Extra Games troops deployed

An additional 1,200 troops are to be deployed at the Olympics amid continued concern about security staffing. The Culture Secretary said the numbers to be provided by G4S "continue to rise significantly" but ministers would "leave nothing to chance."

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Deputy PM: 'Britain will be by Team GB's side at the Olympics'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attended the Team GB Athlete Welcome Ceremony this evening, marking the Team’s arrival in the Olympic Village.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks at Team GB's welcome ceremony. Credit: Reuters/Nigel Roddis

In a speech, Mr Clegg told the team:

"The nation is gripped by Olympic fever in a way it never, ever has been. Because, when you host the Games, you don't just support your team in the normal way. Something deeper happens.

"We are all hosting the world. Our experiences are all tied together. And, when everything is said and done, those experiences will make up a history we all share. The people of Britain won’t just be watching you – they'll be right there with you.

"In your most challenging moments, draw strength from the people out there. You embody a nation’s hopes; you have captured its imagination; and the people of Britain will be there by your side, supporting you, every step of the way."

National Rail blames 'signalling' problems for disruption to services


Rail service disruptions in the run up to the Olympics

Trains travelling to Olympic areas disrupted because of heat

Some main line trains were not stopping at the Olympics-serving station of Stratford because the heat. The main line trouble affected Greater Anglia services in and out of London's Liverpool station.

Due to heat affecting the overhead power lines Greater Anglia had to impose speed restrictions and this meant nine services were not stopping at Stratford in east London today. Services to and from Stratford were also affected by a signal failure at Custom House on the Docklands Light Railway.

And Tube services to and from Heathrow were disrupted on the busiest day for Games' athletes arriving at the west London airport.

'Government should answer important questions about G4S after Games'

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has responded to the announcement today that 1,200 troops who had been on standby for security at the Olympic Games have been deployed.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says questions needed to be asked after the Games. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ms Cooper said: "We must all thank the additional military personnel and also the police officers who have now been asked to step in to help ensure a safe and secure Games. They will do a fantastic job and the whole country is grateful.

"After enjoying what I hope will be a brilliant Games, the public will rightly expect the Government to return to Parliament in September to answer important questions about why G4S was allowed to fail", she added.

'Extra Games troops right thing to thwart terrorists'

Met Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, the national Olympic security co-ordinator, said the deployment of a further 1,200 troops offered extra flexibility.

Mr Allison said:

"We don't know what's going to come round the corner, and that's the reality. Therefore we've got an extra 1,200 skilled individuals who we know we can deploy in various roles, making sure that venues are locked down. We're doing the right things to thwart the terrorists."

Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Chris Allison at an Olympic media briefing. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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