MOD confirms scaling back of Olympic security operation

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the security operation in East London is to be stepped down signifcantly following the completion of the Games.

Despite the fact that the Paralympics are still to be held between August 29 and September 9, the MOD has stated that the controversial missiles will be removed from East London rooftops, including from the Bow Quarter.

A spokesman said: “The Paralympics is considerably smaller in scale to the Olympics, with around half the number of venues, and as such there will be a reduction in scale of the restricted airspace required. This means that there will no longer be a requirement to site Ground-Based Air Defence systems in London.

“We thank the local communities and authorities for their understanding and assistance during this deployment.”

The missiles had proved an extremely controversial measure in the build-up to the Games, with some residents taking to the streets of Bow in order to protest at what they described as the “militarisation of the Olympics”.


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