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.