Londoners lose legal bid to stop Olympics missiles
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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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