Missiles ‘could be used to protect Olympics’ in 2012


Helen William
The Independent

November 15, 2011

Surface-to-air missiles could be used to protect the skies over London during the Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said today.

He insisted that “all necessary measures” will be taken to ensure security.

Mr Hammond told the Commons “appropriate ground to air defences” could be in place if that was recommended by the military.

The statement came as Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, the officer in charge of policing at the London 2012 Games, said he “did not recognise” suggestions the US is to send 1,000 agents, including 500 FBI, because security will be inadequate.

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