Thursday, March 31, 2011

Olympic stadium guard arrested after 'Semtex discovery' in Games security alert - 31st Mar 2011

A security guard has been arrested near the Olympic Stadium site on suspicion of possessing explosives, it emerged tonight.

Semtex explosives, the same kind favoured by terrorists such as the IRA, were reportedly found in the woman's car.

The 40-year-old dog-handler was held after her vehicle was searched, but police said the incident was not thought to be terror-related.

Police swooped on her car outside the Olympics stadium in Stratford, East London, after being tipped off by a source close to the stadium.

The woman, employed by a private security firm, was arrested for possessing explosives and class A drugs . She is alleged to have said that the substances were used for training dogs.

Officials stressed the safety of the stadium was never at risk.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘On March 29, acting on information received, police stopped and searched a woman in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane.

‘Her vehicle was searched and a 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive substance and Class A drugs.

‘She is in custody at an east London police station. Read More