Darlington woman loses job over Olympic vetting claims

A WHISTLEBLOWER was escorted from her workplace after making claims that under-pressure staff in a North-East office were cutting corners while screening security workers applying for jobs at the London Olympics.

Data input clerk Sarah Hubble was interviewed by bosses, then told not to return, after contacting the media about her experiences at the G4S offices in Thornaby, near Stockton.

Miss Hubble, 27, from Darlington, claimed the system was creaking under the pressure of processing thousands of applications ahead of this summer’s games.

She said staff had to process a minimum of ten applications an hour, with so many applications submitted that the documents were piled up in corners.

The whistleblower told ITV’s North-East Tonight programme that despite having access to personal information, including passport details, bank account information, national insurance cards, driving licences and identity cards, she had never had a criminal records check herself.

She said: “It was an absolute shambles – you had people vetting potential employees who had not been vetted themselves.”

After a report was screened on the television news, Miss Hubble, who was employed through employment agency Reed, said she was quizzed for two-and-a-half hours by several G4S directors.

After initially denying she contacted the media, Miss Hubble said she admitted it was her when the company found evidence of her contact with a journalist on her phone, which bosses examined in detail.

The former Haughton Community School pupil said her experiences had prompted her to pursue a career in journalism.

“I got a taste of what journalism could be like and I loved every single second of it, so much so that I want more,” she said.

G4S said the company took the integrity of its screening and vetting very seriously and investigated any alleged breach immediately.

A spokesman said the firm did not comment on individual cases.

However, he added: “We are aware of the false allegations made by an individual who was temporarily engaged through a local employment agency to carry out data entry duties at our Stockton screening centre.”

Last night, Reed said the temporary worker had not been dismissed by them.

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7:21pm Sat 2 Jun 12

spragger says...

It would be interesting to see if her allegations had any truth in them

The more you hear about the Olympics the more it seems to stink ..

No tickets for the public, Zil lanes, huge overspend, that piece of expensive art, Visa ATM's, THFC & West ham fracas over the Stadium. Massive overspend, Coe's ego, The one trick pony to play for Team GB

Lets call it the Patronage Games. . .
It would be interesting to see if her allegations had any truth in them The more you hear about the Olympics the more it seems to stink .. No tickets for the public, Zil lanes, huge overspend, that piece of expensive art, Visa ATM's, THFC & West ham fracas over the Stadium. Massive overspend, Coe's ego, The one trick pony to play for Team GB Lets call it the Patronage Games. . . spragger
  • Score: 8

9:59am Sun 3 Jun 12

Homshaw1 says...

There seem to be no tickets for the general public but lots of companies advertising them as competition prizes.

I'm sick of paying for things out of my taxes that are of dubious benefit. Part of Greece's problems can be traced back to the Olympics
There seem to be no tickets for the general public but lots of companies advertising them as competition prizes. I'm sick of paying for things out of my taxes that are of dubious benefit. Part of Greece's problems can be traced back to the Olympics Homshaw1
  • Score: 5

10:50am Sun 3 Jun 12

watchingtheworld says...

I would be interested to know under what authority they examined her phone, surely a complaint to the police of interception of communication should sort the matter out!
I would be interested to know under what authority they examined her phone, surely a complaint to the police of interception of communication should sort the matter out! watchingtheworld
  • Score: 7

11:30am Sun 3 Jun 12

robbiejay says...

Speaking personally, the only dealings I've had with G4S have always shown them to be a right shower!
Speaking personally, the only dealings I've had with G4S have always shown them to be a right shower! robbiejay
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Sun 3 Jun 12

the-big-yin says...

she should report them to the police and to our so called home secretary.......
if there are failings in the selection process and security screening of applicants then we can guarantee there will be a terrorist attempt to disrupt the olympics...whoops i mean the LONDON olympics....
if there is then g4s should be taken to court and sent down for any attrocities that may happen.....
she should report them to the police and to our so called home secretary....... if there are failings in the selection process and security screening of applicants then we can guarantee there will be a terrorist attempt to disrupt the olympics...whoops i mean the LONDON olympics.... if there is then g4s should be taken to court and sent down for any attrocities that may happen..... the-big-yin
  • Score: 3

8:31am Mon 4 Jun 12

oliviaden6 says...

Give this person a medal for being a whistle blower on this ocassion> Its madness to cut corners on security of any sort or have these people put them selves on another planet, there are to many people out there trying to get into and on the band wagon so as to cause death and destruction.
Give this person a medal for being a whistle blower on this ocassion> Its madness to cut corners on security of any sort or have these people put them selves on another planet, there are to many people out there trying to get into and on the band wagon so as to cause death and destruction. oliviaden6
  • Score: 4

12:44pm Mon 4 Jun 12

entitled opinion says...

Good on her for speaking out. I just hope that it was not malicious but what would she have to gain by speaking out. She should definately look into the fact that they looked through her phone because even the police are not allowed to do it unless strict proceedures are followed. Something tells me that her bosses had no right to go through her phone. It also appears that she may have been dismissed unfairly. I would be paying a visit to my solicitor if it was me.
Good on her for speaking out. I just hope that it was not malicious but what would she have to gain by speaking out. She should definately look into the fact that they looked through her phone because even the police are not allowed to do it unless strict proceedures are followed. Something tells me that her bosses had no right to go through her phone. It also appears that she may have been dismissed unfairly. I would be paying a visit to my solicitor if it was me. entitled opinion
  • Score: 3

11:29am Wed 27 Jun 12

Ian Fantom says...

This story ties up with a more recent account of an undercover investigative journalist who signed up for training with G4S and has reported dire concerns about the shambles he found during his training. He was interviewed on 22 June in a local radio station in Bristol, BCfm, in their Friday Drivetime slot (http://radio4all.ne
t/index.php/program/
60932). It's well worth listening to – click on the Download icon right at the bottom of the page. It's also available on the BCfm website (http://bcfm.org.uk/
category/shows/frida
y-drivetime).
This story ties up with a more recent account of an undercover investigative journalist who signed up for training with G4S and has reported dire concerns about the shambles he found during his training. He was interviewed on 22 June in a local radio station in Bristol, BCfm, in their Friday Drivetime slot (http://radio4all.ne t/index.php/program/ 60932). It's well worth listening to – click on the Download icon right at the bottom of the page. It's also available on the BCfm website (http://bcfm.org.uk/ category/shows/frida y-drivetime). Ian Fantom
  • Score: -1

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