Yahya Faroukh - what we know so far about the Parsons Green suspect

Yahya Faroukh - what we know so far about the Parsons Green suspect

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Monday, September 18, 2017

On Monday, a man arrested on suspicion of being connected to the Parsons Green bombing was named by police - prompting a predictable frenzy of speculation and rumour.

Here is all the information we have on the suspect thus far.

Yahya Faroukh was arrested late on Saturday in Hounslow outside of a chicken shop. Footage of the moment of his arrest has been circulating on social media.

It is believed he was a Syrian refugee – thought to be from Damascus – who has been living in Britain for at least four years.

He was granted asylum and taken in by a British foster family in Surrey. The foster parents are reported to be Ronald and Penelope Jones, who were granted an MBE in 2009 for their services to fostering.

Another suspect, an 18 year old who has not yet been named, was reportedly fostered by the same family. There is no suggestion the couple had any knowledge of anything to do with Parsons Green.

He’s thought to have taken a job as a nightclub promoter, although reports on his employment are conflicted, because there have been accounts listing it as BSQ London, which is a record label and events company.

Photos on social media show he travelled to a number of locations around London, taking photos in front of key landmarks, and to other cities around the UK like Brighton.

It’s thought he had studied at West Thames College, and at the time of his arrest, it’s believed he was living at a property near Heathrow Airport. This property was raided by police on Sunday and continues to be examined by police.

Neighbours have told the Daily Express and the Metro Faroukh had seemed like a “nice chap” and had been visited by family from Edinburgh a few times.