The Finsbury Park mosque attacker was named by the authorities today.
Darren Osborne, a 47-year old living in Cardiff, is reportedly a married father of four whose family are reported to be based in Weston-super-Mare. Police were on Monday searching an address in a cul-de-sac in the Llanedeyrn area, close to Cardiff golf club, in the north-east of the city suburbs.
Osborne was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack at shortly after midnight Monday.
Neighbours told of their shock after seeing pictures of Osborne being arrested by police.
In a statement on behalf of the family, Osborne’s nephew Ellis Osborne, 26, said: “We are massively shocked; it’s unbelievable, it still hasn’t really sunk in. We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to the people who have been injured.”
Ellis Osborne added his uncle was “not a racist” and said he had never expressed any racist views. He added: “Its madness. It is obviously sheer madness.”
The mother of the suspected Finsbury Park terror attacker has spoken of her shock. In an interview with ITV News, she said she found out about her son’s arrest via the television.
Asked what she thought when that happened, Christine Osborne said: “Oh God… you just can’t imagine.” Breaking down in tears, she added: “I just can’t talk about it, I just don’t know.” She said the last time she saw him was about a month ago.
Asked if he had ever expressed extremist views or behaviour, Christine Osborne said: “No, none whatsoever. Nothing at all.” She described her son as being a “complex” person but said “that’s all I can say”. She said:
I’m not going to defend him, but he’s my son and it’s a terrible, terrible shock.
it’s not just robbing a bank, it’s an atrocity. and at this moment in time, i can’t cope with it, i can’t. i don’t want to say anything more. Read more at The Guardian.