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7/7 bombers were given £20,000 funding... by Children in Need

Children in Need inadvertently handed £20,000 to the 7/7 London bombers, it emerged last night.

The BBC charity cash was given to a bookshop run by Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, who spent it on videos glorifying holy war.

It also funded computers, gym equipment and the rafting trip made by the pair a month before their attacks claimed 52 lives.

'We had no idea': Children in Need chief executive David Ramsden ordered an investigation into the £20,000 donation

Relatives of those who died in the 2005 atrocity claim Children in Need was reluctant to ask about how its money was being used for fear of causing offence to Muslims.

David Ramsden, the charity’s chief executive, said last night he was extremely concerned by the claims and had ordered an investigation.

He insisted however that the charity had had no idea the money was being used to fund terrorism.

The £20,000 – donated between 1999 and 2002 – went to Leeds Community School in Beeston.

Along with £230,000 from Leeds city council, it was spent on the school and the adjoining Iqra bookshop, which was run by the bombers and became the place they hatched their plans.

Both Children in Need and the council were led to believe they were funding educational work for children.

But, according to Martin Gilbertson, who worked at the bookshop and the community centre, the funds went on propaganda.

Deadly: The scene in Tavistock Square, Central London, after a bomb ripped through a double decker bus

‘They blamed everything on the Jewish conspiracy, they hated Western culture it was like living with jihad on a daily basis’, he said.

Khan, Tanweer and Khalid Khaliq, who was jailed this year for terrorism offences, were all trustees of the Beeston Iqra charity.

According to Mr Gilbertson, the three obtained hundreds of thousands of pounds of council cash which they used for terror purposes.

Graham Foulkes, whose son David, 22, was killed by Khan’s bomb, claimed charities were too afraid of being seen as racist or Islamophobic to ask questions of community groups.

He added: ‘The easy thing to do is just to say “yes” and give them the money. Jihadist networks know that, they manipulate that, they manage it, and they will pull the wool over our eyes.’

The Children in Need link was uncovered by an investigation for BBC2’s Newsnight.

Shehzad Tanweer filmed a video before his suicide-bomb attack

A statement issued by the charity last night said: ‘The grants made by BBC Children In Need to Leeds Community School, itself a charity registered with the Charity Commission, were given in good faith in 1998 and 1999.

‘No evidence has been produced that the money they received was used for terrorist activity. Clearly if there is an allegation of fraud, then it is a matter for the police.

Mr Ramsden said: ‘I can reassure the British public that we are very careful in who we fund.’

Tory MP David Davis said: ‘The 2000 Terrorism Act laid down requirements to exercise very high levels of responsibility in this area and if you don’t the confidence of the public in giving money to organisations like Children in Need will drop away.’

He said the Charity Commission should ensure that political correctness played no role in any of its investigations.

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Added: Aug-20-2008 
By: Charles_Martel
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