British police and secret service officers have made 12 anti-terrorist arrests of British and Pakistani nationals in the north of England.
But it appears the swoop, known as Operation Pathway, had to move ahead of schedule when the head of Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist squad Bob Quick was photographed outside Downing Street just hours earlier carrying visible, and readable top secret documents on operations underway.
Police raided eight addresses in all, including John Moores University in Liverpool, an internet cafe and three homes in Cheetham Hill in Manchester, and a guest house in Clitheroe.
10 of the suspects were Pakistani nationals in Britain on student visas.
Quick has come in for other criticism recently, following his ordering the arrest of a Conservative MP under the Official Secrets Act which sparked an all-party outcry.