Top cop ‘couldn’t stop Pc slaying’
A COUNTER-terrorism boss has defended a police chief who stayed in his car as an unarmed cop was stabbed to death in the Westminster attack.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu blasted “abhorrent remarks” about then-acting Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey.
Mr Basu, who headed the inquiry into Khalid Masood’s rampage, hit out as an inquest jury found the Muslim convert was lawfully killed in the aftermath.
Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Mr Basu condemned Masood’s “barbaric actions” in March 2017. He added: “Can I turn to some of the abhorrent remarks circulating about the deputy commissioner Sir Craig Mackey?”
Mr Basu said there was “nothing that Craig could have done to have stopped Masood or to have saved Pc Palmer or any others from being injured”.
Masood, 52, mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, before knifing Pc Keith Palmer outside Parliament. He was then shot dead by a minister’s bodyguard.