At 11.06 am on the morning of April 22nd 2008 the House of Commons Committee considering the Counter terrorism Bill welcomed as witnesses Sir Ian Blair Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and bovine Bob Quick, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, with responsibility for counter-terrorism probably dumber (if it is possible) than his predecessor Peter Clark.
Bob was of course also chairman of the ACPO-TAM committee having replaced the previous occupant "Randy" Andy Hayman who left in rather hurrid circumstances. See Dec 10th 2007 Just Imagine , Andy Hayman CBE was in charge of terrism - and de Menezes murder - what a wanker see also "Randy" Andy - Sex in the City suffering from what is increasingly known as Chief Constable Syndrome, a deeply felt urge to shag the staff, then promote them and often fiddle their expenses.
Quite why this arithmetically challenged bobby sent some 20 of the Met's anti-terrorist unit to arrest an MP, root for hours in his house, constituency office and House of Commons office is a mystery. If he have an explanation the following suggest it might not be worth believing a word he says - we take it for granted that Sir Ian Blair is a persistent and egregious liar and shows they have nothing but contempt for the House of Commons and it's members of Parliament.
Tuesday 22 April 2008 Counter Terrorism Bill considered by the Public Bill Committee (Hansard)
Q 9 Martin Salter: I have three quick questions for Sir Ian Blair and Mr. Quick. I know that you put some of this evidence in front of the Select Committee on Home Affairs a few months ago, but, for the benefit of the Committee, could you indicate how many serious terrorist plots the police and the security services have disrupted since the London bombings of 7/7?
Sir Ian Blair: I will stretch to something like 12, but where would you get to, Bob?
Bob Quick: I am still being briefed on the very complex history to fighting terrorism, but my understanding is in the order of about 15 occasions. On some very recent occasions we have been able to disrupt terrorism by some sophisticated and unusual methods. That is what we do. We are constantly seeking opportunities to disrupt. That is part of a multi-pronged attack on terrorist activity.
Curious then that David Leppard May 4, 2008 in a Times article reported that - Ian Blair admits he misled MPs over terror threat
"Blair gave evidence to MPs in support of 42-day detention, stating to a Commons committee that police had disrupted “something like 12” serious terrorist plots since the 2005 London bombings. However, Scotland Yard now accepts that the true number is six. "
UPDATE : A lawyer writes ..
The offence of grooming was introduced when the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was reviewed to take account of the behaviour of paedophiles. ..."a new offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming, which makes it a crime to befriend a child on the internet or by other means and meets or intends to meet the child with the intention of abusing them. The maximum sentence is 10 years imprisonment." CPS Guidance Notes
see 28th November Damian Green MP has ruffled feathers in the Security Industry Authority - hence Plod's anti - terrorist overkill ..."The Anti terrorist squad took away from Damian green's home, consituency office and his House of Commons office, bxes , bags of papers , correspondence and PC's hard disks etc., .... let's hope they don't get them somehow mixed up and discover pornography, paedophile images ......"
PS : How did the Press find out that the Police were using the term grooming ? Surely not a leak from the Met. Again.
PPS : Rambler Asssociation issue Press Release advising Damian Green and Christopher Galley (Currently like Dr David Kelly in a "safe" house) not to take long solitary walks in the countryside.