This is the moment a Syrian refugee raised by a loving British foster family was pinned to a wall by police as he was arrested over the Parsons Green ‘bucket bomb’.
Yahya Faroukh, 21, was showered with love by Penelope and Ronald Jones at their property in Surrey, which is believed to have also been home to the first suspect to be arrested, an 18-year-old boy.
On Sunday police searched the Jones’ home along with an address at Heathrow that Faroukh moved to a few months ago, after he was arrested in west London.
Footage taken outside Aladdin’s Fried Chicken in Hounslow, West London shows him being detained after a short struggle with counter-terrorism office.
Yahya Faroukh, whose home was raided by police, pictured at Brighton beach
Faroukh pictured outside London landmarks such as Big Ben (left) and the National Gallery (right)
Faroukh, pictured on the Hungerford Bridge, is believed to come from Al Harah near Damascus – an area that has escaped much of the devastation caused by Syria’s civil war
Police wrapped the man’s legs and arms in plastic, put him in overalls and handcuffed him.
A passer-by told the Sun: ‘My mates and I thought he was getting jumped.
‘We were going to help him but they shouted “undercover police” so we stepped back.’
The witness said police shouted at the man to hand over his mobile phone, which was knocked out of his hand in the commotion.
The suspect responded to the police’s orders, but the witness said he did not speak a lot of English.
They said: ‘As soon as I saw them wrapping him up I knew it was really serious.’
The passer-by said the policemen had been waiting in a car, which had seats covered in plastic wrap.
He had been placed with the Joneses, who looked after children from war zones, after reaching Britain in 2013.
Soon he was posing for selfies in front of Big Ben and the London Eye.
Other pictures showed him puffing on a cigarette by Brighton pier, at a shopping centre and at the National Gallery in the capital.
The other suspect arrested, an 18-year-old Iraqi, is also believed to have come from the foster care of the Jones family.
Faroukh posted a photograph of himself with a suitcase outside his foster parents’ home in May when he moved out.
Faroukh had been placed with the Joneses, who looked after children from war zones, after reaching Britain in 2013
On Sunday police searched the building along with an address at Heathrow that Faroukh moved to a few months ago, after he was arrested in Hounslow, west London
Faroukh was placed with the Joneses at their home in Sunbury-on-Thames and began studying at West Thames College
Penelope Jones became a foster mother after working in a juvenile prison and was always supported by her husband. She said: ‘I just like being able to help people’
The couple who own the Sunbury home, Ronald and Penelope Jones, receive MBEs from the Queen in 2009 for fostering hundreds of children
He is believed to come from Al Harah near Damascus – an area that has escaped much of the devastation caused by Syria’s civil war.
He appears to have fled his homeland for Egypt, possibly by flying to Cairo. On November 23, 2013, he posted a picture on his Facebook page showing a dilapidated fishing boat with the caption: ‘The boat we took from Egypt to Italy.’
Within a few days he was in Croydon, where Britain’s immigration authorities are based.
He was placed with the Joneses at their home in Sunbury-on-Thames and began studying at West Thames College.
A Facebook profile in his name says he worked for promoters Dope Diamond Entertainment and BSQ London.
On his Instagram he wrote about ‘smoking weed every day’ and posted an image saying: ‘For better life you need to have weed, vodka and drugs.’
Faroukh was arrested outside Aladdin’s chicken shop in Hounslow, west London
Police are still searching the Jonses’ property in and neighbours have claimed a bomb was found in the garden
Police also swooped on a house in Stanwell, just yards away from Heathrow Airport, after a suspect was arrested in Hounslow last night
Police officers on the scene during the search on a residential address in Stanwell, Surrey, after the arrest of the second suspect in west London
Sunbury-on-Thames is just a 37-minute train journey from Wimbledon station, where the tube that was bombed yesterday began its journey. A second man was arrested four miles away in Hounslow last night. Police said they were also searching a property in Stanwell
He also posted anti-Israel images proclaiming: ‘Stop Israeli terror in Palestine.’
Mohammed Konbus, who met Faroukh during the journey through Egypt, said: ‘He wasn’t into all that religious stuff. He was a very sensible person and very mature. I am so surprised that he has been linked to this.
‘I really hope that it isn’t him, but I haven’t seen him in three years, and no one knows what can happen in three years.
‘He doesn’t seem like a guy that would go to that limit. I don’t agree with people being killed so I hope we find out who it was.
‘We moved because the situation got worse in Egypt and he wanted to learn English and start establishing his future.’
At Christmas 2015, Faroukh appears to have travelled to Scotland to see a cousin, also a refugee, and some children.
But 11 weeks ago, on June 29 – a few days after the London Bridge terror attack – his father died back in Syria.
It set off a period of intense mourning for Faroukh, who posted sombre images of his father on his Facebook page.
By now he was living in a house in Staines, next to Heathrow Airport. Anti-terror police swooped there yesterday.
Neighbour Pat Hodge, 59, said: ‘My wife and I have sat outside in the communal garden with him in the summer and had ice lollies.
‘He seems like a nice chap. Sometimes his family come down from Edinburgh, I think it’s his brother and two nephews.
‘They’re all really lovely to talk to. They’re obviously Arabic but the kids speak with perfect Scottish accents.
‘Sometimes he and his friends go out in the garden with their prayer mats and shisha pipes. I did think it was a bit strange that whenever I leave the house in the early hours of the morning, he’s always up with his friends.
In the CCTV video obtained by ITV , a man dressed in a grey tracksuit keeps his head down and his face hidden from the camera as he walks quickly down the street
A man was caught on camera leaving a house at the centre of a police investigation into the Parsons Green bombing on the morning of the attack
A photograph of the flaming white bucket taken just after it exploded around 8.20am on Friday shows a number of wires protruding out of the top of Lidl bag
‘His lights are on all night, every night, and often there are three or four of them in there together.
‘Sometimes I wave if I’m walking past the window. They seem to play video games together.
‘The other strange thing is that he’s got hardly any furniture in his house. He sleeps on a mat and sits on the floor most of the time. It’s frightening to think we’ve welcomed him to the neighbourhood.’
Another neighbour, Bob Farwell, said: ‘He’s a nice guy. His brother used to visit from Scotland and they’d sit outside on the grass.
‘He used to have loads of people over at 3 or 4 in the morning and have the curtains closed.
‘He kept himself to himself but would say hello to me.
‘He’d come out for a smoke – he’d never smoke in the flat and he seemed all right.
‘I heard a load of noise at midnight and came out and there were loads of police outside.’
It comes as a man was caught on camera an hour-a-half before the Parsons Green bombing carrying a Lidl bag as he left the Joneses’ house.
A forensic officer in blue overalls walks along the pavement near Parsons Green tube station as the investigation continued into the attack on Friday
A police cordon remained outside Parsons Green Tube station following the blast during the Friday morning rush hour
CCTV footage shows a figure outside the property in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, at 6.50am, just 90 minutes before a ‘bucket bomb’ inside a shopping bag exploded and injured 30 people.
An 18-year-old suspect, who was known to police and is believed to be an Iraqi refugee, was detained in the Port of Dover after being tracked to its departures hall before officers swooped on the house.
In the CCTV video obtained by ITV, a man dressed in a grey tracksuit keeps his head down and his face hidden from the camera as he walks quickly down the street.
The arrested teenager is thought to have been a ‘problematic foster child’ who was raised in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, by Penelope Jones, 71, and husband Ronald, 88.
A local councillor said the teenage suspect came to the UK aged 15 after his parents died in Iraq while a friend of the Joneses said the man’s biological family did not agree with him moving in with Christian foster parents.
The couple’s home was raided by armed officers on Saturday and a neighbour claiming a bomb had been found, although Scotland Yard quashed reports that 15 firearms were seized, a neighbour claimed.
Following the arrests the Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced the UK terror threat level has been reduced to ‘severe’ — meaning intelligence chiefs no longer think an attack is imminent.
She added said it appeared the bomber was not a lone wolf but added that it was ‘too early to reach any final conclusions on that’.