ARMED cops have raided a pizza restaurant where fugitive Clapham chemical attacker Abdul Ezedi worked.
It was one of two warrants carried out at addresses in Newcastle-upon-Tyne last night.
It is thought Clapham chemical attacker Abdul Ezedi worked at the takeaway[/caption]
At around 11pm yesterday, police cordoned off a 200-yard stretch of road outside Best Bite, in Forest Hall, in the north of the city.
A short time later armed officers donning masks yelled for anyone inside the pizza and grill house to come out.
A battering ram was used to gain entry to an upstairs flat before detectives spent two hours searching the takeaway and flat for evidence.
They were later seen removing a number of items in evidence bags including the hard drive from the shop’s CCTV system while the staff shivered outside in freezing temperatures.
The raid was such a surprise workers didn’t even have time to grab their coats.
They were ushered outside as the hunt for Ezedi – wanted for attempted murder – entered its seventh day on Thursday.
One said: “I have never seen so many police as this ever in my life.”
The police finally left around 2am.
No arrests were made and Ezedi remains at large almost exactly a week on from the attack which took place 290 mile away from Newcastle.
The manager of the takeaway said: “This has come up from London
“They came and searched and found nothing. That’s fine. We don’t mind. He isn’t here.”
Staff have previously claimed Ezedi only worked at the takeaway for a few days a year ago.
But locals reckon he has been there much more recently and had worked there for about 12 months.
STILL AT LARGE
Cops say Ezedi was last seen crossing Vauxhall Bridge Road into Grosvenor Road, London.
On Wednesday, cops said Ezedi was now wanted for attempted murder following the severity of his victim’s injuries.
The suspect arranged to meet the 31-year-old mum after he tracked the victim down to the two-star Clapham South Belvedere Hotel.
He then attacked her and her daughters, aged three and eight, in their car, police said.
A total of 12 people were injured in the attack.
The mum remains in hospital and is “too poorly to speak” due to her “significant injuries”.