East London Flats Fitted With Surface-to-Air Missiles to Keep Olympics... Safe

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Ministry of Defence is planning to place surface-to-air missiles on the top of a building in East London, just in case some crazed terrorist lunatic tries to crash a plane into the opening ceremony or, god forbid, disrupt the women's high jump.

The MoD has apparently been leafletting one East London estate, telling residents it may install a "Higher Velocity Missile system" on the top of the water tower that serves the Lexington Building, which is situated only a few hundred metres south of the main Olympic stadium in Stratford.

Local resident Brian Whelan claims he's seen military men sneaking around with crates, with the MoD confirming it plans a test "military exercise" in the same part of the London borough of Tower Hamlets next week.

According to the leaflet, the missiles would only be fired "following specific orders from the highest levels of government in response to a confirmed and extreme security threat." [BBC via Antipope -- Thanks Darrell]

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