Anti-terror cop falls backwards onto his own sword
Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has resigned after making a security blunder which caused an anti-terror operation to be brought forward. Assistant Commissioner Bob Quit inadvertently revealed secret papers to photographers when arriving for a Downing Street briefing on Wednesday.
After Mr Quit’s gaffe and fearing that suspects could be tipped off about their plans, hundreds of officers swooped upon suspects on Wednesday afternoon rather than the early hours of Thursday morning as originally intended. That meant rushing out a press release saying that the raids were going to take place and not all news channels were able to be there to film the arrests.
Met officers were said to be deeply upset about the change of timings because it was feared public lives had been put at risk and also many of them did not have time to record Diagnosis Murder before going out. It was the second of a two-part episode and one officer said that the time he has spent watching the first part had been simply wasted.
Mr Quit’s resignation was regretfully accepted by London Mayor Boris Johnson who said the officer now intended to spend more time with his family at their home at 116 Wyndford Gardens, London SE12 7TN.