As reports of suspected terrorists entering London undetected
By OnTV Publisher
Jul 16, 2012 - 07:20am WAT
Britain's Olympic security plans fell under fresh scrutiny Sunday, with a newspaper reporting that several people on a terror-watch list have been waved through airport border controls without being flagged, and officials trying to calm the uproar over a security contractor's failure to provide its promised number of staff.
The Observer newspaper's report is the latest in a series of last-minute concerns to surface as London gets ready to host the Olympic Games from July 27 to Aug. 12.
The paper said that, since the start of the month, immigration staff at London's Heathrow Airport had missed several people on a security watch list whose arrival in the country was meant to have been reported to counter-terrorism police or Britain's domestic intelligence service.
The newspaper cited unions as suggesting that staff brought in to help relieve the pressure at Heathrow, which has faced recurring problems handling large influxes of passengers, wasn't being properly trained. Britain's Home Office declined to comment Sunday.
British authorities already are under pressure over the failure of security contractor G4S to deliver some 10,400 personnel to protect stadiums and other events. The blunder has forced the government to call in an extra 3,500 troops to guard the Games - that's over and above the 7,500 troops already promised to help out at some 100 venues and sensitive sites.
culled from dailymail.co.uk