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Terror suspect 'given bail twice'

Cerie Bullivant
Cerie Bullivant is believed to have cut his hair off

One of the three terror suspects who went missing while on control orders was granted bail by a senior district judge on at least two occasions.

Cerie Bullivant, 24, appeared before Westminster magistrates on 23 January and 10 February charged with failure to comply with his control order.

On both dates, prosecutors asked for him to be jailed, but were refused.

Bullivant, Lamine Adam, 26, and his brother Ibrahim, 20, failed to report to police earlier this week.

The Adams' brother, Anthony Garcia, was one of five men jailed last month over a plot to make a fertiliser bomb.

As the hunt for the three men continued, Home Secretary John Reid said they were not a "direct threat" to people in the UK.

But he added: "They are dangerous and we can take nothing for granted."

Ibrahim Adam, Lamine Adam and Cerie Bullivant
It is thought the three men could be together

Mr Reid also said ministers could suspend - or "derogate" from - parts of the European Convention on Human Rights to allow tougher control orders to be imposed in future.

"We will consider other options, which include derogation, if we have exhausted ways of overturning previous judgments on this issue," he said.

Earlier, security watchdog Lord Carlile said there was "solid evidence" the three men had wanted to join insurgents in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan "to kill British and other allied troops".

And Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said he could not guarantee they posed no threat to the British mainland.

"Nobody can be perfectly satisfied that they are not a risk to the public here, but the intelligence is pointing in another direction," he told the BBC.

Failure to report

Bullivant had previously appeared at the Old Bailey for breaching 13 conditions of his control order.

Listed as "AG", he appeared at the Old Bailey on 2 and 16 April this year and was next due to appear on 19 May.

He is understood to have been missing since Tuesday morning when he failed to report to his local police station.

Cerie Bullivant at Dagenham police station
Bullivant was captured on CCTV at Dagenham police station on 21 May

Two of the men were due to telephone a monitoring company on Monday evening, when it is believed they absconded, but failed to do so.

Six people have absconded from control orders since the system was introduced in 2005.

The Home Office said 17 people were currently subject to restrictions.

Legislation under the Prevention of Terrorism Act enables control orders - a type of house arrest - to be placed on those suspected of links to international terrorism.

'Discredited' system

Shadow home secretary David Davis said the government was guilty of a "gravely dangerous failure" that could "threaten the safety of the public".

Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg said a hammer blow had been delivered to the idea of control orders.

He called for a review of the "increasingly discredited" system.

Police described Lamine Adam as of north African origin, 6ft, slim, with a light complexion, short dark brown hair and last seen with a short beard.

Ibrahim Adam is also of north African origin, 6ft 2in, slim with a light complexion and short dark brown hair.

They said Cerie Bullivant was white, 5ft 7in, slim with receding brown hair and brown eyes. It is understood he recently cut his hair very short.

People with any information are asked to call the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

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