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Ipswich: Send terror suspects to Ipswich, says former Labour cabinet minister Hazel Blears

15:54 02 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron answers questions at a news conference in Downing Street, central London.

Prime Minister David Cameron answers questions at a news conference in Downing Street, central London.

Terror suspects could once again be sent to Ipswich under new powers announced by the Prime Minister.

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Changes to bolster terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) are being weighed up after the UK terror threat level was raised to “severe” in response to Islamic State activity.

At least three terror suspects were sent to Ipswich and Norwich under control order powers brought in by the last Labour Government, but the relocation powers were abolished in 2012 amid criticism that they were unfair.

Former Labour cabinet minister Hazel Blears, who was responsible for counter terrorism under the last Labour government, called for the powers to be brought back, and said extremists, based in big cities like London, should again be relocated to places like Ipswich to break up the groups.

Terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who disappeared after fleeing a mosque in a burka, lived near Ipswich for several weeks.

He allegedly breached a Home Office control order on several occasions while he was in the area during 2011.

The suspect, who is believed to have close links to al-Shabab, the Somali insurgent group that raided Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall in September, was given a control order in 2011 which forced him to live in the Suffolk, according to evidence from his lawyers submitted in a counter terrorism inquiry.

In a statement in the House of Commons today Mr Cameron said it was clear “targeted and discretionary” powers were needed.

He said: “We will introduce new powers to add to our existing terrorism prevention and investigation measures including stronger locational constraints on suspects under Tpims either through enhanced use of exclusions zones or through relocation powers.”

He added: “We are clear in principle that what we need is a targeted discretionary power to allow us to exclude British nationals from the UK and we’ll work proposals on this basis with our agencies in line with our international obligations and discuss the details on a cross-party basis.”

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said control orders had not been acceptable in their previous form.

“It is a very tricky area of law, and one that people are particularly concerned about, not only those who are concerned about liberties, which are important in this country, but also those host communities.

“It is a difficult balancing act. The Prime Minister has made his point and we will have to see what the conclusions of the review are.”

While Labour Candidate for Ipswich David Ellesmere said the Government had been “shortsighted” when it got rid of control orders.

“Now they have come to realise perhaps they should not have done that. They are starting to see they were necessary. It is welcome they are starting to reassess the changes.

But he added: “I would be concerned if Ipswich or any other town became the ‘go-to’ place for re-location orders. This is about disrupting networks and you don’t want networks re-forming in another town.”

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30 comments

  • Gobby with a straw man argument again. The EU was not the subject the ECHR was, which Norway and Switzerland are members of. They also have long-standing trade agreements with the EU, read up on EFTA and you might have an idea what you are talking about. These trade protocols take many years to establish and if we left Europe we would be in none. EFTA would have no obligation to admit us, and why would they if we left another because we didn't like the agreement. Leaving the EU would be an economic disaster for this country and it would be down to single issue loons who cannot see the bigger picture.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • Gobby with a straw man argument again. The EU was not the subject the ECHR was, which Norway and Switzerland are members of. They also have long-standing trade agreements with the EU, read up on EFTA and you might have an idea what you are talking about. These trade protocols take many years to establish and if we left Europe we would be in none. EFTA would have no obligation to admit us, and why would they if we left another because we didn't like the agreement. Leaving the EU would be an economic disaster for this country and it would be down to single issue loons who cannot see the bigger picture.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • I read the other day that we now export over 52% of our goods outside of the EU , This was in the Daily Telegraph and I think the daily Express

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    Bill Hawkins

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Strange we never hear from the MPs or local Councillor about this .Always from the media

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    Bill Hawkins

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Nobody said anything about not trading with europe. Norway, Switzerland and the USA aren't in the EU but do plenty of trade with EU countries. Esco Fiasco is just setting up an Aunt Sally, a false argument, in order to knock it down. Vote UKIP

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    Gobby

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Gobby also showing his ignorance. We export more to the Netherlands and Belgium, Poland and Sweden individually than we do to China. We would be back in the dark ages country without European trade.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • John I agree with you now, i NEVER thought i would ever consider voting UKIP, but my views have changed, they are the only party that speak for the people of this country who are BRITISH, the others, Conservatives, Labour and Liberal are too scared of not being Politically Correct , all at the expense of the genuine british public who's interest should be first. Maybe they don't want any British to live in this country in 20years time!!

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    keith hawes

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Sounds like a wonderful idea, send them to Labour Controlled Ipswich, who will give then priority council houses, ensure they get all the benefits UK born people can't get. YES, thats why we can NEVER vote for Labour again , they wreck the economy but give away benefits and housing to anybody other than the deserving British!!

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    keith hawes

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Esco Fiasco is talking rubbish as usual. China is not a signatory to the ECHR but has no problem selling to and buying from Europe.

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    Gobby

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Pandy? This is about terror suspects. This has nothing to do with people down Norwich Road speaking a foreign language. Honestly it's people like you that are ruining this country! Moron

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    Crabstick

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Seems v unlikely that moving someone an hour or so away will stop them having extremist views & intentions. Laws need strengthening & more resources needed to keep this growing problem at bay.

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    jessica Adams

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • I don't get this, why Ipswich? Is it because there's nothing worth blowing up there?

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    Liam Dodd

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • If you want a terrorist for a neighbour, vote Labour.

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    Gobby

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • yet another reason to vote UKIP

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    john

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Labour quadrupled annual levels of immigration when they were in power from 1997 to 2010. They didn't have it as policy so as not to alienate working class Brits. It was a deceitful act and we are now all paying the price, not just in terms of terrorists living amongst us, but oversubscribed schools, congestion, green belt being concreted over, gardens turned into houses everywhere, smallest house sizes in Europe, wages being driven down and 2 million plus unemployed here. The Conservatives aren't much better than Labour. The only solution is to vote UKIP who will bring immigration down to sensible levels by leaving the EU and closing our open border. Dave can't be trusted on a referendum. The only other Tory who stood up to the EU was Thatcher and when she did, she was forced out so that Major could become another EU puppet. Watch Cameron be forced out before 2017 and replaced with an EU puppet = no referendum.

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    RobbieS

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • @pandy. Perhaps you need to read up a bit more. The ECHR is nothing to do with the EU and we would still have to abide by it even if we did leave the EU, if we wanted to have any trading partners that is.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • surely if the government wish to 'break up' these groups, they should send them to places where there is virtually no Islamic community. As it is, Ipswich has enough of a community that members feel the need to have community centres and the County Council provide support. Whilst I'm sure these places are open and well meaning places they are perfect for the bad eggs to embed themselves and spread a message of hatred.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • what a very easy country we live in for others . come on down to Ipswich town . we will give you what you want . terrorists , murders , rapist . Ipswich is the place to be ..... get a grip great Britain ....

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    Lee mundy

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Is this a sign what could happen if labour get back in power ? Remember it was them that opened the flood gates to the ones we have here now, and made ipswich a not very nice to visit or live in , my vote will go to UKIP so we can get rid of the human rites rule so we can kick them out ,

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    pandy

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Tpims and control orders are put in place on somebody outside of the normal criminal justice system. This means a control order could be placed on somebody and they have no idea why or any way of challenging it. Far better to prosecute these people if guilty they should be locked up and if innocent released. Also sending them to another part of the country is weak and not dealing with the problem.

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    royg

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Why not spend them to Salford, then Hazel can look after them herself.

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    R2 D2

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Hazel Blears was and still is a rude unpleasant woman who speaks without engaging her brain. Surely to move terrorists to an area where extremist's are fewer in numbers is going to increase the numbers overnight with the proactive radicalising of other Muslims. At least if they're kept in LutonIlford then they're easier to Police as they remain in the same area. Control orders are of limited effectiveness build more prisons and lock them up.

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    Sitonthefence

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I think Hazel Blears should think!! If she thinks sending them to Ipswich is going to solve the problem then think again. Ipswich is only 1 12 from London. If any Terrorists come to Ipswich she will be held responsible for their actions. The government can make up their minds about this but they can't manage to keep them out of the country in the first place. It just shows you what all parties other than UKIP are like, they are all still too afraid of Europe!

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    John Bell

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • waspie's wife Yes, why should we have them here. It's just kicking the problem down the road and possibly bringing more trouble here. Have to concur with pandy about the swiftly changing area he speaks of. I think Hazel Blears should have them live next to her. How much is this relocating nonsense costing and whose paying for it. Out of our police budget?

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    waspie

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • We get Norfolk's waste so no surprise, we get anything else. As usual dark forces exist. No one is promoting Ipswich & Suffolk let alone in the pockets of NCC, are SCC.

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    m01

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Why should we have them here??? Deport them or jail them why should they be free to walk around.

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    pukkatrukka

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Should have said road

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    pandy

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • They will fill at home after walking down norwich roar this afternoon it was hard to hear anyone speaking English ,

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    pandy

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • The problem with these hare-brained ideas, made by central government, is that Greater Ipswich people have little clout, to question or challenge them. Ipswich is represented and administered by one and a half MPs, one county council (with no Ipswich dwellers on its cabinet), one borough council (with limited powers), two district councils (with no vested interest except in collecting Greater Ipswich generated local taxes). The irony is that our only line of defence will turn out to be a Police Crime Commissioner elected with an endorsement of around 5% of the Suffolk electorate.

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    Mark Ling

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • We it does appear to be getting like a prison, in that it is getting harder to get out of. The trains don’t run and we are going to have a 50 mile per hour speed limit on the major route out. Suffolk in the slow lane

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    A Smith

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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