/CCTV captures last moments before Streatham terrorist launched attack

CCTV captures last moments before Streatham terrorist launched attack


Shortly after the footage was taken he attacked two passersby
Shortly after the footage was taken he attacked two passersby (Picture: ITV/PA)

Video has emerged showing terrorist Sudesh Amman, 20, calmly walking down the street moments before he launched his attack on innocent passersby.

CCTV obtained by ITV News shows him wearing a hat and coat and carrying a white bag.

Shortly after the footage was taken, he attacked a man and a woman with a knife he grabbed from a shop, leaving one of them seriously injured.

With 60 seconds of launching his assault, he was shot dead by armed police who were carrying out surveillance on him after his release from prison.

The convicted terrorist wore a fake suicide belt during the attack on Streatham High Road, south London, on Sunday.

He had been jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018, but was freed automatically halfway through his sentence less than a fortnight ago.

He was put under 24-hour police surveillance on his release after it is understood security services regarded him as an ‘extremely concerning individual’.

This afternoon, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu, head of UK counter-terror policing, warned that the ‘threat is, despite our best efforts, not diminishing’, after a third attack in as many months.

The UK’s terror threat level is currently set at ‘substantial’, meaning an attack is likely. It was downgraded from ‘severe’, the second highest rating, in November, shortly before the London Bridge attack.


BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Sudesh Amman, who is understood to be the man who was shot dead by armed police in Streatham High Road, south London, following what police declared as a terrorist-related incident. PA Photo. Issue date: Sunday February 2, 2020. The convicted terrorist had recently been released from prison and was thought to have been staying in a bail hostel in Tulse Hill. It is understood that Amman, who was jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018, had been freed in the past six weeks. See PA story POLICE Streatham. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Streatham terrorist Sudesh Amman (Picture: PA)

Police conduct a finger tip search following the terror attack in Streatham High Road, south London by Sudesh Amman, 20, who was shot dead by armed police following what police declared as a terrorist-related incident. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday February 3, 2020. See PA story POLICE Streatham. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Police conduct a finger tip search following the terror attack in Streatham High Road (Picture: PA)

Mr Basu said: ‘Police and the security services knew the attacker posed a significant risk and we were, unfortunately, proved right in our decision to place him under surveillance.

‘But with 3,000 or so subjects of interest currently on our radar, and many convicted terrorists soon due to be released from prison, we simply cannot watch all of them, all the time.’

He welcomed plans announced on Monday by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, who said the urgent legislation was needed to make sure offenders serve two thirds of their sentence before they are considered eligible for release, at which point their case would be considered by a panel of specialist judges and psychiatrists at the Parole Board.

There are 224 terrorists in prison in Britain, with most thought to be holding Islamist extremist views, according to the latest published figures to the end of September.

As many as 50 terrorists could be freed from jail this year, figures suggest.

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