By Marcus Leach

Home Secretary Theresa May has banned all tents and encampments at all Olympic venues.

The decision comes as a counter to the threat of protests during the showpiece event.

Mrs May said preparations were under way for all eventualities.

Following the Occupy London protests at St Paul's last year, the Home Secretary is keen to avoid any repeats during the Olympics, and has said police would take rapid action to remove any encampments.

Further to that Mrs May said police were cracking down on organised crime centring around the games, including alleged ticket touts, people setting up bogus websites, and those accused of selling bogus hotel rooms.

"Police are sending a very clear message that we're not going to tolerate intrusions by organised criminals into the Olympic Games," she said.

"We are also helping the police and Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to deal with the other emerging threats that have faced the Home Office in recent months, such as encampment protests."

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