The Ministry of Defence has scaled down its massive Olympic security operation ahead of the Paralympics. RAF Typhoon fighter jets, sniper-carrying helicopters and anti-aircraft missiles have been withdrawn, and a large no-fly zone covering much of south east England has been scrapped.
The only visible sign of military activity will be the continued presense of soldiers on guard duties at Paralympic venues and the Royal Navy helcopter carrier HMS Ocean which remains moored at Greenwich.
HMS Ocean will act as a floating dormitory for military personnel. The ship's Lynx helicopters will continue to patrol the Thames. Defence chiefs say the security plan will remain under constant review.