INTRODUCTION: Police have been carrying out the biggest security clampdown in Australian history to protect delegates attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Melbourne.
Australia TILT UP & SV Security TV cameras on building. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Street scene and Victoria parliament house. (2 SHOTS)
CU City map outlining conference area.
SV & GV Police radio room with TV monitors and computer control. (6 SHOTS)
TILT UP Melbourne Hilton TILT DOWN TO SV street scene
SVs Plain clothes security men with two-way radios in street.
TILT UP Wentworth hotel & CU hotel sign. (2 SHOTS)
GV Outside entrance to Wentworth with security men carrying radios. (3 SHOTS)
SV Motorcade with police escort. (2 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Car in motorcade with police motorcycle escort.
SCU Police Commissioner Mick Miller speaking.
GV Police launch on bay.
SV Dog handler on pier.
GV Gates of station pier.
SV Police divers in boat and on jetty. (2 SHOTS)
(LONDON) GVs S.A.S. breaking seige at Iranian Embassy, London, (2 SHOTS)
GVs Australian S.A.S. running through street.
SV Police with automatic rifle. (2 SHOTS)
GV Motorcycle police.
MILLER: (SEQ. 11) "Well there'll certainly be some inconvenience but it must be remembered that while parking is banned on the access routes from the residential venues to the conference venues, traffic will be permitted to pass along those routes when the motorcades are not using them."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Police have been carrying out the biggest security clampdown in Australian history to protect delegates attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Melbourne. Heads of State and Prime Ministers from most of the 45 Commonwealth nations will be represented at the summit when it opens on Wednesday (30 September). Nearly 4,000 police and a group of anti-terrorist soldiers have been mobilised, following threats by Irish groups in Australia to demonstrate over the situation in Northern Ireland.
SYNOPSIS: A special close-circuit television network has been set up to watch over the streets been set up to watch over the streets and building in the vicinity of the conference.
In the heart of this area is Melbourne's century old Exhibition Building, venue of the summit.
From a control centre, specially trained police monitor the pictures coming in from the cameras and the two-way radio reports. A computer can provide information in a hurry.
Strict security also surrounds the conference accommodation. At the luxurious Hilton Hotel there is visible evidence, both inside and outside the building.
Like the Hilton, the Wentworth hotel has a police station set up inside to co-ordinate security. Each head-of-state will have two personal bodyguards provided for the duration of their stay.
Travelling between the accommodation and the exhibition building will be in a police-escorted motorcade. Victoria's Chief Commissioner of Police, Mick Miller described how streets would be closed for the motorcades.
A warship, police boats and divers are guarding the royal yacht Britannia which has already berthed in Melbourne. Although the Queen doesn't arrive until Saturday (26 September) security at Station Pier is maintained around-the-clock. The Queen will receive Commonwealth leaders aboard Britannia, but not before divers have checked below the waterline.
It's reported the Queen's security may be bolstered by Britain's crack army unit, the Special-Air-Service. These men are highly trained in anti-terrorist operations. They ended the Iranian embassy seige in London last year.
Australia also has an S.A.S. regiment and some of its members are being held in reserve near Melbourne. They could be brought in quickly to assist police should be a seige or hostage situation arise.