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Olympic Plan To Put Missiles On Block Of Flats
The army is planning to position soldiers and surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of flats to prevent any airborne terror threat during this summer's Olympic Games.
Residents of the block in Bow in east London received a leaflet on Saturday informing them up to 10 soldiers and police will be stationed at the building.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) leaflet says the missiles will only be fired as a last resort, according to journalist Brian Whelan, one of the 700 residents of the block.
He said: "They are going to have a test run next week, putting high velocity missiles on the roof just above our apartment and on the back of it they're stationing police and military in the tower of the building for two months.
"It's a private, gated community with an old watch tower which is now a lift shaft.
"We have an MoD leaflet saying the building is the only suitable place in the area.
"It says there will be 10 officers plus police present 24/7. I'm not sure if they are going to live in the building.
"We have a gym and a pool and people have seen them there so it makes you think it will be some sort of Army base - it's not ideal."
Mr Whelan said the leaflets were handed out by the company which manages the flats.
"The general tone of it all was 'Great news, aren't we lucky', but that's not normal, it's not something people should have put on them," said Mr Whelan.
He added: "I've looked these (the missiles) up and I don't think they're the kind of thing you can fire over a highly populated area like Tower Hamlets. Think of the debris."
A spokesman for Tower Hamlets Council said: "As part of the Olympic security programme we understand the MOD will be deploying a range of security measures across the six host boroughs.
"However, because of the sensitive nature of this information we are unable to give details at this time."
Sky's Niall Paterson says news of the missiles in Bow comes ahead of an Olympics security exercise next week which will see "typhoon jets flying over London and HMS Ocean venture up the Thames".
Paterson said six sites have been identified in east London as suitable for ground-based air defence systems (GBADS), although the MoD insists no final decision has been taken.
An MoD spokesman said: "As announced before Christmas, ground-based air defence systems could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters, which will protect the skies over London during the Games.
"Based on military advice we have identified a number of sites and, alongside colleagues from the Metropolitan Police, are talking to local authorities and relevant landowners to help minimise the impact of any temporary deployments.
"As part of our ongoing planning, we can confirm site evaluations have taken place. However, no final decision on whether or not to deploy ground-based air defence systems for the Games has been taken."
what do you think?
Holy Moly, and let see one of them go off by accident - Human Error, Terrorism? It's a disaster waiting to happen.
Holy Moly is right, this IS a disaster, and not just waiting to happen either. The Olympic ideal has been taken over by those who have a different agenda.
ohhh itll end bad !!
Brian E Gorton
World war 3 is it then.Bloody hell,What happened to this great country of ours.
Interesting comment from Mr Whelan - so he'd prefer them not to be fired under any circumstances?
william piero chainey
I seem to think that there are things arnt being told, by our M O D , Police, and Goverment. seems very strange how much defence they are planning. For these games.
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Welcome to lockdown London.Are the games really worth it.?They've really upped the ante,Now millions of lives are at risk mainly those who have little interest in the games. Is it really worth spending billions in satisfying the egos of the top 2% elite of this country only to expose this nation to a possible nuclear attack, yes a nuclear attack.London is awash with terrorist sleeper cells who have waited years for this opportunity to swing into action MI5+6 are fully aware there is little that can be done in this situation except perhaps appeal to the terrorists better nature. I seriously hope I'm proved wrong in my assumptions
All those criticizing the games because we have to prepare for this sort of situation need to give their head a wobble. if we aren't ready you can bet your bottom that the various terrorist groups and random nut bags will be. And the argument that the games aren't worth all this bother is a redundant one. London would be a prime terrorist target regardless, plus the vast majority of Brits wanted the games. Anyone feeling they're being put in unnecessary danger could always spend the summer in Palestine
Seems a bit funny, to me. When was the last time anyone heard of missiles being put on blocks of flats? ... Normally, not much is ever done, is it? ... Two guards on the news, holding guns ... that's about it. All of a sudden, missiles on blocks of flats? ... Missiles to blow up what? ... They can't fire a missile into the Olympic stadium? ... Are they expecting a Kamikaze suicide bomber plane? ... Oh? "Air defence systems"? ... I can't imagine what they're expecting. If anything.
Maybe if our dear gobsmiths refrained from attacking other countries and following the Yanks into wars that don't involve us, then maybe we wouldn't run the risk of being punched back.
Wait is this the olympics or are we exspecting a invasion
The real threat is closer to home i feel......if they have a rehearsal that's the time to start worrying.
The guy in the video seems a bit dim, saying he's not sure what use missiles would be if there was a terrorist event. Well, imagine a plane being hijacked in order to crash it into the stadium, the 'surface to air missiles' could possibly shoot it down! To be honest, I've got a strong feeling that something really big is going to happen at the London Olympics! A major terrorist atrocity is almost certainly being planned and the last place I'd want to be is in London. If I was living in the area around the Olympic Park, I think I would definately be making plans to get out by summer.
Especially since they kindly allowed certain types of people to remain in britian instead of having them deported
This is not right accident waiting to happen
There is a hidden agenda here - something is not right and lord snooty and his pals london jolly is just being used as an excuse.I increasingly get the feeling that our nation is sleep walking into something very very dark.
hey why not tell them everything ie how many police where they are going to be placed ETC What a lot of IDIOTS that run this country and its supposed security when they have been told they know where and when to hit with only minimum losses but to have the greatest effect. WHAT MINDLESS MORONS WE HAVE IN GOVERMENT for security and saftey of the people within this country it wouldnt happen elsewhere their goverment wouldnt allow it
Just a point scoring ploy thats backfired on the stupid Tories, also it's to try to get us to take are eyes off the greater game they are playing with our lives duue to to the inhuman cuts they have imposeed on essential things we need like the NHS etc.
do they need planning permission for this?