Daniel Khalife Arrested After Being Spotted in Chiswick

Detained on Saturday morning after an intensive search of the area

Police van on Chiswick High Road following the arrest
Police van on Chiswick High Road following the arrest


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September 9, 2023

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that Daniel Khalife has been found after an intensive search having earlier been spotted in Chiswick.

He was detained just before 11am on Saturday (9 September) and remains in police custody. Originally the police reported that he was arrested in Chiswick but in a later update he was tackled by a police officer while riding a bike along a canal towpath in Northolt.

He was reportedly first sighted in the Chiswick area early on Friday morning in the Strand on the Green area and police say they received multiple calls from members of the public reporting they had seen the 21-year-old suspected terrorist.

This prompted a large police presence in the Grove Park area later in the day on Friday with a National Police Air Service helicopter observed circling above Chiswick House Gardens until around 5am on Saturday morning.

The search was led by the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command and involved more than 150 officers and staff.

Khalife had been due to face trial over allegations that he left a dummy device at a military base in Stafford and tried to obtain personal information about soldiers from a computer system which was "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

The delivery lorry Khalife used to break out of Wandsworth Prison on Wednesday 6 September was stopped in Putney and afterwards the police focused their search on Richmond Park.

While working in the kitchen, the former British Army solider had strapped himself to the underside of the food truck. Khalife was reported missing at 7.50am and the police were informed at 8.15am.

Daniel Khalife. Picture: Met Police

The Bidfood van had already departed at 7:32am taking a right turn out of gates onto Heathfield Road. It then turned left onto Magdalen Road and continued onto Trinity Road (A214) up to the Wandsworth Roundabout. It took the first exit onto Swandon Way (A217) turning left onto Old York Road (past Wandsworth Town station) then left onto Fairfield Street , right onto Wandsworth High Street (A3) staying straight ahead onto West Hill and then on to Upper Richmond Road (A205).

The van was finally stopped by the police at 8.37am near the junction with Carlton Drive and the Upper Richmond Road but Khalife was not found but officers discovered strapping on the underside of the vehicle.

The food lorry used to make the escape. Picture: Facebook
The food lorry used to make the escape. Picture: Facebook

On Thursday evening, two helicopters were observed above Richmond Park and officers were stationed at the gates. The police said that Khalife’s previous military experience may have meant he may be more aware of efforts to apprehend him and it is thought possible, that to keep off roads, he may have used Putney Heath to cross to Richmond Park in an attempt to get to Kingston and then turned back towards Chiswick when he found his way blocked.

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