The unnamed terrorist then made a series of telephone calls prior to Friday, November 13. From The Mirror:
A source said of the telephone calls to Birmingham: “They were made shortly before the Paris attacks. British police are urgently investigating whether anyone in the UK was involved in those atrocities and also whether there is a linked terror cell based here.”
The Telegraph states that the man also visited London and Kent:
where he is understood to have met individuals suspected of being capable of plotting or assisting terrorist activity in Britain.
It is not known how he entered Britain, but the people he visited are reportedly under investigation by MI5, the security service, and police counter-terrorism officers.
Is it possible that the terrorist arrived by boat or light aircraft, landing in Kent or elsewhere on the south coast?
On December 5, The Telegraph revealed that, those who can afford to:
are paying up to £10,000 a head to be smuggled into the UK by speedboat, yacht and light aircraft …
The paper said that Kingsdown Beach near Deal, Kent, is a good landing point for boats. Fishermen and other locals have noticed unusual activity at the site, including a broken down speedboat. One man said that a six-foot hole mysteriously appeared in the fence a year ago. Suspected people smuggler David Turpin was pictured there on his speedboat:
The beach immediately to the south of Walmer, itself south of Deal, is at the bottom of a steep road and, unlike nearby towns, much of the coast is not overlooked by houses.
The Telegraph reports that French police have been patrolling smaller ports and airfields. They arrested David Turpin last month in Dunkirk after watching him for a year. He is suspected of working for an Albanian gang of people traffickers.
Gilles Debove, of Calais Police Union, said that the police prefer to arrest ringleaders rather than ‘underlings’, who can be replaced easily:
Nearly £70,000 in cash found at the home of the suspected gang leader, an Albanian living in student accommodation in Dunkirk.
In that instance, police said most of the migrants were Albanians or Vietnamese. They allegedly paid the gang £10,000 each for their transport. Turpin was promised £1,000 per person transported.
Northern France is a good location not only geographically but economically. The Telegraph interviewed an amateur fisherman from Calais, Jean-Yves, who explained:
There’s a lot of unemployment in this area and some boatsmen have told me they’ve been approached by Albanians offering a lot of money. They can also be quite intimidating. Some have weapons.
Concerning aircraft, the paper said:
… amateur pilot Ammar Khalifa, a Syrian migrant who was awarded British citizenship, was jailed for three years last week for flying one of his countrymen into Bournemouth.
Khalifa, 49, met Ebrahim Hamad in a French café then flew him from Cherbourg to Bournemouth:
Moments after landing Mr Hamad got off the aircraft and was led by another man to an airport hangar where Khalifa’s Mercedes car was parked.
Mr Hamad has since been granted political asylum in the UK for five years and is working as an assistant manager at a hotel in Bournemouth.
As for the possibility of a Paris spectacular occurring in Britain, The Telegraph reported that security officials have found:
a number of people suspected of having connections to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Islamic State militant and alleged ringleader of the Nov 13 attacks, are based in Britain.
The people were said to be of Moroccan origin and based in the Birmingham area, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.
The West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is working closely not only with UK authorities but also with counterparts in France and Belgium:
A number of Islamist extremists have been linked to Birmingham and the surrounding region in recent years.
The Mirror reported that CNN’s terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank was told by a senior European counter-terrorism official that the UK is a target for IS. Cruikshank said there is:
… intelligence suggesting that British ISIS operatives in Syria and Iraq have been tasked to return to the United Kingdom to launch an attack against the UK.
Meanwhile, we have the more haphazard menace of one-man attacks, such as the one that took place at Leytonstone Tube station on Saturday, November 5. The Telegraph states:
Muhaydin Mire, 29, from Sansom Road, east London, will appear before Westminster magistrates charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man.
The attacker beat the man unconscious before stabbing him in the neck, suggesting a beheading attempt. The attacker then slashed the neck of a second man:
and threatened other passengers, screaming “this is for Syria” and “your blood will be spilled”.
Officers had to use Tasers to subdue him.
Both victims are recovering from their wounds.