Refund: Greater Manchester Police handed more than £440,000 for saving Olympic private security blunder

By Tui Benjamin

More than £440,000 will be paid to Greater Manchester Police for providing Olympic security over the summer following the failings of private security company G4S.

The £440,553 reimbursement will be paid in full by February 8 after more than 1 in 10 of GMP’s 7,500 officers were drafted in when more than half of G4S’s guards failed to turn up for duty.

824 bobbies provided additional support in London and Dorset, 100 were stationed at Old Trafford for the nine football matches played there and 32 provided security at Salford’s Worsley Marriott.

South Manchester Liberal Democract MP John Leech said: “I am very pleased I have been listened to by the Home Office, and glad the people of Manchester will not suffer for G4S’s incompetence.

“This £440,000 will help pay for better policing across Greater Manchester.”

Mr Leech, party spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport, wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May in December to ensure the force would receive a reimbursement after previously expressing concerns over Old Trafford’s security during the games.

Security Minister James Brokenshire said the government was able to immediately deploy sufficient military personnel to maintain venue security after G4S, who failed to provide the 10,000 security staff they had promised, first indicated they were experiencing problems.

“Well-rehearsed contingency plans and G4S’s own rapid work to recover the situation meant there was no impact on the security operation and no additional cost to the public purse,” he said. 

Picture courtesy of West Midlands Police, with thanks.

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