The British man who plowed into a crowd leaving prayers at a London mosque had previously been kicked out of a pub for cursing Muslims and allegedly called a Muslim boy “inbred” in the days before his attack.
Scotland Yard said searches are being carried out at a residential address in Cardiff in connection with the attack.
A 47-year-old man has been arrested after a crowd ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in north London.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said police were investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.
The Metropolitan Police said eight people had been taken to hospital after the collision at the junction of Whadcoat Street and Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park on June 19.
When he woke at about 1 a.m.to the sound of a helicopter circling overhead, Hornak said, his first thought was another terrorist attack.
Witnesses have described hearing the van driver, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, saying he had wanted to kill Muslims.
Finsbury Park Mosque also participated in the Great Get Together, hosting the Chief Rabbi for an Iftar dinner, which is a nightly breaking of the Ramadan fast for Muslims.
“This is an extremely hard time for our city, but I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant”.
“So we pushed people away from him until he was safely taken by police into custody and put into the back of the van”.
He said: “I couldn t believe when I realised it was him who was accused”.
He added, “Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date”. After the London Bridge attack, the mayor’s office reported a 40 per cent increase in racist incidents and a fivefold increase in anti-Muslim crime.
There were more angry scenes as police arrived and protected the accused man as he was put into a police vehicle.
“Extra policing resources have been deployed across London in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan”.
Counter-terror officials said they were closely monitoring terror activity linked to far-right groups but most of the recent attacks have been traced to individuals rather than groups.