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Security guard arrested for explosives near Olympic Stadium in London

London’s Metropolitan Police have moved to play down the incident and say it is not terror related.

Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London
Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London
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A FEMALE SECURITY guard has been arrested near London’s Olympic Stadium on suspicion of possessing explosives.

The Guardian reports that the 40-year-old dog handler was held after her vehicle was searched in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane in Stratford, London on Tuesday.

The suspect is currently being held in custody at an east London police station having been arrested in suspicion of possession of a “very small amount of a substance” which is being forensically examined.

The BBC reports that the incident is not believed to be terror related and the site’s safety has not been at risk.

The Metropolitan Police played down the incident in a statement saying it “did not represent a threat to the safety and security of the Olympic site.”

The woman is believed to have worked for the security firm G4S which is providing 10,000 security personnel for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, reports Sky News.

The incident and arrest came on the same say that building work was completed on the £486 million (€551 million) stadium.

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