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Planes may be diverted for Games

London Olympic Stadium
The Home Office said it was making "good progress" on its security plans

Security officials have revealed they may have to divert aeroplanes from the flight path above the main 2012 Olympic site in Stratford, east London.

The Home Office said it was making plans for the "management of airspace" to ensure the safety of the Games.

It said private aircraft would also be affected, but there were no plans for the closure of major airports.

An Olympics intelligence cell has been set up at Scotland Yard to assess the threat to the event.

The Home Office said it was making "good progress" on its security plans for the Games.

Blast resilient

A budget of £600m has been allocated and there is a contingency fund of £200m.

On Monday, a £19m cash injection had been approved by ministers to strengthen London's Olympic Park venues against the threat of a terrorist attack.

The money will make the venues more blast resilient, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said.

The economic recession has forced organisers to dip into the contingency fund, of which £1.272bn remains from the £1.972bn available.

The overall funding package for the 2012 Games is £9.325bn.

A spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is in charge of delivering the 2012 project, said: "The forecast for security has not increased as this cost was included in the anticipated final cost in the previous report."



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