One of the Islamic extremists involved in London's terror attack reportedly tried to radicalise children

Police officers and members of the emergency services work at the scene of a terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017. Photo: Getty Images.

One of the three attackers in London’s terrorist incident on Saturday reportedly attempted to radicalise children.

According to The Telegraph UK, the man, who is not being named by police, had tried to convert his neighbour’s children to Islam and radicalise them on at least two occasions.

The man himself was reportedly radicalised by YouTube videos.

The mother of the children said: “He was trying to radicalise the children, he would go down to the park and talk to them about Islam. He also came to the houses and gave the kids money and sweets during Ramadan.”

She said police had forwarded her concerns to Scotland Yard but that was all she knew.

The UK news outlet also reports that a former friend had contacted police after the man expressed extremist views, although the authorities failed to take action against him.

“I did my bit, I know a lot of other people did their bit, but the authorities did not do their bit,” the friend told The Telegraph.

Seven people died during the attacks on Saturday in which a van mowed pedestrians down on Tower Bridge before men got out and went on a stabbing rampage. More than 40 others were injured.

The Telegraph has more.

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