Se­cu­rity high for MCG test

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MELBOURNE:

Se­cu­rity has been in­creased at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Mon­day’s sec­ond test be­tween Aus­tralia and Pak­istan fol­low­ing the ar­rest of seven peo­ple over a ter­ror-re­lated plot in the city. Those charged were al­legedly plan­ning to at­tack Melbourne’s Flin­ders Street train sta­tion, nearby Fed­er­a­tion Square and St Paul’s Cathe­dral on Christ­mas Day. Chief po­lice com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton said while they are con­fi­dent the ter­ror plot had been con­tained, extra po­lice will be de­ployed at ma­jor events. “We know there’s lot of events on over the next sev­eral days right across our state, in­clud­ing the Box­ing Day test, Christ­mas car­ols, other events that are on,” he said. “There is no in­tel­li­gence to sug­gest there is any threat what­so­ever in re­la­tion to any of those events. How­ever we’re just mak­ing sure we’re tak­ing those extra pre­cau­tions.”

Victoria Po­lice and Cricket Aus­tralia were li­ais­ing over the ap­pro­pri­ate se­cu­rity level. “Our se­cu­rity team is in con­tact with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to en­sure we have the ap­pro­pri­ate level of se­cu­rity at the Box­ing Day test and other cricket matches being held around the coun­try,” Cricket Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land said in a state­ment. In a se­cu­rity-re­lated move late in 2015, the MCG erected a new perime­ter fence about 20 to 25 me­ters away from the sta­dium where spec­ta­tors queue to pass through se­cu­rity be­fore en­ter­ing the ground. Aus­tralia won the first test against Pak­istan by 39 runs at the Gabba in Bris­bane. A third test in the se­ries be­gins Jan 3 in Syd­ney. —AP

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