Tents are banned from Olympic Games London 2012 venues
25 January 2012
All tents and encampments will be banned from Olympic venues to counter the threat of protests, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced today.
She said security measures would try to stop equipment being brought into venues and that police would take necessary action to remove any encampments taking place.
In a security announcement, Theresa May said police had arrested approx 100 criminals on suspicion of targeting the Games itsel who were arrested under Operation Podium included ticket touts, people setting up bogus websites and fake hotel rooms.
The home secretary said she was confident police were taking a "robust attitude" to organised crime.
We are also helping the police and Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to deal with the other looming threats that have faced the Home Office such as encampment protests that have plagued London in the recent months."
Lists of restricted items are likely to be published with the next ticket sales in April.
Bob Broadhurst of the Metropolitan Police will be in overall command of the policing operation in London for the Games. He told the security conference that police had "no plans whatsoever" to stop protests. "We are proud of freedom of speech - that will continue, but the Games must go on.
Mr Broadhurst said he wanted to get the balance right between safety and security for both public and those competing.
The security around the Olympics will begin when the Olympic village opens on 13 July and will continue until the Paralympic village closes on 12 September. All in all, 34 venues across the UK will be covered by the security operation.
The security team assembled will consists of 23,700 including 13,500 military personnel with private security guards and volunteers also used.
As well as London 2012's £600m security budget, the Games has a £2bn contingency budget, part of which can be called upon on for security purposes. These figures do not include an undisclosed budget for counter-terrorism .
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