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This is extremely serious. Clearly police and security agencies will be doing everything possible to locate this terror suspect and ensure public safety

Responding to news tonight that a second terror suspect under a TPIM has absconded;

Yvette Cooper, shadow Home Secretary said:

"This is extremely serious. Clearly police and security agencies will be doing everything possible to locate this terror suspect and ensure public safety.

"The Home Secretary also needs to provide information about the decisions made over Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed's TPIM, how he was able to abscond and what the risks to the public are.

"TPIMs are only granted for exceptional cases where the Home Secretary and the courts agree there is a significant risk of terrorist activity and a threat to public safety.

"However Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is now the second terror suspect to abscond from a TPIM in London in the space of ten months, after Ibrahim Magag absconded in a black cab last Christmas.

"Given the longstanding concerns about the replacement of control orders, the limitations of TPIMs, and the pressures on monitoring and surveillance, the Home Secretary needs to provide rapid information about the extent and adequacy of the restrictions on Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed and ask the independent reviewer David Anderson to investigate urgently what has happened and the adequacy of the controls and powers in this case."

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