Friday 19 January 2018

Tenants lose battle over Olympic missiles on roof

John Aston in London

SOME London residents have lost their court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on the roof of a 17-storey residential tower block during the Olympics.

Tenants at the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, east London, fear the missile base above their heads could make them the focus of a terrorist attack.

But a judge ruled that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was legally entitled to decide there was "no credible threat" and the siting of the missiles was both "legitimate and proportionate" because of the "unprecedented" circumstances of the Games.

He rejected arguments that it would have been "proportionate" to put residents suffering from fear and anxiety in hotels for the duration of the games, or to require the MoD to build a gantry in open space to take the missiles.

Lawyers for the residents are considering whether to launch an appeal.

Irish Independent

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