Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DADDY'S A TUBE BOMBER; Shepherd's Bush Terror Suspect Is Father of Three

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DADDY'S A TUBE BOMBER; Shepherd's Bush Terror Suspect Is Father of Three

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THE Shepherd's Bush bomb suspect was described today by shocked neighbours as a doting father of three children - one of them a newborn baby.

Police believe they have identified the man, one of four would-be suicide bombers who tried to cause carnage on the transport system last Thursday.

Scotland Yard issued a new image of him in a white vest on a No220 bus in Wandsworth after fleeing the scene.

But residents near his Stockwell home painted a picture of an ordinary family man.

Next-door neighbour Anna Christina Fernandes wept as she said: "A couple of weeks ago the man was outside playing with his son and I was playing with the little boy too, and now I find out he wanted to be a mass killer. I am absolutely petrified." The man lived with relatives and his children and is registered to vote on the electoral roll.

The details emerged as thousands of police took part in a massive security operation.

Officers are outside virtually every Underground station to reassure commuters three weeks after the 7 July attacks in which 52 people were murdered. The Shepherd's Bush suspect was named by local people but his

identity has not been officially released by police. He is believed to be the man who was caught on CCTV wearing an England shirt as he boarded a Hammersmith and City line train at Westbourne Park station carrying a large rucksack.

The suspect is thought to have discarded the top before he boarded the No220 bus in Wandsworth after trying to blow up a train.

Police appealed for help in tracing the blue England shirt which he is thought to have thrown away as he ran down Macfarlane Road near the BBC offices in Wood Lane.

Last night police raided his ground-floor flat in Blair House, Stockwell Road. It is 200 yards from Stockwell Tube station where three of the bombers set off on their mission and where Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police on Friday by mistake.

Three women were arrested in the raid on suspicion of harbouring offenders and three young children were also led away from the flat. …

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