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Reid said that the existence of so many plots means that the police and MI5 are fully stretched and cannot divert their precious counter-terrorism resources to a lengthy public inquiry into last year’s London suicide bombings
Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, has said previously that security services have foiled three attacks by Al-Qaeda terrorists since the July 7 suicide bombings. Reid may also have been including at least three more alleged plots where charges are current.
Rachel North, a survivor who was present at the meeting with Reid, said: “We asked the home secretary to initiate a public inquiry and he said he could not divert police and intelligence resources from tackling 20 major conspiracies they are now investigating.
There was no "culpable failure" within MI5, said the report, even though two of the bombers - Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer - were known to MI5, but were considered to be peripheral figures