The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has told MPs that police forces will be reimbursed by the private security firm, G4S. They will receive money for any additional costs incurred by local services as a result of failings by G4S.
Theresa May was responding to the former Minister for the North East, Nick Brown. The Newcastle East MP told the House of Commons that, over the weekend, Northumbria Police had to step in to the breach after only 10 out of 58 G4S staff turned up on Tyneside to help secure Olympic sites.
Police officers have been called in to boost Olympic venue security in Newcastle - only days after troops were asked to fill gaps because of staffing shortages at G4S.
The request follows the fact that only a fraction of G4S staff reported for duty at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on Saturday.
Just ten out of an expected 58 security guards turned up at the hotel and officers from Northumbria Police were drafted in to help.
The news comes just 10 days before the first Olympic football match kicks off at St James' Park. G4S issued this statement:
"Some venues are being supported by police in the short tem while the private security workforce is mobilised.
This situation is being rectified over the coming days, which should lead to the withdrawal of police from those roles."
Just a few days ago it emerged that the Army is being brought in to fill security gaps at other Olympic venues because of a G4S's recruitment problems.
Meanwhile Northumbria Police say that helping out with security at Olympic venues on Tyneside won't affect their normal service to the public.
" We continue to provide support to LOCOG and G4S as the Games security regime is implemented ... This activity is well within the capability of Northumbria Police and there will be no reduction in the policing services provided to the communities in our area."
Northumbria Police officers have been called in to boost Olympic venue security in Newcastle, only days after troops were called on to fill gaps because of G4S staffing shortages.
ITV Tyne Tees & Border Olympics Correspondent Helen Pearson explains the situation.
Kelly Williamson is a management consultant from Consett, in County Durham. She was approach by G4S to work during the Olympics around six months ago. After initially turning down a job offer with the company in London, Kelly was told she would be given a role based at St James' Park instead.
After having passed all the necessary requirements, G4S then told her she was not on the list and that it had lost her application form for security clearance. Yet she says the company continues to request that she attend training sessions in London.
Kelly says the situation has been badly managed by G4S.
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