Finsbury Park: Police get more time to question terror attack suspect Darren Osborne from Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 11:28 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:02 21 June 2017

A suspect, named locally as Darren Osborne, is pictured being arrested at the scene of the terror attack in Finsbury Park.

A suspect, named locally as Darren Osborne, is pictured being arrested at the scene of the terror attack in Finsbury Park.

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Police have been granted extra time to question Finsbury Park terror attack suspect and former Weston-super-Mare resident Darren Osborne.

Police man a cordon around the scene of the incident. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA WirePolice man a cordon around the scene of the incident. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Metropolitan Police has obtained a warrant for further detention of the 47-year-old father-of-four, meaning he can be kept in custody without charge until 12.54am on Saturday.

A van ploughed into a crowd of people near a mosque in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am on Monday morning, injuring 11 people and leaving one man dead – though it is believed he collapsed before the incident and his cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Police detained a man at the scene after he was pinned down by members of the public.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Detectives from the Met’s counter terrorism command have obtained a warrant for further detention for the 47-year-old man arrested in connection with the terrorist incident in Finsbury Park.

Darren Osborne, the man arrested after an attack on Muslims at a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park, is believed to be from Weston-super-Mare.Darren Osborne, the man arrested after an attack on Muslims at a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park, is believed to be from Weston-super-Mare.

“The man, arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism; attempted murder and murder, remains in custody at a south London police station.”

Osborne was raised in Weston, attending Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, and continued living here until a recent move to the Cardiff area.

A number of his family members continue to live in the town.

MORE: Avon and Somerset Constabulary said it will be conducting more high-visibility patrols in the area, including in areas around mosques.
Neighbourhoods and Partnerships Superintendent Andy Bennett said: “Everyone has the right to live and worship peacefully without fear of being targeted for their ethnicity or religion.

A forensic tent stands next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Picture :Victoria Jones/PA WireA forensic tent stands next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Picture :Victoria Jones/PA Wire

“Over the coming days our neighbourhood teams will be contacting faith leaders to provide them with reassurance and to address any concerns they may have.”


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