Stewards at the Olympic stadium have run into trouble when asking West Ham supporters to sit down. The club called for police to be included in the security mix but the lack of an Airwave system in the stadium means the Metropolitan Police are not able to help, yet.
As reported by ESPN, in a statement on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Peter Terry, specialist and operations, said additional policing measures were not able to be implemented because of the lack of the Airwave radio system, which is used by the emergency services, and the problem was highlighted two years ago. Terry said:
The stadium operators are responsible for the safety and comfort of their customers and staff. This includes disorderly behaviour that has not reached the level of criminality.
The Metropolitan Police Service will fulfil its legal responsibilities in relation to dealing with matters of criminality.
The MPS is not able to provide special policing services at this time as it would normally, as there is no satisfactory radio system across the ground.
Airwave is an emergency services radio system used exclusively by the police, fire and ambulance services. The police rely on it for personal communication and its recent handsets are also capable of capturing various data, including photos and video.