England reveals increased monitoring for dirty bombs, bioweapons

Major British ports have had high-tech machines installed to detect any materials that could potentially be used to build "dirty bombs," it has been revealed.

Lord Alan West, speaking to The Sun, revealed the covert operation, telling them, "There is no doubt that terrorists still want to go for the big spectaculars - things like aircraft and dirty bombs. We have put in a whole range of measures to stop them but cannot be complacent. We have to be vigilant."

The covert Project Cyclamen set up security portals that monitored substances coming into the United Kingdom. The project paid special attention to biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear materials that could effectively be used to make dirty bombs with an emphasis on stopping them from being brought into the country.

"The portals enable us to see when a lorry or a container comes through whether it is has any of this kind of material on board. When the portals detect radiological and nuclear materials we can take whatever action is necessary," West told The Sun. "They are already in a number of ports and other places and will be going into more. This has been highly complex because the technology is very difficult but I believe we have a world-beater."

The search for any weapon, be it a biological attack or traditional radioactive attack, is of great importance as a single attack in London's Trafalgar Square, according to a 2003 BBC2 program, could leave London a barren wasteland.