Officials were warned in DECEMBER against freeing terrorist Sudesh Amman early

A think tank warned in December that terrorist Sudesh Amman was up for early release, before he was eventually freed last week and launched a bloody knife rampage in Streatham on Sunday. 

Police officers were pictured last night combing through the bail hostel where Amman is believed to have lived following his automatic early release from prison.

Amman, 20, was shot dead by officers on Streatham High Road in south London - a mile from the bail hostel - on Sunday afternoon after he went on a horrific rampage, stabbing two people. 

The extremist had been jailed for three years and four months in December 2018, when he pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing terrorist documents including bomb making manuals and knife fighting guides.

But he was released automatically a few days ago, despite fears he still held extremist views, paving the way for him to launch his attack on Sunday. 

The Henry Jackson Society has now revealed that it identified Amman in December as an extremist close to automatic early release, warning he was still too dangerous to be freed. 

The think tank included Amman as part of a 'new wave of released terrorists' in the wake of the London Bridge attack where Usman Khan murdered two people. 

A Whitehall source claimed he was released despite concerns because the law didn't give them the power to keep him in jail. 

Residents at the bail hostel where he was believed to have been staying claim he had previously tried to take his life and had been asking for medication.  

Sudesh Amman, 20, from Harrow, fantasised about carrying out a terror attack with a blade or with acid while riding a moped and had been jailed in 2018 - before being released a few days ago

Sudesh Amman, 20, from Harrow, fantasised about carrying out a terror attack with a blade or with acid while riding a moped and had been jailed in 2018 - before being released a few days ago 

Police seal off a bail hostel in Streatham on Leigham Court Road, around a mile from the scene of Sunday's attack

Police seal off a bail hostel in Streatham on Leigham Court Road, around a mile from the scene of Sunday's attack

Police load items into a car. The extremist had been jailed for three years and four months in December 2018, when he pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing terrorist documents

Police load items into a car. The extremist had been jailed for three years and four months in December 2018, when he pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing terrorist documents

Some of the items, which include electronics and handwritten notes, seized from the terrorist's hostel

Some of the items, which include electronics and handwritten notes, seized from the terrorist's hostel

Police outside the bail hostel where Amman is thought to have stayed after his early prison release

Police outside the bail hostel where Amman is thought to have stayed after his early prison release

In the rush to get to the scene, this police car crashed into a driveway on a residential street a mile away

In the rush to get to the scene, this police car crashed into a driveway on a residential street a mile away

Speaking after Amman was named as the attacker shot dead by police in Streatham today, Henry Jackson Society fellow Dr Paul Stott said: 'We need an immediate moratorium on the release of terrorist prisoners, whilst the government reviews each individual case.' 

On Sunday, while being under active police surveillance and 'very stringent licencing conditions', he launched a horrific knife rampage in Streatham, south London, leaving one man in a life-threatening condition, though he later recovered. 

Wearing a fake suicide vest, Amman stole a 10-inch, £3.99 blade from a convenience store and stabbed the man, in his 40s, in the stomach before knifing a female cyclist, in her 50s, in the back as he ran down the street.

Armed police were on the scene within minutes, having been following him because they suspected he was going to launch a terrorist attack imminently. After he failed to stop, Amman was shot dead outside a Boots chemist.  

In the rush to get there, one police car crashed into a driveway on a residential street a mile away. 

Officers are thought to have called for back-up in a panic after seeing Amman steal the knife before launching his attack, reportedly yelling 'Allahu Akbar'. 

Another woman received minor injuries in the attack, believed to have been caused by flying glass following a police gunshot. 

ISIS fanatic Amman was jailed for more than three years in December 2018.

Armed police shot dead terrorist Amman, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, after he grabbed a knife from a shop and stabbed a man and a woman during a brutal high-street rampage in south London

Photos from the scene show a lifeless body face down on the pavement with what have been described as 'silver canisters' strapped to his chest with a large knife is lying beside him

Photos from the scene show a lifeless body face down on the pavement with what have been described as 'silver canisters' strapped to his chest with a large knife is lying beside him 

Police load the body of Sudesh Amman into a private ambulance on Sunday evening after he was shot dead in Streatham

Police load the body of Sudesh Amman into a private ambulance on Sunday evening after he was shot dead in Streatham

Officers inspecting Sudesh Amman, 19,

Officers backing away from Amman

Police officers inspect the Sudesh Amman, 19, lying face down on Streatham High Road at around 2pm on Sunday (left) and officers suddenly backing off (right)

Police were filmed standing behind an unmarked police car and pointing their guns towards Amman who appeared to be lying on the pavement outside the Boots store on the high street

Police were filmed standing behind an unmarked police car and pointing their guns towards Amman who appeared to be lying on the pavement outside the Boots store on the high street

The then-18-year-old fantasised about carrying out a terror attack with a blade or with acid while riding a moped and also shared Al Qaeda propaganda on a WhatsApp group used by his family.

Police car crashes into driveway on route to Streatham attack 

A police car responding to the Streatham attack smashed into a wall a mile away

A police car responding to the Streatham attack smashed into a wall a mile away

Armed police were on the scene in Streatham, south London within minutes as Sudesh Amman launched his horrific knife rampage. 

Officers had been following Amman because they suspected he was going to launch a terrorist attack imminently. 

However, in the rush to get to the scene, one armed response vehicle crashed into a driveway on a residential street a mile from the scene.   

The front of the car was severely damaged in the collision.  

Officers are thought to have called for back-up in a panic after seeing Amman steal the knife before launching his attack, reportedly yelling 'Allahu Akbar'.    

When he was sentenced, he couldn't stop laughing, grinning and waving to his mother and brother in the public gallery with no sign of remorse.  

Police found notebooks belonging to the North West London College student when he was arrested, where he jotted down how to make explosives and wrote about how he wanted to be a martyr.

Amman asked his girlfriend to kill her parents because they were 'kuffar', showed her beheading videos and also shared how he was planning a terrorist attack in Queensbury, northwest London, during Skype chats. 

His stash of manuals on bomb making, knife fighting and close combat included the titles Bloody Brazilian Knife Fighting and How to Make A Bomb In Your Kitchen.

Amman posted a link to a pdf copy of the 'Inspire' magazine focusing on the idea of the 'Lone Jihad' in a family WhatsApp group in January this year, exposing children as young as 11 to extremist material.

The document contained an article about 'the successful pressure cooker bomb' and provided detailed instructions on how to maximise casualties through the use of IEDs. 

After he was jailed, Alexis Boon, head of the Met Police counter-terrorism command, said: 'His fascination with dying in the name of terrorism was clear in a notepad we recovered from his home.' 

At the time of his trial, prosecutor Kelly Brocklehurst said: 'The defendant had discussed with his family, friends and girlfriend his strong and often extreme views on jihad, the kuffar, and his desire to carry out a terrorist attack.

The officers inspect the suspect

The suspect is seen lying on the pavement

The officers inspect the suspect (left) after he was shot and lying face down on the pavement (right) wearing a fake suicide vest

Officers raced to the scene outside a supermarket on High Road in Streatham at around 2pm on Sunday following reports of gunfire

Officers raced to the scene outside a supermarket on High Road in Streatham at around 2pm on Sunday following reports of gunfire

'Much of his fascination with conducting an attack was focused on using a knife but reference was also made to committing acid attacks on mopeds.

Boris Johnson announces 'fundamental changes' to the justice system after Streatham attack

Boris Johnson has promised there will be 'fundamental changes' to the system for dealing with convicted terrorists after Sunday's attack by a newly-released prisoner. 

Mr Johnson's comments echo those made after London's last terror attack when two people were killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan at Fishmongers' Hall in December.  

Khan, 28, had been attending a prisoner rehabilitation event after being released on licence in December 2018.

'If you are convicted of a serious terrorist offence, there should be a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years - and some should never be released,' the Prime Minster said then.

Speaking after Sunday's attack, Mr Johnson said: 'An investigation is taking place at pace to establish the full facts of what happened, and the Government will provide all necessary support to the police and security services as this work goes on.

'Following the awful events at Fishmonger's Hall in December, we have moved quickly to introduce a package of measures to strengthen every element of our response to terrorism - including longer prison sentences and more money for the police.

'Tomorrow, we will announce further plans for fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences.' 

'The Crown contends that the defendant's interest in Islamic extremism and Daesh in particular is more than a mere immature fascination with the taboo and with graphic violence. 

'He is clearly someone with sincerely held and concerning ideological beliefs which motivate him to collect and disseminate such material.

'For example, he is seen telling his girlfriend in online chat how he has declared a pledge to Islamic State and wishes to purge society and carry out acid attacks. 

'Elsewhere he is seen telling her he prefers the idea of a knife attack over use of bombs.'

After being jailed for his offences, he was automatically released just a few days ago, after serving half of his sentence, despite authorities being concerned that he still held extremist views. 

A Whitehall source said this evening: 'He was under surveillance, that is what allowed police to do their job so quickly. 

'It could have been much worse than it was.

'There had been concerns when he was in prison but there were no powers for any authority to keep him behind bars.

'There was nothing that could be done to keep him behind bars under existing laws, hence why he was under surveillance and strict licencing conditions.

'He had served half of his sentence, which was more than three years, so had to be released despite concerns over his conduct.

'The public will look at this case and say why was this individual not kept behind bars and the Prime Minister shares that view.

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'This shines a light on something that clearly needs addressing.'

The source added that the 'very stringent' licencing conditions included a curfew.

In one video, police toting machine guns and masked undercover officers are seen approaching Amman's body before rapidly moving away from the area

In one video, police toting machine guns and masked undercover officers are seen approaching Amman's body before rapidly moving away from the area

Scotland Yard declared the broad daylight carnage as a terror-related incident around an hour after first reports from the scene

Boris Johnson has said he will announce plans on Monday for 'fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences' following the terror-related incident in south London.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said: 'My thoughts are with the injured victims and their loved ones following today's horrific attack in Streatham.

'I want to pay tribute to the speed and bravery of the police who responded and confronted the attacker - preventing further injuries and violence - and all of the emergency services who came to the aid of others.

'An investigation is taking place at pace to establish the full facts of what happened, and the Government will provide all necessary support to the police and security services as this work goes on.

'Following the awful events at Fishmonger's Hall in December, we have moved quickly to introduce a package of measures to strengthen every element of our response

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