Increased security remains for London Marathon

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THE enhanced police presence for today’s London Marathon will remain in place despite the death and capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Security has been stepped up to reassure the 36,000 runners and tens of thousands of spectators in the wake of the atrocities which killed three people and injured 180 in the US last Monday.

Several hundred more officers than last year will be out on London’s streets today. The Met is in contact with the FBI and Boston Police and there is nothing to suggest a link to the London marathon with the bomb attacks. A 30-second silence will be held as a mark of respect before the start of the men’s elite race and mass start, and runners are being encouraged to wear black ribbons.