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London 2012 may not allow mobile phones

Picnics and mobile phones may not be allowed into the London 2012 Olympics under security measures produced by the Games organisers.

Under powers granted by the Government to the London 2012 organisers, people will not be permitted to take flasks, thermoses and larger quantities of food with them to Olympic venues. They are included in a "non-exhaustive" list of banned and restricted items in the terms and conditions of booking Olympic tickets that went on sale this week. All bags will be scanned by x-ray machines as part of security.

Phones are unwelcome as they may disturb the action, along with banners, horns, whistles, drums, rattles and musical instruments. The 2012 Olympics will be free of vuvuzelas, the plastic horns that were the soundtrack to last year's soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Liquids in containers bigger than 100ml, camera tripods and flags of countries not involved in the Games are also on the hit list as are umbrellas, which can be used as a blunt instrument, apparently.

The rules also aim to safeguard the official sponsors of the Games from "objects bearing trademarks or other kinds of promotional signs or messages (such as hats, T-shirts, bags, etc) which Locog (the London 2012 organisers) believes are for promotional purposes".