LONDON (Reuters) – A Muslim convert has admitted plotting to kill greater than 100 individuals by driving a truck into pedestrians on London’s Oxford Road, the capital’s main buying thoroughfare.
Lewis Ludlow, 26, had deliberate to hire the automobile and plough it into customers within the bustling retail district, which attracts giant numbers of vacationers, throughout the busiest time of the week, prosecutors stated.
He had additionally thought-about attacking London’s Madame Tussauds wax museum and St Paul’s Cathedral.
“Lewis Ludlow considers himself a soldier preventing for Daesh (Islamic State) within the UK,” Deb Walsh from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) stated in an announcement on Friday.
“To that finish, he deliberate to drive a van into customers at Oxford Road hoping to kill over 100 individuals. He’s a critical hazard to the general public and accepted his guilt when confronted with the prosecution’s case towards him.”
The CPS stated Ludlow’s cell phone was discovered within the storm drain of his house in Rochester, southeast of London, which had images exhibiting he had carried out hostile reconnaissance in central London. There was additionally an image of a handwritten oath of allegiance to Islamic State (IS).
It additionally had movies during which Ludlow known as himself “the Eagle”, and spoke of his hatred of non-believers.
He was underneath 24-hour armed police surveillance when he was arrested and various torn-up notes which have been discovered urged Ludlow was actively concerned in getting ready an assault, with details about the price of lodges close to Oxford Road and renting a truck, prosecutors stated.
He pleaded responsible at London’s Outdated Bailey court docket to getting ready to commit acts of terrorism in addition to organising Fb and Paypal accounts to fund IS fighters based mostly within the Philippines. He can be sentenced on Nov. 2.
Reporting by Michael Holden; enhancing by Stephen Addison