Olympics Strain On Spy Services

MPs have warned that the preparations for the London Olympics have put the intelligence and security agencies under "unprecedented pressure."

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Home Office statement following claims that the security services are under "unprecedented pressure"

The Home Office has responded to claims that preparations for the London Olympics are putting a strain on the country's security services.

"The Security Service prioritises its resources to meet the highest threats day in and day out and has made lengthy and thorough preparations to meet this summer's security challenges.

"The focus of the Government is to deliver a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games that London, the UK and the world can enjoy."

– Home Office spokesman

Olympics puts intelligence services under "unprecedented pressure"

MPs have warned that the preparations for the London Olympics have put the intelligence and security agencies under "unprecedented pressure."

The parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) - which oversees the work of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ - expressed concern that risks were been taken with other aspects of security because of the demands of the Olympics.

Staff have been taken off lower priority areas of work so that they can concentrate on the potential threat to the Games.

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