London terror attacker Khalid Masood, 52, once stabbed a man in the FACE and changed from Kent schoolboy Adrian Elms to maniac who launched car and knife rampage through Westminster

London terror attacker Khalid Masood, 52, once stabbed a man in the FACE and changed from Kent schoolboy Adrian Elms to maniac who launched car and knife rampage through Westminster, by Richard Spillett.

The British-born jihadi who killed four and injured 29 in Westminster was last night revealed to be a middle-aged criminal career who MI5 had investigated in the past and had a previous conviction for stabbing a man in the nose.

English teacher Khalid Masood, 52, a ‘lone wolf’ attacker, who was living in the Birmingham area, had a series of convictions for assault and other crimes.

Scotland Yard revealed how Masood was known by a number of aliases and MailOnline can reveal he was born Adrian Elms to a single mother in Kent before his religious conversion. …

His first conviction was for criminal damage in November 1983, when he was just 19.

His last was for an attack in 2003, where he stabbed a 22-year-old man in the face, leaving him slumped in the driveway of a nursing home in Eastbourne. The victim was left needing cosmetic surgery after the vicious attack.

Masood is understood to have spent time in Lewes jail in East Sussex, Wayland prison in Norfolk and Ford open prison in West Sussex, The Times reported. …

Masood was a married father-of-three, and a religious convert who was into bodybuilding, according to Sky News. …

ISIS claimed responsibility for its first attack on British soil and said the crazed knifeman was its ‘soldier’. … Experts believe Masood did not receive direct orders or help from ISIS but may have been inspired to carry out the attack by material online. …

How can he be a “lone wolf” if the police then arrest eight other people?

Elsewhere today, hundreds of police swooped in dramatic raids across the nation making eight arrests. …

Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘The case is historic – he was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent – or of the plot. Intensive investigations continue.’ …

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told the Press Association: ‘This guy is a local guy. I’ve been living in the area for 20 years. ‘I don’t know him personally but I believe he belongs to a mosque on Leyton High Road. I’ve seen his face many times. I saw him on the news at around 7pm last night and thought ‘this is the guy I know from the mosque. He had a beard and big eyes.’

Worshippers at the Al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton were surprised to learn of Masood’s alleged links with the mosque.

hat-tip Stephen Neil