The man, who is of Pakistani origin and lives in Manchester, was only placed under the control order this month. But within four days he disappeared. Police sources say that the man failed to show up at a local police station to surrender his passport. He was traced to a nearby mosque, where community leaders say he had sought sanctuary. Police rarely enter a mosque: they began discussions with both local community figures and leading officials connected to the mosque.
It is understood that while these talks were taking place, the young suspect was helped to escape through a back entrance while officers from Greater Manchester Police were stationed outside.
I'll make no comment on the actual story. But there are too many stories like this. Weren't Greater Manchester Police the people who told officers not to arrest Muslim suspects during Ramadan ? Who allowed a Muslim officer to keep his job despite an uninsured car crash where he drove off, leaving two women and a child injured at the scene ?
Public opinion is a slow supertanker, taking a long time to turn around. From Tam Dalyell's first posing the West Lothian question to a majority in favour of an English Parliament took thirty years . The idea that our rulers give special treatment to one group is growing. In a lot less than thirty years it'll be received opinion - unless the special treatment stops. It was the unfairness of the devolution settlement that did for it in the eyes of the English - and it will be the unfairness of special treatment that does for it.
Elsewhere the words of Paul Goggins on religious hatred return once more :
Suicide bombers in burkas ? Ridiculous !
Tony Wright, a clever Labour MP, said we had heard enough from the minister about who would not be prosecuted under the act. But who might be?
Mr Goggins - his boss, Charles Clarke looked simultaneously stony-faced and embarrassed at his side, which is quite a trick - said vaguely that you might get a poster "showing women wearing burkas, saying that such women are not to be trusted, er, could be suicide bombers, er, who knows what they are hiding under their coats, a poster of that kind ..."
Mr Omar had also taken a northbound train from Stockwell and, at Warren Street station, attempted to explode his bomb. It failed in an identical fashion. He fled into the streets.The next day he caught a coach to Birmingham disguised as a Muslim woman, wearing a burka to hide his face.