An autistic loner from Kent, who had sworn loyalty to the Daesh terrorist group, pleaded guilty last year to planning an attack in London’s Oxford Street that could have killed dozens of shoppers.
Lewis Ludlow, a British-born postman who converted to Islam and swore an oath of allegiance to Daesh, was jailed for life years on Wednesday, 6 March and must serve a minimum of 15 years.
Ludlow, who variously referred to himself as The Ghost or The Eagle, admitted charges of preparing acts of terrorism and funding terror at a hearing in October.
He planned to drive a vehicle into shoppers outside a Disney store in Oxford Street, one of the busiest streets in central London.
“This was a plot to cause mass fatalities using a vehicle in Oxford Street targeting among other places the Disney store or pedestrians in and around Oxford Street at its busiest times. In one of his notes he talks of causing upwards of 100 fatalities,” prosecutor Mark Dawson told an earlier hearing at the Old Bailey.
Ludlow, 27, attended rallies with hate preacher Anjem Choudary where poppies — the symbol of remembrance for British soldiers — were burned.
In a video he made in which he swore allegiance to Daesh, Ludlow said: “I want nothing from Britain and I spit at this country.”
Ludlow flew to the Philippines in a bid to join a jihadist group with links to Daesh but when he was prevented from travelling he…