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Police have raided addresses in Nottingham and Birmingham over the Westminster terror attack after it emerged the suspect who ploughed into 15 cyclists and pedestrians today was known to officers but not MI5, MailOnline can reveal.
The suspect is believed to have lived above an internet café in Sparkhill, Birmingham, reports Sky News. Police have been searching the flat for several hours today.
Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are searching another address in Birmingham, where the suspect is said to be known to police, and a flat in the Radford area of Nottingham over the attack, but have not arrested anyone else.
Security Minister Ben Wallace described the 29-year-old suspect as ‘a British citizen who came from another country originally’ on BBC News this evening.
Roger Godsiff, the Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, tweeted earlier this evening to say that the suspect was believed to live in his constituency.
The Metropolitan Police have said the Fiesta the suspect used in the attack travelled from Birmingham to London late last night before arriving just after midnight.
The car was seen in the Tottenham Court Road area between 1.25am and 5.55am before being driven around the Westminster and Whitehall area from 6am. It stayed in the area until the attack at 7.30am.
Horrifying CCTV footage from earlier today captured the moment the driver sped through crowds at up to 50mph before ploughing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.