This is the Muslim convert who walked into a police station and said he wanted to kidnap and murder Prince Harry.

Ashraf Islam – who used to be called Mark Townley – made the chilling  threat the day after Drummer Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich, it emerged yesterday.

After arresting him, officers discovered Islam, 30, had carried out internet searches for ‘kidnapping’, ‘guns’ and ‘vans’ on his laptop.

 
Ashraf Islam, formerly known as Mark Townley
Asraf Islam
 

Confession: Mark Townley, (left) converted to Islam and changed his name to Ashraf Islam (pictured more recently, right). He admitted threatening to kill Prince Harry the day after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby

They also found that he had visited terrorist and firearms websites. Two days later, Islam, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in West London to threatening to kill Harry.

The Prince has served in Afghanistan and is a keen supporter of Help For Heroes – the charity whose T-shirt Drummer Rigby was wearing when he was murdered.

Target: The Prince has served in Afghanistan and is a keen supporter of Help for Heroes

Target: The Prince has served in Afghanistan and is a keen supporter of Help for Heroes

Islam was remanded in custody to await sentence.

Police are looking at whether he was part of network and are examining details of a trip he made to the Middle East in 2010.

As Townley, Islam has a string of convictions.

In 2008 he was convicted of fraud after he conned former soldiers out of hundreds of pounds.

Using the alias Antonio Mendez, he advertised bodyguard courses claiming participants would be guaranteed security work in Iraq.

Dozens paid a registration fee of £250, believing they would get their Security Industry Authority licence and a job.

Islam was given a suspended prison sentence. That year he was also accused of running a modelling scam in Dublin said to have netted £750,000.

Islam then returned to Bangor in Northern Ireland, where he grew up, and embarked on a failed venture that left youth clubs and sports clubs out of pocket.

In 2011 he was jailed for eight months for conning 26 photography students out of £150 each. In prison he underwent a dramatic transformation.

On his release he appeared with a shaven head, long beard, bulging muscles and tattoos.

Answering to the name Ashraf Islam, he said he had undergone a religious conversion from ‘non-practising Christian to part-practising Muslim’.

But he added that he only selected the parts of Islam he liked.

 
Killed: Drummer Lee Rigby died when he was attacked in a street in Woolwich, London, last month

Killed: Drummer Lee Rigby died when he was attacked in a street in Woolwich, London, last month

 
Target: Harry is thought to be a high profile Taliban target because of his service in Afghanistan and an interview he gave where he said he had killed Taliban insurgents in active duty

Target: Harry is thought to be a high profile Taliban target because of his service in Afghanistan and an interview he gave where he said he had killed Taliban insurgents in active duty.

 

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