THE Olympics security fiasco sparked more chaos last night as the spectacular Opening Ceremony was dramatically SLASHED.
The £27million extravaganza was chopped by half an hour because of fears of delays at G4S checkpoints and a travel shambles.
Several scenes have been shortened in the middle of rehearsals.
And one — involving daredevil flaming stunt bikes — has been axed altogether. Bosses took the decision to meddle with the timetable in the wake of the astonishing failure by security firm G4S to provide enough guards — which has forced the Government to call in the Army. A London 2012 source said: “The show has been cut because of fears that the checkpoints couldn’t cope with the huge rush in and out of the stadium.”
The stunning pageant, masterminded by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, is expected to be seen by a worldwide TV audience of ONE BILLION. Tickets to see it live cost up to £2,012. It will transform the Olympic Stadium into rolling British countryside, complete with live farmyard animals.
The source added: “It’s not just crowds of fans, athletes and performers G4S and our soldiers will have to cope with — it’s dozens of live animals as well.