11 er foreløpig tiltalt i Heathrow-saken som omtales som en overmåte stor og dødelig sammensvergelse.

«Since August 10 we have found bomb-making equipment. There are chemicals, including hydrogen peroxide, electrical components, documents and other items. We have also found a number of video recordings. These are sometimes referred to as martyrdom videos.»

Searches had also found more than 400 computers, 200 mobile telephones and 8,000 computer media items such as memory sticks, CDs and DVDs, he said.

«The scale is immense. Inquiries will span the globe.»The enormity of the alleged plot will be matched only by our determination to follow every lead and line of inquiry.»He said that so far police experts have removed 6,000 gigabytes of data from the seized computers alone.

He told the London press conference: «The meticulous investigation of all this material will take many months. All the data will be analysed. There will be thousands of forensic examinations and comparisons.

«Fingerprints, DNA, electronic data, handwriting comparisons, chemical analysis and indeed the full range of forensic disciplines will be used.

Saken har gjort stort inntrykk på britene. Det er omfanget: en plan om å overgå 9/11, og gjerningsmennene er igjen unge britiskfødte gutter, som alle sier oppførte seg eksemplarisk. Et stort ubehagelig spørsmål trenger seg på: Hvem kan vi stole på? Er folk det de utgir seg for? Et eksempel på frykten som brer seg var reaksjonen til passasjerene på et fly som skulle gå fra Malaga til Manchester sist uke. De nektet å fly sammen med to asiatiske menn.

Heath Schofield, an industrial chemical salesman from Cheshire, who was travelling with his wife and two daughters, Emily, 15, and Isobel, 12, said some passengers had become alarmed by the men’s appearance. «We were coming back to Britain with a load of people in flipflops and shorts but the two men were wearing jumpers and leather jackets,» he said.

His wife, Jo Schofield, a college lecturer, said there was a «pin-drop’s silence» when the men entered the cabin, and that theywere eventually led off by police, with their heads bowed, as people watched in silence. She said suspicion was aroused after a passenger had earlier claimed to have heard them say something alarming in Arabic.

She said she was «frightened» by how quickly people’s attitudes had changed and was worried for the future. «For years we have put a lot of time and effort as a society into making Britain culturally diverse and politically correct with equal opportunities and now people are changing their opinions.People are becoming frightened and are judging and labelling people,» Mrs Schofield said.

Muslim community leaders in Manchester were outraged. Councillor Afzal Khan, a former lord mayor, described the incident as the «rule of the mob» and said that he was «disappointed» at the decision to eject the men from the flight. (Independent)