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Fans met with heavy armed police presence ahead of Wembley FA Cup final

Supporters described seeing “more police with guns” outside the stadium, with officers dotted along the walkway to the pitch.

Football fans marching in to Wembley Stadium were met with a heavy armed police presence ahead of the FA Cup final.

Tens of thousands of supporters descended on the venue to watch Saturday’s match between Arsenal and Chelsea, in the first major city event since the terror attack on Manchester arena which left 22 dead and injured dozens more on Monday.

Supporters in Wembley described seeing “more police with guns” outside the stadium, with officers dotted along the walkway to the pitch.

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Armed police officers outside Wembley Park Station (John Stillwell/PA)

A beefed-up security operation saw a police helicopter circling the skies above the grounds in the hours leading up to kick-off.

On the ground, officers were seen patrolling the entrance on horseback, amid chanting and a sea of blue and red shirts.

Lifelong Chelsea supporter David Kostis told the Press Association: “As everyone’s been saying, just carry on as normal.

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An Arsenal fan poses for a photograph between armed police officers outside Wembley Stadium (John Stillwell/PA)

“I should think anyone trying to do anything here would be silly, really.”

The defiant 71-year-old said he did not consider changing his plans.

He said: “No terrorist will stop me watching my beloved Chelsea.”

The Duke of Cambridge will be among the 90,000 spectators, with kick-off at 17:30.

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