Rapier missiles on Blackheath Common.

Missiles on Blackheath Common

Missile systems have been deployed in south-east London, in preparation for a training excercise ahead of the Olympics.

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Olympic air defences main role 'to detect threat'

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Ground based air defence is rolled out for nearly all Olympic games. Principle role: detect threat @londontonight

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Any decision to deploy missiles or take action is a "political" decision taken on a "political level" @londontonight

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Ward Cllr for Blackheath says residents are concerned abt security of site. He's told there would be 24/7 armed presence @londontonight

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Six sites being considered for missile launchers during Olympics

The Ministry of Defence is considering six sites across London for the deployment of surface to air missle launchers during the Olympics.

The Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets and the Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest have been identified as potential sites.

Also Blackheath Common and Oxleas Wood in South London, William Girling Reservoir in Enfield and Barn Hill in Epping Forest. Talks have already taken place with housing associations and residents. Organisers say it's to ensure a safe and secure Olympics.

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Surface to air missiles to be stationed on residential block during Olympics

Olympic stadium
Olympic stadium Credit: Anthony Charlton

The Army is set to station soldiers and surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of residential flats to ward off airborne terror threats during the Olympics. Residents in Bow have received a leaflet warning them a team of 10 soldiers and police will be stationed there for the whole of the Games.

Gas leak in East London

Up to 150 people who were evacuated from their homes in east London after a gas leak have now returned.

Emergency services were called to Bruce Road in Bow at about 10:30 yesterday following reports of a ruptured gas main.

People living close to the pipeline were asked to leave their homes.

The pipe has now been repaired and residents have been allowed back.

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