July 16th, 2007 05:24 EST
Four men who were found guilty of the 21 July 2005 bomb plot have been jailed for life and will serve a minimum 40 years before they can apply for parole.
Muktar Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussain Osman were found guilty earlier this week.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command and National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations, said:
"These men obviously set out to replicate the horrors that had been inflicted on Londoners on 7 July 2005. But this was no spur of the moment plan - it had been hatched over several months.
"They failed to set off their bombs - not through want of trying. But no-one will forget the impact or the consequences of what they did - coming just two weeks after 52 innocent people had been murdered by other terrorists.
"Despite the carnage of 7 July, on 21 the public responded courageously, and without thought for their own safety. We can all salute the incredible courage of Angus Campbell as he confronted Ramzi Mohammed when he tried to set off his bomb. And we can reflect on the selfless actions of other members of the public as they tried to restrain or chase the terrorists.
"The convictions show that the jury rejected the blatant, indeed ridiculous lies told by these defendants in a futile attempt to escape justice.
"These men are dedicated terrorists who no longer pose a danger to the public, but recent events have shown that the threat from terrorism is, at the moment, ever present."