November 5, 2011
Large numbers of military personnel will be used to police the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, deepening concerns about the final security costs for the Games.
Whitehall sources have confirmed to Sky News that advanced negotiations are under way to determine exactly how many troops will be needed to help secure the Games, but the number could top 6,000.
As yet no decision has been made as to whether the personnel will be drawn from the ranks of the territorial army, reserves, or acting military.
The shortfall in security staff came to light earlier this year when it emerged that manpower of up to 20,000 would be needed to protect the Olympic venues.