"Anti-terrorist police have been ordered to revamp security procedures after a bag containing details of bomb plots and suspects identified for surveillance was lost in the street.Get serious, cousins. Really.
The Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, has imposed strict new rules on the carrying of sensitive material after files were accidentally lost in a rucksack in south-east London. Sources yesterday told the Guardian the files held important information and that anti-terrorist officers were desperate to get them back before they fell into the wrong hands.
The Home Office and the home secretary, John Reid, are being kept informed. The officer responsible for the mistake has been moved to other duties.
Scotland Yard said: "An internal inquiry has been carried out to ascertain the full circumstances around the loss of documents. We take incidents of this nature very seriously. We have also carried out an urgent review of how sensitive information is handled by officers. A number of changes have been made to ensure we minimise the risk of such incidents in future."