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Security ramped up for Boxing Day cricket test

Associated Press logo Associated Press 26/12/2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — Victoria Police say hundreds of extra officers have been deployed to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the second cricket test between Australia and Pakistan on Monday as security was increased following a foiled terror plot.

In raids on Friday police arrested four men who were allegedly plotting a Christmas Day attack in Melbourne's central city.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said additional uniformed police would be at the MCG on each day of the second test and police would have an increased presence at all major events over the festive season. The Boxing Day test is one of the largest events on the Australian sporting calendar.

Ashton said "nothing that we're seeing suggests there is any threat" and people should go about their business as usual.

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