Theresa May facing pressure to increase the time terror suspects are detained
Police could previously hold suspects for up to 28 days, but under David Cameron’s coalition Government, the number was halved.
A senior security source reportedly told The Sun: “The police will ask the Prime Minister for 28 days to return, it is at the top of their wish list.
“What we need more than anything else when complicated plots are exposed is time. It should never have been reduced.”
London terror raids Sun, June 4, 2017
Police have raided a block of flats in Barking in connection with last night's London Bridge terror attack.
Play slideshow Getty Images 1 of 20
As police continue their investigations following the June 3 terror attacks, a block of flats in Barking is raided for possible suspects
Lord Carlile of Berriew, a former independent review of terrorism laws, was hopeful police would be given an extension.
He told the Sun: “I recommended against the reduction to 14 days, and I stand by that now.
“There may be a handful of important cases where a 28 day provision may be justified, as long as they are supervised by judges.”
Lord Carlile of Berriew supported the increase in time terror suspects are detained
Amber Rudd, Diane Abbott and Sadiq Khan at vigil for the London Bridge attack
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
On Sunday, Mrs May announced her plans to introduce new anti-terror laws in the wake of the London Bridge attack.
Insisting “enough is enough”, she promised a review of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy and said new international agreements must be introduced to regulate the internet.
I recommended against the reduction to 14 days, and I stand by that now
Lord Carlile of Berriew
But Lord Carlile said more needs to be done than focusing on internet regulation.
He added: “Enabling the police time to break encrypted messages is one reason, and it is also justified when there is a very large network of plotters to work through.”
London Bridge terror: Scenes as armed police respond Sun, June 4, 2017
At least two people have died after being after reportedly being struck by a van on London Bridge on Saturday night.
Play slideshow GETTY 1 of 7
Armed police responding to the incident at London Bridge
Liberty, a campaign group for civil liberties and human rights condemned the possible move.
A spokesperson told the newspaper: “Extended detention without charge flies in the face of our basic democratic principles of justice, fairness and liberty.”
The furore over police powers comes as all 12 people arrested after Saturday night’s terror attack were been released without charge.