Keystone Kops Alert: “Terror suspect on the run,” from the Guardian:
A suspected terrorist has escaped the authorities after being placed on a control order, in the latest embarrassment to hit the Home Office.
It was understood the man, who has not been named, escaped from a mental health unit and has been on the run for two weeks.
The British citizen was believed to have climbed through a window to evade staff at the London unit.
Control orders act as a loose form of house arrest, usually placing suspects under a curfew and requiring them to report regularly to police. The man now on the run will have been suspected of playing a role in international terrorism, possibly linked to al-Qaida groups….
His admission to the mental health unit is understood to have been a more recent development and would not normally have been part of the control order conditions….
Control orders were brought in at the beginning of last year as a replacement for indefinite detention without trial or charge.