- British plumber Adam Locksley was being questioned by anti-terror police
- The arrest came after the Mail on Sunday handed police evidence
- An undercover operation revealed how a British fanatic organises cash collection from Isis sympathisers in the UK from his Syrian hideout
- The fundraiser was infiltrated after a reporter posed as a would-be donor
British plumber Adam Locksley was being questioned by anti-terror squad detectives last night
A suspected fundraiser for barbaric terror group Islamic State was dramatically arrested yesterday following a Mail on Sunday investigation into a sinister network operating in Britain.
British plumber Adam Locksley was being questioned by anti-terror squad detectives last night as officers from Scotland Yard’s SO15 unit searched the 28-year-old’s North London home.
The arrest came after this newspaper handed police evidence from a three-week undercover operation that reveals how notorious British fanatic Omar Hussain, known as the Supermarket Jihadi, organises cash collections from IS sympathisers in the UK from his hideout in Syria.
Our expose also reveals how:
- Young supporters of the terror group are told to steal from non-Muslims to raise cash for jihadis;
- Money is being funnelled to Syria via Western Union and Moneygram cash transfer systems to buy weapons, clothes and equipment for IS fighters;
- The terrorists even arrange couriers to collect money from donors in person, but use elaborate plots to avoid detection;
- The network communicates via a highly-encrypted messaging app called Kik, under the noses of police and security services.
The fundraising cell was infiltrated after a reporter posed as a would-be donor offering to give money to jihadis in Syria.
The reporter contacted Hussain in Syria on Kik and was immediately encouraged to donate money.
A series of exchanges then took place between the reporter and associates of Hussain in Syria and Britain, and a cash drop was arranged.
The dramatic sting unfolded when an IS middleman then sent Locksley to pick up £1,000 cash hidden in a package among bags of sand outside a builders’ warehouse in North London.
The reporter did not leave any money inside the package as this would have been against the law.
The package merely contained an A-Z map book of London.
During the carefully planned operation, which involved expert security staff, Locksley picked up the package while appearing to receive instructions on a mobile phone, and was secretly photographed.
It is not known whether Locksley knew there was ‘money’ inside the package, which was allegedly intended to be sent to IS to buy weapons in Syria.
The dramatic sting unfolded when an IS middleman then sent Locksley to pick up £1,000 cash hidden in a package among bags of sand outside a builders’ warehouse in North London