Police granted extra powers for Pope’s visit

Officers and also private security guards will be given the power to conduct body searches

News.com.au | Dec 13, 2007

AUTHORITIES will be granted extra powers during the Pope’s visit to Sydney next year, in a security crackdown likened to that seen for APEC.

Officers and also private security guards will be given the power to conduct body searches and car searches at World Youth Day events.

The airspace above the Randwick Race Course, which is expected to hold up to 500,000 pilgrims drawn to the six-day event in July, will also be closed to air traffic.

Police will also be given power to remove unauthorised advertising, preventing rogue marketing, while private bus operators can also be forced to provide their services at a compensatory rate.

The World Youth Day Amendment bill was passed by the NSW Parliament last week, a Sydney newspaper reports today.

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