Swoop as last turf laid at £486m site

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A FE­MALE se­cu­rity guard has been ar­rested near Lon­don’s Olympic Sta­dium site on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing ex­plo­sives and drugs.

The 40-year-old dog han­dler was held af­ter her ve­hi­cle was searched, but po­lice said the in­ci­dent was not thought to be ter­ror-re­lated.

Scot­land Yard said po­lice re­cov­ered a very small amount of a sub­stance, which was be­ing foren­si­cally ex­am­ined.

A Scot­land Yard spokesman said: “On March 29, acting on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, po­lice stopped and searched a woman in a car park off Pud­ding Mill Lane.

“Her ve­hi­cle was searched and a 40-year-old woman was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion of an ex­plo­sive sub­stance and Class A drugs.

“She is in cus­tody at an east Lon­don po­lice sta­tion.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing car­ried out by Ne­wham CID.

“The Counter Terrorism Com­mand is aware but the in­ci­dent is not be­ing treated as terrorism re­lated.

“This in­ci­dent did not rep­re­sent a threat to the safety and se­cu­rity of the site.”

The ar­rest came on the same day that build­ing work at the £486 mil­lion Olympic Sta­dium was com­pleted.

Lon­don 2012 chair­man Lord Coe watched as Frankie Fred­er­icks, a four-time Olympic sil­ver medal­list and the 1993 200m world cham­pion, laid the last piece of turf on the in­field.

It marked the start of the hand-over of the venue to the Lon­don 2012 com­mit­tee.

A s p o k e s ma n for the Olympic De­liv­ery Au­thor­ity said: “There are ro­bust mea­sures to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of the Olympic Park.

“We are work­ing with the po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. At no point has the safety and se­cu­rity of the Olympic Park been put at risk.”

A spokesman for se­cu­rity firm G4S, which ear­lier this month signed a deal to be the of­fi­cial se­cu­rity firm for the Games, said: “Our canine ser­vices team is li­censed to hold small sam­ples of ex­plo­sives for train­ing pur­poses and are re­quired to un­der­take rig­or­ous train­ing and fol­low strict op­er­a­tional pro­cesses.”

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