Terror raid witness says he saw men filming terror target

April 11th, 2009 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr.11 (ANI): A witness has described how he saw two Asian men filming shoppers at one of the alleged terror plot targets two weeks ago. Joe Hester, 44, said he was shopping in Manchester’s Trafford Centre on March 26 when his attention was drawn to two “impeccably dressed” men who he thought were behaving oddly.

Police believe the Trafford Centre was one of the possible targets of the suspected terrorist plotters after covert surveillance teams watched suspects filming there and at the Arndale Centre and St Ann’s Square in the city centre.

The Telegraph quoted Hester as saying: “I was sitting down on a bench on the first floor of the Trafford Centre, near Gap, when these two guys caught my eye. They were Asian men, in their teens or early 20s, and they were using a small digital video camera to film shoppers and stores on the ground floor below them. It was like they were scanning the area with the camera. They looked very out of place. They were impeccably dressed, wearing smart, brand-new clothing - really crisp jeans and tops. I just couldn’t work out what they were up to. It just struck me as an odd thing for them to be doing.”

“I had to go and pick someone up from the airport and I just forgot about the two men, but when I read in the paper that the men who had been arrested might have filmed shopping centres, it came back to me. The more I think about it now, the more I think they were doing something wrong. It leaves a real cold shiver,” he added. (ANI)

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