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20th January 2021 Issue no. 541
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London Olympic Games security under pressure of budget cuts
London officials believe the £600 million earmarked for security at the 2012 Olympics may be insufficient to provide a safe and secure Games, according to an article in the The Daily Telegraph
Security planners for the Olympic Games have been working on the premise of a severe level of threat, meaning an attack is likely.
London organising committee director of security and resilience Sir Ian Johnston told a world press briefing last month that to rachet up the level of threat to critical (where an attack is expected imminently) would be prohibitively expensive and was workable for only short periods of time.
Insiders say that the £600 million already set aside to pay for extra policing and security costs during the Games is expected to be fully drawn down but relying on other departments is difficult as their budgets are under increasing pressure too.
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