Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood ‘lived in West Ham’, neighbour claims

Security at Westminster. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Security at Westminster. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The terrorist suspected of carrying out yesterday’s attack in Westminster lived in Newham, it has been claimed.

Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old originally from Kent, is also thought to have lived in east London, with a man of his name registered to an address in a terraced street in West Ham.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told the Press Association: “This guy is a local guy. I’ve been living in the area for 20 years.

“I don’t know him personally but I believe he belongs to a mosque on Leyton High Road.

“I’ve seen his face many times. I saw him on the news at around 7pm last night and thought ‘this is the guy I know from the mosque.’

“He had a beard and big eyes.”

Masood, who was known by a number of alises, was not currently being investigated by authorities and there was “no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack”, Scotland Yard said.

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He was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences dating back to 1983 - but none for terrorism offences.

Four people, including Masood, died. Pc Keith Palmer was killed in the attack, along with two members of the public – college worker Aysha Frade and tourist Kurt Cochran.