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TERROR TO RETURN.

Byline: By OONAGH BLACKMAN, Political Editor

HOME Secretary Charles Clarke and Scotland Yard chief Sir Ian Blair yesterday warned Britain faces the risk of more terror attacks.

Mr Clarke said the risk from terrorists "sleeper cells" has not been eliminated after receiving a top secret progress report on the police investigation into the July 7 and 21 bombings in London.

He praised the "fantastic" work done by detectives but said the UK could still be hit by further atrocities.

On his first day back at work after a controversial summer break, he warned: "It would be foolish to say we have eliminated the risk. We have not."

Sir Ian added: "The fact that there have been two attacks makes it more rather than less likely there will be further attacks, that is the logic of all this."

Mr Clarke pledged to step up efforts to deport radical clerics who preach hatred against the West.

The Home Secretary has the power to deport fanatics whose presence is "not conducive to the public good". But yesterday he sidestepped questions about the government's failure to use that power in the past few years against well-known extremists.

The government is close to clinching an agreement with Algeria allowing the UK to deport fanatics.

But yesterday a UK court heard a terror suspect wanted in Spain is resisting extradition,claiming he might face ill-treatment and possible torture

Moutaz Almallah Dabas, arrested in Slough in March, is accused of recruiting and converting the Madrid train bombers, Bow Street magistrates heard.

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RISK: Mr Clarke and Sir Ian Blair yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2005
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