London High Court ruling expected today on Olympic missile plans

A decision is expected at the High Court this afternoon on whether there will be a judicial review of plans to station surface-to-air missiles at a tower block during the London Olympics.

Residents of the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone are fighting to prevent the ground-based air defence system being deployed at their council block.

They are applying to the London High Court for permission to seek a judicial review on the grounds their human rights have been breached.

The court heard yesterday that residents felt they were not consulted fairly and properly over the Ministry of Defence proposals.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is accused of breaching Article eight and Article One of Protocol One of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protect an individual’s right to private life and peaceful enjoyment of their home.


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Campaigners against similar MoD plans to put missiles on top of Bow Quarter, a residential complex, in Fairfield Road, Bow, are awaiting the outcome of the hearing to see if they can also launch a legal challenge.

A judge is expected to rule whether there will be a judicial review at about 2pm today.

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