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G4S lose prison contract

Wolds Prison
Wolds Prison Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The firm at the centre of the Olympics security shambles has lost its contract to run a jail and failed to win any further prison contracts it was bidding for, the Ministry of Justice has said.

G4S, which failed to provide enough guards for the London 2012 games, will stop running the Wolds prison in East Yorkshire and it will return to the public sector from next year.

Competitions to run the South Yorkshire group of jails - Lindholme, Hatfield and Moorland - will now move to the final stage, with contracts likely to be awarded next spring, the MoJ added.

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Video: G4S contracts with police called into question

Questions are being asked about whether the private security firm G4S is good enough to look after contracts for the police. The Labour leader Ed Miliband says no new deals should be signed till the firm proves it's up to the job.

His comments come ahead of a meeting this evening over possible plans to shut Lincoln's main police station and replace it with a new out of town building, funded by G4S as James Webster reports:

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Ed Miliband: People want bobbies on the beat, not G4S

Ed Miliband has called for G4S to be blocked from getting new government contracts following the firm's failure to fulfil its Olympic security contract. The Labour leader says no more deals should be signed until a review is carried out to ensure the firm is fit to provide services.

In April Lincolnshire Police handed over control of its civilian staff to G4S but Mr Miliband has now accused the coalition of opening the door to private companies carrying out core police roles.

People want bobbies on the beat, not G4S. We need to be much clearer about what private companies should and should not do.

– Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

Retired police question whether G4S is suitable to deliver new police facilities

G4S has previously suggested replacing the police station on West Parade in Lincoln with a new custody facility at the police headquarters in Nettleham.

Clint Elliot from the National Association of Retired Police Officers questions whether, in light of the Olympic security fiasco, G4S is a suitable company to be providing such facilities.

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