Top cop ‘couldn’t stop Pc slay­ing’

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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.

BAR­BARIC: Ma­sood

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