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Wedding security 'amazing success'

Scotland Yard has hailed the British public for helping make the biggest security operation in a generation an "amazing success".

Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens said her 5,000 officers should be "immensely proud" of their role in the "happy and safe" event.

An unprecedented covert and overt operation at the royal wedding saw 57 arrests as a million well-wishers flooded central London's streets.

Ms Owens admitted there had been pre-event "nerves" with billions tuning in across the globe. But she said the decision to carry out a string of pre-event raids had been "entirely justified".

The operations had been a valuable rehearsal ahead of next year's Olympics, she added, saying the bigger-than-expected crowd had been "good-natured" and helpful to officers.

"The Metropolitan Police Service should be immensely proud of what they have achieved," Ms Owens said. "We set out to make it a safe and happy event and we genuinely believe that we have achieved that."

Police fulfilled their promise to deal robustly with troublemakers with arrests made within and outside the event footprint.

Anti-terror powers were used to arrest a man spotted taking suspicious photographs of transport hubs and security personnel in the Charing Cross area. Sources said the man was likely to be released without charge.

Ten other people were arrested at Charing Cross railway station carrying climbing equipment and anti-monarchy placards. Officers also swooped on two minor anti-wedding protests in central London but said they were "no problem".

Other offences included an allegation of a sex attack on a 14-year-old girl, criminal damage and 25 breaches of the peace. Ninety nine people were banned from the City of Westminster to ensure the event went like clockwork. Up to 80 VIPs were granted personal protection.

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