Theresa May reveals over 100 arrests have been made ahead of Olympics
MORE than 100 people have been arrested ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games in London, the Home Secretary has revealed.
MP Theresa May also confirmed that tents and encampments would be banned from the Games as police and security teams continued to work hard behind the scenes and were preparing for “all eventualities”
Mrs May said she was confident police were taking a “robust attitude” to organised crime and added that 97 arrests had been made as part of Operation Podium, including alleged ticket touts, people setting up bogus websites, and those accused of selling bogus hotel rooms.
“The operation has already made nearly 100 arrests of organised criminals attempting to target the Games,” she said.
“Police are sending a very clear message that we’re not going to tolerate intrusions by organised criminals into the Olympic Games,” she said.
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“We are also helping the police and (organisers) LOCOG to deal with the other emerging threats that have faced the Home Office in recent months, such as encampment protests.”
Strict security and screening measures will help stop any tents being taken into venues and organisers and police will respond rapidly to any incidents, she said.
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“What I think is right is that we make plans for all eventualities. I can assure you the Metropolitan Police do have a robust attitude.”
Attempts to halt any St Paul’s Cathedral-style protest camps and disruptive rallies is also high on the agenda and restricted items including tents and large flags are set to be published when the next set of tickets go on sale in April.
A gun would be part of the prohibited list.
A London 2012 spokesman said: “The conditions of entry for spectators are clearly stated in our ticketing terms and conditions and entitle us to prohibit items from being brought into venues and to remove persons from venues where necessary.
“This is to ensure that sport can continue and be enjoyed by all.
“We are also taking steps to ensure we can take speedy legal action to protect our rights.
“We will continue to work closely with the police and other agencies on our policies and plans for preventing and if necessary addressing encampments and other disruption to the Games.”