Music man's terror plans foiled by sharp-thinking train goons
As we pointed out yesterday, we live in troubling times. Would-be terrorists lurk on every street corner, their minds addled with thoughts of creating death and destruction. We are truly living through the War On Terror and every one of us is a soldier, armed not with rifles and bayonets but with vigilance and common sense.
Two of these soldiers work for South West Trains as security staff and when they saw a passenger writing down a list of bands and their songs that included The Killers, they did exactly the correct and proper thing and threw him off the train.
The passenger, 25-year-old Tom Shaw was writing out a list of song titles that his band, The Magic Mushrooms, planned to play at one of their upcoming rock ‘n’pop concerts. The set list included Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand, Cigarettes and Alcohol by Oasis and Love Me Like You by The Magic Numbers.
It was then that the keen-eyed train security staff intervened, asking potential Jihadist Shaw to disembark at the next station whereupon they ordered him to explain his list song-by-song. Shaw alleges that the security staff told him that he had been questioned because there had been a number of arrests in the area including a man who had murdered his wife. Proof, if proof is needed, that we can’t be too careful in the War On Terror.
A South West Trains spokesnoddy says that Shaw was asked to leave the train as it was busy and the officers needed to speak to him about their concerns. We say they did the right thing. It is but a short leap from listing pop groups to strapping half a ton of explosives to your person and throwing yourself at Wembley Stadium.
Tom Shaw can only be thankful that he wasn’t watching a DVD of the cult 1960s classic movie ‘Blow-Up’ – the officers might well have shot him on sight, and they’d have been fully justified.
Let’s keep ‘em peeled out there…