London Bridge attack latest: Terrorist’s family home in Pakistan raided as it emerges he had access to tunnel under Parliament

6 Jun

Butt also worked at Canada Water station in the Docklands before he was reportedly sacked for poor attendance.

Transport for London said Butt had worked there from May to October last year. Last night a spokesman for TfL declined to comment. 

The Times said the group did a “dry run” minutes before the attack- checking traffic, number of potential victims and whether police were in the area.

Butt had worked at the Ummah Fitness Centre, which was run by Sajeel Shahid, who is suspected of running weapons training in Pakistan for the 7/7 bombers.

He is said to be a key contact of London bomber Mohammed Siddique Khan, as well as the hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

The paper also reports that Butt’s brother Saad was involved in fight against terror. He had received funding from police as part of his involvement with the Prevent programme to combat extremism.

He was a member of the Young Muslims Advisory Group (Ymag), after applying for the role in 2009 and going through a number of background security checks – set up so the government could “engage” with young Muslims after the July 7 bombings.

Along with the other members, Saad Butt met the two ministers every three months to be a “critical friend” to the government.

He contributed to a report published through the Office of Public Management called “It’s a two-way thing — Improving communication between young people and government” in 2010.

When the Coalition government cut funding to Ymag that year, a company was set up to complete research the group was carrying out for the Association of Chief Police Officers — now the National Police Chiefs Council — on young Muslims’ disaffection with the police.

It was registered to Mr Butt’s family home near Forest Gate. Along with another former Ymag member, Mr Butt was paid to finish the research. 

Mr Butt and his colleague were paid “under £10,000” by Acpo to finish the police research.

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