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7/7 bombings 'aimed at wrecking Olympic bid to clear way for Europe's biggest mosque'

The number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, destroyed in a bomb on July 7th, 2005. Photo: Reuters.

A former Scotland Yard detective involved in the inquiry into the 7/7 bomb attacks has claimed that the attacks were engineered to stop London winning the right to host the Olympics.

Derailing the Olympic bid would have helped a fundamentalist sect's project to build Europe's biggest mosque, he claims.

David Videcette, a former police officer who worked on the investigations into the bombings for five years has described how police found evidence that the attacks were actually intended to take place 24 hours earlier, in the rush hour of July 6th - before the IOC would have delivered their verdict.

The inquest into the bombings heard evidence of this nature, but it was little reported at the time.

In an interview with the Telegraph after plans for the super mosque were finally rejected by ministers last week Videcette linked the bombings to the plans.

Among the text messages recovered from the phone of ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan was one to the other bombers at 4.35am on the 6th saying: "Having major problem. Can't make time. Will ring you when I get it sorted. Wait at home." His wife had suffered a miscarriage the previous evening.

He then went on to buy large quantities of ice, along with Shehzad Tanweer, another one of the bombers.

We found text messages sent on the 6th delaying the attack and we found CCTV of two of the bombers buying ice really early on the morning of the 6th, to cool down their prepared bombs.

Had they detonated those devices on the morning of the 6th, London would not have got the Olympics.

– David Videcette

Khan and another of the bombers were members of a separatist Muslim sect Tablighi Jamaat, Videcette said.

At the time of the bombings, Tablighi Jamaat was proposing a giant UK headquarters mosque capable of accommodating 70,000 worshipers next to the proposed Olympic site in London. The Games required the compulsory purchase of part of the land earmarked for the mosque, reducing the maximum size of the project. The plan finally rejected last week was for a mosque for up to 11,000 worshipers.

I am not accusing the Tablighi Jamaat leadership or the trustees of the mosque of involvement in 7/7.

But the investigation did find clear links between the bombers and other Tablighi Jamaat figures who appear to have had a clear interest in the large mosque being completed.

– David Videcette

Though it has been criticised by some, Tablighi Jamaat operates legally in the UK as a non-political and non-violent movement.

David Videcette will be joining us live in the studio this evening on ITV 1 at 6pm.