Man arrested in connection with Westminster attack

Counter-terrorism officers have been searching a house where friends of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood lived in Birmingham.

Specialist police teams turned up at the address in Hockley – just yards from where Masood had previously lived – on Saturday lunchtime.

The maisonette in Bredon Croft, Hockley, is just yards from where Masood had recently lived.

Neighbours said police had been combing the area since Saturday.

Shocked and surprised neighbours told reporters that friends of the attacker lived at the maisonette and revealed Masood would often visit to take their children to a local mosque.

Masood, who killed five people in Wednesday’s attack, lived in nearby Quayside until the end of 2016.

A family, who live next to the house being searched, said the attacker Khalid Masood used to come wearing Islamic dress and take their neighbours’ children to mosque.

One girl said she had spoken with the 52-year old, adding he “seemed kind, normal”.

A neighbour said a couple and four children lived at the house being searched, describing them as a “nice family”.

On Sunday, the special officers were removing bags of evidence.

A 58-year old arrested in Birmingham remains in custody after a hunt for accomplices saw 11 people held after raids across the country.

One of the mothers at the primary school said her daughter was best friends with Masood’s, but added “I always got the chills from him”.



Staff Reporter

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