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Security guards brought in to protect Camden polling stations

Increased security as people is 'precautionary' measure

08 June, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Labour candidate Tulip Siddiq voting in Hampstead and Kilburn earlier today

POLLING stations in Camden are being protected by security guards as a precaution during the heightened terror threat.

Camden Council said it had made the hired bouncer-style guards to “assist us to deliver the election”. The bouncer-style staff, wearing dark suits and with ear piece microphones, are guarding polling stations across the Holborn and St Pancras and Hampstead and Kilburn constituencies. Polling stations attended by the New Journal team in other London boroughs did not have security guards. It is understood the arrangements were agreed at a meeting of the candidates’ agents in Camden last month.

Richard Olszewski, a Labour councillor in Fortune Green ward, tweeted: “There is extra security at every Camden polling station. At risk of incurring Donald Trump’s wrath, don’t be alarmed, purely precautionary.”

A council spokesman said it was up to individual local authorities to decide whether to hire security but would not say why Camden had agreed to the polling station guards, adding: “We employ security staff to assist us to deliver the election, to manage the outside of what can be very busy polling stations and at our busy count venue.”

 

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