METROPOLITAN Police officers have thanked Londoners for their patience during the funeral of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher yesterday. Thousands lined the streets of the capital to pay their respects to Lady Thatcher - who was the country's first female Prime Minister. But there had been threats of protests from those who had less fond memories of Baroness Thatcher's years in office. Providing security for the funeral - which included a procession through London - was the biggest police operation since last summer's Olympics. Commander Christine Jones, from the Metropolitan Police, said: "We are also grateful to those members of the public who spoke with us prior to the event and enabled us to facilitate their peaceful protest in a way which did not impact either their protest or those who wished to pay their respects. "It is as ever testament to the public that yet another large scale ceremonial event, viewed by the world's media, has been successful. "Thank you very much."
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