British police finish royal wedding security preparations

08:18, April 28, 2011      

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Police officers direct a vehicle out from a cordoned area on the royal wedding route in London, Britain, April 27, 2011. Security measures have been tightened in central London as the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which will be held at Westminster Abbey on April 29, draws near. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

Security preparations for Friday' s royal wedding of the oldest grandson of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to his university sweetheart are nearing completion.

The Metropolitan Police, which is the police force for London, is putting 5,000 officers on royal wedding duty on the day.

Chief Inspector Jessica Wadsworth told Xinhua Wednesday that there were no signs that the royal wedding was being targeted by terrorists, but the Met Police were taking no chances.

Inspector Wadsworth said, "For an event such as this we have put a meticulous plan into operation. What we have done since the engagement announcement 22 weeks ago is plan for this day and identify any risks."

She added, "So we have put together a robust but flexible plan that can deal with any of those risks and mitigate against them -- and that includes using the skills available to us, like firearms officers."

The Met Police had not identified any specific terrorist threat against Friday's wedding.

Inspector Wadsworth said, "As things stand there is no specific intelligence to say there will be a threat on the day, but of course we police every day against the backdrop of a terrorist threat in London and Friday is no different. So, part of our planning has included contingencies against possible terrorist disruption."

Britain, and especially London, has got used to being a target for terrorists.

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