Wimbledon 2017: Armed police to form ring of steel following terror attacks in London

Wimbledon 2017 is starting from 3rd july next month. It is expected that Armed police and roadblocks will form a ring of steel around the Wimbledon next month in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in Manchester and London in recent weeks.

Nearly 500,000 people are expected to visit Wimbledon over the 14-day tournament, where Andy Murray will bid to retain his crown.

The terrorist atrocities to strike London, Manchester and other major cities in the past year have prompted the All England Club and Metropolitan Police to take unprecedented steps to prevent the biggest event in tennis falling victim to a suicide bomber or vehicle attack.

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Police are also reportedly planning a similar lockdown at the London 2017 athletics event, the British F1 Grand Prix, golf's Open Championship and Royal Ascot .

This will be the biggest security crackdown in the prestigious Grand Slam event’s 140-year history.

For the first time at Wimbledon, checkpoints will be stationed on the roads surrounding the grounds to restrict vehicle access, with a “dedicated deployment” of armed officers also on duty during the Championships.

The proximity of roads to the gates through which half a million spectators are expected to flood between July 3-16 makes the Championships especially vulnerable to the kind of attacks to strike London Bridge on Saturday night, Westminster Bridge barely two months earlier and the likes of Nice, Berlin and Stockholm in the last year.

Talking about the security plan for the Wimbledon, London Metropolitan Police told Daily Telegraph,“We will not discuss specific security arrangements that will form part of our policing operation. However, in light of recent events, including the attack in Manchester, the operation has been and will continue to be, thoroughly reviewed.
“A range of tactics will be put in place, some highly visible, including enhanced physical security and some that the public will not notice, which includes a dedicated deployment of armed officers.

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