An amount of Semtex was driven on to the Grand National site by an undercover cop in a covert test before the big race back in April and was missed by a G4S sniffer dog. A security source said: ” The amount of Semtex that got on the site could have killed scores of people in the hands of terrorists. ” It’s hard to believe a multinational company responsible for this summer’s Olympics security has allowed this to happen.”
The springer spaniel had previously worked at the Olympics site but G4S has now removed it from all security work.
A G4S spokesman confirmed the dog had failed the test but said three others identified the Semtex soon after.
He added: “The dog concerned had previously had a very good track record and had passed a number of Metropolitan Police assessments, its regular monthly test and a training test earlier that day.
“Dogs play an important role in the overall security measures used to protect the public at events.
“However, dogs can make mistakes which is why they are only one of the measures we use.”
Explosives have already got on the Olympic site during similar tests by the Metropolitan Police.
There is a shortage of dog handlers licensed to train their animals with live explosives which has led to a lack of explosives-trained dogs.
Three handlers at the Olympic Park, home to the Olympic Stadium, were arrested last year for possessing explosives and drugs.
One was later convicted of possessing Class A drug cocaine.
The firm, formerly Group 4 Securicor, has provided security at the London site since 2008 as well as stadia including Wimbledon.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “It is not appropriate to comment on security measures undertaken at Aintree.”
WITH MANY THANKS TO : TOM PETTIFOR, DAILY MIRROR.
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