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Darren Osborne’s family said he had a “privileged life”, as mother Christine confirmed her 47-year-old son, of Cardiff, had been arrested over the attack in which one man died and several were injured.

He was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but Scotland Yard said he was later arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

Speaking from the family home, a terraced house in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, Darren’s sister Nicola Osborne, 50, said the attack happened on her birthday.

She said: “He’s not interested in terrorism.

“I’m older than him.

“It was my birthday last night.

“I am very sorry for what’s happened.”

She and other family members said they would not be issuing further statements at this time.

His mother, Christine, who has lodgers at the home, added: “It’s my son, I can confirm that.

“At the moment I can’t say anything. That’s all I will say.”

Neighbours described the grandmother as “long-suffering’ and one said: “Christine is a great grandmother – Darren’s nephew stays a lot.

“Darren’s not had a bad life.

“He’s had quite a privileged life. He’s had more options than a lot of people.”

Finsbury Park mosque suspect Darren Osborne was thrown out of a pub on Saturday night after “cursing Muslims”, it was revealed tonight.

Osborne went to the Hollybush pub in Pentwyn, Cardiff, for a drink – but regulars told how he became very drunk.

One said: “He got chucked out as he was so drunk. He was cursing Muslims and saying he would do some damage.” 

Another regular at the pub said: “He’s a loud and aggressive person. He’s always shouting the odds if anyone disagrees with him.”

Osborne was described by neighbours tonight as “shouty”. “aggressive”, and “strange”. 

He lived with partner Sarah Andrews, 42, a chef at the Black Griffin pub in the nearby wealthy suburb of Lisvane, Cardiff. 

But Osborne and Sarah are believed to have separated in the recent months – and neighbours said he would often shout at her in the street. 

Pharmacist Rebecca Carpenter, 26, said: “He’s quite a shouty person, always shouting at his wife and kids.

“He always seemed an aggressive and strange person.

“He never caused us any real problems, but we could often hear him shouting from the other side of the street.”

Neighbour Saleem Naema, 50, said: “I can’t believe it.

“I know him. I’ve lived here for five years, he was already living here when I moved in.

“If I ever needed anything he would come. I just can’t believe that he did that. I am a Muslim.”