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Police double 'G force in wake of Brussels attacks

23 March 2016 10:58 PM
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What changes can Melburnians expect to see at locations like the airport, train stations and the MCG? Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton quizzed on 3AW.

Security at the MCG will be doubled for the first AFL game of the season following the deadly blasts in Brussels.

Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday that there would be a significantly increased police presence in public places across Melbourne and at major events over the Easter long weekend.

This would include twice as many police at the MCG for Thursday night's Richmond-Carlton clash as there had been for the opening round games last year.

Mr Andrews said there would also be more security at the soccer and for the other AFL matches, and in the city over the weekend.

"There is no intelligence to suggest there is any link between the events in Europe and anybody here," he said.

The Premier said security would be bolstered as a precaution as it had been in the aftermath of other acts of terrorism, such as the attacks in Paris in November.

"These are well-practiced, well-established protocols," Mr Andrews said.

"The resources are there and the determination is there to keep Victoria safe and never let these evil murderers win out."

The Paris atrocities led to increased security for major events over the summer and a cyclone fence - the so-called Ring of Steel - erected around the MCG.

Mr Andrews said whether the Ring of Steel was brought back would be a matter for MCG officials.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said people should be alert but not alarmed.

"You need to go about your daily lives, as we do, and not be bunkered down," Mr Fryer said.


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