Muslim convert who plotted Oxford Street terror attack jailed for life

Lewis Ludlow

Lewis Ludlow

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

An IS fanatic who planned to kill tourists on Oxford Street has been jailed for life after a judge ruled that his extremism "ran very deep".

Former Royal Mail worker Lewis Ludlow had sworn allegiance to Islamic State and was prepared to drive a van through the busy London shopping area or target Madame Tussauds.

The 27-year-old who referred to himself as "The Eagle" or "The Ghost" bought a phone under a false name and wrote down his attack plans, which were later found ripped up in a bin.

He identified Oxford Street as an "ideal" spot, writing: "It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack."

Ludlow's handwritten letter detailing potential targets in London

Ludlow, from Rochester, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey last year to plotting an attack in the UK and funding IS abroad.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC jailed Ludlow for life with a minimum term of 15 years.

Ludlow was also sentenced to a further seven years in prison to run concurrently for the funding offence.

At his sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey today defence barrister Rebecca Trowler said he was vulnerable to pressure due to his autism and depression.


'Extremism ran very deep'

Former Royal Mail worker Lewis Ludlow

However, this was rejected by the Recorder of London who said he did not accept Ludlow had a "change of heart".

Jailing him for life with a minimum sentence of 15 years, the judge said: "Your extremism ran very deep and for some time.

"There could be no other explanation for anyone planning to kill innocent people in a van for ideological reasons.

"No other sentence other than life imprisonment will be appropriate."