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3,500 Army officers drafted in to protect Olympics after security firm failed to hire enough staff
Security firm G4S has wavered on its commitment
It could mean Army troops checking tickets and bags
Just a fortnight to go until the start of the Games
By Ian Drury
PUBLISHED: 19:56, 11 July 2012 | UPDATED: 20:10, 11 July 2012
Home Secretary Theresa May was forced to plead with The Ministry of Defence for help with security during the Olympic Games
The Armed Forces are drafting emergency plans to provide 3,500 extra troops for the Olympics because of a humiliating security blunder.
Theresa May has been forced to plead with the Ministry of Defence to release thousands more service personnel during London 2012 as guards.
The Home Secretary was forced into the last-ditch move a fortnight before the Games because security firm G4S has been unable to guarantee it will be able to supply the 10,000 guards it agreed to deliver.
Talks began with the MoD over whether it could fill the gap after the company wavered on its commitments.
The development could see troops deployed to check tickets, search spectators’ bags and prevent outbreaks of trouble at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.
A Whitehall source said: ‘The army will provide an insurance policy.’
The Armed Forces are already providing up to 13,500 personnel for the Games.
Under the contingency plans, this could reach 16,500 – 7,000 more than are fighting in Afghanistan.
The MoD has been seeking guarantees that any soldiers drafted in at the last moment will be properly compensated for cancelled leave.
Under current plans some 5,000 troops will support the police, up to 7,500 will provide venue security and 1,000 will provide logistical support.
This latest move will raise fresh concerns over the so-called ‘militarisation’ of the Olympics.
Last week it was confirmed that surface-to-air missiles would be located at six sites around the capital – each capable of downing a rogue aircraft streaking towards Olympic venues packed with spectators.
An Olympic security firm has said it can’t guarantee it will have enough security guards during the Games. Pictured is the The Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park in London.
The navy’s biggest warship, HMS Ocean, will be stationed in the Thames and four Typhoon fighter jets will be on standby at RAF Northolt in Middlesex in case of a 9/11-style attack.
Armed Puma helicopters carrying teams of crack snipers will also be on standby to thwart suicide bombers.
The MoD insist the steps are necessary to prevent an attack on the Games by extremists.
The issue of venue security has been contentious for organisers and the government in the run-up to the Olympics.
The total number of staff required to guard the Olympic venues more than doubled to 23,700 last December after event organiser Locog wildly underestimated the total required.
Originally, Locog contracted G4S to provide just 2,000 security guards of the 10,000 it thought it would require.
But in December the firm agreed to supply 10,000 of the new total of 23,700 under a new contract reported to be worth £284million.