With a huge presidential race underway, it’s easy to forget other things will be happening in the world this year. In our weekly reminder that the London Olympics will be underway this summer, security is now becoming a big issue in England. The Ministry of Defense is doing its best to make sure that the games are as secure as possible, and in addition to security on the ground, they are mulling some air security that has many Londoners concerned: missiles. Yes, missiles.
Residents of a local community found out about this after receiving leaflets. Here’s what the Defense Ministry is planning.
A former water tower within the Bow Quarter gated private estate would be the location for the proposed missiles. Bow Quarter is a former match factory containing a number of large buildings, converted into hundreds of residential flats and houses.
“Ground-based air defense systems could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters, which will protect the skies over London during the Games,” said the official, asking not to be named in line with British government practice.
One local resident said he had some concern about the relative safety of “us[ing] a high-velocity missile” near residential flats, and while he understands it’s supposed to reassure people, the plan makes him feel anxious instead.
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