Residents in Bow support Olympic defence missiles
Residents say they would support missiles being stationed at their block of flats in Bow, as part of an Olympic ring of steel.
Most of the residents we approached as they entered Bow Quarter on Fairfield Road this week said they understood “the need” for putting the high velocity missiles on top of the water tower of the former Bryant and May matchstick factory.
Some were upset at the weekend media storm which started after residents received leaflets from the Ministry of Defence informing them of the possibility of missiles being placed there during the summer Games.
Resident and journalist Brian Whelan had led the opposition from some of the residents. He said: “A leaflet came on Saturday and I was absolutely shocked about the content. With a range of 5km we will all be affected if the missiles are launched and debris falls down.”
You may also want to watch:
Mr Whelan is trying to mount a legal challenge against the MoD for not consulting residents first.
But resident Sussi Bearle, said: “All residents I’ve spoken to understand it’s necessary.
- 1 Cops break Covid-19 rules to have haircuts at Bethnal Green police station
- 2 Murder arrest after woman stabbed to death in Whitechapel this morning
- 3 Lovely Day for Aldgate School picked to sing on Billy Ocean's new single
- 4 Police e-fit expert retiring after 15 years at Bethnal Green
- 5 Fury as family homes vanish when Isle of Dogs landlord converts to bedsits
- 6 Covid hero who did charity walk in Bow aged 100 now has vaccine
- 7 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 8 Two men arrested after police officers assaulted in Limehouse rave
- 9 Covid vaccination hub opening in Westfield next week
- 10 'Racist consultation' protest rejected on Tower Hamlets street closures as Labour sticks to its manifesto
“You can’t have a consultation on matters of national security. It’s got to be decided on a strategic basis.
“It would be a lot more dangerous if a plane came down over London. We live in a completely new world post 9/11. We are not very popular in the Middle East, understandably so, and we have to protect the Olympics.If our building can play a role in protecting people then I see that as privilege rather than an inconvenience.”
This week soldiers arrived to place dummy missiles on the building to check the logistics.
See page3 for a full report.