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Muslim convert pleads GUILTY: Plot to kill 100 people at Disney store, other targeted sites include “Madame Tussauds,” “Oxford Street – busiest time…” “St Paul’s Cathedral”

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A British Muslim convert swore allegiance to Islamic State, also plotted to target tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds and St Paul’s Cathedral by ramming a van into tourist crowds in a lone jihad attack. The ginger-haired jihadi, who lived with his parents, brother and sister in a semi-detached former council house, is understood to have converted to Islam when he was 17 and became a regular at Friday prayers at a nearby mosque in Chatham.

Is the mosque under investigation? Of course not.

“Respect it it be destroyed, you racists’ – even if Islam is not a race!

Ludlow pleaded guilty to plotting to kill around 100 people outside the Disney store on London’s Oxford Street on Friday.

The paper scraps revealed “potential attack sites” including “madam tussauds”, “Oxford Street – busiest time…” and “St Paul’s cathedral”.

It added: “Further locations scouted to kil. (sic)”

There were also details of a potential attack on Oxford Street using a van to mount the pavement.

It said: “Wolf should either use a ram attack or use…on the truck to maximise death…it is a busy street it is ideal for an attack. It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack”.

He worked at the Royal Mail and he told a fellow Muslim that a Royal Mail staff guide offered advice about “suspicious items like bombs,” according to the CPS case summary. “I’m thinking should I find this info out more as Royal Mail rarely checks items… it’s perfect to send something lethal.”

And the media chorus waits, ‘will the Islamophobia never end?’

Muslim convert admits plotting to kill 100 in Isil terror attack outside Oxford Street Disney Store

Lewis Ludlow, 26, who swore allegiance to Islamic State, also plotted to target tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds and St Paul’s Cathedral by ramming a van into tourist crowds in a “lone wolf” attack.

By Victoria Ward, The Telegraph, 10 August 2018:

A Muslim convert radicalised by Anjem Choudary plotted to kill 100 people in a terror attack outside the Disney store on Oxford Street.

Lewis Ludlow, 26, who swore allegiance to Islamic State, also plotted to target tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds and St Paul’s Cathedral by ramming a van into tourist crowds in a “lone wolf” attack.

The former Royal Mail worker, from Rochester, Kent, had been raising funds for a South East Asian terror cell under the guise of an antiques firm.

In February, he was intercepted at Heathrow en route to the Philippines, where he had intended to join a radicalised medic engaged in raising funds for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in an area with a significant IS presence.

He told police he planned to go for a few days as a sex tourist but his passport was confiscated.

His travel plans thwarted, Ludlow, who called himself The Eagle, concentrated on plotting an attack in London, visiting potential targets, taking photographs and scribbling down his attack plans, later found ripped up in a bin.

He had researched hotel and van hire prices in Oxford Street and made reference in his notes to “kuffar,” a “coordinated attack” and a “realistic goal to hit double figures.”

Prosecutor Mark Dawson said: “At its highest it is a plot to cause mass fatalities using a vehicle in Oxford Street, targeting the Disney store amongst other places, at its busiest time.”

Ludlow was arrested by counter terrorism police on April 18 and at an initial court appearance refused to stand, telling the chief magistrate he could only stand for Allah.

He had been due to face trial on two terror charges but on Friday changed his plea when he appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey, admitting plotting an attack in the UK and funding IS abroad.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

A charge of attempting to join Isil in the Philippines, which he denied, will lie on file.

The ginger-haired defendant, who lived with his parents, brother and sister in a semi-detached former council house, is understood to have converted to Islam when he was 17 and became a regular at Friday prayers at a nearby mosque in Chatham.

He first came to the attention of police two years later, in 2010, when he attended a rally at the US embassy led by Choudary and his banned Al-Muhajiroun (ALM) group.

Police saw him attend various ALM demonstrations, when he was spotted with, or near, Choudary, Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebowale and other “prominent” extremist figures.

Ludlow was arrested by Kent Police in August 2015 on suspicion of being a member of ALM.

A mobile phone seized from his home contained messages suggesting he planned to travel to Syria as well as videos of beheadings but the CPS said there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

Two months earlier, he told a follower that a Royal Mail staff guide offered advice about “suspicious items like bombs,” according to the CPS case summary.

He added: “I’m thinking should I find this info out more as Royal Mail rarely checks items… it’s perfect to send something lethal.” He was also part of a chat group concerned with how to make a remote bomb.

Ludlow was kept under surveillance from October 2017, which led to his arrest at Heathrow in January. He told police he had been groomed by “Anjem Choudary’s lot” in the past but had distanced himself from them.

When police searched his home, his phone had been thrown over a neighbour’s fence.

It contained conversations with a man called Abu Yaqeen in the Philippines, described by the CPS as a member of Isil “involved in fundraising for violent jihad,” whom Ludlow had asked to help find him a wife. He admitted in chats with Yaqeen that he had never learnt to drive because he was “scared of crashing”.

Another phone, later recovered from a storm drain near Ludlow’s home, contained photographs of his reconnaissance trip to central London as well as a “sinister” amateur video in which he pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Several torn up notes found in the bins detailed various potential targets and the busiest times of day on Oxford Street. One said “Wolf should either use a ram attack or use… on the truck to maximise death.

“It is a busy street it is ideal for an attack. It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack.”

Det Chief Supt Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, described Ludlow as a “dangerous individual.” He will be sentenced on November 2.

Relatives declined to comment.

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