By Richard Hartley-parkinson
Stalkers and royal fanatics are to be targeted ahead of Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton, it has been revealed.
Specialist teams from Scotland Yard fear that rather than terrorists, the biggest threat next Friday will come from people obsessed with royalty.
They are working with mental health teams and detectives from the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre and will, if necessary, section potential troublemakers.
The police operation, already estimated at a cost of about £20million, now has three principal approaches – anti-terrorism and preventing anarchists and stalkers.
However, anyone obsessed enough with the royal family to attempt to get close is likely to be dealt with swiftly, according to a source.
The source told the Daily Mirror: ‘If someone breaches a cordon or tries to confront or assault someone at the wedding, armed police will have to make a split-second decision about opening fire or not.
‘Ultimately, it is safer for the stalker if they are warned off in advance of a major event such as this.’
Police are also considering the use of stop-and-search powers to prevent troublemakers disrupting the Royal Wedding.
This will be done to prevent anarchists carrying out acts of violence or disorder such as those seen during the TUC’s recent march in London and the November student protests.
Radicals want to bring forward anti-capitalist demonstrations which have become a feature of the May Day holiday in cities across Europe and North America.
The royals have not escaped attempts to breach security in the past. In 1999 the Queen was targeted by pro-Tibetan activist Guy Edwards who ran towards her carriage on the Mall but was stopped by an 18-year-old guardsman, Ian Pragnall.