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Police seek input into stadium security

POLICE THIS week urged Olympic stadium engineers to work with them at the design stage as they could help them save money and ensure the venue was safer to operate.

'Talk to us early and we will help you as much as we can. For the last football game at the old Wembley between England and Germany, we had to have 1,300 police on duty because it was so poorly designed, ' said Metropolitan Police project manager Graham Fulcher.

Speaking at an ICE conference last week, Fulcher said that security measures were often more cost effective the earlier they were factored into designs.

'If you get there at concept then it's saving you money at the outset. The design phase is the only time safety and security measures can be cost neutral, ' said Fulcher.

He added that in the case of the London 2012 Olympic stadium, the Metropolitan Police would be able to put designers in touch with any security specialists that they needed to talk to, including MI5 agents.

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