There have been no confirmed sightings of fugitive Daniel Abed Khalife since he escaped Wandsworth jail regardless of receiving greater than 50 calls from the general public.
The 21-year-old former soldier was working within the kitchen and carrying a chef’s uniform when he broke out of the Category B jail by holding on to straps beneath a meals truck to make his getaway.
Commander Dominic Murphy, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, mentioned the Bidfood supply car was stopped by police an hour and 5 minutes after it left the jail round 2.6 miles away on the junction of Upper Richmond Road with Carlton Drive, close to East Putney station.
Police have mentioned it’s doable the fear suspect has already left the nation however greater than 150 counterterrorism officers and workers are focusing efforts within the Kingston and Staffordshire areas.
Commander Murphy mentioned greater than 50 calls have been acquired from members of the general public however there have been no “confirmed sightings” regardless of it being a busy space of London.
He described the state of affairs as “a little unusual” and “perhaps a testament” to Khalife’s “ingenuity” in his escape and his “movements after”.
“We have some of the best military in the world here in the UK and he was a trained soldier,” he mentioned.
“So ultimately he has skills for perhaps some sessions of the public don’t have that I am really keen that we are using everything at our means to find him.”
Police revealed particulars of the route taken by the van, which left Wandsworth jail at 7.32am on Wednesday earlier than he was declared lacking at 7.50am.
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The Met was notified at 8.15am and stopped the van at 08.37am, by which era it was returning to the jail after the proprietor alerted the driving force.
Officers discovered no hint of Khalife however found the strapping he used to cling on to the car.
Commander Murphy described him as a “very resourceful individual” and mentioned his escape “clearly” took some planning.
Officers are investigating whether or not he had any assist. No arrests have been made.
Khalife, a former member of the Royal Signals who was based mostly at Beacon Barracks in Stafford, was on remand awaiting trial accused of leaving pretend bombs at a navy base, a cost underneath the Terrorism Act and one other underneath the Official Secrets Act.
His disappearance has prompted further safety checks at main UK airports and ports together with Manchester, Gatwick, Heathrow and Dover.