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As I've already said, I was fully aware of the vast resource requirements on the counter terrorism command at that time with regard to the 72 investigations. I was aware of that because I was leading a number of those, and involved in a number of others. Had I been concerned about the legitimacy or otherwise of that decision, I would have taken that elsewhere. What I mean by that is I clearly am alive to the fact that we have got lines of investigation that had not been pursued in this case. The lines of investigation could have been pursued, and, as a detective, I would have liked to have pursued them.

If Peter Clarke had made a decision based upon resource, and my experience at that particular time was that there was lots of resource, and I thought the decision was perverse, then I would have taken that elsewhere. That was absolutely not my position when the decision was communicated down to me. I was fully aware of where we were within the anti-terrorism branch or counter terrorism command at that time.

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