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Meeting opposes police Olympic headquarters in Forest Gate

by Paul Sillett
Issue No. 2211

Around 200 people came to a meeting in Forest Gate, east London, on Wednesday of last week to oppose a “temporary Olympic headquarters” for the police in a local park.

The cops’ secret plan to build the HQ on the nearby Wanstead Flats, a protected area of common land, was exposed by the press.

Locals fear that an influx of “robocop-style” police into the area to “protect” the Olympics will mean more stop-and-search and intimidation.

It is just four years since the police shot a man during terror raids on homes in the area.

There are also concerns that the site – with a large stable for horses – would never be returned to its original state.

The meeting set up an organising committee and plans petitions and lobbies.

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Tue 20 Jul 2010, 18:40 BST
Issue No. 2211
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