There are renewed calls for an improvement in the flow of information between police forces in Europe. That has been the focus of talks in London between interior ministers from several EU countries. British police are holding 24 suspects over an alleged plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosives disguised as drinks.
The UK’s Home Secretary John Reid was joined by EU officials and counterparts from Germany, France, Finland, Portugal and Slovenia. Reid said: “Today we discussed a number of practical measures running from the instigation of further work and research to tackle explosives, including liquid explosives, coordination and improving transport security.” Reid said it was important that measures taken in one country are reflected in others. The EU Justice Commissioner is due to present proposals in the next few days on the detection of liquid explosives.