Aylesbury has, like it or not, been thrust into the international spotlight in the wake of the Nairobi terrorist attacks.
The world’s press have been crawling all over the town for just over a week now trying to steal a march on each other with regard to the White Widow and now the most wanted female terrorist suspect in the world Samantha Lewthwaite.
So big is the Lewthwaite story that it cannot be ignored but as I intimated in last week’s comment the facts are yet to be revealed. Was she there, is she dead, or actually involved? Questions which still remain unanswered.
What is sure is that this young woman, a Muslim convert, schooled here in Aylesbury mysteriously disappeared following the death of her husband 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay. Now with Interpol’s red notice it is recognised that she is now considered an international threat.
So incredible and frightening is this whole story so far that I suspect the book and movie are being talked about. So far though there is no ending.
Your Bucks Herald has, as you would expect, reported fairly developments online daily making sure local angles are well covered including interviews with old classmates and family friends.
The paper has surprisingly had its critics over coverage with claims it is just spewing out the same old lines. Well we’ve given it extensive coverage, for sure, but as the story develops from the horror and the carnage of the Kenyan Westgate shopping complex attention turns to those here at home who are having to deal with the repercussions.
Numerous members of the former Grange pupil’s family still reside in Aylesbury and have been living with the complex circumstances and emotional turmoil for years since Samantha Lewthwaite went on the run in Africa.
Imagine how devastated her mother, father, brother and sister must be, thrust by association into a brutal world of international terrorism beyond comprehension.
They have been, and still remain, silent over recent developments. Very few who knew Samantha Lewthwaite, now aged 29, want to talk about it but those who have spoken describe her as an uninspiring teenager, a follower rather than a leader. One family friend even suggests people should not jump to conclusions over her involvement in Nairobi.
What is needed here, for the town and her family, is closure and that may well still be a long way off.