G4S warns of 50-50 chance of bomb being carried into Olympic venues

Updated: Jul 13, 2012, 18:01 PM IST

London: An employee for private security firm G4S, contracted to provide security during Games, has warned that there is a 50-50 chance someone could carry a bomb into one of the Olympic venues.

According to Sky News, the man, who is involved in training employees for the company, said that there is a ‘no fail’ policy for security staff and all recruits passed the course regardless of how competent they were.

The employee said that staff, who had received two days of intensive training operating X-ray machines to detect lethal weapons and explosives, failed to spot decommissioned hand-grenades and firearms during a test. A trainee, who failed to keep track of which personal items belonged to whom, enabled a volunteer to put a mock bomb through the X-ray machine then disappeared into the crowd. All these members of staff were later passed as having successfully completed training and asked to collect their security badge.

The whistleblower has extensive military and professional security training and is an expert in weapons and IED detection.

He said: "I can see so many security loopholes for this event. Security staff is given a very short time to achieve their training and there is a very slack approach. Ninety-nine percent of personnel coming through have no security background; many have language problems so they won``t be able to communicate with ticketholders and many completely lack confidence,” .