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G20 security threats in Toronto

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Toronto police have arrested a man near the G20 summit site whose car contained suspicious items. The fifty-three year old was stopped a block away from the steel perimeter of the site. Inside his silver sedan were a chainsaw, crossbow and fuel containers – none of which he could explain.

Starting on Friday and lasting throughout the weekend, Canada is hosting both the G8 and G20 meetings, which will focus on the global economic crisis. With many world leaders flying in to attend, the country is spending over three quarters of a million Euro on security, and this latest arrest is the third so far.

There’ve also been a number of protests ahead of the summit, with demonstrators keen to press home their anti-poverty and pro-environment agendas. And though they’ve mostly been peaceful, the police have been out in force and some arrests have been made.