One of Qatada's London neighbours said there was "no way" the community would mix with the terror suspect following his prison release.
He said he had only ever seen the radical cleric twice, when he was praying at home.
If I didn't know about (the terrorism allegations) I might have knocked on his door. But when I came to know, (I thought) no way.
When asked what he felt about the large pack of photographers waiting outside, he replied:
It's very annoying for the whole community. My daughter and wife can't come out when it's this situation.
Successive governments have tried for years to deport him but Qatada has fought them every step of the way. What next in the ongoing battle?
The terror suspect smiled as he arrived home, having been freed from jail as a result of a win in the latest round of his deportation fight.
Terror suspect Abu Qatada will be released from prison today after winning the latest round in his fight against deportation to Jordan.