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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 17:27 GMT 18:27 UK
In full: Police raid statement
As two men who were detained under terrorism powers after a raid in east London criticise the police over the incident, a senior Scotland Yard officer has defended the operation.

Here is the full text of Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman's statement:

The Metropolitan Police has listened intently to the comments and concerns of those affected by last week's operation in Lansdown Road, Forest Gate.

I am aware that, in mounting this operation, we have caused disruption and inconvenience to many residents in Newham and more importantly those that reside at 46 and 48 Lansdowne Road.

I apologise for the hurt that we may have caused.

In tackling the terrorist threat in the UK the police service is trying its utmost to work closely with all communities and in particular the Muslim community.

Given the nature of the threat, I understand that some communities may be feeling confused or indeed angry with how the police are trying to ensure all our safety.

The main objective of this operation was to pursue specific intelligence, which led us to that address.

While we have not found evidence of what we were looking for at the house, the intelligence received did raise serious concerns for public safety.

On that basis we had no choice but to mount a robust operation, which required a fast armed response.

As we saw from Madrid, and with the experience of the tragic murder of a police officer in Manchester in 2003, police now have to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves, the public and those inside premises when carrying out anti-terrorism operations.

It was these considerations that influenced the tactics on 2 June.



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