UK: Man converts to Islam, discovered with chemicals and grenades, arrested on suspicion of planning jihad massacre

Is Clinton Hicks yet another convert to Islam who has somehow gotten the idea that his new, peaceful religion requires him to commit treason and mass murder? Whether he is or not, authorities remain resolutely uninterested in this recurring phenomenon.

“Lowestoft terror suspect ‘has 15 cats’ and went to mosque in Norwich,” by Dominic Gilbert, Eastern Daily Press

A 59-year-old man, named locally as Clinton Hicks, has been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism after the discovery during a police raid at Normanshurst Close on Sunday.

Neighbours said Mr Hicks had “around 15 cats”, was often seen feeding the seagulls and one neighbour said he had converted to Islam and made weekly trips to a mosque in Norwich.

Two inert military grenades and an imitation gun were found, along with various chemicals that led Suffolk Police to call in counter-terrorism investigators from the Metropolitan Police.

A 100-metre cordon was initially put in place and three neighbouring properties in Normanshurst Close evacuated as the inquiry continued.

The property that remains at the centre of the cordon is a flat in a two-storey block in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Neighbour Julie Grove, 69, said: “Everyone’s friendly in this little road.

“You used to see him out every day with his cats and feeding the seagulls.

“He had all his cats and he’d stand out there with a notebook and let about three out at a time and he’d write the names down of the cats he’d let out.”

She said he “kept himself to himself” but would throw bread in the road to feed the seagulls and would speak to a neighbour in an upstairs flat.

Ms Grove said Mr Hicks told the neighbour that he had converted to Islam and she said she would see the man getting picked up on a Friday morning.

“We know all about his connection, being picked up every Friday and being taken to Norwich to go to the mosque there,” said Ms Grove.

“Someone would come and pick him up every Friday morning from Norwich and take him over to the mosque.

“We know he converted to Islam as he told the chap upstairs that he had.”…

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