Olympic security breaches

ITV News has uncovered evidence of security breaches by G4S staff already working at Olympic venues. Our UK Editor was given exclusive access to the training centre where up to 800 people are undergoing intensive lessons each day to provide security.

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G4S: 'We are on plan' with Olympic security recruit training

There have been questions as to whether more than 10,000 staff G4S, the company in charge of Olympic security recruitment must train will be ready in time for the Games.

G4S Managing Director of Global Events, Ian Horseman Sewell, told ITV News' UK Editor Keir Simmons:

"I can’t tell you categorically because unforeseen events can happen but I can tell you we are on plan".

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G4S reject claims of security breaches by staff

Some of the people who spoke to ITV News about alleged security breaches by G4S staff were sacked by the G4S and have tribunal cases against the company.

The man in charge of the operation, the G4S Managing Director of Global Events, Ian Horseman Sewell, rejected all their claims:

"At no point is there any evidence that dogs that have been trained to detect substances other than explosives have been used to try to detect explosives."

– Ian Horseman Sewell, G4S Managing Director of Global Events

Key claims made by Olympic staff about 'security breaches'

Some staff who have worked on the operation told ITV News anonymously they have witnessed security breaches by G4S staff already working at Olympic venues.

Among the key claims they make are:

  • Cargo areas of lorries and contractors vans have not been adequately searched by either dogs, scanners or other security teams.
  • In some instances dogs which were not trained to find explosives were used to carry out fake searches of vehicles
  • Some assessments of dogs and handlers have been faked

Olympic staff 'security breaches' concerns

Olympic security staff must ensure venues are safe and prevent demonstrators from bringing equipment like banners and tents into the stadiums and arenas.

At the same time they must ensure that their work does not create long queues leaving spectators unable to see the events they have tickets for.

All of this will be achieved says G4S, the company that is in charge of the recruitment drive.

But some staff who have worked on the operation have told ITV News they have witnessed security breaches by G4S staff already working at Olympic venues.

ITV News visits an Olympic security training centre

The security operation that will take place during the Olympic Games this summer will be the largest carried out in peacetime.

Thousands of new recruits are being trained to operate x-ray machines, search vehicles and stand guard at Olympic venues across the country.

New recruits learn how to operate security scanners Credit: ITV News

Today, ITV News was given exclusive access to the training centre in East London, where up to 800 people per day are undergoing intensive lessons.

Olympic security recruits attend intensive training lessons Credit: ITV News

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