Friday, May 10, 2013

Olympic security shambles firm G4S handed contract to guard world's most powerful leaders during G8 summit in Northern Ireland

Scandal-hit security firm G4S is to be responsible for protecting the world’s most powerful men and women after to winning a contract to stand guard at next month’s G8 summit.

The much-criticised firm made such a mess of providing security of the London Olympics last year that the army had to be drafted in to keep the event safe.

But today ministers insisted the company had learned the lessons of last summer’s fiasco and could cope with preventing an attack on the leaders of the world's eight wealthiest countries at the summit in Northern Ireland.