by a Met officer after having her head bandaged after suffering a burn or wound to her cheek

    Elite armed counter-terrorism police were at the scene on Friday amid reports of the suspect being on the run and claims of a second device
    Elite armed counter-terrorism police were at the scene on Friday amid reports of the suspect being on the run and claims of a second device

    Elite armed counter-terrorism police were at the scene on Friday amid reports of the suspect being on the run and claims of a second device

    Security was stepped up at stations around London following Friday morning's attack. Pictured is a British Transport Police officers at Euston
    Security was stepped up at stations around London following Friday morning's attack. Pictured is a British Transport Police officers at Euston

    Security was stepped up at stations around London following Friday morning's attack. Pictured is a British Transport Police officers at Euston

    A police officer watches on as commuters file into the underground at Euston Station amid newly tightened security
    A police officer watches on as commuters file into the underground at Euston Station amid newly tightened security

    A police officer watches on as commuters file into the underground at Euston Station amid newly tightened security

    Business as usual: Undeterred passengers were at the station again this morning to catch services into central London
    Business as usual: Undeterred passengers were at the station again this morning to catch services into central London

    Business as usual: Undeterred passengers were at the station again this morning to catch services into central London

    Passengers were pictured going through the turnstiles less than 24 hours after the bomb exploded at the station on Friday
    Passengers were pictured going through the turnstiles less than 24 hours after the bomb exploded at the station on Friday

    Passengers were pictured going through the turnstiles less than 24 hours after the bomb exploded at the station on Friday

    This image was taken from the platform in the minutes after the terror attack and it remained alight until the fire service arrived
    This image was taken from the platform in the minutes after the terror attack and it remained alight until the fire service arrived

    This image was taken from the platform in the minutes after the terror attack and it remained alight until the fire service arrived

    The abandoned train at Parsons Green on Friday morning after a terrorist left a bucket bomb on the carriage floor
    The abandoned train at Parsons Green on Friday morning after a terrorist left a bucket bomb on the carriage floor

    The abandoned train at Parsons Green on Friday morning after a terrorist left a bucket bomb on the carriage floor

    Police believe the bomber may have exited the train (pictured) perhaps one or two stops before the bomb went off
    Police believe the bomber may have exited the train (pictured) perhaps one or two stops before the bomb went off

    Police believe the bomber may have exited the train (pictured) perhaps one or two stops before the bomb went off

    Passengers are ushered across the track by firefighters after getting trapped in the aftermath of the bombing on Friday morning
    Passengers are ushered across the track by firefighters after getting trapped in the aftermath of the bombing on Friday morning

    Passengers are ushered across the track by firefighters after getting trapped in the aftermath of the bombing on Friday morning

    Witnesses to the explosion said there was a loud 'bang', a flash and then a ball of flame engulfed surrounding passengers on the 'packed' District Line train.

    Gillian Wixley, 36, who lives in Putney, was eight seats from the explosion. She said: 'It was chaotic: There was lots of people panicking and people were injured due to the crush.

    'Everyone was very emotional. There was one boy maybe age ten who was commuting to school on his own. He was sitting on the floor sobbing.

    How releasing information helped catch Barcelona attacker

    The failure of the Metropolitan Police to name the suspect contrasts sharply with the response to the last major terror attack in Europe, Barcelona in August.

    Just over an hour after the attack took place, Spanish police tweeted the public to say they were searching for the attacker and to avoid the area.

    Then, three hours after the attack, a photo of a suspect, Driss Oukabir, was released and circulated online.

    The release of the image caused Oukabir to come forward to his local police and tell officers his documents had been stolen.

    This was again revealed to the media as Oukabir's younger brother Moussa became the prime suspect.

    'He was obviously in shock and very scared. Everyone around him was trying to calm him down and help him.'

    Lady Margaret Hall schoolgirl Emanuella Mensah, 16, described the panic. I was right outside the corner shop when people started running from the station. People were shouting 'run, run'. I saw old people, people with their kids. Then someone shouted 'terrorist!'. More people kept coming out of the station.

    'There were people sitting on the pavement crying and in hysterics. Schoolgirls were coming from all kinds of directions. The teachers came down and we started escorting people into school.'

    She said the younger children were particularly shocked and scared and that the distress carried on throughout the day.

    'Years seven, eight and nine, they were all on the phone trying to call their parents. People were crying everywhere.

    'The teachers were putting them into rooms, giving them water and biscuits, trying to keep them calm. They tried to keep everyone going to their lessons but people couldn't concentrate.'

    Luke Warsmey said: 'The explosion was like a large match going off at the end of the carriage. People just started sprinting. It was every man for himself when that happened. The burn victims had severe leg injuries.

    'It was a very busy commuter train, young and old, school children going to their schools. I saw was nannies trying to look for kids, because of the rush of people just taking five and six year olds away from them and they were trying to look for them.

    'There were lots of injuries from people being trampled on and everyone who had been close to it had the same burns to their head.'

    Armed policemen stand by cordon near Parsons Green tube station - and the Met will flood London with them over the coming days

    A police cordon remained outside Parsons Green Tube station on Friday afternoon following the blast during the morning rush hour
    A police cordon remained outside Parsons Green Tube station on Friday afternoon following the blast during the morning rush hour

    A police cordon remained outside Parsons Green Tube station on Friday afternoon following the blast during the morning rush hour

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