The Ipswich authorities should have been made aware that a terror suspect was sent to the town, leader David Ellesmere has said after it emerged the man who escaped surveillance under a burka had been in Suffolk.

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Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed hit the headlines last month after he gave the authorities the slip, prompting a Home Affairs inquiry into the circumstances.

The suspect, who is believed to have close links to al-Shabab, the Somali insurgent group that raided Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall in September, was given a control order in 2011 which forced him to live in the Suffolk, according to evidence from his lawyers submitted in a counter terrorism inquiry.

Control orders, which were replaced last year, saw terror suspects moved to different parts of the UK to break up alleged networks.

It is understood that it was imposed by the Home Secretary because officials said there was not enough evidence to bring a criminal case against him in court.

In evidence to a committee of MPs, Mr Mohamed’s lawyers Birnberg Peirce & Partners allege he was removed against his will from Somaliland to the UK and was placed under a control order to live in Ipswich.

Mr Ellesmere, who is now leader of Ipswich borough council but was not at the time he was placed in the town, said he did not believe the council had been informed.

He said: “It does concern me that authorities like the borough council don’t seem to have been made aware of it. If somebody is suspected to be so dangerous that they do require a control order, or the successor, I think the authorities need to be made aware they have been placed in the town.”

Mr Mohamed is currently fighting the control order in the courts and is alleging that the UK Government was complicit in his torture in Somaliland, and that he was illegally departed.

In the evidence to the committee of MPs, which was published this week, the lawyers claimed he breached his control order because he would “rather be in prison” than be forced to live in Ipswich, where he did not know anybody.

Birnberg Peirce & Partners said: “Immediately on arrival he was placed under a control order and required to live in Ipswich where he knew nobody.

“He was not only traumatised from his experience... but was entirely isolated in Ipswich. For that reason, and others, a number of the severe regulations upon him, imposed by the control order, were breached by him.”

It added: “At the time of his arrest, for a second set of breaches, he commented that he preferred to be in prison, as at least he would be with other people.”

The replacement of control orders with “Tpim” notices early last year brought Mohamed and another terror suspect Ibrahim Magag back to London from areas outside the capital to where they had been relocated.

After it emerged that Mr Mohamed had escaped surveillance in London home secretary Theresa May insisted that he did not pose a direct threat to the British public.

Suffolk Constabulary said the management of terror suspects such as Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed, and the decisions as to where they will be sent, was dealt with by the Home Office.

The Home Office does not comment on security matters.

19 comments

  • Mr Tall, here's a small and easy to follow tip for you and anyone else who dislikes ANY town they don't like living in - MOVE! It's not rocket science. However, if you do find this Utopia that so many go on about, please do share it, so that the pathetic gripes everyone appears to have across the UK can move there and the rest of us can live happily without you.

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    Mister Cynical

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • This story just seems to be "a play" whereby, a person who wishes to be elected as the Town MP, is happy to be in the press whatever the story; and along comes a reporter who is gullible enough to put it into print. Lets hope the standard gets better as we approach the next general election!!!

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    MotorBotor

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • This sort of information doesn't need to be given to egotistical council officials or even the Police. SyS manage National Security and should never disclose such information . Yes it's nice to know but do you need to know. Answer NO

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    Sitonthefence

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • ipswich is a nice town [ it is some of the people who are not.]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Mr Tall, here's a small and easy to follow tip for you and anyone else who dislikes ANY town they don't like living in - MOVE! It's not rocket science.

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    Mister Cynical

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • arrrrrrr poor him...i really feel for him....NOT!!!

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Oh dear, forced to move to Ipswich where he didn't know anybody. Perhaps we can arrange for a few of his mates to come along, put them up in a hotel and they can all party, subject to curfews.

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    how'd the town do

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • In the bigger picture of things is this really the business of Mr Ellesmere and the Council....... I think not. National Security is of paramount importance and for qualified people to take care of.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • I fear that it sends a rather poor message about Ipswich nowadays that some would rather go to prison than spend time there...

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    Darren Flouncer

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • I fear that it sends a rather poor message about Ipswich nowadays that some would rather go to prison than spend time there...

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    Darren Flouncer

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • and what good would it have done if David Ellesmere and his cronies at Grafton House had of been told... they would have cancelled the meeting to talk about it anyway due to lack of anything to talk about!

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    MRW

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Rather be in prison then forced to live in Ipswich! It's a life sentence for us all who live hear! Why does the council need to be told anyway? They might like to think their the be all and end all but their not! They probably were told but If they didn't waste time and money on pointless traffic lights or cancel meetings perhaps they might of actually listened for a change. Put your toys back in your pram Mr Ellesmere!

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    mr_tall

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Nothing to do with the Council , i suspect that the Police only knew and then the information would be for certian top level ears anyway

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • This is clearly not a matter for the police and should never be disclosed to the council. This type of control will only ever be managed by SyS and so it should be . We wopuldn't any Tom Dick and Harry being masde aware of Secret information. National Security is what matters not egotistical council officials

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    Sitonthefence

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Why on earth would the Security Services alert local authorities? Maybe they'd tell the Chief Constable, but an elected politician, who was opposition leader at the time, without any level of security clearance? Ridiculous.

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    IpswichSpy

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Do councillors sign the Official Secrecy Act when they're elected?

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    Mister Cynical

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • As this Country gone nuts ,,we bring Terror suspects from Somalia to live in this country , I cannot believe that , If he's not a threat to this country why bring him here

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • The law relating to prevention of terrorism has mandatory reporting provisions. The reports go to CONSTABLES not to MI5 who are not independent ministerial officers of the Crown. I assume that MI5 and the Home Office are subject of the law which would require them to inform Suffolk Constabulary. Hope the Chief constable is reading his Star. If he then googles Yetgoch Uzis Al Quedda. And has a think about Planning Enforcement jurisdiction. He will be in the ball park of a history currently with the independent QC who reviews effectiveness of Terrorism law. Then he needs a word with Tim Passmore whose Chief Exec should give him the terror threat griff. And the word "Sizewell" will come up. There are certain inquiries going on now at nuclear plant in another county but their Chief constable doesn't know about them. Worrying isn't it when Chief constables don't get told stuff ?? But more worrying when they accept their position of ignorance and refer concerned people to Home Office.

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    Gezoo

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • You were not told because a) You do not have any or the right level of DP security vetting b) to make it known widely to politicians is very unwise. This was an operational matter for the Home Office and Police' eyes only.

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    dinosaur detective

    Friday, December 13, 2013

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