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Subject: Police chief quits over blunder

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/09/09 at 3:04 am

From BBC News Online


Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has resigned after his security blunder forced an anti-terror operation to be brought forward.

Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick quit after he inadvertently revealed secret papers to photographers when arriving for a briefing at No 10.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said it was "with great sadness" that he had accepted his resignation.

Twelve men are in custody after the raids in north-west England.

Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme Mr Quick had a "very, very distinguished" career and that the incident had been "extremely unfortunate".

There had been no witch hunt or effort to hound him out, he said.

The mayor confirmed Assistant Commissioner John Yates would replace Mr Quick as head of counter-terrorism.

The senior officer had faced intense criticism from opposition politicians after revealing the confidential document to photographers after arriving for a Downing Street briefing.

The memo, marked "secret", carried an outline briefing on an on-going counter-terrorism operation.

It contained the names of several senior officers, locations and details about the nature of the overseas threat.

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