22/02/2012

Olympic Security Drills Begin In London

London’s emergency services have today been running a major security drill in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

Office workers and passers-by stopped to watch as emergency services descended upon the disused underground station of Aldwych in the first of action of a two-day training exercise entitled Exercise Forward Defensive.

‘Passengers’ were evacuated from the tube in an operation involving the London Ambulance services, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.

The services involved were told that they were responding to a terror attack on the Tube network in August, in the midst of the Olympic games.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, the officer in charge of Olympic security, said the tests were "vital" to ensure the safety and security operations planned for the Games worked.

Security minister James Brokenshire also said that the London organisers wanted people to remember the Olympics for the sport and not for the high level of security, which will be in place.

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