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Security scare at Olympics

A man using false ID was able to get within several yards of US vice president Joe Biden before being arrested at the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony, police said today.

Cpl Joe Taplin, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer serving with the Olympics security task force, said the man was stopped about 12 rows from where Mr Biden was sitting in a specially protected VIP section in Vancouver's BC Place Stadium.

The unarmed man was escorted into a hallway, tried to flee, and was apprehended again. Mr Biden was not in danger at any time, police said.

The man was handed over to the Vancouver Police Department. "They believe mental health issues were a contributing factor," Cpl Taplin said.

Reports said the entry pass used by the man appeared to have been printed from the internet and then laminated.