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MI5 report raps precast security ring

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THE CONCRETE industry has blasted a security report that recommends the removal of precast concrete security barriers designed to protect MPs.

The report by MI5 security chiefs calls for the concrete barriers in place around the Houses of Parliament to be replaced by a ring of steel barriers.

They cited the potential for explosives to turn the blocks into a shower of shrapnel and to become lethal projectiles if terrorists managed to blow them up.

But Alan Bromage, head of civil engineering at industry group the Concrete Centre, reckons these fears are unfounded.

He said: 'The continual mass of slipformed concrete barriers would make it highly unlikely that they could become fragmented enough by vehicular impact.'

Derek Tordoff, director general at the British Constructional Steelwork Association, said: 'Steel as a material would be eminently suitable for protection barriers because of its high strength and ductility.'