Forty Bibby Stockholm migrants converting to Christianity - same loophole used by Clapham suspect

4 February 2024, 22:46 | Updated: 5 February 2024, 08:46

Forty asylum seekers aboard the Bibby Stockholm are converting to Christianity - as fears grow that some are using conversion as a means of staying in the UK.
Forty asylum seekers aboard the Bibby Stockholm are converting to Christianity - as fears grow that some are using conversion as a means of staying in the UK. Picture: Alamy

By Chay Quinn

Forty asylum seekers aboard the Bibby Stockholm are converting to Christianity - as fears grow that some are using conversion as a means of staying in the UK.

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Nearly one-in-seven of the 300-strong contingent aboard the flagship asylum barge moored in Dorset are going to church under the supervision of church leaders, according to the Daily Telegraph.

This news comes after the revelation that Abdul Ezedi, who is suspected of injuring several in the Clapham chemical attack last week, was successful in his third asylum claim after a priest vouched for his conversion to Christianity.

Tracking expert explains how Abdul Ezedi may be evading capture by police

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Ezedi was granted asylum in Britain despite having been twice convicted of sexual offences three years earlier.

Police have offered £20,000 for information in the hunt for Ezedi
Police have offered £20,000 for information in the hunt for Ezedi. Picture: Alamy

The manhunt for Ezedi is entering its fourth day - after police yesterday launched a £20,000 reward for information leading to the Afghan native.

The force said it believes there are people who know where Abdul Ezedi is but have not come forward, and they have been threatened with arrest.

In an update, police also said they have narrowed down the substance used against a woman, leaving her with life-changing injuries, and issued new CCTV from Wednesday.

Commander Jon Savell said: "I am hugely grateful to the public for the significant number of calls that we have received.

"Your help is critical. A reward of up to £20,000 is now available for information leading to his arrest.

The hunt for Ezedi has entered its fourth day
The hunt for Ezedi has entered its fourth day. Picture: Alamy

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"I must warn anyone who is helping Ezedi to evade capture - if you are harbouring or assisting him then you will be arrested.

"Our inquiry line is staffed 24/7 by specialist detectives who are progressing enquiries around-the-clock. If you know where he is or have information that may assist call them now."

A nationwide manhunt has been launched to find Ezedi, 35, originally from Afghanistan, who travelled down from Newcastle to London on Wednesday.

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