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Heathrow Border Staff Training Questioned
The Border Agency has been accused of allowing terror suspects on the Home Office watch list to enter the UK in the run-up to the Olympics.
A senior border officer has told The Observer newspaper that inexperienced recruits brought in from other departments and used to shorten lengthy queues are failing to carry out necessary security checks at passport control.
Speaking anonymously, the official said he was personally aware that three terror suspects, all registered on the Home Office watch list, had been waved through by staff on his shift since the start of July.
He told the paper: "It's all new faces. The rest of the staff, I have no idea where they have come from, how long they are here for, what their background is.
"These are people who have been forced by their own department to come here."
The crisis comes after the security firm G4S announced it could not provide enough security guards for the London Olympics.
The Government has had to call up 3,500 troops to meet the shortfall.
In The Observer article, the whistle-blower adds: " How many other misses have occurred?
"The missing of counterterrorism 'hits' is a huge thing but new recruits are not getting enough time to be taught."
His comments follow a report on Thursday into border staff being used at Heathrow airport for the Olympics.
John Vine, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, concluded staff with only basic training and little immigration experience were being used.
Mr Vine said some staff "remained concerned about the potential risks of employing staff on the immigration control who had received only basic training and who had no immigration background/experience."
However the Border Force insisted Mr Vine's report showed that the situation was improving.
In a statement it said: "An independent inspection published last week concluded that all staff were fully aware of the checks they needed to conduct and that all checks were being completed.
"It also acknowledged the positive addition of hundreds of extra staff deployed to meet demand, the creation of a central control room to manage resources and ongoing recruitment of more border officers.
"All contingency staff deployed to the border are fully trained and supported by experienced Border Force officers at all times.
"Border Force has already delivered real improvements at Heathrow and is transforming the way it works to deliver improved waiting times and a secure border."
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what do you think?
Oh its all coming out now isn't it!!!
Ah takes me back to a lecture I sat in on from a top anti terrorism officer who concluded with "and when the Olympics is here I won't be anywhere near this country" seems he did know his stuff.
Oh yeah? What does that expert think? All the extremists have moved to Britain to blow themselves and their families up? What are they going to do? Plant a nuclear bomb in a city which then blows up all their mosques? Blow up their own Muslim friends going to work on the London underground system? "Top anti terrorism officers" mostly have a tendency to disappear with all their colleaques at the same time in mysterious circumstances.
a border agency spokesman said: "Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah Blah" Bl---y lip service again.
Typical Tory management, everything on the cheap.
The prime minister should have the bottle to stand up and sack Mrs May she has made one mistake after the other and allways blame someone else the buck should stop at her
You nare so right.One blunder after another. She should have resigned if she had any self respect or integrity.
I've been saying that since she fled the londoners after the riots!
Time we spent some money properly defending our borders! There seems to be plenty available for foreign aid. I also wonder if proper background checks have been made on the G4S olympic security staff given the numbers of them involved and the last minute hurry to recruit more.
Jan N Andy Oakley-Hills
Should employ some true Brits and redundant soldiers to police the borders, they would ensure the proper checks were carried out!
This is farcicial. The Tories pretend to be the party for defence, but have left us virtually defenceless. They are supposed to be the party that is tough on immigration, but our borders are virtually open. I can see the Olympics being a terrorism disaster that will make the Munich Olympics seem like a sideshow.
The border agency is as bad as Judges who allow terroists and murderes to stay here. If any of those terroists are arrested they will be allowed to stay and Cameron and Osbourne will give them free houses and benefits. This Government run by Cameron, Clegg and Osbourne is the worst we have ever had.
Yet again Theresa May is nowhere to be seen....the Border Security never ending story and now the Olympics Security farce. She is in ultimate charge of these debacles and all she does is tell a load of old Bull as excuses in Parliament, then crawls back under her stone leaving everyone else to take the flack. If, and I say IF, she was an honorable person she would resign as Diamond did.
200,000,000 aircraft passengers per year through British airports? 550,000 per day. One million aircraft passengers through British airports each two days? "Passport please. Passport please. Passport please." Half a million times per day? You are all saying what? "Some terrorists seem to get through."?
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