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Londoners lose legal bid to stop Olympics missiles

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 14:34

London: East Londoners have lost their legal battle in a high court to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on the roofs of their residential building blocks during the Olympics.

According to The Telegraph, a judge said residents of the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, East London, did not have an arguable case.

The residents` lawyers argued during a one-day hearing that those who wanted to move out should at least be relocated in hotels by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the Games, or a gantry should be erected away from the block to take the missile system.

But their legal challenge was rejected by Justice Haddon-Cave, sitting at London`s High Court, who said: "The law and the facts militate against the claim for judicial review".

"In my judgment, the MoD`s voluntary engagement with the community and residents in this matter were immaculate," Justice Haddon-Cave added.

The residents fear the missile base above their heads could make them the focus of a terrorist attack.

The MoD security service and police said there is ``no credible threat`` and added that the stationing the missiles is both ``legitimate and proportionate``.

The block is one of six sites in the capital where missiles, including rapier and high-velocity systems, will be deployed to protect Games venues.


First Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 14:34

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