The Olympic Stadium in London during construction.
Residents of an apartment complex in east London are asking if they will be made the targets of attacks if the Ministry of Defense goes through with a plan to station soldiers and surface-to-air missiles atop their building to deter airborne terrorist threats during the Olympic Games. —ARK
Brian Whelan, a resident of the building, said the MoD leaflet said the missiles would only be fired as a last resort.
He said: “They are going to have a test run next week, putting high-velocity missiles on the roof just above our apartment, and on the back of it they are stationing police and military in the tower of the building for two months.
“It’s a private, gated community with an old watch tower which is now a lift shaft. We have an MoD leaflet saying the building is the only suitable place in the area. It says there will be 10 officers plus police present 24/7. I’m not sure if they are going to live in the building.
“We have a gym and a pool and people have seen them there so it makes you think it will be some sort of army base – it’s not ideal.”