Finsbury Park mosque attack: suspect named as Darren Osborne, 47-year-old who lives in Cardiff – latest updates

In a statement on behalf of his family, Darren Osborne’s nephew Ellis Osborne, 26, has said: “We are massively shocked; it’s unbelievable, it still hasn’t really sunk in. We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to the people who have been injured.”
Ellis Osborne added his uncle was “not a racist” and said he had never expressed any racist views. He added: “Its madness. It is obviously sheer madness.”

Updated at 9.46pm BST
  

-Finsbury Park mosque attack: suspect named as Darren Osborne, 47-year-old who lives in Cardiff – latest updates

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In a statement on behalf of his family, Darren Osborne’s nephew Ellis Osborne, 26, has said: “We are massively shocked; it’s unbelievable, it still hasn’t really sunk in. We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to the people who have been injured.”
Ellis Osborne added his uncle was “not a racist” and said he had never expressed any racist views. He added: “Its madness. It is obviously sheer madness.”
Updated at 9.46pm BST

-A vigil is being held outside the Finsbury Park mosque – around the corner from the scene of last night’s attack.

    

The mother of the suspected Finsbury Park terror attacker has spoken of her shock. In an interview with ITV News, she said she found out about her son’s arrest via the television.

       

Asked what she thought when that happened, Christine Osborne said: “Oh God… you just can’t imagine.” Breaking down in tears, she added: “I just can’t talk about it, I just don’t know.” She said the last time she saw him was about a month ago.

       

Asked if he had ever expressed extremist views or behaviour, Christine Osborne said: “No, none whatsoever. Nothing at all.” She described her son as being a “complex” person but said “that’s all I can say”. She said:

       

I’m not going to defend him, but he’s my son and it’s a terrible, terrible shock.

       

It’s not just robbing a bank, it’s an atrocity. And at this moment in time, I can’t cope with it, I can’t. I don’t want to say anything more.

       

Updated at 8.33pm BST

   

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has said the Finsbury Park attack was “another attack on Britain” that, similar to other recent tragedies, “unites us all in grief and anger”. Writing for the Guardian, Rudd said:

   

We must not let hate win. It is vital, now more than ever, that we stand together and do not allow people who seek to use hate to divide us to succeed.

    

I have been saddened to see suggestions that this cowardly crime is not being dealt with in the same way as the Westminster Bridge, Manchester or London Bridge attacks. Let there be no doubt this attack is every bit as horrifying as the others we have seen. Our grief is no less raw. When this van targeted innocent people tending to a man who had been taken ill, police were on the scene and responded within one minute. Within eight minutes they had declared it a terrorist attack.

      

– British Muslims deserve full protection, and they will get it – Amber Rudd

The Finsbury Park attack was terrorism. We all have a part to play in standing in solidarity with the Muslim community

       

Police have revised the casualty figures from the attack: They now say nine people were taken to hospital and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Scotland Yard had previously given the former figure as eight.

    

Darren Osborne’s sister, Nicola, has said she is “very sorry for what’s happened”, the Press Association reports.

    

She spoke outside a house in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, where relatives of the suspected Finsbury Park attacker gathered on Monday afternoon. She declined to give a surname and she and other family members said they would not be issuing further statements at the moment.

     

The street, which is two rows of terraces near the town centre, was busy with journalists and groups of young people standing around talking about what had happened.

      

One neighbour, who did not give her name, said she knew Osborne’s mother but “did not know Darren at all”.

      

Another neighbour said Osborne had not lived there for 10 years and that he had a “family and children in Cardiff”.

     

Others said they did not know the family at all, with one saying most people on the street kept themselves to themselves.

      

Updated at 7.52pm BST

       

The Muslim next-door neighbours of Osborne alleged he had racially abused their son at the weekend.

      

Khadijh Sherazi said she had never had any problems with him or his family until this weekend. But her 12-year-old son, Nadeem, said:

       

I was on my bike and he just came up to me and said ‘in-bred’. Just out there [on the road]. It was just a normal voice. He just said it.

     

His sister, Nadia, 10, said she also heard what Osborne said.

       

Me and my nan were sat on the deck. She was putting the washing out. All of a sudden we heard him say ‘in-bred’. I said to my nan: ‘Did you hear that?’ She said it was probably to his dogs.

       

A police officer stands outside a property during a search of a house in Pentwyn, which is believed to be the home of Darren Osborne.

      

The children’s mother said it had not been said in an angry tone. She continued:

    

We didn’t think nothing of it. He seemed a normal bloke, a normal family, normal kids, happy go lucky. I would see him out walking with his two spaniels. He would also shout quite a lot but the kids seemed happy. I wouldn’t have said he was someone with mental problems.

     

Asked about the attack in Finsbury Park, she said: “It’s shocking, me being Muslim. If I go out some places are racist. I get called batman. You think, get a life. This guy didn’t show any signs of being racist.”

      

Sherazi describes herself as a white Muslim, who was born in Cardiff and speaks with a Welsh accent. Her children were born in Cardiff. Their father is originally from Pakistan.

    

The family said Osborne had a large family who would often visit. He set up a gazebo in the garden as the spell of hot weather came in and was seen arriving with bottles of vodka as if he was going to hold a party. They said they heard him singing in his garden.

    

“He seemed happy enough,” said Sherazi.

      

The street where Osborne lives is a cul-de-sac of red brick semis and terraces. Osborne is believed to live with partner Sarah Andrews, 42, a chef at the Black Griffin pub in the nearby leafy suburb of Lisvane.
Neighbours said Osborne and Andrews had separated in recent months, and said he would often shout at her in the street.

    

Pharmacist Rebecca Carpenter, 26, said Osborne was “quite a shouty person, always shouting at his wife and kids”.

      

He always seemed an aggressive and strange person. He drove around in an old car that was always damaged.

      

He never caused us any real problems, but we could often hear him shouting from the other side of the street.

      

None of us have ever really spoken to him but we recognised him straight away when we saw him on the telly this morning.

        

Another neighbour said: “I actually heard him singing in the street yesterday – weird really. I never knew what he did for a living but Sarah is a hard worker.”

       

Stephanie Kibble, 21, another neighbour who lives two doors down, said she never had a problem with Osborne.

      

I only knew him to say hello to but he was always friendly enough.

      

Updated at 7.16pm BST

     

-Red Cross providing assistance after Finsbury Park mosque attack
The British Red Cross has sent three volunteers to provide “practical and emotional support” to those affected by the attack and those who cannot return to their homes because of the police cordon.

     

The charity’s chief executive, Mike Adamson, said the team may be required to assist overnight and urged the public to help the relief effort with donations to the specialist fund for victims of UK terror attacks.

       

As a nation we continue to face a trying and difficult time but our humanity continues to unite us. People will want to know how they can help and show that unity with one another at this time.

      

Donations are welcome to the UK Solidarity Fund which we launched earlier this month for victims of terror attacks in the UK, and which we will be making available to support those who have been affected by this latest horrific incident.

       

Updated at 6.50pm BST
-HOPE not hate

      

A vigil will be held tonight at Finsbury Park mosque for the person killed in the attack as well as the injured, coordinated by Faiths Forum for London, with other smaller vigils taking place across the capital.

       

Faith leaders from across Wales are also meeting at Dar Ul-Isra mosque in Cardiff at 8.45pm to make a human chain wall as an act of solidarity with the Muslim community.

        

Organised by Citizens UK, faith leaders in attendance will include Peggy Jackson, the archdeacon of Llandaff, and Rabbi Rose of Cardiff United synagogue.

         

Updated at 6.36pm BST

         

It wasn’t a surprise to those of us who recognise that Islamophobia, in print or over the airwaves, can have real-world consequences

        

We have been conditioned to think of extremists as other than us, of terrorists as angry, dark-skinned men, of hate preachers as bearded clerics, of enablers as the silent Muslims who will not condemn the actions of their few. But it is time to also see those who attack Muslims not as anomalies or crazed individuals, but as products of a climate that has incited and normalised their hatred.

      

 After Finsbury Park, Britain must tackle its preachers of anti-Muslim hate – Nesrine Malik

Sunday night’s attack wasn’t a surprise to those of us who recognise that Islamophobia, in print or over the airwaves, can have real-world consequences

     

-East London mosque has an update after the building was evacuated after a bomb threat, now believed to have been a hoax.

    

Labour MP Jo Stevens has issued an appeal for information after the alleged attacker was named as Darren Osborne, a resident of her Cardiff Central constituency.
Stevens said it was “deeply concerning” that Osborne had lived in her constituency and urged users of social media to take care their comments did not prejudice any forthcoming criminal trial.
I am appealing to anyone who may have relevant information about the attack to let the police know immediately.
I am also appealing to everyone who uses social media, to please be aware that prejudicial tweets about the alleged attacker may constitute contempt of court, and could even lead to any prosecution or trial having to be abandoned.

   

The anti-fascist campaign group Hope not Hate has said it fears the UK is entering a cycle of “tit-for-tat violence… where the extremes feed off one another, and terror attack propels terror attack”.
The organisation, which campaigns against the far right, said the sheer number of events meant “there can feel a dangerous sense of inevitability to all this”.
Hope not Hate, one of the co-organisers of the Great Get Together in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox, said the authorities needed to take further action against non-violent extremists who incite both far-right and Islamist-inspired violence.
The agendas of the Islamist extremists who carried out the Manchester and London Bridge attacks differ little from the far-right extremists who set out to target Muslims.
Both share a belief that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot live peacefully together and both use the existence of the other to justify their own warped world view.
The charity’s chief executive, Nick Lowles, said they would work to continue to deny platforms to extremists.
No community entire, no ‘people’, are to blame for the actions of a few. Muslims are not ‘taking over’, nor are Islamophobic extremists. It can be lost in the miasma of blame and smear that, in fact, the vast majority of the country rejects all extremes.
Today it is vital we show solidarity to those under attack, but in the longer term this is not enough. As a society we need to be more proactive and find better ways to defeat those who want to destroy our lives.

   

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