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Wimbledon steps up its security

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/06/2016 Darren Walton

Wimbledon gets underway on Monday with unprecedented security, including armed police on patrol at the All England Club.

Police will have a constant presence inside and outside the gates in the wake of the terrorist attack on the France versus Germany soccer match in Paris in November.

The club has heeded the call for heightened security measures at sporting events across Europe as half a million tennis fans prepare to watch the championships over the coming fortnight.

Security was beefed up at Wimbledon last year with the introduction of airport-style scanners for staff attending the event, in addition to the usual thorough bag checks at the gates for players and spectators.

But officials have upped the ante even further in 2016.

"There will be more security in place than before," a spokesman told The Times newspaper in London.

"The level of security and policing is commensurate with the threat and multi-layered and it has been heightened as you would expect with everything that has been going on."

The All England Club also installed CCTV cameras at the end of every court during the qualifying tournament in response to allegations of match fixing in tennis.

The qualifying matches were recorded, with experts employed to analyse them to try to detect anything untoward.

The increased measures are all said to be concerted efforts by the All England Club to protect its brand.

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