Man who plotted truck attack on London's Oxford St jailed for life

By REUTERS
March 6, 2019 19:48
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LONDON - A Muslim convert who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS) was jailed for life on Wednesday for plotting to drive a truck into pedestrians on central London's busy Oxford Street.

Lewis Ludlow, 26, had planned to rent the vehicle and plough it into shoppers, hoping to kill over 100 people in an area that attracts large numbers of tourists, prosecutors said.He had also considered attacking London's Madame Tussauds wax museum and St Paul's Cathedral.

Ludlow's mobile phone, found in the storm drain of his home in Rochester, southeast of London, had pictures showing he had carried out hostile reconnaissance and a picture of a handwritten oath of allegiance to IS. It also had videos in which Ludlow called himself "the Eagle".

Having pleaded guilty last August at London's Old Bailey court to preparing to commit acts of terrorism, he was jailed for life on Wednesday and told he would spend at least 15 years in prison.

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