Prescott lets slip that some suspects won't face serious charges
By Graeme Wilson and Philip Johnston
The Deputy Prime Minister made the admission during talks with Labour's Muslim MPs on how best to tackle Islamic extremism. During the 90-minute meeting, Mr Prescott briefed the MPs that
His comments are into the alleged plans to detonate bombs on flights. They came as the police made a further arrest in the Thames Valley area under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Mr Prescott's comments came as the Muslim MPs told him that it could take a generation to tackle extremism.
They urged the Government to do more to win the "hearts and minds" of disaffected young British Muslims.
Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, said Mr Prescott had briefed the MPs about the police investigation in the wake of last week's arrests. "The assessment was that there will be some people who would face reasonable charges, they have sufficient information to do that," said Mr Mahmood. "Some may face serious charges but some will not."
Neil Gerrard, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, who also attended yesterday's meeting, confirmed that Mr Prescott had briefed them about the investigation. he said. A huge operation is still under way in connection with the investigation. Anti-terrorism police officers have
Police executed two search warrants in Slough yesterday. Officers have also made an extensive search of King's Wood in High Wycombe, Bucks. Police will need to seek a court extension today to detain the suspects for a further period up to a maximum of 28 days, after which they must be charged or released.
A spokesman for Mr Prescott denied that he had discussed the investigation into the alleged terror plot.
"He did take the MPs through some general police procedures but he would not comment on an ongoing investigation," she said.