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Special Branch absorbed into counter-terror unit
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Our correspondent reports on a new force created by Scotland Yard in response to the vastly altered worldwide threat since 9/11
Britain's policing response to the global terrorism of al-Qaeda was unveiled yesterday, more than five years after the September 11 atrocities.

Scotland Yard announced the merger of SO12, Special Branch, with SO13, the Anti-Terrorist Branch, to form SO15, to be called the Counter-Terrorism Command.

The new unit, which has 1,500 staff and officers in London alone, will also have three regional branches and a number of investigators based overseas. It has an existing workload of more than 70 investigations and is dealing with cases in which 90 people are awaiting trial for alleged terrorist offences.

But the head of the new command, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, who also holds the title of National Co-ordinator of Terrorism Investigations, said that more resources would be needed

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