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Bridget
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From the mouth of a policeman this can be nothing less than hearsay:
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7/7 inquests: gang ringleader tried to convert schoolboy to Islam
The leader of the July 7 bombers tried to convert a boy under his care to Islam, the inquest into the bombings has heard.

Mohammad Sidique Khan led the 7/7 bombing gang

By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent 3:33PM GMT 14 Feb 2011

Mohammed Sidique Khan was working as a learning mentor in a primary school in Beeston, Leeds when he took the pupil under his wing.

The inquest was told about the background of the bombers and how they became radicalised for the first time, starting with Sidique Khan.

He was said to be well liked at Hillside Primary School by parents, staff and pupils and was described as “almost like a father” to those from broken homes.

“One pupil became quite close to him and Khan would take him around to his associates and try to interest him in the Muslim faith,” Hugo Keith QC, counsel for the inquest said.

Acting Det Insp Peter Sparks explained how the young man was taken to the Iqra bookshop in Beeston, which Sidique Khan and others used as somewhere to sell Islamic literature, use computers and talk about Islam.

“Khan had tried to persuade [the pupil] on numerous occasions to convert to Islam,” DI Sparks said.

The inquest heard later that the child was as young as 11 or 12 when he was told “people will pay for what has been done to Pakistan” along with comments about September 11 during a conversation in Sidique Khan’s car

Sidique Khan apparently told the school that his father was ill and then that he was depressed in order to explain a series of absences and eventually resigned at the end of 2004, seven months before the bombings.

Another young man told police that Sidique Khan had organised paintballing, quad biking and visits to a climbing wall.

Gareth Paterson, representing some of the bereaved families, said Sidique Khan was mentoring children with behavioural problems.

“Children described as disaffected children, in a sense, vulnerable children,” he added.

He was said to have no formal qualifications for the job but had been working with young people from July 1997.

On another occasion Sidique Khan was asked if he could arrange a speaker for the school to talk about the Koran, but the man talked with such “fervour” that the other staff became concerned.

He was brought up as a Muslim by his father but “turned out to be more religious” than his siblings, according to statements by the family to police.

At Hardy Street mosque, attended by his family, he organised trips for local children and set up activities in the countryside, the inquest heard.

“He was providing mentoring really for the youngsters coming into the mosque,” DI Sparks told the hearing. “He was very much looked up to.”

He added: “Youths looked up to him, not because he was an extremist but because he was just a nice man and very well respected.”

But his brother, Mohammed, has told police that Sidique Khan spoke to him at length about which schools of Islam he should follow – in particular al-Muhajiroun, an extremist group led by preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed, now living in Lebanon, and associated with Abu Hamza, serving a jail sentence for incitement to murder.

“His brother tried to persuade him from going along this line,” DI Sparks said.

Around the time of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Sidique Khan was said to have changed his outlook and become more religious, at the same time swapping mosques to another in Stratford Street, Beeston.

Sidique Khan, his fellow bomber Shehzad Tanweer and a number of others set up the bookshop as a charity on February 14 2003, after a “rift” developed with the management of the Hardy Street Mosque where he had run a gym in the basement and was employed as a youth worker by Leeds City Council.

Sidique Khan and the others became focused on the Wahabi sect of Islam, a fundamentalist school of the faith practiced in Saudi Arabia, the inquest heard.

He studied for a degree in business management at Leeds Metropolitan University and worked as an administrator for the Benefits Agency before becoming a learning mentor at Hillside Primary School.

The headteacher at the school told police that “no one had an inkling or witnessed anything to suggest” that Sidique Khan had become radicalised.

But in July 2003, Sidique Khan travelled to Pakistan for the first time to receive terrorist training with a friend from Beeston.

In July 2004, the brother of Hasib Hussain, the youngest of the bombers, noticed that Sidique Khan and Tanweer were using his parents’ absence on a trip abroad, to visit the house and pray into the early hours of the morning.

He visited Pakistan again in October 2004, this time with Tanweer, and on his return the pair began buying bomb-making chemicals.

Tanweer was also involved in taking the pupil to the bookshop, the inquest heard.

The other bombers – Jermaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain, who both met Sidique Khan when still in their teens – showed signs of radicalism while still at school.

Lindsay was “trying to convert pupils with great enthusiasm and vigour” at school in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and got in trouble for distributing leaflets supporting al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

He told friends he wanted to join the British Army so that he could kill his fellow soldiers, the inquest heard.

Hussain wrote on a piece of paper to fellow pupils after September 11 “You’re next” and referred to al-Qaeda in an exercise book by which he had drawn a picture of an aeroplane crashing into the Twin Towers in New York.

7/7 inquests: gang ringleader tried to convert schoolboy to Islam - Telegraph
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Again, 'hearsay' evidence, but not reported as such.

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Bomber 'tried to radicalise child'

PA

Monday, 14 February 2011


July 7 ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan tried to radicalise one of his 11-year-old pupils, the inquest into the attacks heard today.

Khan befriended the young boy after meeting him through his job as a primary school mentor and attempted to convert him to Islam.

He introduced him to Shehzad Tanweer, his number two in planning the 2005 London bombings, and on one occasion told the child that people would "pay" for what they had done to Pakistan.

Concerns were also raised about fellow bomber Jermaine Lindsay's attempts to indoctrinate younger pupils in extremist views while he was still at school, the inquest was told.

Lindsay handed out leaflets in support of al-Qa'ida and Osama bin Laden to fellow students at Rawthorpe High School in Huddersfield.

He also took young pupils to the school library to use the computers to access jihadist websites and download inflammatory material about the Taliban and the 9/11 attacks on the US.

Lindsay, 19, told one teacher he wanted to fight in Afghanistan and even boasted of planning to join the British Army so he could kill his fellow soldiers.

Tanweer, 22, told his uncle he taught young children about Islam at the Iqra Islamic bookshop in Beeston, Leeds, which was also linked to Khan and other extremists.

And the fourth of the July 7 bombers, Hasib Hussain, 18, defaced a schoolbook with a reference to al-Qa'ida and a picture of planes crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York when he was just 15 or 16, the inquest heard.

Khan, 30, was employed as a youth worker from 1997 and became a learning mentor at Hillside Primary School in Beeston in March 2001, a job that required no formal qualifications.

He was assigned to help "disaffected" and "vulnerable" pupils with behavioural problems.

The coroner, Lady Justice Hallett, noted that there was nothing in Khan's past that would have stopped him working in the school.

She said: "Whatever system one had in place, it looks as if he would have got through any kind of assessment because of his background.

"He didn't have previous convictions of a kind that would have alerted anybody."

Khan was described by staff at the school as "very impressive" and was well liked by the children, teachers and parents, the inquest heard.

Acting Detective Inspector Peter Sparks, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "There were some single-parent families and he was almost like a father figure to them. That's the way it was described."

On one occasion Khan invited a friend with "fairly strong" views to come to the school to talk about the Koran, but no action was taken against him.

Khan became close to a Hillside pupil aged 11 or 12, whom he introduced to his friends and took to the Iqra bookshop, the hearing was told.

DI Sparks said Khan engaged the boy in discussions about religion and tried to persuade him to convert to Islam "on numerous occasions".

At one point while in his car Khan referred to the 9/11 attacks and said people would "pay" for what they had done to Pakistan.

The terrorist ringleader also acted as a mentor for children at the mosque in Hardy Street, Leeds, organising trips for them and arranging a grant so a gym could be installed in the basement.

Gareth Patterson, barrister for some families of those killed in the attacks, observed: "A theme that runs through much of the evidence that was assembled by the police is the fact that there appeared to be attempts by Khan to influence other young people in the community."

The inquest also heard that Khan talked about the extremist Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, which was linked to radical clerics Omar Bakri Mohammed and Abu Hamza.

DI Sparks said: "His brother thought he was testing the waters because he spoke about a group called al-Muhajiroun who are a very well known extremist group, and his brother tried to dissuade him from going along this line."

But no concerns were expressed about Khan's links to extremist groups at this time.

"In fact, a lot of the people who he worked with in the Hardy Street mosque said that he was a very, very nice young man and all the youths looked up to him, not because he was extremist, but because he was just a nice man and very well-respected," DI Sparks said.

The inquest heard that a friend of Khan's wife, Hasina Patel, told police that the bomber went to Pakistan and Afghanistan at some point before his marriage in October 2001 to learn to "shoot and fight".

Khan returned to Pakistan on November 18 2004 having made a home video in which he apparently said goodbye to his baby daughter forever, seemingly because he was planning to die fighting.

However, his wife recorded in her diary on November 26: "S rang, good news, back by February."

DI Sparks noted: "It appeared that she originally wasn't expecting to see him but now he was coming back again."

Lindsay, who was born in Jamaica but brought up by his mother in Huddersfield, converted to Islam when he was 15 or 16 and took the name of Jamal.

He alarmed a science teacher at Rawthorpe High School with his extremist opinions.

DI Sparks said: "He spoke about his beliefs and about Islam generally, but he did exhibit a lot of anti-American views and he actually told her that he wanted to go to Afghanistan to fight for the cause."

Lindsay also told a friend he wanted to perform jihad before he died and fight American troops in Iraq.

Hugo Keith QC, counsel to the inquest, commented: "It doesn't appear that he kept these views much to himself?"

DI Sparks replied: "No."

Hussain, who met Khan in around 2001, when he was just 15 or 16, through a mosque in Beeston, also raised concern among his teachers at Matthew Murray High School in Leeds.

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks he passed two fellow pupils a note which said, "You're next" in a reference to the terrorist atrocities in the US.

The July 7 2005 bombings on three Tube trains and a bus in London were the worst single terrorist atrocity on British soil.

The inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in London was adjourned until tomorrow.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-...ld-2214669.html


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Police 'failed to follow up 7/7 bomber's links to armed robbery'
Germaine Lindsay's car was used in Luton crime weeks before tube explosions, inquests told

    * Esther Addley
    * guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 15 February 2011 15.30 GMT 

The coroner, Lady Justice Hallett, said Bedfordshire police had not established whether a crime had been committed or whether reports of a gun were accurate. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/Getty Images

Police failed to follow up leads linking one of the 7 July bombers to a reported armed robbery weeks before the 2005 attacks, the inquests into the victims' deaths heard today.

Germaine Lindsay, who murdered 26 people in the Piccadilly line tube bombing, was suspected of involvement in an incident in Luton on 27 May 2005, when three black men wearing balaclavas, one carrying a gun, were seen by an eyewitness fleeing from a flat from which Bedfordshire police had already received a 999 call reporting a gun.

The men escaped in a red Fiat Brava whose registration was recorded by the witness and found to be registered to Lindsay. A neighbour said three women and a baby had fled the scene, one of whom reportedly screamed: "Someone's got a gun to my baby!"

After making initial inquiries about the women, who did not come forward, and failing to reach the eyewitness, Bedfordshire police followed no further leads until they were contacted by the Metropolitan police in September 2005, puzzled about what had happened to the Bedfordshire inquiry, the inquests heard.

Materials taken from the flat were not examined by forensic officers, checks on the vehicle were not followed up, and a statement was not obtained from the witness who had reported the three men running from the flat.

Lindsay's Fiat was found after the attacks parked at Luton railway station, containing a semi-automatic pistol and bullets, a telescopic sight and ice packs.

Lady Justice Hallett, the coroner, told the inquests that the evidence of Grant Maxted, the Bedfordshire detective appointed to lead the investigation, had been that it had never been established "whether a crime was committed. We don't know whether the reports of a gun were accurate. We don't know whether there were any victims."

Hugo Keith QC, counsel to the inquests, said: "What [police] had was a car with a registration code and plain evidence from a witness that one of the members of those cars was holding a gun. So on any view, even if there was no robbery or burglary, there was a serious matter concerning possession of a firearm."

Maxted told the inquests "there was no failing" in the investigation.
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Guess from the headline which scummy rag this came from and how the question of why Lindsay would be in London on the night before 7/7 has morphed into wanting to take her with him on this 'suicide mission'. Quite where he was to get the explosives from whilst in London doesn't even get considered.
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7/7 bomb nut turned me gay

By ANTHONY FRANCE

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THE secret girlfriend of a 7/7 suicide bomber has told The Sun: "I can't trust men any more - I'm a lesbian now."

Nicki Pike, 23, revealed how married Jermaine Lindsay, 19, tried to take her with him on his Russell Square trip in 2005.

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Evil ... Jermaine Lindsay

She refused to go - and was horrified when she later learned he was one of the gang that killed 52 people in the London bus and Tube attacks.

Nicki, just 17 at the time, has since fled her home town of Aylesbury, Bucks, where she met and dated Lindsay.

She now lives on the Isle of Wight with partner Holly, 20. The girls work at a holiday park and plan to wed this summer.

Nicki said: "Every day I ask myself what would have happened if I had gone with him.

"It sickens me to think he wanted me next to him as he blew up all those innocent people. I can never forgive him.


"He's ruined countless lives. But I've found true love and he can't hurt me now."

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http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3467500/Secret-lover-of-77-bomber-Jermaine-Lindsay-is-a-lesbian.html
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QUOTE (Bridget @ Mar 15 2011, 12:14 PM)
Guess from the headline which scummy rag this came from and how the question of why Lindsay would be in London on the night before 7/7 has morphed into wanting to take her with him on this 'suicide mission'. Quite where he was to get the explosives from whilst in London doesn't even get considered.
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7/7 bomb nut turned me gay

By ANTHONY FRANCE

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THE secret girlfriend of a 7/7 suicide bomber has told The Sun: "I can't trust men any more - I'm a lesbian now."

Nicki Pike, 23, revealed how married Jermaine Lindsay, 19, tried to take her with him on his Russell Square trip in 2005.

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Evil ... Jermaine Lindsay

She refused to go - and was horrified when she later learned he was one of the gang that killed 52 people in the London bus and Tube attacks.

Nicki, just 17 at the time, has since fled her home town of Aylesbury, Bucks, where she met and dated Lindsay.

She now lives on the Isle of Wight with partner Holly, 20. The girls work at a holiday park and plan to wed this summer.

Nicki said: "Every day I ask myself what would have happened if I had gone with him.

"It sickens me to think he wanted me next to him as he blew up all those innocent people. I can never forgive him.


"He's ruined countless lives. But I've found true love and he can't hurt me now."

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http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3467500/Secret-lover-of-77-bomber-Jermaine-Lindsay-is-a-lesbian.html

In the nearly six years since the events of 7/7, I'm hard pressed to remember quite when I might have read such unadulterated, unexpurgated, turgid rubbish; even in the Sun.
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'He was the perfect gentleman': A naive young girl describes how an affair with one of the July 7th bombers nearly cost her life

By Matt Sandy

Last updated at 1:37 AM on 8th May 2011

The girlfriend of July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay has spoken for the first time – and revealed how he tried to trick her into going with him on his suicide mission. Nicki Pike, 23, dated the 19-year-old in the weeks before he killed 26 people on a Piccadilly line train near King’s Cross station with a homemade bomb.

Today she reveals how the Yorkshire-raised terrorist begged her to join him in a London hotel the night before the attacks in 2005 – and told her he had a ‘surprise’ and a ‘treat’ in store for her the next day.

Nicki initially agreed to go with Lindsay and it was only a chance reunion with a long-lost friend that persuaded her to spend the evening elsewhere. ‘I am convinced he wanted to take me on that train that day,’ she says. ‘It has haunted me ever since.’

She also tells of how he flew into a furious rage after received a phone call now known to have been from July 7 plot leader Mohammed Sidique Khan giving him the go-ahead for the attack.
Blinded by love: Nicki Pike, 23, who dated July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay weeks before he killed 26 people has spoken for the first time about how he tried to trick her into joining him on his suicide mission

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Blinded by love: Nicki Pike, 23, who dated July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay weeks before he killed 26 people has spoken for the first time about how he tried to trick her into joining him on his suicide mission

Just 17 at the time, the trainee chef was besotted with the ‘cheeky, genuine’ young man whom she met at a community centre in her home town of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Nicki, who left school at 15 to work a string of minimum-wage jobs, had barely ever left the Buckinghamshire town when she met Lindsay and says she had no inkling of his plans.

She admits she was painfully naive and, in person, comes across as straightforward but not someone who would necessarily think critically or ask difficult questions.

She witnessed behaviour – such as Lindsay asking her to get him a gun – that would have raised red flags for many but, having fallen in love, she sought to explain it away as him showing off.

Neither did she have any clue that he was married and his wife was expecting his second child, happily accepting that Lindsay was living with an ‘ex-partner’ a few streets from her home. Indeed, she only found about his wife, Samantha Lewthwaite, a British Muslim convert, from newspaper reports after his death.

For Nicki, the ‘happy-go-lucky guy’ was almost always calm and relaxed. ‘He was the perfect gentleman,’ she says. ‘He was polite and well-spoken and would open car doors for me and always pay for everything.’
Alarm bells: The Jamaican-born terrorist Germaine Lindsay who was an unemployed carpet-fitter, even asked Nicki if she could get him a gun

It is not an image of Britain’s deadliest suicide bomber that the 52 victims’ families will recognise in the week that an inquest verdict of unlawful killing gave them – at last – some hope of closure.

Nicki met Lindsay at a boxing club held in a community centre on the down-at-heel Quarrendon Estate in Aylesbury, where they both lived. He was an unemployed carpet-fitter with anger in his heart; she an impressionable 17-year-old who worked in a fish and chip shop. Both were looking for an escape.

She remembers: ‘I was there watching a friend’s 14-year-old son. But it was him who kept looking over at me while he was boxing. On a break he came over, winked and told me he was called Tyrone.’

In the car park, he flashed his muscular midriff at her while changing his shirt – then asked her out. An hour later, he took her in his red Fiat Brava to Watermead Lake in Aylesbury, where they talked for hours.

‘He was cheeky but he came across like a genuinely nice person. He didn’t seem like the sort of guy who would be going out and getting himself  in trouble like most lads his age  would be.’

For a 17-year-old girl with limited horizons, it is not hard to see the attraction of this charming, well-built 19-year-old with his own car, a winning smile and plenty of cash in his wallet.

But the warning bells should already have been ringing. ‘He already knew my surname, my school and that I liked football and athletics,’ Nicki recalls. ‘I was puzzled but not really worried and I asked him how he knew this. He just laughed and said, “Don’t worry, I’ve done my research”. ’

Neither did she probe Lindsay further when he told her his job was ‘writing songs for my dad’. Even now, it is unclear if this was a euphemism or simply a lie. How he had so much cash when he admitted to her that this songwriting was unpaid is another question that went unasked.

Soon Lindsay was picking her up every day in his car. ‘We went from being friends to being in a full-blown relationship,’ she reveals.

‘I loved him and he told me he loved me, often about 30 times a day. He didn’t seem aggressive, he didn’t lose his temper or swear. We never argued.’

But despite the ease with which he appeared to manipulate and deceive her, it seems that she held some power in the relationship. Nicki, who describes herself as ‘boisterous’, says she often teased the soon-to-be mass murderer.

She says: ‘I would push him away and play hard to get but he’d never get offended.’
Indeed, her dismissive attitude towards Lindsay even stretched into his most holy territory – religion. ‘At first he didn’t tell me he was a Muslim,’ she says. But on their third or fourth date she saw printouts of poems left on his dashboard in which the word ‘Jihad’ featured heavily.

Nucleus: The tube carriage on the Piccadilly line between King's Cross and Russell Square where Jermaine Lindsay's bomb detonated

‘He encouraged me to read them,’ she recalls. ‘But I’ve never been into religion and even now I don’t understand what the word means. After that he would go on and on about religion – once he told me that if he abided by Allah, he would be given
70 virgins in paradise.’

‘I just wasn’t interested,’ Nicki adds. ‘Mostly I wouldn’t listen or would just tell him to shut up. He was always telling me – ordering me, even– not to drink or smoke, but he never told me what to wear.’

Lindsay, who called Nicki his ‘cheeky princess’, seemed to let her defiance wash over him. According to Nicki, he never seemed fanatical and was into Western culture. His favourite music star was hip-hop artist 2Pac and he would always wear adidas or Nike tracksuits.

If warning bells had not rung by this point, they definitely should have when – out of the blue – the Jamaican-born terrorist asked her if she could get him a gun, saying he was ‘having some trouble with my friends’. Even now, Nicki admits she had no idea what this meant.

Shocked, she refused and they drove home in uncomfortable silence. But almost inexplicably it did not cause her to raise her guard. She says: ‘I just thought he was just trying to be cocky and show off.’

Later, it was to emerge that when Lindsay’s car was found after the attacks parked at Luton station, it contained a semi-automatic pistol, bullets and a telescopic sight.

Nicki was present on June 25, a fortnight before the bombings, when Lindsay was given the go-ahead for the attack. Understandably, she was not to realise the significance of this call until later.

It came on a shopping trip to Milton Keynes, where he often took Nicki, apparently to reduce the chance of being spotted by his wife or anyone else who knew him. Nicki recalls: ‘That day we went to McDonald’s. Though he didn’t eat anything he didn’t seem to mind us eating there.

‘Some of my female friends were there and they later told me he spent £400 on perfume for my birthday on July 14. They thought it was a lot to spend, but he insisted, “No, I love her.”

‘Just after that we went to a shopping centre and he bought me a milkshake. Then he got a phone call and walked away. When he came back it was the only time I saw him agitated. He just said we needed to leave. I argued with him then he swore, “Get in the f***ing car, we need to go.” ’
Trial run: CCTV footage shows Germaine Lindsay (centre) with fellow bombers Shahzad Tanweer, (left) and Mohammed Sidique Khan, (right) entering Luton Train Station during an apparent dummy run of their July 7 attack

Nicki continued: ‘He was fuming. He drove back to Aylesbury like a nutter, way above the speed limit with music blaring out. I tried to talk to him and he just turned the music up louder when I opened my mouth. After that, he disappeared for four days and later told me he’d been writing songs in London.’

Phone records have shown that call was from July 7 ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan, who himself had just received a call from Pakistan. Days later, on June 28, Lindsay went on a reconnaissance mission to London with Khan and fellow bomber Shehzad Tanweer.

Nicki says: ‘That trip really shook me up. It was the first time I had ever seen him not calm and relaxed. It was the first time I heard him swear. It was the only time I saw him speeding. I refused to text him for two days after that but then became so worried that I did – and even then he did not reply.’

Soon Lindsay was back in touch, however, to persuade her to stay with him in a London hotel on the night of July 6. She says: ‘I spoke to him on July 5 and he was really apologetic. He said he would make it up to me by taking me to a hotel. He promised me there would a surprise or a treat he next day.’

She is convinced Lindsay meant for her to die with him that day – evidence, if it is possible, of an even more depraved mind than previously thought. It is something Nicki says she will never fully get over.

Later, he texted her: ‘I want to stay with you forever’ before adding: ‘Come on, it will be nice to spend some quality time together and we’ll have some bad boy room service.’ She agreed.

On the morning of July 6, she packed an overnight bag ready for the trip. But crucially, later that day, she ran into an old school friend she had not seen for four years.

Nicki says: ‘I ended up at her house in the late afternoon. I had taken my bag with me and Tyrone, as I still knew him, was meant to pick me up from there at 6pm. Then I had a few drinks and a good laugh with this good mate I hadn’t seen in years. She made me feel quite bad when I told her I was leaving so I stayed. I didn’t have the heart to leave her. So I spoke to him again and told him I wasn’t going to go. He wasn’t impressed but tried to gently persuade me.

‘I told him we could do something on my birthday a week later but he said, “I may be around then or I might not.”

‘He kept calling me back and after the last time I got off the phone to him, I got a text saying, “I love you more than you can imagine.” That was the last time I heard from him.’

Nicki stayed up late with her friend and slept through the initial reports that four bombs had ripped through three Tube trains and a bus between 8.50am and 9.47am on July 7.

She remembers: ‘Once I saw it on the news, I was horrified by it all. I was close to tears. I was also worried about him. I didn’t know if he had still gone to London. It crossed my mind that he could have become a victim of it. So I kept calling his mobile but, of course, I got no answer.’

Nicki was not a regular newspaper reader and believes her friends were trying to keep the news from her – so it was not until July 17 that she saw Lindsay’s picture in a newspaper and realised he was a suicide bomber. ‘It made me feel sick to know that I was in a relationship with someone who can do that to any human being,’ she says. ‘He is beyond contempt and I can’t believe I ever fell in love with him.’

Nicki gave a statement to the police, parts of which were read to the 7/7 inquest earlier this year. The experience took its toll on her health. ‘For years afterwards I started getting pretty aggressive towards people, especially men. I was on anti-depressants for about 18 months and started drinking a lot. I wasn’t in a good place,’ she says.

‘I would just sit at home and think if there was anything I could have done to prevent it – to save all those lives. But I simply never had any clue of what he was up to.’

Lindsay’s widow, Samantha, who gave birth to his second child after the attacks, believes his ‘innocent, naive and simple’ mind was ‘poisoned’ by radicals. Nicki disagrees.

‘I don’t hold anything against his wife. But I don’t think he was brainwashed. You could see straight away he was intelligent and thoughtful. Maybe he did get into the wrong crowd but that was no excuse. I think he knew exactly what he was doing.’

Nicki, who has since come out as a lesbian, is marrying partner Holly, 20, this summer and the pair are starting a new life on the Isle of Wight. ‘I hope I can put it all behind me now,’ she says. ‘He’s ruined enough lives – I’m not going to let him destroy mine as well.’

Additional reporting: Tom Hendry


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7/7 BOMBER TURNED ME INTO A LESBIAN

8th July 2011
By Jerry Lawton

THE lover of one of the 7/7 bombers has told how his suicide mission made her a lesbian hooked on booze.

Nicki Pike, 23, said she could never trust another man after married dad Germaine Lindsay secretly plotted mass murder.

The 19-year-old, who killed 26 people on a Piccadilly Line Tube train, wanted her to go with him on his fateful trip in 2005.

Nicki, who was just 17 at the time and had no idea what he was planning, decided not to go at the last minute.

She was horrified when she learned Lindsay was one of the four men who killed 52 people on the London transport network.

The experience turned her into a depressed alcoholic, and she fled her home in Aylesbury, Bucks, where she met Lindsay, after receiving internet threats from al-Qaida sympathisers.

She now works at a holiday park on the Isle Of Wight with her partner Holly, 20, whom she plans to wed.

Nicki said: “I haven’t really got over it. I doubt I ever will.

“To this day it’s still stressful to think about because I was supposed to be with him on that fateful day. I have to make myself busy to avoid thinking about it, or I’d go crazy.

“He was the perfect gentleman. He was polite and well-spoken and would open car doors for me and always pay for everything. Alarm bells didn’t ring at all.”

Nicki told Diva magazine that Lindsay asked her to go for a romantic trip with him to London on July 6 to spend the night at a hotel before exploring the city the next day.

She agreed but changed her mind at the last minute.

Nicki added: “Even when I saw the news I didn’t ever assume that he was involved.

“In fact I was worried that he was caught up in it.

“The fact that I was supposed to be there with him immediately made me think that I was meant to be one of his victims.

“I think he wanted me on the Tube with him.”

Nicki was soon hitting the bottle. She added: “I would drink a litre of vodka a day.

“I was also on anti-depressants for 18 months.

“I was alcohol-dependant because I was either trying to have a good time or trying to forget.”
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