Statement regarding High Court decision

22 August 2013

New Scotland Yard

The Metropolitan Police Service is pleased that the High Court has rejected an attempt to prevent further examination of material seized during the detention of a man under Schedule 7 at Heathrow Airport on Sunday 18 August.

We welcome the decision of the court which allows our examination of the material - containing thousands of classified intelligence documents - to continue in order to protect life and national security, and for the purposes of the Schedule 7 examination.

Initial examination of material seized has identified highly sensitive material, the disclosure of which could put lives at risk.

As a result the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) has today begun a criminal investigation.

This investigation is at an early stage and we are not prepared to discuss it in any further detail at this stage.