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Security ramped up for Melbourne Test

MELBOURNE: Victoria Police said on Monday hundreds of extra officers have been deployed to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the second cricket Test between Australia and Pakistan as security was increased following a foiled terror plot.

In raids on Friday police arrested four men who were allegedly plotting a Christmas Day attack in Melbourne’s central city.

Supplied image of police performing a search warrant as part of Strike Force Evesson at a property in Cartwright in Sydney's south-west, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Police have seized drugs, weapons and cash and arrested 13 men after executing a number of search warrants in Sydney?s south-west this morning. (AAP Image/NSW Police) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said additional uniformed police would be at the MCG on each day of the second test and police would have an increased presence at all major events over the festive season.

The Boxing Day Test is one of the largest events on the Australian sporting calendar.

Ashton said: “Nothing that we’re seeing suggests there is any threat and people should go about their business as usual.”


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