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The Metropolitan police on Friday issued clear CCTV images of four men wanted in connection with Thursday’s abortive attacks on London transport, as they called for the public’s assistance in the investigation.
Presenting the pictures of the suspects at a news conference, Andy Hayman, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police, appealed for any information on the men’s whereabouts. He warned people not to approach them, but to call 999 and ask for Urgent Police Response.
Mr Hayman asked: “Do you recognise any of these men? Did you see them at the three underground stations or on the bus, or at a different location? Did you see them together or with anyone else?”
The first picture, remarkable for its clarity, showed a young shaven-headed man running through the Oval Tube station, wearing a dark blue top with the words ‘New York’ across the front. Mr Hayman said the top was recovered in Cowley Road, Brixton. The second picture, taken on the 26 bus in Hackney, showed a stocky man in a white cap wearing a grey tee shirt with an image of what looked like a palm tree. The images from Shepherd’s Bush and Warren Street showed two men in dark clothing, one bearded and one in a baseball cap.
Mr Hayman told the press conference that three addresses in the capital were being searched in connection with the “extremely fast moving investigation.”
The following information was given by Andy Hayman, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, in relation to CCTV footage released by police as part of a public appeal for information in relation to Thursday’s attacks on London’s transport system.
The Oval Underground station attack
A device was left on a carriage on a Northern line train going Northbound. The image shows a man running away from the scene of Oval Underground station on Thursday. We believe this man travelled northbound from Stockwell to Oval. He was wearing a dark top with the words New York written in white across the front. This was found in Cowley Road, Brixton.
Route 26 Bus (Waterloo to Hackney Wick) attack
Police have released the image of a man who was sitting at the rear of the top deck at 12.53. He got off the bus on Hackney Road at 13.06. The man was wearing a grey T-shirt with a palm tree design and a dark jacket with a white baseball cap.
Warren Street Underground station attack
A man was seen leaving a northbound train on the Victoria line at 12.39. He was wearing dark clothing.
Shepherds Bush Underground station attack
A man is pictured at Westbourne Park Underground station at 12.21. He travelled westbound on the Hammersmith and City line to Shepherds Bush where he ran from the station. He wore a dark shirt and trousers and was later reported wearing a white vest.