Evans knighted during career spent fighting terrorism

MI5 boss Sir Jonathan Evans, right, seen with his MI6 counterpart Sir John Sawyers. Credit: PA

Outgoing MI5 chief Jonathan Evans was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in January after a long career dedicated to fighting terrorism.

The Security Service director general took the top job almost six years ago at a time of unprecedented public focus on the agency in the wake the 9/11 attacks in the United States and the July 7th Tube bombings in London in 2005.

Sir Jonathan said at the time: "It's a privilege to lead MI5 and I view this honour as a recognition of the significant contribution by the men and women of the Security Service in securing the Olympics this year and the country every year."

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