Residents lose action to stop Olympic missiles

Wed, Jul 11, 2012, 01:00

Residents of a 17-storey block near the London 2012 Olympic Park have no right to challenge an unprecedented decision by the army to deploy high-velocity missiles in a residential area, a high court judge has ruled.

Residents of the Fred Wigg Tower in east London argued the missiles could expose them to a terrorist attack. The block is one of six sites in the British capital where missiles will be deployed for the duration of the Games. The residents applied for permission to seek judicial review of the decision to deploy the missiles, saying it was a “disproportionate interference” with their human rights, and they were not consulted properly.

The judge said: “The MoD’s [Ministry of Defence] voluntary engagement with the community and residents in this matter were immaculate.” – (Guardian service)