July 24, 2012
Britain will deploy an extra 1,200 troops to the London Games, Olympics minister Jeremy Hunt announced Tuesday, following a shortfall in the numbers of guards provided by private contractor G4S.
The extra troops, who were already standing by on 48 hours’ notice, bring the total military deployment at the 2012 Olympics to 18,200.
The decision was taken at a cabinet committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron, with just three days left before the Games officially open.
While the numbers of security staff being provided by the beleaguered G4S continues to rise, ministers wanted to “leave nothing to chance,” Hunt said.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 8:18 am