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Fighter jets, accompanied by military helicopters, took to the skies over southern England to test how military personnel would intercept and communicate with aircraft breaching the 30-mile no-fly zone over Olympic Park.

The Typhoon jets are stationed at a Royal Air Force base in West London in the first deployment of military planes there since World War II.

Security officials also identified the rooftops of some houses and apartment buildings as possible sites for surface-to-air missiles and snipers, much to the surprise and anger of residents.

“It is outrageous that they are putting snipers on roofs of residential buildings,” said Josune Iriondo, who lives nearby in Hackney in North London.

“They haven’t asked permission. It’s mad. We’re not at war. It’s an infringement of civil liberties.”

Meanwhile, the Olympic Park held hockey and swimming tournaments to test safety measures like the airport-style security screenings for spectators.

The Sun newspaper reported Sunday that a builder working on the site who had expressed concern about security had passed through a number of checkpoints with a fake bomb on the passenger seat of his vehicle.

“Clearly a Tupperware box containing batteries, a mobile phone and some loose wires would not pose a threat on a construction site,” Olympic organizers said in a statement issued in response.

“However, we will be looking into the allegations to ensure that our security regimes are as robust as they need to be.”

Security gets mixed reviews

Around the park, which is separated from the rest of the city by an 11-mile, $130 million, 5,000-volt electric fence, the atmosphere remains friendly even with the security personnel, but Londoners are divided about the security operation.

Kohila Thilgaraj, a partner in a real estate company, was impressed.

“You can see the security has been well planned,” she said. “It’s friendly and well organized. It makes me feel safer.”

Steve Brindley, who runs a sports tuition website, said he agreed.

“In the current age, with the Olympic Games what they are, sadly they attract attention from those who want to disrupt as much as those who want to attend.” he said.

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