More Locations For Olympics Missiles Revealed By MoD
Surface-to-air missiles could be deployed at six sites across London during the Olympics, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.
The Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets and the Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest, both in east London, have been identified as potential sites.
Blackheath Common and Oxleas Wood, both in south east London, plus William Girling Reservoir in the Lea Valley Reservoir Chain in Enfield and Barn Hill at Netherhouse Farm in Epping Forest are other possible sites.
No final decision has been made about this potential deployment but it does form part of Olympic Guardian, a major exercise in which security preparations are being tested this week.
Overall, there will be a mix of military and private security guards totalling 23,700 watching over the Games, with a further 3,000 unpaid volunteers joining them. The 13,500 soldiers on guard will actually outnumber the 10,000 deployed to Afghanistan.
Of those, 7,500 will be within stadiums, running security and screening vehicles and spectators. General Parker claimed that the Army will not be a heavy-handed presence, however.
He said: "These people will be in the background. We are siting them in places which are militarily sensible and not putting them in your face in the area of the Olympic activity.