Sir James Paul McCartney, formerly of the world renown band The Beatles (1960-1970), was protected by 1,400 cops during his visit last week to Colombia.
Officials in Colombia indicated that McCartney would come to no harm while playing last Thursday to a sold-out El Campin Stadium in Bogota, MSN Entertainment reports.
The city of Bogota has one of the highest crimes rate in the world.
Authorities ordered a “ring of steel” to surround The Guinness World Records “most successful musician and composer in popular music history,” according to a Telegraph.co.uk report.
The former Beatle’s security was equivalent to the number of security personnel tasked with protecting the 12,000 delegates at the 2009 Conservative party conference.
With more than 30,000 people in attendance at the concert, police made their presence known within a five block radius of the stadium with officers stationed around the entrance, at all street corners, and on all pedestrian walkways.
Paul’s wife, 51-year-old Nancy Shevell accompanied him during his time in Bogota, Colombia and the two utilized a military airport to enter and depart the country for security reasons.
A source was quoted by Britain’s Daily Telegraph having said:
“From the moment Paul’s plane landed to the moment he left, officials designated 1,400 police for the whole two days. It is a massive security operation because he’s the biggest star to ever go to the country. Although there haven’t been any specific threats, nobody left anything to chance.”
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