G4S, the firm at the centre of the Olympics security shambles, has lost its contract to run the Wolds Prison in East Yorkshire and it will return to the public sector next year, the Ministry of Justice said today.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes says closing West Parade police station in Lincoln will not happen until other suitable city centre premises are found and adds that it will be a decision for the new Police and Crime Commissioner, due to be elected in November.
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:
Lincolnshire Police Authority is denying that closing Lincoln's West Parade police station is a done deal. Cllr Barry Young, who chairs the authority, says the proposal to replace it with an out of town complex at Nettleham police HQ is an embryonic idea and a city centre presence would remain.
Ed Miliband has called for a rethink before awarding G4S any further policing contracts. The Labour leader says the recent scandal surrounding the security firm's problems in fulfilling the Olympics security contract call into question its ability to work alongside police forces.
Councillor Rob Parker, the Labour member for Lincoln West, has organised tonight's public meeting to discuss concerns if the West Parade police station was closed and moved out of town to Nettleham. He is worried response times could increase and says more consultation is required.
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.