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3,500 Extra Troops Drafted In For London Olympics

David S. Cloud
Daily Mail [1]
July 12, 2012

Security giant G4S made repeated assurances to ministers just two weeks ago that they would be able to supply all the guards they promised to deliver for the Olympics, it has emerged.

Last night, the firm finally admitted it wouldn’t be able to supply all 10,000 security staff to man the Games – forcing the Armed Forces to step in and provide 3,500 extra troops instead.

In a humiliating move, Home Secretary Theresa May has been forced to plead with the Ministry of Defence to release thousands more service personnel to work as security officers at London 2012.

The move, a fortnight before the Opening Ceremony, is a major embarrassment for organisers Locog and G4S, who many senior police officers blame for the shambles.

Full story here. [1]