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What appears to have happened is somebody at the Home Office and TPU got in contact with Commander Loughborough's office and said, "Look, what is going on?" There were obviously various attempts from this handwritten note to phone people, it's an undated handwritten note so I don't know when they were made, but it's not surprising that everybody in the Home Office appeared to be unavailable because they were involved in counter terrorism and we'd just launched Operation Overt.

He then responds to the TPU and says -- sorry, the TPU in the Home Office write to him and they say: Our knowledge -- this is from Tim Warren to Commander Loughborough on the 9th, so that's marked "2" on the top right-hand side -- they say: Our knowledge is very limited on this, can you tell us anything? That's basically the story of that first message.

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