Cuba Solidarity Campaign 33-37 Moreland Street London
7th July 2015
Dear Mr Miller,
I am writing in response to your email dated 1st July 2015, regarding associating Cuba with Terrorism during Operation Strong Tower.
I was the director of Operation Strong Tower, which as you are aware, was an exercise simulating an armed terrorist attack in Central London.
This operation was planned in detail for over six months and was the largest of its kind that has ever been carried out. The media were invited to observe activities at one of these venues, which was the disused Tube Station in the Aldwych.
I have viewed the footage which has concerned you and others. Photographs and film do show one of the role actors wearing a T-Shirt under their jacket, which shows the flag of Cuba. This was clearly a regrettable error, which I take full responsibility for.
This has been investigated and the role actor has been spoken to. He genuinely did not think of the significance and implications of wearing a T Shirt with a national flag on it. The impact has been explained, he is genuinely sorry and states there was no intention to cause offence or associate the Cuban people with Terrorism. As a result he has been given advice regarding his actions. I will also ensure that the learning from this will be incorporated into future exercises.
I offer a sincere and unreserved apology on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service.
DAC Maxine de Brunner QPM Specialist Crime and Operations
New Scotland Yard Broadway
Tel: 020 7230 4048 firstname.lastname@example.org