Parsons Green bucket bomb suspect named as Syrian refugee, 21, Yahya Faroukh

 A SYRIAN refugee taken in by a British foster family has been named as the second man arrested over the Parsons Green bucket bomb attack.

Yahya Faroukh, 21, was cared for by Ronald and Penelope Jones who received an MBE in 2009 for fostering hundreds of children.

Police swooped on the Jones’ home in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, on Sunday – which is also believed to be the home of the first suspect, an 18-year-old Iraqi, arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack in Dover.

They also searched an address yards from Heathrow Airport, where Faroukh moved to a few months ago after he was arrested in west London.

Footage circulating on social media shows the moment Faroukh was arrested outside Aladdins chicken shop in Hounslow, west London, after a struggle with counter-terror officers on Saturday night.

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Yahya Faroukh was arrested on Saturday

Faroukh was placed in the home of Mrs Jones, 71, and Mr Jones, 88 after reaching Britain in 2014 from Al Harah near Damascus in Syria and began studying at West Thames College.

The well respected couple have been fostering since the 1970s and have welcomed 268 children into their homes. They have both been awarded the MBE by the Queen.

Images of the suspect posing for selfies in front of the London Eye and Big Ben have emerged on social media.

He is also pictured standing near Brighton Pier and at the capital’s National Gallery.

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Faroukh was placed in foster care in 2013 after arriving in Britain from Syria

Police are this morning searching a home in Stanwell, near Heathrow, which Faroukh is believed to have lived in.

Neighbour Pat Hodge, 59, said: “My wife and I have sat outside in the communal garden with him in the summer and had ice lollies.

“He seems like a nice chap. Sometimes his family come down from Edinburgh, I think it’s his brother and two nephews.

“They’re all really lovely to talk to. They’re obviously Arabic but the kids speak with perfect Scottish accents.

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The Syrian refugee was arrested outside a chicken shop

“Sometimes he and his friends go out in the garden with their prayer mats and shisha pipes. I did think it was a bit strange that whenever I leave the house in the early hours of the morning, he’s always up with his friends.

“His lights are on all night, every night, and often there are three or four of them in there together.

“Sometimes I wave if I’m walking past the window. They seem to play video games together.

“The other strange thing is that he’s got hardly any furniture in his house. He sleeps on a mat and sits on the floor most of the time. It’s frightening to think we’ve welcomed him to the neighbourhood.”

An 18-year-old Iraqi teenager, who is also believed to have lived at the Jones’ family home, was detained at the Port of Dover on Friday.

Anti-terror police had tracked him to the port’s departure hall as he is suspected of attempting to flee the country.

The suspect poses next to a London bus

It comes as a video emerged showing a figure carrying a Lidl bag similar to the one containing the explosive device used in the Parsons Green terror attack.

The suspect is seen wearing a blue or pale-coloured long sleeved top and trousers, with dark shoes and a red hood or hat in the footage obtained by ITV News.

And in their left hand, the person is carrying what appears to be a full Lidl shopping bag as they left a property on the morning of the bombing.

The mysterious figure was seen leaving a Surrey residential address, which has since been raided, at around 6.50am on Friday morning, ITV reports.

One Comment Add yours

  1. tonytran2015 says:

    History may repeat. One day in the future, the White may act like Burmese Army on the Muslim refugees !

    Who will then comment ?

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