G4S Olympic guard investigated after 'spitting at soldier and calling him baby killer'
From The Telegraph and The Sun
The G4S worker (believed to be of Asian heritage) is reported to have “flipped” during a London 2012 archery competition at the Lord’s cricket ground, “screaming” at a veteran (from 35 Engineers) of the Afghan war.
According to the Sun newspaper, the firm are now conducting an urgent investigation into the matter, with the security guard facing the sack.
A source said: “This security guard was ranting and raving at the soldier He was trying to defuse the situation but the guard was going crazy. He spat at the soldier and screamed at him. He was calling him a baby killer. He left the soldier in no doubt he meant he’d been responsible for children’s deaths while serving in Afghanistan. Despite the provocation, the soldier remained ice cool and didn’t lose his calm. Some of their respective colleagues arrived and the guard was removed.”
A spokesman for G4S confirmed an investigation into the incident was already underway. Scotland Yard yesterday said no criminal allegations had been made. G4S added the soldier had asked to search the guard prior to the incident, during the Italy vs United States archery contest, but did not disclose why.
The firm said: “We are urgently investigating allegations that a security officer spat on the ground in front of a soldier and insulted him after he was searched. We do not tolerate insulting behaviour and where necessary appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”
Ex-Helmand commander Colonel Richard Kemp said: “This is an absolute disgrace. A soldier shouldn’t have to put up with this terrible insult. If there’s any possibility of a prosecution, then it should go ahead.” G4S are understood to be waiting to see if the soldier makes a complaint.
Posted on 07/30/2012 2:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
30 Jul 2012
Empty seats; soldiers doing civilian's jobs; civilian security guards spitting at soldiers. All can be explained by the multi-culti approach of LOCOG:
“We aim to make diversity and inclusion a key differentiator of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's not simply about recruiting a diverse workforce, it's about the suppliers, competitors, officials and spectators – in fact, everyone connected with the Games, from the security guards to the bus drivers.”