|Olympic Park Closes to Public for Security Reasons|
Thursday, 31 May 2012 14:29
As a security measure, the London 2012 Olympic Park will close to the public on Thursday and only will be reopened when the games is upon us.
The Metropolitan Police Service is keeping a close eye on the Olympic Park and on Wednesday police divers checked the waterways which criss-cross the east London site for any security threats.
The government has stressed that security will be tight but will not detract from the spectacle of the games.
A mix of military, police, private security and volunteer guards will be on show at Olympic venues during the Games and Paralympic Games this summer although the government says it will be no more obtrusive than at other Olympics.
James Brokenshire, minister for crime and security at the Home Office, said: "Our focus is that security should be visible yes, but not getting in the way of the Games and the enjoyment itself. We are prepared for a range of different issues, from counter-terrorism, organised crime, potential protests as well as incidents, accidents, other things that may simply occur."