Filed: Tuesday, 13th September 2016
By: Staff Writer
A spokesman for Met Police claims that Olympic Stadium operators LS185 were warned in 2014 that there was insufficient radio coverage inside the ground.
And the result of that particular oversight is that Police - who have finally been given the green light to operate inside the venue - will be unable to communicate once in the stadium until late November/early December when the radio system will be updated.
“The stadium operators are responsible for the safety and comfort of their customers and staff. This includes disorderly behaviour that has not reached the level of criminality," Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Terry told The Standard.
“The Metropolitan Police Service will fulfil its legal responsibilities in relation to dealing with matters of criminality. The MPS is not able to provide Special Policing Services at this time as it would normally, as there is no satisfactory radio system across the ground.
Police are to be allowed inside the stadium for the first time after WHUFC demanded a presence - but they have no adequate means of communication [Pic:KUMB]
“This issue was highlighted to the stadium operators in October 2014 and the MPS has been in negotiation with stadium operators regarding the provision of Airwave radio inside the stadium.
"During this time, the MPS had spoken to the stadium operators several times to highlight the consequences of not installing such a system.
“Until there is comprehensive Airwave radio coverage throughout the ground officers will not be routinely deployed within it under a Special Services agreement. The stadium operators have only very recently agreed to install a satisfactory radio system.”
West Ham United demanded a Police presence during a meeting with the stadium operators LS185 yersterday, following a series of unsavoury incidents witnessed inside the stadium.
An incident involving both home and away fans in the Trevor Brooking Stand on Saturday was allowed to carry on for several minutes before Police stationed outside the stadium were finally able to gain access.
LS185 have come under attack several times in recent weeks from supporters who have been angered by sub-standard stewarding, poor security measures and the lack of wifi access inside the ground.
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