Police search Richmond Park for terror suspect

Image above: Richmond Park

Massive manhunt under way

Police searching for Daniel Khalife, the terrorist suspect who escaped from Wandsworth prison on Wednesday morning, have carried out an overnight search of Richmond Park. The search was not based on any specific lead or intelligence, police told BBC News. The park was open for use as normal by 9am.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley told LBC a “massive operation” involving “well into three figures of officers” was in progress to find him.

Commissioner Rowley said the escape had clearly been “pre-planned”. Asked whether the 21 year-old former solider had inside help from other prisoners or guards when he escaped by clinging on to the underside of a food delivery lorry, he said:

“It is a question. Did anyone inside the prison help him? Other prisoners, guard staff? Was he helped by people outside the walls or was it simply all of his own creation?”

Detectives believe he was still wearing his prison-issue cook’s uniform when he slipped out of the category B jail. He is accused of trying to spy for an enemy state, understood to be Iran, and plotting a fake bomb hoax.

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