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Olympic failings set to cost G4S €94m

Three British police forces are considering abandoning a multi-million-pound contract with G4S following the firm's Olympic security failings.

The chief constables of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police met yesterday to discuss plans to switch 1,100 back-office posts to the security contractor.

Police authority members have expressed concerns that they can no longer have confidence in the contractor following headlines over the shortfall in Olympic security staff.

G4S defended its track record of working with police forces, saying this operation was "entirely separate from Olympic security".

The three forces last month opted to work with G4S in a bid to save £73m (€94m) by outsourcing support functions.

But G4S has since admitted failings over the Olympic security contract which led to police and 3,500 troops being deployed.

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