Neighbours’ ‘shock’ as police search London flat in MP murder investigation

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Forty miles from the church in Leigh-on-Sea where Tory MP Sir David Ames was fatally stabbed, police officers on Sunday morning searched a north London flat that is believed to be that in that case was the house of the suspect.

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Detectives wearing blue latex gloves were seen entering a three-story Victorian townhouse on a smart residential street in Kentish Town, the top two floors of which were occupied by Ali Herbie Ali, his parents and siblings. Two more officers were guarding the entrance. The curtains and curtains of the middle and upper floors of the house were all closed.

A yellow police forensic gazebo was later erected in the front garden, with blue panels around the sides of the tent so that members of the public would not be able to see inside.


“The whole thing makes my spine cringe,” said a local resident, cycling past a bunch of police and journalists, their cameras pointed towards the house.

“We’re so far from Leigh-on-Sea, why would someone living here do that?”

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Another neighbor, who grew up on the street and said he knew the family, described him as “always very polite, very kind”.

“I knew a guy who lived in the house, I thought he was around 28 or 29, he was cute,” the man, who did not wish to be named, said.

“He had older brothers, I think a total of four brothers, and mom and dad. I thought dad was living in Somalia.

“It came as a complete shock to me. They were quite calm but nice, calm, calm people.

“They would always ask about my family. We never had any problem with brothers.

“This has come as a shock to everyone in my family. There were no strange movements, they spent a lot of time indoors but during the lockdown everyone did. “

Members of a police search party leave residence in Kentish Town

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Members of a police search party leave residence in Kentish Town

The 25-year-old suspect is being arrested under the Terrorism Act at a police station in the capital.

none of the people living near the house Granthshala Said that there was nothing to suggest that his neighbor would end up as a murder suspect has stunned the nation.

A woman living nearby said the area was “mixed” and the green alley itself was “beautiful”.

“I would never have known there was a problem with them,” she said.

Another neighbor took his dog near the house, saying he was “shocked” that the police would have any reason to search the property. “I would never have expected that,” he said.

Officials are raiding three addresses. On Friday, police were at a house in Croydon, south London, which was reportedly Mr Ali’s childhood home.

A neighbor there told daily mail He once claimed to have worked for the NHS.

Authorities also searched a third unspecified location, which is also said to be in London.

Kahiye Aleem, director of the Council of Somali Organizations, said he did not know the suspect or his family, but it was his understanding that they were “well educated”.

Mr Aleem said: “The father played a role of political importance in Somalia, and he was very active on posting about Somali politics on social media.

“It is quite common for expatriates to go back and forth between the UK and Somalia, the father held the role of a media communications director for the prime minister, but there was an election in 2016 and a new government in 2017.

“It’s time to leave the family alone.”


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