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Oxford Street plotter was on terror radar for decade

Mask slips:
Lewis Ludlow
appeared to
engage with
police but
revealed his
true feelings
in video
messages
found on his
mobile phone

A MUSLIM convert plotted to use a van to mow down shoppers on London’s Oxford Street, despite repeated attempts by authorities to deradicalise him.

Ex-Royal Mail worker Lewis Ludlow first had contact with the Prevent programme in 2008 when his college raised concerns, the Old Bailey was told at his sentencing hearing yesterday.

But the 27-year-old, who called himself ‘The Eagle’, went on to associate with Islamist fanatics and swear allegiance to Daesh in a video message.

He was arrested last February as he tried to board a flight to the Philippines, where he had sent money to fund Daesh extremists. In the previous six months, he had been to 16 meetings with Prevent, including one on the day he went on a scouting mission to Oxford Street.

He appeared to engage with officers but expressed his true feelings in the videos later found on his phone.

In one clip, he said: ‘This is a little message to you people, there is no love between us, there is nothing between us but animosity and hate.’

Ludlow, from Rochester, Kent, has admitted plotting the Oxford Street attack and funding Daesh in the Philippines. The sentencing hearing continues.