Suspected traitor, David Smith, 57, was seized on Tuesday in a joint operation by British Counter Terror Command and German safety operatives
That is the dramatic second suspected spy David Smith was led away from his flat by police.
The 57-year-old is at present languishing in a German jail cell accused of promoting secrets and techniques to the Russians.
It’s alleged he used his function as a safety guard on the British Embassy in Berlin to cross delicate data to Russian spooks.
An eye fixed-witness who noticed the arrest, however who doesn’t need to be named, informed The Mirror: “I noticed him being taken in handcuffs out from his residence and right into a police automobile.
“It was Tuesday afternoon about 3:15pm.
“You by no means noticed him a lot however I recognised him, he had little hair and was fats.
“There have been two civilian police vans and a police automobile.
“It was so uncommon, now we have not seen something like that earlier than.”
Yesterday Smith was described as an “obsessed’ loner with robust political beliefs by neighbours in his hometown of Potsdam.
He was well-known within the space for his love of all issues Soviet in his quiet nook of the town on the sting of the sprawling capital Berlin.
Neighbours in his modest however leafy suburb spoke of their shock at the moment at his arrest.
Though others identified it was hardly a shock the Russians had focused him as he was identified to have a fascination with the nation and was “obsessed” with army historical past.
Smith lived alone in a easy however sensible new floor ground flat solely constructed just a few years in the past.
Weird photos from inside his home revealed his love for all issues Russian with the nation’s flag taking over one nook of the room in between teddy bears and busts of historic characters.
His bookshelves have been additionally stacked with grim tomes concerning the Nazis, World Warfare 2 and the Soviet Union – together with a spy novel by John le Carré and books by notorious conspiracy theorist David Icke.
In response to those who knew him they defined Smith was one of many first to maneuver into the brand new improvement which is thought to be widespread with Russians and which some have even nicknamed ‘little Russia’.
They defined that whereas pleasant at first Smith quickly grew to become reclusive.
One neighbour, referred to as Nina, informed The Mirror: “At first he was speaking on a regular basis, he would discuss being military and issues like that however by no means confirmed us medals or issues.
“He appeared a pleasant man and he cherished studying about historical past equivalent to that of Russia.”
One other neighbour, Herr Monzi, mentioned: “When he first moved in we had a protracted chat and he informed me he was decoding in army issues.
“However we didn’t communicate a lot after the that, solely when placing the bins out, though he was a smiling individual.
“I’m not shocked at his arrest.
“He was obsessive about the Russians.”
Different residents within the leafy suburb surrounded by lakes and forest, simply 16 miles from the British Embassy the place he labored mentioned Smith saved a really low profile in current months.
One mentioned: “I knew there was a pleasant innocent British man there, however I assumed possibly he had moved.
“You by no means noticed him over the last months, he was alone loads of the time I believe.”
Potsdam has grow to be stylish in current occasions and is residence to influential politicians and comfy center class households.
Smith’s outdated, battered, silver Ford Fiesta was nonetheless parked outdoors is flat yesterday and it was pointed put how his licence plate confirmed off his obsession with Russia.
It learn B:RU1801, which it was speculated might be a nod to Russia and the 12 months Tsar Alexander I got here to energy in the course of the Napoleonic Wars.
He’s a hero within the nation for ousting Napoleon from Russia and is worshipped in sure far proper circles.
Talking concerning the licence plate one resident mentioned: “He was an actual fanboy.”