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A man who had drunk 20 pints of Stella bit a security guard in the leg after clashing with a bus driver at Paragon Interchange. Anthony Anderson, 43, told police1 he downed the lager “because he’d had some bad family news”. He claimed he was standing up for a friend on the bus who was being “picked on”, but his confrontation with the driver led him being spoken to by security guards at the station, Hull Magistrates’ Court2 heard.
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Prosecutor Colette Dixon said Anderson became aggressive and “squared up to the complainant”, who was joined by a colleague in trying to eject him.
But the situation “escalated” and the pair ended up “wrestling” on the ground, where Anderson bit him on the leg and punched him in the face . The victim managed to radio British Transport Police, who came and arrested Anderson. The guard suffered a bruised and swollen lip, and red marks and bruises on his leg where he had been bitten, Mrs Dixon said – to which Anderson sat shaking his head at the back of court. Anderson, of Rothesay Avenue, west Hull, was searched and found in possession of a small amount of herbal cannabis, which was accepted was for his personal use.
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In police interview on May 21 last year, the day after the incident, Anderson – “to his credit” – said he had been drinking all day with a friend. Mrs Dixon said: “He said he’d drunk 20 pints of Stella because he’d had some bad family news, and that was why he was drinking . He did accept there was an altercation on the bus with another male.”
Asked about the shouting and swearing when he got off the bus, Anderson said he felt “intimidated” by the security guards, and said they had sworn at him, which he “didn’t think was reasonable, and that made him angry”. Anderson said he had tried to bite the security guard because he was “frightened”, and also claimed he had been punched in the face and stomach while on the ground.
He admitted assault by beating and possessing cannabis. Robin Smith, for Anderson, said: “I accept this was an unpleasant incident and one where the security officer was injured.
“He apologises for his behaviour on that particular evening . He was heavily in drink .
He was trying to assist a friend of his who was being picked on on the bus; he let his temper get the better of him.”
Anderson received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work, and pay 100 compensation, as well as 85 costs and a 105 surcharge .
The money will be deducted from his benefits at 10 a fortnight.
Knives, cameras and alcohol are all among the items to have been seized by security staff at courts in Hull this year. A total of 504 objects were confiscated following routine checks on everyone entering Hull Crown Court1 and Hull County Court between the start of January and the end of October. The findings, revealed after a Freedom of Information request submitted to the Ministry of Justice by the Mail, showed that 61 blades were among offending items, all of which were less than three inches in length.
This was in addition to a further 13 objects classified in the figures as “sharps”.
Hull Crown Court (Image: Phil Dawes)
A total of 36 cameras were confiscated, along with 16 recording devices and eight alcoholic drinks . More than 70 per cent of the items were categorised as “other”. As part of security procedures, anyone who enters a court building has to empty their pockets and walk through an electronic scanner, similar to those used at airports. Taking pictures or any video or audio recording of anything on a court premises is a serious offence and can result in up to five years in prison.
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“The system includes mandatory bag searches, the use of modern security searching equipment and surveillance cameras, as well as court security officers with the powers to restrain and remove people from the building should there be a need.
“Our security system is continually monitored to ensure that it is effective and proportionate and mitigates’ against the risks faced.”
The MOD says the following action is taken by security officers when confiscating illegal items:
- If a knife is deemed legal to own, the person wanting his or her knife returned is required to write to the court and request its return with 28 days . This practice applies, for example, where somebody might attend court and have a penknife in his or her possession .
If the item is not collected it will then be handed into the police to be destroyed.
- Fixed blade knives are reported to the police immediately.
- Genuine firearms and replica firearms are reported to the police immediately.
- Items such as tools, cameras, recording equipment, alcohol and other items are only retained for the period their owners are at court .
Afterwards, these items are returned to their owners.”
Items seized at Hull Crown Court
Knives – 61
Cameras – 36
Recorders – 16
Alcoholic drinks – 8
Sharps – 13
Drugs – 0
Firearms – 0
Others – 360
The amount of money spent protecting MPs has increased by more than 2 million since the murder of Jo Cox, figures have shown. Information published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) shows that 170,576.24 was spent on security assistance in 2015/16. This sum increased 15-fold to 2,550,954.22 in 2016/17, IPSA said. Ruth Evans, chair of the authority, said: “Following the tragic events of June 2016, there was a big increase in the total expenditure on security, rising to 2.5 million during this year.
“It is important that we take the security of MPs, and that of their families and their staff, very seriously.” IPSA said a standard package of security measures is available to all MPs that has been recommended by security advisers and the police. Enhanced measures can be offered to MPs upon recommendation by the police, the authority added. Ms Cox was murdered by right-wing extremist Thomas Mair as she arrived to host a surgery in her Batley and Spen constituency last June.
Earlier this year, a coat of arms was unveiled in Parliament to honour the Labour MP.
Inspired by her maiden speech, the plaque bears the motto “More in Common”, with elements to show off her love of rivers and mountains and her support for women, as well as four red roses to represent each of her family members, two red for Labour and two white for Yorkshire.