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Lynx shower gel bottles have been slapped with security tags at a supermarket after a spate of thefts. The Co-op has taken action to tackle shoplifters thieving the 2.89 grooming product off the shelves at a branch in Stobswell, Dundee. Electronic devices have also been applied to jars of coffee and other low value items in a move branded “tragic” by charity workers and anti-poverty campaigners.
Mike Strachan, from charity Dundee The Caring City, said he wasn’t surprised by the security threat to Lynx products. He said: “It’s a sign of how desperate things are becoming . It’s a sad situation when people feel they have to steal goods just to keep clean.
“It’s the first I’ve heard of this type of thing happening, but some of the action groups are probably quite aware of this being the case.
“It’s a reflection of the system that we live in that we are having to put security tags on something which should be a basic human right — the right to be clean.”
A Co-operative food store (Photo: PA)
Local Conservative MSP Bill Bowman said: “It is a sad indictment of the level of crime in parts of Dundee that shopkeepers are having to put security tags on low value items like shower gel.”
A spokesman for The Co-op said: “As part of our security measures we vary the range of products that we apply security tags to in order to deter criminal activity.
“We work closely with the police, and explore a range of security measures to deter theft and to increase the likelihood of convictions.
“This can include security tags on a range of products.”
Lynx, owned Unilever, is marketed “towards the young male demographic”.
Stobswell was listed as one of the highest crime areas in Scotland in the 2012 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and in the bottom fifth in the country for deprivation generally.
Last Updated: 23/12/16 8:56am
Melbourne Cricket Ground, which hosts the traditional Boxing Day Test
Cricket Australia has assured fans that security will be tight for the traditional Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Australia will begin Monday’s second Test against Pakistan with a one-nil lead in the three-match series, which follows a foiled terror plot targeting prominent sites in Melbourne. Counter-terrorism police and Australia’s domestic spy agency in Victoria recently conducted overnight raids on homes in the suburbs of Melbourne where they arrested six men and a woman. With obvious concerns over the historic fixture, which starts on December 26, Cricket Australia’s chief executive James Sutherland said: “Our security team is in contact with the relevant authorities to ensure we have the appropriate level of security at the Boxing Day Test and other cricket matches being held around the country.
“The safety and security of our fans, players and officials attending any cricket match is our number one priority. “We applaud Victoria Police for their efforts this morning in neutralising the threat and we will continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure the highest security standards and protocols are maintained.” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised counter-terrorism police for foiling the ‘Islamist terrorist plot’ planning to target iconic locations on Christmas Day1. He said: “This is one of the most substantial terrorist plots that have been disrupted over the last several years. “They have been thwarted . They are in custody .
They are no longer a threat to Australians’ security.
“What these criminals seek to do is to kill, but they also seek to frighten us, to cower us into abandoning our Australian way of life, they want to frighten and divide Australians.”
A former Argos security guard has ended the 22-year rule of the president of Gambia in a shock election victory. Despite being unknown on the political scene just six months ago, Adama Barrow comfortably defeated longtime leader Yahya Jammeh. It is understood Mr Jammeh, who had previously vowed to rule for “a billion years”, will be releasing a statement to concede leadership of the West African nation. Declaring Mr Barrow president for the next five years, Alieu Momarr Njai, head of Gambia’s electoral commission, called for peace and tolerance following the initial shock. “There will be celebrations, there will be disappointment, but we all know we are all Gambia,” he said. Mr Barrow won by 263,515 votes – 45% of the total – while Mr Jammeh finished second with 36%. The father-of-five was thrust into the limelight following the jailing of top officials from the United Democratic Party in July, with eight opposition parties joining forces to put him forward as a unifying figure. He now owns an estate agency but lived in Britain for three-and-a-half years when he was younger, working as a security guard for Argos in London, where he developed a love for Arsenal Football Club. Gambians voted for him on Thursday by placing marbles into drums marked for each candidate.
Mr Jammeh had been confident of winning, saying his victory was all but assured by God while predicting “the biggest landslide in the history of the country”. Omar Amadou Jallow, an opposition leader for the People’s Progressive Party, said the result will delight Gambians. He said: “We are happy to be free . We are able to free the Gambian people from the clutches of dictatorship, and we are now going to make sure Gambia becomes a bastion of peace and coalition. “Our foundation will be based on national reconciliation.” Mr Jammeh came to power in a coup in 1994 and swept elections in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 after a 2002 constitutional amendment removed presidential term limits. Human rights groups have accused Mr Jammeh of ordering the deaths of countless political opponents as well as targeting journalists and homosexuals.