Police and airport officials join forces to test olympic security activities
Olympic security measures were on show at Stansted Airport as
police showcased their arrangements ahead of the games.
With the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games due
to begin in just a few weeks, officers from Essex Police joined
forces with officials from various district councils and the DVLA
on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 to take part in an operation
deisgned to test the security activities which will be in place
ahead, during and immediately after the games.
Ian Coleman is the airport’s neighbourhood policing inspector
and co-ordinated the operation.
He said: "We wanted to send a stark, clear message to people who
are contemplating posing a security threat to the airport or to the
Games – don’t! You run the risk of missing the biggest sporting
event this country has ever laid on as you will be in a police
"Our tactics will be to cause a nuisance to anyone intent on
causing a security threat while at the same time providing a
reassuring, visible deterrent to law-abiding holidaymakers and
business executives using Stansted.”
During the six-hour operation, codenamed Mink, 118 vehicles were
stopped by officers – a record for any operation at Stansted
- Six motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices for a
variety of motoring offences
- Two drivers were issued with a total of £200 in fines and had
their licences endorsed with penalty points
- Three drivers were forced to remove their excessively tinted
- A total of 16 taxi drivers were dealt with for
infringement offences by council officials
- A total of 18 coaches were stopped with five drivers warned
about the length of time they had been on the road.