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UK police practice torch relay

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LONDON (AP) -- London's police are showing off their skills in dealing with anyone who might want to disrupt the Olympic torch relay.

They staged a mock run Friday, and showed how they would ward off people trying to disrupt the relay.

The police are not expecting huge high-profile protests that marred earlier relays, such as the one before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Instead, police believe that people simply seeking attention will try to disrupt the 70-day relay that ends with the opening ceremony July 27.

Commander Bob Broadhurst says the police will make sure they prevent the attention seekers from "trying to grab a bit of the glory."

A team of 28 unarmed London officers will guard the Olympic flame as it travels around Britain.

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