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Met Chief Wants New Powers To Stop UK Jihadists
The country's most senior police officer wants jihadists who fight abroad to be stripped of their British passports and placed under revived control orders if they return to the UK.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe spoke after Boris Johnson called for anyone travelling to Syria or Iraq "without good reason" to be arrested - and for returning fighters to lose their UK citizenship.
Deputy Prime Minister has argued that no new laws are required - and insisted he would listen to "police, the authorities and security services" rather than Mr Johnson.
But Sir Bernard, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has also called for new powers.
He said: "It seems to me it's a privilege to have a passport and be a citizen of this country, and if you're going to start fighting in another country on behalf of another state, or against another state, it seems to me that you've made a choice about where you what to be."
Sir Bernard wants a return to "something like" control orders, which were used to restrict the movement and behaviour of terror suspects who could not face charges in court or be deported.
"Certainly for us, anything that either stops them from going or preferably stops them from coming back is a good idea," he said.
"They were stopped because the threat was reduced and quite properly they were seen as too intrusive.
"But I think these things have got to be considered when the drum beat changes, and it's clear that the drum beat has changed."
An estimated 500 or 600 Britons are thought to have travelled to Syria to fight jihad there.
Last week a video emerged of an ISIS fighter with an English accent, dubbed 'Jihadi John', apparently beheading US journalist James Foley.
Scotland Yard has confirmed "significant progress" is being made to find the killer.
Sir Bernard said the force is working with American counterparts to firmly establish whether he is British.
"We are making progress in that investigation, of course we are working with our partners in America because this was an American citizen who was murdered by a British citizen, it appears.
"First of all we have to tie down who we think did it, where it happened, and then we can start talking about jurisdiction.
"Obviously there is a voiceover, which everybody's heard, which sounds like a Brit. It sounds like somebody from London, that's all the experts tell us. So we're investigating whether that's true.
"Our investigation is making progress but it's not straightforward, it's not got a name plate stuck on it. We are going to have to do quite a lot of work with various people to try to get to the bottom of it."