Pictured: Exhausted Olympic troops sleeping on chairs

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As the Home Office announce that another 1,200 extra troops might be needed, this picture appears to show exhausted servicemen getting some sleep between shifts covering security for the Olympics.

UK troops sleeping on chairs
UK troops sleeping on chairs

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed to ITV News that the picture of Navy personnel asleep on chairs was taken in a rest area at the Greenwich Park Olympic venue.

The picture has been shared on the internet all day, but it has taken until now for the MOD to confirm they believe it is genuine.

In a statement the MOD said tonight:

The picture of service personnel resting on chairs shows a rest area at the Greenwich Park Olympic venue where service personnel are able to rest during breaks in their shifts. It does not show accommodation and to represent this as such is a serious distortion of the facts.