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Armed police included to enhance Wimbledon security measures

Police instruct spectators away from Wimbledon in 2015. Credit: PA

An unprecedented level of security, including a visible presence of armed police, will be seen at Wimbledon this year in response to recent terror attacks.

The tournament starts next Monday, and there will be "more security than ever before" to ensure the safety of all visitors to SW19.

A spokesman for the All England Club said: "We will have more security than ever before and a level of armed police will be in evidence.

"The level of security and policing is commensurate with the threat and multi-layered, and it has been heightened as you would expect with everything that has been going on."

A police explosives detection dog works with its handler at Wimbledon in 2015. Credit: PA

Throughout the year, the AELTC has been working closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that The Championships will be as secure as possible and that security measures are comprehensive and proportionate with the threat level in the UK.

This will include extensive searches of people, bags and vehicles on entry to the grounds and show courts, and the public are requested to help with entry procedures by checking the latest information on Wimbledon.com before travelling.

– All England Club

The Metropolitan Police said the security operation at Wimbledon will be "thoroughly reviewed", in light of events around the world.

A spokesman for the force said: "A range of tactics will be put in place, some highly visible and some that the public will not notice and that includes a dedicated deployment of armed officers.

"Armed officers have supported the policing operation in previous years, but this year will see them deployed in a different way."

Other sporting events have faced an increased level of security, following the terror attacks in Paris and Belgium in recent months.

Football fans travelling to see Euro 2016 were warned to "remain vigilant at all times" as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office highlighted stadiums, fan zones and transport links as potential targets.