The second suspect in the Woolwich murder has been named as Michael Adebowale, who has been known for handing out radical leaflets while a woman believed to be his girlfriend had recently converted to Islam.
Armed police were seen raiding the flat in Thames Street, Greenwich, while forensics teams were spotted carrying out two large envelopes from the property.
Neighbours identified Mr Adebowale, 22, from images but official sources would not confirm the name.
Neighbour Jonathan Ackworth, 42, told the Times: “I was so shocked when I saw his picture on the television. I used to see him coming and going and would say hello. He seemed perfectly pleasant. Everybody is in total shock.”
It is understood Mr Adebowale’s mother has worked as a probation officer.
The flatmate of his sister, who lives in New Cross and who did not wish to be named, said that she came home last night to find a note from Mr Adebowale’s sister saying that she had gone away.
Mr Adebowale is currently in hospital after being shot by armed response officers but his injuries are not life-threatening, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
He is six years younger than his fellow suspect and in video clips captured by passers-by his behaviour seemed less volatile.
Police wearing balaclavas and bulletproof vests, and armed with submachine guns, smashed their way into the flat yesterday. Two children and a young baby were taken away by police, witnesses said.
Neighbour Nicola James, 45, said of the family: “When you walked past you would hear them singing Muslim songs. You would hear them chanting through the windows.
“The gran who used to live there died and since then there has been a lot of comings and goings. I saw the man who was in the video go inside the house. I think he was a boyfriend.
“The woman I think he went out with wore a full niqab. She converted to Islam about two and a half years ago.”
Another witness said the man was known for handing out radical leaflets.
Police removed a laptop computer and two black bags of items from the house.
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