Hate preacher leaves Northampton house after approach by far-right activist

A hate preacher who appeared in a documentary alongside one of the London Bridge attackers fled his Northampton home shortly before the weekend after he was discovered by a far-right activist.

Thursday, 8th June 2017, 12:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 3:28 pm
Abu Haleema has left his hideout in Northampton after he was found by a far-right activist.
Abu Haleema has left his hideout in Northampton after he was found by a far-right activist.

English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson visited the home of Abu Haleema in Northampton last week before posting a Youtube video from outside the property.

Haleema appeared in the 2016 Channel 4 documentary the Jihadis Next Door alongside Khuram Butt, who was shot and killed by police on Saturday shortly after murdering innocent civilians in the capital.

The Northampton property Haleema was staying in has been boarded up since Mr Robinson’s video was posted online. His former home was recently fitted with a notice stating that the tenant had left without notice.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

There have been various unconfirmed reports in recent days of the hate preacher, who has been linked to terror to various terror plots, walking and cycling around the town.

Many townsfolk have felt outraged at his placement in Northampton.

“I think his placement was a disgrace and who knows how many people he has tried to influence in his time there and the risk he could have posed,” said one woman,

“He is known to associate with some of the London attackers who deliberately chose soft targets to highlight their cause.”

In April 2014, Haleema’s home in London was raided by the police, who seized his passport.

In January 2015, he was one of around 400 people who had their Twitter accounts closed.

Download our app by clicking here to download from Google Play or clicking here to download from Apple’s App Store.