Anti-terrorism officers are grilling a man accused of planning to blow up the Olympic Park during the Games using a car filled with explosives.

Specialist police from London are in Blackpool, Lancashire, to speak to Javed Aktar who has been charged with making the deadly threat.

He is one of more than a dozen suspected terrorists arrested in the last week as security services try to ‘clear the decks’ before the Olympics start later this month.

Britain’s top expert on terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, also said police and MI5 are ‘defending further up the field’ to avoid any 7/7 or 9/11-style attacks when London hosts the Games.

42-year-old Aktar is currently being held in custody and will appear before magistrates in Blackpool on Friday.

He has been charged with leading another person into believing that he had explosives, namely Semtex, in Blackpool with intent to cause an explosion.