The foster parents of convicted Parsons Green Tube bomber Ahmed Hassan have vowed not to let him put them off caring for more children.
Penny and Ron Jones appeared on today’s This Morning , two days after their foster son was found guilty of trying to murder dozens of commuters on a crowded tube train using a device packed with nails and rusty metal.
Hassan, 18, was living with the couple when he built the homemade bucket bomb, which sent a terrifying fireball rushing through the carriage and was packed with 2.2kg of screwdrivers, knives, nuts and bolts and could have been "lethal" if it had detonated.
Penny and Ron have fostered 269 children in 49 years, including nine refugee children.
And they’ve said that what happened with Hassan won’t stop them helping other kids.
When asked by hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield what they’d say to other people who may be put off from fostering because of what’s happened, she added: "Please, please don’t let this put you off. It’s just a one off. Most of them are such lovely kids, they are desperate to have someone care for them and show them some affection and somewhere safe to live."
Ron added: "I’m still shocked that he could do such a thing because he was such a good lad, he really was good."
Penny said she’d been to the Home Office with Hassan, but that she wasn’t aware that he’d told them he’d been ‘trained to kill’.
She added: "He was a lovely young lad, very caring towards us. When we went shopping, he would come running out, [saying] ‘me do’. He would put the bags up so I wouldn’t have to bend down to unpack them."
The couple said they had no idea that he was building a bomb in his bedroom.
People watching the show were inspired by their willingness to go on.
One said: "They’re an amazing couple"
"What great people with great attitudes," another tweeted.
Ahmed Hassan didn’t react as he was convicted of attempted murder "on overwhelming evidence" after the Parsons Green Tube bombing.
He was remanded in custody to be sentenced next Friday.
* This Morning airs weekdays from 10.30am on ITV
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