Lon­don ter­ror a re­minder of our own lax se­cu­rity

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

On the day of the re­cent Lon­don train bomb­ing, my hus­band and I caught a train from Bur­wood to Syd­ney Cen­tral (“Tube fire­ball ter­ror strike”, 16/9).

As we tapped our Opal cards to en­ter the plat­forms at Bur­wood, a bike rider went through the wide gate be­side us with his bi­cy­cle on which a large pack­age of about 35cm square was strapped. He took the lift with us up to the plat­form.

There were no per­son­nel pre­sent at the card en­try and no of­fi­cial on the plat­form saw his pack­age.

We had not heard of the Lon­don bomb­ing then, but I felt quite un­easy.

My hus­band sud­denly re­mem­bered he had left some im­por­tant pa­per­work in our parked car, and had to re­turn to it to re­trieve the pa­pers.

I felt quite re­lieved and thank­ful that we were go­ing to miss that train. But, where was the se­cu­rity at Bur­wood sta­tion? Where was the scru­tiny of such a pack­age?

Just too easy to re­peat the Lon­don episode here. Pa­tri­cia Tay­lor, Croy­don

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