London, Jun22 (ANI): An operation meant to stop terrorists from smuggling explosives into the Olympic Park in London by using hundreds of sniffer dogs was never carried out, resulting in a major security scandal.
The names of dog handlers on days off were allegedly put down on shift rotation so it looked like they were working, but no searches actually took place, The Sun reports.
The alleged trick may have been carried out to avoid a 500 pound fine imposed by Olympic organisers Locog for every shift G4S could not cover.
The firm whose Games security contract is worth 284 million pounds is also said to have used dogs trained only to detect drugs because of a lack of animals able to sniff out explosives.
One source said: "The point about the searches was to stop someone smuggling a bomb inside. But the reality is a lot of the searches that were meant to happen didn't take place because the dogs and their handlers were only shown on paperwork and were never actually there. This has not just happened once or twice but regularly over the past three years. It is a farce."
Two senior managers of the G4S dog section Keith Francis and Ron Anderson have been suspended by the company while it carries out an internal probe into the scandal.
The irregularities surfaced during a recent internal review by G4S, which is also supplying more than 10,000 staff for the Games and training all 23,700 personnel who will be on guard, The Sun reports. (ANI)