1,400 Cops Keep McCartney Safe in Colombia

Sir Paul was only there 2 days
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 10:41 AM CDT
In this photo provided by MPL Communications Monday, April 23, 2012, Sir Paul McCartney signs the neck of a fan Natalia Lobo during his stadium concert in Recife, Brazil, Sunday, April 22, 2012.   (AP/Photo/2012 MPL Communications/MJ Kim)
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(Newser) – At a concert last week in crime-ridden Bogota, Colombia, Paul McCartney was very, very safe—because he was surrounded by 1,400 police officers. Given, some 30,000 music lovers did attend the concert, the Telegraph reports, and police occupied a five-block radius around the stadium in which he performed. But in addition, McCartney and his wife entered and left the country from a military airport, and the area around his hotel was put on "lockdown" for the two nights he was in town. But don't fault Sir Paul: He had nothing to do with the security decisions, which were made by promoters following discussions with police, sources say.

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