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London Bombings

Sir Ian Blair
Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair

The Week That Changed London: Sir Ian Blair

In an exclusive interview with BBC London's Asad Ahmad, Sir Ian Blair talked about July the 7th, terrorism and the aftermath of the bombings.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police said another attack on the capital was inevitable, but urged Londoners to carry on with their lives as normal.

In an exclusive interview with BBC London’s Asad Ahmad, Sir Ian Blair talked about July the 7th, terrorism and the aftermath of the bombings.

Sir Ian Blair led the police service in the aftermath of the London terror attacks, calling for a calm response from Londoners and those working in the emergency services.

However, a number of events in the unfolding months would see the Commissioner facing criticism from sections of the media and some of his own officers.

'Low point'

The shooting of innocent man Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station made headlines around the world. 

As Britain's highest ranking officer, Sir Ian Blair faced criticism from the de Menezes family after it emerged the Brazilian had no involvement with terrorism.

However, it was the recent anti-terror raids in East London which proved to be the 'low point' of the Commissioner's career.

The arrests and shooting at a home in Forest Gate, again caused controversy for the head of the capitals police force.


Despite some negative media attention, Sir Ian Blair insists he will remain in place to do his job, claiming he is not interested in being popular.

He has also received political support from Mayor of London Ken Livingstone who said he had confidence in the Met commissioner.

Sir Ian Blair reflected in a positive light on the support the Police have received from London’s Muslim community.

Citing research conducted in recent weeks, he said statistics show a high level of support across the city.

BBC London’s Asad Ahmad spoke to the Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. Click on the link in the right hand column to watch the full extended interview.

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