Osprey helicopters fly over London and barriers go up for Trump’s UK visit

With just two days to go until Donald Trump visits the UK, security is being ramped up across the capital as part of a £30million operation.

More than 150 US agents are swooping into Britain for the US President’s three-day visit on Thursday, which is expected to spark mass protests.

And as the trip draws closer, two huge US military choppers have been seen hovering over London’s Regent’s Park, where Trump will stay.

Sunbathers and tourists enjoying the heatwave were stunned to see the V22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft , which can take off and land vertically.

They whipped up grass and litter as they flew low above the park.

One onlooker, who captured footage of the aircraft yesterday afternoon, even claimed he was blown off his bike as he stopped to watch them.

Philip Robinson, 33, who works as a speech therapist near the park, said: "It was unbelievable. These two huge American military helicopters came flying in, and hovered above the park for around 15 minutes.

"It was very noisy. There were a few people around, and most of them were intrigued. I think I was the only one who was a little bit annoyed.

"It’s a public park full of ordinary people just trying to enjoy some peace and quiet. They shouldn’t be allowed to do this here."

Philip claimed that he got blown off his bicycle by the air from the helicopters blades, and added: "I blame Donald Trump."

It comes as barriers have been erected near the US Ambassador’s official residence, Winfield House, where Trump will spend his first night.

The President is being kept well outside London for the bulk of his visit, avoiding protesters who are expected to gather in the capital.

However, he is expected to fly into London, via the Nato summit in Brussels, on Thursday before heading to the Regent’s Park residence.

From there, he will be driven to Blenheim Palace for dinner.

On Friday he is due to visit Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers. He will also meet Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle.

In London, SAS troops, supported with unmarked helicopters, nicknamed Blue Thunder, will be poised to counter any attack or incident across the city, with police helicopters fitted with high powered cameras.

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An extra 30 strong US special forces unit will join a SAS high readiness response – ready to provide specialist support to the police.

The huge number of agents from US Homeland Security will be in London along with 40 American intelligence staff attached to the UK’s Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre.

The security operation for Trump’s trip – the most controversial US Presidential visit in history – is America’s costliest-ever in the UK.

The bill for the visit is estimated to be more than £30m between both countries with the potential for a far greater tally if violence breaks out.

Downing Street has approved America’s largest contingent of secret service agents – a handful of them armed with hand guns.

Up to 10,000 British police officers will be on duty throughout the visit, which faces threats from multiple enemies. And thousands of police will be on call to reinforce the force protecting the trip.

MI5 are monitoring hundreds of suspects, lone-wolf potential attackers and underground political opponents, while leave has been cancelled for key intelligence officers.

Later this week, mass protests are expected in London.

At some point, a giant inflatable blimp of Trump as a baby – paid for with crowdfunding – will soar over the capital, mocking him.

A senior security source said last week: “This visit has been planned for a long time, from heavily armed police and plain clothes special forces sat in unmarked vans to a secondary high readiness force and RAF Chinook helicopters sat on the edge of the capital.

“The US are pouring resources into the UK in what will be their biggest ever security operation to this country.

“Trump is probably the most divisive US President to come to the UK and as such his presidency has sparked widespread spite and hatred, given his aggressive foreign policies and his tough stance domestically.

“He faces multiple threats and that is why the operation to protect him is so vast.”

The President is also expected to fly to his golf resort Trump Turnberry in Scotland during his busy visit, most likely on Saturday.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said they were "looking forward to making sure the president has a chance to see and experience the UK beyond London and the South-East."

Trump will arrive in the country on board Air Force One straight from the Nato summit, where he is expected to confront European allies over levels of defence spending.

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