18,000 troops for Olympic security

"However, ministers decided that we should deploy the additional 1,200 troops that were put on standby last week. The Government continues to have every confidence that we will deliver a safe and secure Games." He added the additional deployment was not because of any deterioration in the performance of G4S.
Locog chief executive Paul Deighton added: "The reason that this decision has been taken is just to absolutely de-risk any aspect of the operation. With three days to go, we just want to make sure this works without any worries at all."
Meanwhile, the mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner both warned today that a "lone wolf" attack during the Olympic Games is a distinct security concern.
Boris Johnson met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe as he was shown around the Met's specialist operations room in Lambeth, south London. Both men admitted a lone wolf terrorist attack is a concern in the wake of last week's midnight cinema massacre in Aurora, Colorado, which saw 12 people shot dead at a screening of the latest Batman film.
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