Finsbury Park mosque van attacker Darren Osborne could 'flip his lid' when drinking
A 47-year-old father of four has been named as the suspect of the attack outside a mosque in London.
Darren Osborne was a "devoted" family man, but was known for "flipping his lid" when he drank too much, neighbours claimed last night.
Osborne is being held in custody on suspicion of terror offences including attempted murder.
After his vehicle ploughed down a group of men as they left Ramadan prayers, he is alleged to have rammed his hired van into bollards before jumping out and shouting: "I'm going to kill all Muslims - I did my bit."
Mobile phone footage taken by onlookers showed him wild-eyed and sweating as he repeatedly shouted, "Kill me."
Osbourne was born in Singapore, but grew up in Weston Super-Mare, in Somerset. He now lives with his partner and children in Cardiff, Wales, according to WalesOnline.
As he left the vehicle, he was chased and pinned to the floor before being dragged along the pavement where his victims' bodies lay strewn.
When the police arrived, Osborne smiled, waved and blew kisses, apparently taunting witnesses as he was bundled into the back of a van.
He was recognised on television by stunned Welsh neighbours more used to seeing him on the school run, who rang the police to identify him.
They later described him as "shouty" and "aggressive" but said they were gobsmacked to learn he was a terror suspect.
Osborne's sister, mother and nephew still live in Somerset.
His mother, 72, told ITV News: "I'm not going to defend him, but you know he's my son and it's a terrible, terrible shock, and it's not just robbing the bank – it's an atrocity. At this moment in time I can't cope with it, I can't."
His sister, Nicola Osborne, 50, said Darren Osborne was "not interested in terrorism".
She said she was "very sorry for what's happened", the Press Association reported.
Neighbours described Osborne's mother as "long-suffering". One said: "Darren's not had a bad life. He's had more options than a lot of people."
Osborne left Weston-super-Mare several years ago and moved to a terraced house in Pentwyn, Cardiff, with his partner. The couple have four children, aged between 16 and five.
A complicated picture emerged of his personal life, with neighbours describing him as a "family man" who was heard singing in his kitchen with his children on Sunday afternoon, just hours before he is alleged to have driven to London.
However, others said they believed he and his partner had separated in recent months and that he was often seen shouting at her in the street.
Pharmacist Rebecca Carpenter, 26, said: "He's quite a shouty person – always shouting at his wife and kids.
"He drove around in an old car that was always damaged. He never caused us any real problems, but we could often hear him shouting from the other side of the street.
"None of us have ever really spoken to him, but we recognised him straightaway when we saw him on the telly this morning."
Another neighbour said: "I actually heard him singing in the street yesterday [Sunday] – weird really. I never knew what he did for a living."
His partner was described as "a really nice woman" by regulars at the Black Griffin pub.
One said: "She's a kind and friendly person - her only problem is a bad taste in men. Everyone said she was too good for him."
Osborne, who was not known to the police or security services, is believed to have driven 24 kilometres from his home in the Welsh capital to Pontyclun Van Hire on Sunday, hiring a van.
He then drove more than 150 miles to north London throughout the evening, careering on to the pavement in Finsbury Park shortly after midnight.
Owners of the van hire company said they were "shocked and saddened" that one of their vehicles was used in the attack and pledged to help the police with their investigation.
Neighbour Saleem Naema, 50, a taxi driver, said: "I can't believe it. I know him... If I ever needed anything he would come. I just can't believe that he did that. I am a Muslim."
One of his former neighbours in Weston-super-Mare, who did not wish to be named, said: "We all know Darren, from our youth generally.
"He would just drink too much and flip the switch I guess."
British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity, but were not aware of the suspect prior to the attack near a north London mosque.
"What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far right," Wallace told The Guardian.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the man was detained by members of the public at the scene of the attack early Monday (local time).
"This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting," said the Met police commissioner, Cressida Dick.
"We treat this as a terrorist attack and we in the Met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what has happened."
- The Telegraph, London