OXFORD STREET TERROR PLOTTER LEWIS LUDLOW JAILED

 

An Islamic State (IS) supporter who planned to kill 100 people in a “spectacular” terror attack in London has been jailed.

Lewis Ludlow, 27, from Rochester, Kent, was going to target Oxford Street with a bomb-laden truck after being refused permission to leave the UK.

The Old Bailey heard he planned the attack after being told to make the British people “pay in their blood”.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 15 years.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said he was satisfied that Ludlow was “engaged in preparations to launch a spectacular multi victim attack”.

“Multiple deaths were risked and very likely to be caused,” he said.

Muslim convert Ludlow, who called himself “The Eagle”, carried out reconnaissance of central London targets and filmed a pledge of allegiance to IS.

Detectives recovered torn-up notes from bins outside his home which listed potential targets, including the Disney Store on Oxford Street, and said as many as 100 people could be killed in an attack using a bomb-laden truck.

He had also considered attacking Madame Tussaud’s and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Sentencing him, Judge Hilliard said Ludlow had “shown an interest in extremism for a number of years” which involved a “deep and genuine attachment to its objectives”.

He described him as “nobody’s fool” and said he was not being forced to do anything by a Philippines-based IS militant, with whom Ludlow was plotting.

“I do not regard you as suggestible or easily taken advantage of, ” he said.  “You were an enthusiastic participant in a joint plan.”

He dismissed a claim by Ludlow made during hearings earlier this year that he had disengaged from the terror plot early on.

He also said there was no evidence that Ludlow had changed his mindset before being arrested in April last year.

The judge said Ludlow’s autism and depression did not explain his “participation in these offences”, and added that his “adherence to violent Jihad” was the “result of free choices made by you”.

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