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Tap into terror.

The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner today called for phone-tap evidence to be used to bring terror suspects to trial.

In a newspaper interview, Sir Ian Blair said he had long been in favour of intercept evidence which "in policing terms would make my job easier".

His comments differ markedly from the stance of Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who has ruled out such evidence in court because of "technical" and "intelligence" difficulties.

Sir Ian, who replaced outgoing commissioner Sir John Stevens this week, said: "I have long been in favour of intercept evidence being used in court. The court can then weigh it up. At the moment nobody can test it."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2005
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