G4S puts Olympics security cock-up down to computer system failure, says report

G4S insider claims computer system failed to calculate staff rostering
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The Independent on Sunday has reported that an internal computer system failure was to blame for the London 2012 security fiasco.

Just two weeks before the start of the games, security firm G4S admitted that it could not fulfil the quota needed to provide adequate security. 3,500 extra members of the armed forces have now been drafted in to make up the numbers.

The Independent on Sunday revealed that an insider claimed: "The root cause of the problem with G4S was its internal computer system, which has failed to calculate staff rostering."

ExCeL, the largest competition venue at the Games, recently revealed that it had been raising concerns with the London 2012 organisers about the handling of security by G4S for several months now.

An official statement from G4S reads: "We have recently encountered significant difficulties in processing applicants in sufficient numbers through the necessary training, vetting and accreditation procedures. As a result, we will be unable to deliver all of the necessary workforce numbers."

In February this year, the games organisers requested for G4S to up its number of guards from 2,000 to 10,400, moving the value of the contract from £86 million to £284 million.

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