Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teen Suspect in Bomb Plot Has 'Led Isolated Life'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teen Suspect in Bomb Plot Has 'Led Isolated Life'

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEIGHBOURS of a teenager suspected of hatching a bomb plot said his family are upstanding members of the community.

An 18-year-old man remains in police custody where he is being questioned after guns, ammunition and explosives were allegedly found at his home.

Neighbours say his family are seen regularly in the community visiting the local convenience store and the fish and chip shop in Newcastle's West End.

But locals say they rarely saw the teenage suspect and said he spent most of his time indoors.

Raj Bedi, 52, who owns the Family Shopper store, GT Electricals and St James' Fish Bar, said: "His mum and sister come into the convenience store on a regular basis.

"They pay their bills through PayPoint and buy their milk, but no one seems to have seen him for a couple of years.

"People are saying he has been in his bedroom. He has led an isolated life. His mum and sister are regulars at the fish and chip shop."

On Monday, Northumbria Police officers and the bomb squad descended on Hamilton Place in Newcastle's West End.

Concerns had been raised for the welfare of the man following a series of posts on Facebook.

Officers attended and an Army bomb disposal team was immediately called in, and more than 50 people living nearby were evacuated from their homes. …

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