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Security at Download and Little Mix gig stepped up in wake of Manchester terror attack

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Organisers of Leicestershire’s Download rock festival have reassured fans that security has been stepped up in the wake of the Manchester terror attack. The three-day event, in Castle Donington, runs from Friday to Sunday, June 9-11. Traditionally, Leicestershire Police2 are closely involved in its planning and officers remain on the site throughout, with an emphasis on public safety and crime prevention.

However, there has been a greater emphasis placed on counter-terror measures this year as a result of the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena last month.

In a statement on the Download website, organisers Festival Republic said: “We are all in complete admiration of how the city of Manchester has responded and the true sense of community that has been felt around the country, and in fact the world. “Our priority is, and always will be, making you safe at our festivals and events. “We must all remain vigilant and stay strong together.

Read more: Million pound drugs gang and its Leicester members jailed for more than 100 years3 Security At Download And Little Mix Gig Stepped Up In Wake Of Manchester Terror Attack “Since then, we have consulted with personnel at the very highest level and all the relevant police and security groups as we carry on with the preparation for this festival season.

“On top of the conversations this week, these talks will continue right up until the festivals and onwards. “We talk regularly with the authorities and share intelligence throughout the festival season in order to protect our fans. “The festival perimeter, arena, backstage and offsite areas are all robustly controlled and managed by security experts.

“Festivals are what we do . The hundreds of staff working on these events know them inside out and have been working on them for many years.” A spokesman for Music Plus Sport, which is promoting an outdoor concert by Little Mix, at Donington Park on Saturday, July 1 said: “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of all those attending our events.

“For obvious reasons we can’t discuss the details of security procedures, but we work closely with our policing and security partners to deliver safe events to be enjoyed by all.” Read more: Leicester taxi drivers report anti-Muslim abuse after Manchester bombing
4 Security At Download And Little Mix Gig Stepped Up In Wake Of Manchester Terror Attack

In a statement in the days of the Manchester attack, Leicestershire Police said: “Detailed discussions will also be taking place with the managers of key sporting and entertainment venues and with the organisers of public events due to be held in the coming weeks, to ensure proportionate security arrangements are in place to protect the public.” The One Love Manchester concert is to take place on Sunday. Ariana Grande, Little Mix and Justin Bieber are among the stars at Sunday’s concert, which will benefit the victims of the suicide bombing.

Fans who were at Grande’s show on the night of the attack have been offered free places to the benefit gig.

References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Leicestershire Police (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ Million pound drugs gang and its Leicester members jailed for more than 100 years (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Leicester taxi drivers report anti-Muslim abuse after Manchester bombing (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)

Thieves attack Tesco security guard in Loughborough before brandishing large knife outside store

Two thieves involved in attacking a security guard and brandishing a large kitchen knife outside a store, were later caught when staff recognised them on Facebook, a court heard. Ben Rowland punched the victim so hard it knocked him to the ground and caused multiple fractures to his eye socket. Co-accused, Luke Parker, then frightened other members of staff, causing them to flee by waving a large kitchen knife at them, Leicester Crown Court1 was told.

Rowland (27), of Alpine Drive, Thurmaston, Leicester, was jailed for a total of two years.

He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on July 1. Read more: Man found dead in grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary
2 Parker (25), of Manor Road, East Leake, who admitted possessing an offensive weapon, was given a two year jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work and was told to pay 1,000 court costs.

Both admitted joint theft of a bottle of whisky from a branch of Tesco in Loughborough3, which resulted in the violence.

‘He punched him hard to the face, knocking him over’

Thieves Attack Tesco Security Guard In Loughborough Before Brandishing Large Knife Outside Store James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said the defendants were attempting to leave the store, after Parker concealed the whisky down his trousers. Parker became aggressive when security staff attempted to detain him but he ran out of another exit and was seen to put something in the back of a car, which was driven a short distance.

Mr Bide-Thomas said: “Parker and Rowland walked after the car and a security guard took hold of Rowland who punched him hard to the face, knocking him over and causing pain and a nosebleed.” Read more: Police seize cannabis plants from house in West End, Leicester4 The guard suffered multiple fractures to his orbital bone.

He was treated in hospital and had to take time off work.

‘He waved a knife at other members of staff’

Mr Bide-Thomas said: “Parker intervened to assist Rowland and produced a large carving knife, about 12 inches long, and waved it at other members of staff, who were afraid they were about to be hurt and retreated into the store. “Both defendants were later identified by staff using Facebook.” Rowland, who appeared in court via a live video link from HMP Leicester, also admitted common assault upon three women at a house party he was refused entry to, in March last year, and accepted the offending put him in breach of a suspended sentence for an earlier theft.

Read more: ‘Callous’ burglar stole from two elderly women – aged 96 and 87
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‘You’ve been habitually violent’

Judge Nicholas Dean QC told Rowland: “You assaulted a security guard when he was carrying out public responsibilities, stolen from Tesco with Parker. “You’ve been habitually violent in the past and your record is very poor. “You have difficulty controlling your temper even when provoked in a relatively mild way.

“I’ve read a letter from your partner which shows there’s another side to you. Sentencing Parker, the judge said he recognised that he had moved to a different area to escape negative influences, had put offending behind him and was settled into full-time employment. Read more: Man bludgeoned in hammer attack tells of ‘calculated cruelty’ which nearly killed him6

He said because of Parker’s recent progress he would suspended the sentence in his case.

In mitigation, defence counsel said both men now displayed a greater level of maturity and intended keeping out of future trouble.

References

  1. ^ Leicester Crown Court (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Man found dead in grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ Loughborough (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Police seize cannabis plants from house in West End, Leicester (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  5. ^ ‘Callous’ burglar stole from two elderly women – aged 96 and 87 (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  6. ^ Man bludgeoned in hammer attack tells of ‘calculated cruelty’ which nearly killed him (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)

Thieves attack Tesco security guard in Loughborough before …

Two thieves involved in attacking a security guard and brandishing a large kitchen knife outside a store, were later caught when staff recognised them on Facebook, a court heard. Ben Rowland punched the victim so hard it knocked him to the ground and caused multiple fractures to his eye socket. Co-accused, Luke Parker, then frightened other members of staff, causing them to flee by waving a large kitchen knife at them, Leicester Crown Court1 was told.

Rowland (27), of Alpine Drive, Thurmaston, Leicester, was jailed for a total of two years.

He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on July 1. Read more: Man found dead in grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary
2 Parker (25), of Manor Road, East Leake, who admitted possessing an offensive weapon, was given a two year jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work and was told to pay 1,000 court costs.

Both admitted joint theft of a bottle of whisky from a branch of Tesco in Loughborough3, which resulted in the violence.

‘He punched him hard to the face, knocking him over’

Thieves Attack Tesco Security Guard In Loughborough Before ... James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said the defendants were attempting to leave the store, after Parker concealed the whisky down his trousers. Parker became aggressive when security staff attempted to detain him but he ran out of another exit and was seen to put something in the back of a car, which was driven a short distance.

Mr Bide-Thomas said: “Parker and Rowland walked after the car and a security guard took hold of Rowland who punched him hard to the face, knocking him over and causing pain and a nosebleed.” Read more: Police seize cannabis plants from house in West End, Leicester4 The guard suffered multiple fractures to his orbital bone.

He was treated in hospital and had to take time off work.

‘He waved a knife at other members of staff’

Mr Bide-Thomas said: “Parker intervened to assist Rowland and produced a large carving knife, about 12 inches long, and waved it at other members of staff, who were afraid they were about to be hurt and retreated into the store. “Both defendants were later identified by staff using Facebook.” Rowland, who appeared in court via a live video link from HMP Leicester, also admitted common assault upon three women at a house party he was refused entry to, in March last year, and accepted the offending put him in breach of a suspended sentence for an earlier theft.

Read more: ‘Callous’ burglar stole from two elderly women – aged 96 and 87
5

‘You’ve been habitually violent’

Judge Nicholas Dean QC told Rowland: “You assaulted a security guard when he was carrying out public responsibilities, stolen from Tesco with Parker. “You’ve been habitually violent in the past and your record is very poor. “You have difficulty controlling your temper even when provoked in a relatively mild way.

“I’ve read a letter from your partner which shows there’s another side to you. Sentencing Parker, the judge said he recognised that he had moved to a different area to escape negative influences, had put offending behind him and was settled into full-time employment. Read more: Man bludgeoned in hammer attack tells of ‘calculated cruelty’ which nearly killed him6

He said because of Parker’s recent progress he would suspended the sentence in his case.

In mitigation, defence counsel said both men now displayed a greater level of maturity and intended keeping out of future trouble.

References

  1. ^ Leicester Crown Court (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Man found dead in grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ Loughborough (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Police seize cannabis plants from house in West End, Leicester (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  5. ^ ‘Callous’ burglar stole from two elderly women – aged 96 and 87 (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  6. ^ Man bludgeoned in hammer attack tells of ‘calculated cruelty’ which nearly killed him (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)