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Terrorist threat to London's on-street recycling

On-street recycling facilities look likely to disappear for years from the streets of central London following the terrorist attacks last month.

Although, the Metropolitan Police has denied that it is asking London councils to close or move hundreds of bin and recycling points situated near public transport stations, at least three councils insist that they have received such requests in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the capital.

According to one source, the police request was issued via the newly formed Gold Command security committee. This secret body was set up to improve liaison between the Metropolitan Police and local authorities affected by the terrorist bombings.

But a Metropolitan Police spokesman told MRW : "We have never issued any such guidance to local authorities."

She flatly rejected claims by Westminster, Camden and Lambeth councils that they have been asked to close bins as a security measure.

But a spokesman for Westminster Council said: "We were definitely asked by the Metropolitan Police to carry out this security measure after the first attack on July 7. We would never take this action on our own. Security is always a matter for the police."

Westminster has removed 67 recycling bins at 31 major underground and rails stations. The locations include Edgware Road, one of four locations attacked by terrorist bombers on July 7.

A Camden Council spokesman said that Camden has closed or moved 85 recycling points outside tube and train stations at the request of the police. Camden was the scene of two bombings - at King's Cross station and on a bus near Russell Square.

Lambeth Council has closed eight recycling bins near Waterloo station. The measure was taken in line with police advice, according to a spokesman for the council.

Over 50 people were killed in the terrorist attacks on the London public transport system on July 7. The incidents were followed by a series of failed attacks two weeks later.

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