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British judge rejects bid to stop Olympic rooftop missiles


On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, residents of the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone in east London lost a court suit that would have prevented missiles being placed atop the building during the Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by residents of a London high-rise to stop having their building used as a missile base during the Olympic Games.

Judge Charles Haddon-Cave said Britain’s Ministry of Defense acted legally when it decided to put the weapons atop the Fred Wigg Tower.

Residents of the 17-story tower, about 2 miles from the Olympic Park in east London, say the missile battery could make their homes a terrorist target.

But the judge said the missiles presented no real threat.

The building is one of six sites at which the British military plans to place missiles as part of security for the games, which run from July 27 to Aug. 12.

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