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No change in London threat level

The Metropolitan Police say there has been no change London's threat level despite a 40% increase in the number of officers at today's Marathon.

We have worked with organisers, partners and other emergency services throughout the preparations for this year’s marathon to ensure that we have the right plans in place.

Following the terrible events in Boston, we are providing additional visible reassurance to the public in what is naturally a worrying time.

I would stress there is no change to the threat level to London and nothing at this stage to link the Boston bombings to the London marathon.

Nevertheless we want to do all we can to help provide a secure environment in which the runners, spectators and volunteers can enjoy themselves.”

– Chief Supt Julia Pendry, Gold commander for the Marathon

The public are being urged to ensure they take good care of their belongings in order to avoid police responding to reports of unattended items.

Queues after increased Marathon security

The Metropolitan Police say the measure aims to reassure participants.
The Metropolitan Police say the measure aims to reassure participants. Credit: ITV News

Heightened security at this year's London Marathon has left spectators queuing to get past the finish line.

Hundreds of extra police officers have been drafted in to oversee the event after a terror attack at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Three people were killed and hundreds injured in two bomb blasts near the finish line.

The Metropolitan Police say the measure is meant to reassure runners.

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Boston bombings won't put Marathon runners off

The Boston bombings will not put off spectators or runners from taking part in tomorrow's London Marathon, the race's chief executive said.

Scaffolding being put up along The Mall in London ahead of the 2013 London Marathon. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Security has been stepped up for the 26.2 mile event in the capital with several hundred more officers set to line the streets for Sunday's marathon.

The race's chief executive Nick Bitel said: "After the terrible events in Boston we conducted a security review with the Metropolitan police and all the other agencies.

"As was announced yesterday, we have increased substantially the number of police officers who are going to be out there, going to be visibly reassuring people and putting in more search regimes and a number of other measures to ensure that it is as safe and fun as it always is."

He added: "I think the spectators won't be put off, we'll have a great day. There's some fantastic races, really competitive, and the numbers in terms of people running will be 35,500 - 36,000 as they would always be."

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Met Police: 'No change in threat level' at marathon

The Metropolitan Police have issued a statement on security plans for the London Marathon this weekend.

Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry said:

The Met has a wealth of experience in policing a wide range of events across London.

We have worked with organisers, partners and other emergency services throughout the preparations for this year’s marathon to ensure that we have the right plans in place.

Following the terrible events in Boston, we are providing additional visible reassurance to the public in what is naturally a worrying time.

I would stress there is no change to the threat level to London and nothing at this stage to link the Boston bombings to the London marathon.

– Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry
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Met Police to have 'highly visible presence' at marathon

The Metropolitan Police has tweeted that it will be deploying an "increased and highly visible police presence" for the London Marathon this weekend.

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We would like to reassure the public attending the London marathon that we are deploying an increased and highly visible police presence.

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London Marathon police will be increased by 40%

The number of police officers on duty for the London Marathon has been boosted by 40% to provide reassurance in the wake of the atrocities in Boston according to Scotland Yard.

Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry revealed that there will be several hundred more officers out on the streets on Sunday, an increase of two-fifths on last year.

The senior officer, who has led the Marathon security operation for five years, said: "the most important thing is that there is no link between the Boston marathon and the London Marathon.

"However people need to feel reassured when they come out on Sunday.

"It is a good 40% increase on last year on numbers of officers on the ground. We've got more search dogs out, we have got more on high visibility patrols."

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Iwan Thomas: More determined to run after Boston

British athlete Iwan Thomas said what happened at the Boston Marathon last weekend has made him more determined to run at the London Marathon this weekend.

Home Secretary Theresa May has said the Metropolitan Police put more officers on duty at the London Marathon following the Boston bombs.

Iwan told Daybreak: "I'm really looking forward to Sunday, I suppose maybe, slightly in the back of my mind something could happen but in my eyes no. I'm gonna go out there and run".

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Farah comfortable with London Marathon security

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah said he is comfortable with the security surrounding the London Marathon following the blasts in Boston.

Farah, who is set to run a half marathon this weekend, said, "For me, this is home, this is a great city ... and for what we did at the London Olympics, you shouldn't be worried at all".

When asked about the Boston Marathon bombings, Farah said, "You don't want see anything like that in this sport ... All my support goes to the people that got hurt and their families".:

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Police presence to be increased at London Marathon

There will be an increased police presence at the London Marathon this weekend in the wake of bombings at the Boston event, the Home Secretary told MPs today.

Theresa May said adjustments to security arrangements had been made to this weekend's race after the fatal explosions that tore through spectators watching the race in the US on Monday.

Home Secretary Theresa May gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Home Secretary Theresa May gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. Credit: ITV News

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mrs May said, "They've made some adjustments to policing. They've put in some increased policing for the marathon".

"The London Marathon is a regular event, the organisers have a good record in terms of venue security, such as you can for an event that covers 26 miles", she said, adding, "We're very conscious of safety and security needs".

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Culture Secretary: London ready to hold safe marathon

London is ready to host a safe marathon in the wake of bombings at the Boston event, Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs.

Ms Miller said the 2012 Olympics and years of experience demonstrated that the Metropolitan Police and other security services have an excellent record at ensuring sporting events on the streets of the capital are safe.

Runners head to the finish line at last year's London Marathon.
Runners head to the finish line at last year's London Marathon. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Culture Secretary said, "You will know from London 2012 last year, this country has a great deal of experience of ensuring our sporting events go well and that security is at the heart of the planning process".

"The London Marathon is no different", she continued. "The Minister for Sport [Hugh Robertson] met with the mayor yesterday again to go through the plans to make sure ... that we have the right security procedures in place".

During a brief formal statement, she said, "I'm delighted this weekend's runners here in London, a number of whom are MPs... will be asked to wear a black ribbon as a sign of respect and solidarity. A period of silence will be observed before the race begins".

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