Friday 7 March 2008

Terror Threat Ignored

The Croydon Advertiser reports that Chief Inspector Phil Willis, in charge of Croydon town centre policing, has warned that neither Croydon council nor Arrowcroft are taking the terror threat arising from their misguided plans for the construction of an arena seriously.

Chief Insp Willis wrote to the planning inspector:

"This venue may be vulnerable to terrorist attack.

Croydon Police reiterate the need to work closely with the counter terrorist security advisor to ensure that this issue is fully addressed as the development progresses

Arrowcroft seemingly is not obliged to liaise with the Met's security advisor, and no contact has been made with them.

Chief Insp Willis added:

"I was disappointed that most of the points made in previous submissions have not been included as conditions for the developers, or obligations under the planning scheme, or covered in response from the developers."

This provides further evidence, as if it were needed, that the arena scheme has not been properly thought through; it will fail.

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