Woman security guard arrested at Olympic Stadium for possessing explosives
Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:02 AM on 31st March 2011
A security guard has been arrested near the Olympic Stadium site on suspicion of possessing explosives, it emerged tonight.
Semtex explosives, the same kind favoured by terrorists such as the IRA, were reportedly found in the woman's car.
The 40-year-old dog-handler was held after her vehicle was searched, but police said the incident was not thought to be terror-related.
Threat: A female dog handler has been arrested after explosives were allegedly found in her car at the Olympic Stadium
Police swooped on her car outside the Olympics stadium in Stratford, East London, after being tipped off by a source close to the stadium.
The woman, employed by a private security firm, was arrested for possessing explosives and class A drugs . She is alleged to have said that the substances were used for training dogs.
Officials stressed the safety of the stadium was never at risk.
Alert: Semtex is a powerful explosive that was favoured by IRA terrorists
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘On March 29, acting on information received, police stopped and searched a woman in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane.
‘Her vehicle was searched and a 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive substance and Class A drugs.
‘She is in custody at an east London police station.
‘The arrest was made by officers from the Olympic site support unit (OSSU) following information received.
‘Another car was stopped and searched by the same unit on the M11.
‘Nothing was found in the car and the driver was not arrested.
‘Searches were carried out of residential addresses in Kent and London and no other substances were found.
‘The investigation is being carried out by Newham CID.
‘The Counter Terrorism Command is aware but the incident is not being treated as terrorism related.’
Work on the £486m Olympic stadium, which has an 80,000 capacity was officially completed this week.
Grand: Work on the 80,000 seater stadium was officially completed this week. Officials said the arrest posed no danger to the stand's safety
The venue will hold thousands of people from across the world when the Olympics start in July 2012.
A spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Authority said: ‘There are robust measures to ensure the safety and security of the Olympic Park.
‘We are working with the police in their investigation. At no point has the safety and security of the Olympic Park been put at risk.’
Scotland Yard said later that police recovered a very small amount of a substance, which was being forensically examined.
‘This incident did not represent a threat to the safety and security of the site,’ a spokesman said.
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