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Longer detention 'may save lives'
As the debate rages over the length of time terror suspects can be detained without charge, three people whose lives were changed forever in 2005 by the 7 July London bombings explain why they are backing an extension.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants to double the current limit to 56 days, but on Monday a parliamentary committee said there was not enough evidence to justify it.

Here, bomb survivor Michael Henning, and Rob Webb and June Taylor, both relatives of victims, say why they think the parliamentary committee is wrong.


Michael Henning immediately after London bombs and in June 2006, picture on left by PA
Michael Henning thinks things may get worse before getting better

City broker Michael Henning, 41, who suffered multiple glass cuts to his face and head, and an injured ankle in the Aldgate bomb, admits he has strong views on the subject.

"When you have seen what I have seen, seen people die, the carnage, you can't hide away from it," he says.

He wants the law changed to allow terror suspects to be held for as long as is necessary, so long as detention is dealt with responsibly and is under judicial review.

His fear is that people are losing sight of the real threat and it will take more deaths before people fully realise it.

"If the car bombs in the West End had blown up, we wouldn't still be having this debate. It's a clear and present danger and it's going to get worse."

He says it is important to listen more closely to the police and the security services.

"If you have to keep someone for 90 days and if you are saving lives in the process, it's a no-brainer."


A photo of Laura Webb
Rob Webb, Laura's brother, would back a 90-day limit

Rob Webb, whose sister Laura died in the Edgware Road Tube bombing, says he can see no alternative but to extend the detention limit.

"If it's going to help prevent another 7/7, then I have to support it."

He says knowing that courts could decide how long within the limit suspects could be detained for made him feel more confident it was the right move.

"This is not throwing people into Guantanamo Bay for an indeterminate amount of time. It's 56 days," he says.

"It's better that people who are a potential threat are off the streets. If they are innocent, they will be released.

"In the balance of fairness, I would rather be completely unfair to them, than for a completely innocent person to be murdered on the public transport network."

He adds he would reluctantly go as far as supporting former Prime Minister Tony Blair's call for a 90-day limit, which was defeated in the Commons. Beyond that though, Mr Webb would not be comfortable.


Carrie and June Taylor travelling together on 7 July 2005
CCTV captured June Taylor and daughter Carrie on 7 July 2005

June Taylor, whose 24-year-old daughter Carrie died when a bomb exploded in her Tube carriage near Aldgate, says she and her husband John favour an extension.

"We believed 90 days was right so I would certainly be in favour of 56 days," she says.

"It's not because I'm being vengeful or after my pound of flesh, but it takes time for the police to sift through thousands and thousands of pieces of information on computers and phones.

"If the police can't have the manpower, then they should have the time."

She feels too much is made of protecting the suspects' human rights, when it should be a case of protecting everyone from attacks.

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