ARMED police officers are on a “shoot to kill” footing for the wedding, it emerged last night. In a secret briefing more than 550 members of Scotland Yard’s elite CO19 specialist firearms unit were told to “take a firm stand” against trouble.
Measures include watching out for anyone who looks like he is about to pull out a weapon.
A “zero tolerance approach” towards unruliness will see any members of the public who cause trouble or appear intoxicated removed from the crowds.
Sources last night said intelligence officers at GCHQ have intercepted a large amount of “chatter” on email and electronic traffic mentioning “a ceremony” and “infidels in the big church”.
It follows revelations by the Sunday Express last week that Muslim extremists had planned to target the big day with a series of high-profile demonstrations.
Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens said some police officers had been contacted by Muslims Against Crusades, which vows on its website to launch a “forceful demonstration”. She confirmed officers would act “quickly, robustly and decisively”.