HeadLine: ELECTRIC FENCES AT PALACE
The Mirror, 09/10/2004, p9
A HUGE security operation will swing into action today for the Queen’s
official opening of the Scottish Parliament.
Royalty, politicians, local dignitaries and scores of stars from the stage and screen are due in Edinburgh for the event.
And Lothian & Borders Chief Constable Paddy Tomkins has drafted in hundreds of extra officers to protect them.
The unprecedented security comes amid renewed fears for the Queen and
Daily Mirror reporter Ryan Parry exposed the shambolic state of the Palace’s employment checks on job applicants and Fathers 4 Justice campaigner David Hatch’s Batman stunt proved to be the last straw.
Yesterday a 7ft electric fence was put up around the perimeter of Buckingham Palace.
And security reviews are underway at Holyrood House and Balmoral.
In Edinburgh, a huge exclusion zone has been set up around the Old
Town with parking suspended.
Bomb disposal teams have swept the area, taping up sewers and post
And the Mirror understands Royal security chiefs have also advised
that the Monarch should not travel the Royal Mile in an open top carriage.
Instead it is likely she will be driven to the ceremony behind bullet proof glass, followed by armed protection officers.
Extra checks are understood to have been carried out in recent weeks
at Edinburgh Airport and Leith docks.
And security staff at the Parliament building are understood to have
been replaced by police.
A Lothian & Borders Police spokeswoman said: “We hope that everyone
will enjoy this historic day.”
* DRIVERS face traffic chaos today with the Royal Mile closed from
Lawn- market to Holyrood Palace until 5pm. Bus services will also be
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