London Bridge terrorists bought 12in blades at Lidl.
Byline: EMILY PENNINK
BY EMILY PENNINK LONDON Bridge terrorist Rachid Redouane stands in an East London branch of Lidl as he buys the kitchen knives used in the atrocity.
The killer had been pictured on May 14, 2017 at a barbecue hosted by fellow killer Khuram Butt to celebrate the birth of his daughter, an inquest heard.
The next day, Redouane was seen on CCTV at the supermarket ordering the 12in pink, Ernesto ceramic blades for their attack three weeks later.
He returned to Lidl four days before the murders - which the three had been preparing for since January - for wine bottles to make petrol bombs.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley said these "viable" explosives were found with fake suicide vests in the Hertz van.
They had weighted this down with gravel after hiring it online.
The court was also shown footage of married Butt and Redouane behaving like doting dads hours before the carnage.
DCI Jolley also revealed the trio may have been targeting Oxford Street but diverted to London Bridge.
Gareth Patterson, QC, for families of the victims, said ringleader Butt had "openly expressed hatred" to the UK.
He had urged friends to "attack the West" but was told by pals: "If you don't like this country, go elsewhere."
Butt was also said to have had dinner with his "idol", hate preacher Anjem Choudary, at his home at least twice around 2013.
Eight people were killed and 48 injured by East London-based Butt, 27, Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, on June 3 two years ago. They were shot dead by officers.
The inquest at Old Bailey continues.
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