Olympic security fiasco firm face embarrassment

Damage caused to roof of St Thomas' Church, St Annes, by metal thieves.
Damage caused to roof of St Thomas' Church, St Annes, by metal thieves.
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HAPLESS Olympic security firm G4S faced fresh embarrassment today after brazen thieves stripped lead from the roof of a Fylde church – right under the noses of guards.

The under fire company was hired to provide round-the-clock security at St Thomas’ Church, St Annes, during last weekend’s Open Golf Championships.

But staff at the firm – which last month admitted it did not have enough people to guard the Olympic Games – failed to notice the porch roof being stripped of lead.

And the cocky raiders were so confident they targeted the St Thomas Road church twice – stripping half the roof on Saturday night before returning on Sunday. G4S staff – hired to protect a fleet of Mercedes Benz cars parked in the church grounds – did disturb the thieves second time round, but not before the church’s porch roof had been decimated.

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The church’s curate, Rev Nancy Goodrich, said: “It was G4S security on duty and they did miss the fact there were people on the roof on Saturday – they didn’t notice at all this lead had gone from under their noses.”

A G4S spokesman today told The Gazette: “We are aware of an incident at the site and will be conducting an internal investigation.

“We expect all our staff to maintain the highest levels of service, and will not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary actions where standards fall short of our expectations.”

G4S hit the headlines after they admitted they could not deliver the 10,400 staff promised for the Olympic Games.

As a result, at least 3,500 Armed Forces personnel and hundreds of police will be called on to bolster the company’s workforce. A further 1,200 military staff are also on standby.


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