Police appeal for Luton people who knew Westminster terrorist to get in touch

An appeal has gone out to people in Luton who may have known the man involved in the Westminster terror attack to come forward.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:43 am
Updated Saturday, 25th March 2017, 12:10 pm
Emergency personnel on Westminster Bridge, close to the Palace of Westminster, London, after at least two people have died after a knifeman brought terror to the heart of Westminster, mowing down pedestrians then stabbing a policeman before he was shot by armed officers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Westminster. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire POLICE_Westminster_172300.JPG

Khalid Masood, originally from Kent, lived in Luton for some years, in Dunraven Avenue.

Metropolitan Police are appealing for anyone who may have come into contact with Mosood, born Adrian Russell Ajao, and may have information about him.

A former neighbour of the terrorist last night said she noticed “nothing untoward” about him when lived near her.

Masood, 52, lived in Dunraven Avenue, Luton, from 2010 to 2011.

Yesterday teacher Katie Garricques, 48, said she remembers him driving a people carrier and as a “keen gardener”.

She also believes he had two young children at the time he lived there.

She said: “He was frequently gardening or mowing his lawn.

“He was always polite. I saw nothing untoward.

“I’m actually shocked that I lived across the road from someone so awful.

“I’m proud to be from Luton and for it to be so diverse.”

She also described spotting him wearing Islamic dress at weekends and said he always wore slip on moccasin shoes.

However, another neighbour, who declined to be named, has described him as being “like a shadow”.

She said: “He was always shy. I didn’t see him often. Sometimes I would see him walking around at night.

“I didn’t see him during the day. He was like a shadow.

“It was hard to tell he was living there.”

She described him as always being in black Islamic dress alongside a black beanie.

The old home of Masood is a fairly large and modern semi-detached property in a quiet avenue.

It has five large windows at the front and a garage.

The area seems to be mainly populated by families and some children were seen playing on the street today (March 23).

In a statement given outside New Scotland Yard today Deputy Acting Commissioner, Mark Rowley, said: “I want to appeal specifically to the public.

“We remain keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well; understands who his associates were; and can provide with information about places he has recently visited

“There might well be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but weren’t sure or didn’t feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing information to us.

“I urge anyone with such information to contact us the Anti-Terrorist hotline which is 0800 789 321.”

Four people died in the attack after Masood drove a rented car along Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, before stabbing to death a policeman in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster. Masood was then shot dead by armed officers.

A further 50 people were injured with several people remaining in hospital with critical injuries.