Chilling CCTV shows grinning Westminster attacker night before terror atrocity

Chilling CCTV footage has exposed a sinister grin flashed by the Westminster attacker just days before the atrocity.

Footage captured at a fish and chip shop shows Khalid Masood’s last supper the night before his murderous rampage.

Masood is seen standing by a television with images of the Palace of Westminster on it.

The 52-year-old was in the Sussex seaside city on March 21 last year, the day before he drove a hired car across Westminster Bridge, mowing down pedestrians, and stabbed a police officer.

The images were part of a compilation of video showing Masood’s preparations.

The Westminster attacker’s last movements have been captured on CCTV (PA)
Masood just hours before the Westminster attack (PA)
The Westminster attacker was spotted in a chip shop in Brighton (PA)

On March 9, he visited a Tesco store in Birmingham where he bought knives.

On March 16, he picked up the keys to a Hyundai Tuscan at Enterprise Rent a Car in Birmingham and drove off.

Two days later, he carried out reconnaissance, driving down Westminster Bridge.

Between March 18 and 21, he stayed at the Days Inn Hotel at Cobham services.

He was shown on tape laughing and smiling with reception staff.

After checking out, he travelled on to Brighton where he visited Sainsbury’s before the fish and chip shop.

Masood later drove a hired car into pedestrians on Westminster bridge (PA)
Masood mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a police officer (PA)

On the morning of the attack, he searched the internet for Prime Minister’s Questions before carrying out a second recce in Westminster.

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He returned later, using the car park at St Thomas’ Hospital before moving into the bus lane on the bridge poised for attack at 2.38pm.

The inquest heard he had previously talked to his children about Donald Trump and Theresa May, describing the “racism and rudeness” of the US president and accusing the Prime Minister of being a “liar” and “sick”.

The court was told the attack came following a failed attempt to target Westminster with knives and another foiled plot to murder Prime Minister Mrs May.