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Six in ten G4S staff 'not turning up' in Weymouth

G4S has an Olympic security contract thought to be worth around £300m. Photo: PA

From the south coast to the Midlands and north to Northumbria, there was more evidence today of the failure of the contractor G4S to provide the security staff it had promised for the Olympics.

ITV News has been told that nearly 60 per cent of security personnel at the Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth are not turning up for work.

The Dorset venue is the largest biggest venue of the Olympic Games outside London and the Olympic flame passed through the town yesterday.

At best 85 per cent of G4S staff turn up for work there but on a bad day only 41 per cent show up as planned.

The news is further embarrassment for the private contractor after it emerged that the military are being forced to provide 3,500 troops to secure the Olympic venues in London after G4S told the government it did not have the staff numbers it was contracted to provide.

In Weymouth, the shortfall is also being provided by the military.

Meanwhile, in the Midlands police are doing the work which should have been done by G4S staff.

Some 150 officers are being drafted in to Coventry, where the city's stadium is one of six which will host the Olympic football.

ITV News has also spoken to a retired police officer who was sent an access all areas pass for London 2012 - despite being told by G4S that he couldn't do the training and the company did not need him.

Ian Glendinning was sent an Olympic security pass despite being turned down for a job. Credit: ITV News

Ian Glendinning from Northumbria said of G4S: "They must have worked really hard to achieve this level of incompetence." He added their perfomance "was absolutely breathtaking."

The Prime Minister said today that the company would face consequences for the £20 million cost to the Ministry of Defence for providing the additional military personnel. He said: "I am absolutely clear that if companies don’t deliver on their contracts they should be pursued for that money."

The RAF earlier showed off the Typhoon fighter jets that will patrol the new air restrictions which are being imposed over London from midnight tonight.

Commanders warned that any aircraft which does not get out of the way when asked now risks being shot down.

But the big concern for ministers is not the security in the air but the manpower issues on the ground - now with just two weeks to go until the Olympic opening ceremony.

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