Half of all London Olympic security staff are troops

Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. Pictute: LPhot Ioan Roberts

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TROOPS drafted in to protect London 2012 venues after the G4S fiasco make up 50 per cent of security personnel at the Olympic Park.

Organisers were forced to turn to the military when the embattled security contractor admitted it did not have enough staff to patrol the Games just weeks before they were due to begin.

Some 4,700 service personnel – including the navy and the Hampshire Tigers – are now plugging the gaps, making up half of security staff at the venue in Stratford, east London.

Paul Deighton, chief executive at Locog, said: ‘The mix on the park, for example yesterday, in terms of the different groups running security, we had about 50 per cent military, 40 per cent G4S – our private security firm – and about 10 per cent volunteers.’ His comments came as it emerged soldiers guarding Olympic sites in London were being housed in accommodation branded ‘absolutely disgusting’.

Relatives of the personnel from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment – known as The Tigers – are being housed at Tobacco Dock near Tower Bridge, where around 500 of the men sleep on camp beds.

The total number of military personnel involved in Olympics security is now more than 18,000.