BOMB IS SMUGGLED INTO OLYMPIC PARK; Security Fails to Stop Police Dummy Run

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Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA

A GAPING hole in Olympic security has been exposed by police who smuggled a fake bomb on to the site of the 2012 Games.

In a dummy run, undercover officers took their pretend device to the heart of the Olympic site, already in "lockdown" before the opening ceremony in 201 days.

The "bomb", which contained no real explosives, was designed to test both human searches and electronic surveillance methods,

The undercover team was able to freely walk in the Olympic park area outside the stadium where royalty, world leaders, athletes and thousands of fans will gather in the summer. The blunder has led to a security review at the site in Stratford, East London.

Yesterday a spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Authority said: "Testing is standard practice in all major security operations. Such have a key role in developing our capability to ensure that London 2012 is safe and secure and that we are best prepared to detect potential threats before and during the Games.

Members of the public with tickets should be reassured that such exercises are being staged to ensure their safety, our number one priority. …