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Ripped up notes revealed IS plotter’s prime targets

A terror plotter wrote down his prime targets for an attack – before ripping them up and throwing them away.

But detectives found the pieces of the note in the bin at his home and pieced them together to discover his chilling plans.

Lewis Ludlow, 26, who swore allegiance to Islamic State (IS), pleaded guilty to plotting to kill around 100 people outside the Disney store on London's Oxford Street on Friday.

The paper scraps revealed "potential attack sites" including "madam tussauds", "Oxford Street – busiest time…", "St Paul's cathedral" and a "Shia temple in Romford".

Image: Lewis Ludlow told police he was going to the Philippines as a sex tourist

It added: "Further locations scouted to kil. (sic)"

There were also details of a potential attack on Oxford Street using a van to mount the pavement.

It said: "Wolf should either use a ram attack or use…on the truck to maximise death…it is a busy street it is ideal for an attack. It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack".

Lewis Ludlow pledged allegiance to Islamic State
Image: Lewis Ludlow pledged allegiance to Islamic State

In another letter he pledges allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, pledging to "live to serve as one of the soldiers…".

It adds: "We will take revenge for we love death as you love life…"

In January, Ludlow, from Rochester in Kent, bought a ticket to fly to the Philippines and was stopped at the airport and his passport was seized.

He told police he was going to the country as a sex tourist.

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Ludlow had written down St Paul's Cathedral as a possible target
Image: St Paul's Cathedral also featured in Ludlow's note
Madame Tussauds was considered a possible target
Image: Madame Tussauds was considered a possible target

But officers searching his home found he was in contact with a man named Abu Yaqeen in an area with a major IS presence.

Ludlow is currently being held at Belmarsh prison and will be sentenced in November.

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