Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banned Terror Suspects 'Back in London for the Olympics'; EXCLUSIVE Terror Suspect 'Plans Mumbai Atrocity Here'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banned Terror Suspects 'Back in London for the Olympics'; EXCLUSIVE Terror Suspect 'Plans Mumbai Atrocity Here'

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent

SEVERAL terror suspects banned from their London homes on security grounds could return just months before the Olympics, the Standard has learned.

The Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne told MPs it was "quite possible" suspected terrorists may come back to the capital early next year if the Government abandons the control order regime, as planned.

At least one is said to have been plotting a Mumbai-style atrocity. Mr Osborne said nine out of 12 terror suspects on control orders have been forced to move under relocation orders.

If relocation conditions were removed then it was likely that the "majority" -- which suggests at least five -- could return to London, he admitted. Home Continued on Page 2

Continued from Page 1 Secretary Theresa May's officials refuse to say how many of these individuals come from London and the precise number could not be confirmed.

But two other separate sources suggested that five or six are believed to be from the capital.

Mr Osborne, the Association of Chief Police Officers' senior national coordinator for terrorism investigations, stressed: "The Olympics will be in a very challenging area in east London.

"A lot of people on control orders have come from the area initially, so moving them back will create additional challenges for us.

"It is difficult to say if they provide a greater threat than cells or groups yet to come to our notice or on which we have yet to receive intelligence."

He expects it will take more than a year to train enough specialist officers and get the necessary equipment for greater surveillance of terror suspects, which will be needed if Coalition plans to replace control orders with terrorism prevention and investigation measures are implemented.

Giving evidence to MPs examining the anti-terror Bill, Mr Osborne stressed extra risk from the reforms -- which include ditching relocation and relaxing curfews -- could be "mitigated" by more surveillance and measures including bans on entering specific areas. …

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