COUNTY NEWS: Westminster terrorist's name has links across Sussex

A name reported to have been used by the man who police say carried out the Westminster terror attack has been linked to areas across Sussex.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:37 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:12 pm
Khalid Masood is said to have stayed at a budget brighton hotl beefore the westminster attack (Photo Eddie Mitchell)

National news agency the Press Association has reported that Khalid Masood, named by police as Adrian Ajao but born as Adrian Elms, had lived in Eastbourne, Rye, and had stayed in Brighton.

Masood was shot dead by police after an attack in London on Wednesday which has so far claimed the lives of four people and left 40 injured.

The Press Association has reported the night before the attack Masood had stayed in Preston Park Hotel, Brighton.

This comes after the Metropolitan Police confirmed its counter-terrorism unit raided a property in Brighton in connection with the attack.

Press Association (PA) said Masood told staff at the hotel as he checked out that he was he was going to London. He is reported to have said: “It isn’t what it used to be.”

PA also reported the name of Adrian Elms is recorded as having a conviction following an incident in which a man was stabbed in the nose in the driveway of a nursing home in Eastbourne in 2003.

Masood had also previously lived in Northiam, a village near Rye in East Sussex, with his family, according to Press Association.

Scotland Yard said Masood, 52, was born in Kent on Christmas Day in 1964.

According to Met Police, he was not under any current investigation but was known to police and had a range of previous convictions for assault, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.

His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife, police said.

He had not been convicted for any terrorism offences.

Anyone with any information about Masood can call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.

Photo by Eddie Mitchell.