Neighbors Saw Darren Osborne, Held in London Mosque Attack, as Aggressive

Prime Minister Theresa May called it a terrorist attack targeting Muslims, and it was widely seen as yet another assault on the cosmopolitan, multicultural British capital, which had already endured two terrorist attacks since March. It also raised questions about where the line between terrorism and hate crimes can be drawn, and whether the distinction is even meaningful, particularly in cases of severely disturbed individuals.

But for residents here on Glyn Rhosyn, the terraced street where Mr. Osborne lived in a semidetached two-story house with a front garden that stood out among its neighborhoods for its lack of tidiness, the immediate reactions were shock and sadness.

“My husband and I called him the ‘mad man,’” said Jennifer Mears, who lived a few houses down from Mr. Osborne and has lived in the area for more than 30 years. “He would always zoom up and down the road in various cars that he would bring here. I think he bought and sold lots of cars and it was annoying that he would park them all down the street.”

Many residents on the cul-de-sac said that Mr. Osborne was generally polite when greeting them on the street, but in recent weeks he appeared to be more aggressive, and one neighbor complained about him shouting at his family and throwing things around his garden.

“He threw a plastic swing and it went over the fence and almost hit his neighbor,” said Laura Granger, who witnessed the episode. “When they complained about it, he swore at them and then went inside and started shouting at his children.”

She added: “We heard him scream at his wife and he said, ‘Don’t make me get the cricket bat.’”

Mr. Osborne, born in 1969, grew up in Weston-super-Mare, England, and moved to Wales a number of years ago.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the suspect was “not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far-right extremism,” and was believed to have acted alone….

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