According to the BBC, former retired British Army infantry commander Colonel Richard Kemp said the timing of the announcement was "bizarre".
It does not seem bizarre to the UK Column, however, as it was clear from our conversations with G4S over the last couple of weeks that they were more concerned about keeping Ben Fellows' allegations quiet than the allegations themselves. G4S' media team claimed that his allegations were 99% false, and that the UK Column should be very careful about publicising them.
To date however, and despite numerous telephone calls, G4s have refused to make any formal comment about Fellows' allegations, and have so far not taken up our offer to join us on UK Column Live for a right of reply.
Ben Fellows' is an investigative journalist specialising in undercover work. His CV includes work for the Cook Report. He went undercover to persue his "Olympic dream" as G4S likes to call it, to become a member of the security team. However, he soon discovered a host of failings in the training. His allegation include:
- Security officers only receive 4 days training in total
- Uniforms going missing
- Photos takes on secure areas
- Foreign troops deployed through Woolwich Baracks
- Security scanners turned off at peak times
- No proper training for x-ray scanners
- Experienced and trained ex-military personnel not made team leaders, preferring to give the role to inexperienced trainees
- No training given in the evacuation proceedure for the stadium, but were told that they will be involved in the evacuation of London
The G4S contract is worth £535 million.
Watch Ben Fellows' appearance on UK Column Live here: