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Revealed: Why security was heightened at Chester hotel over weekend

People driving past Chester1 s Doubletree by Hilton Hotel2 may have wondered if someone famous was staying there after barriers and a security guard were positioned by the entrance over the weekend.

But The Chronicle understands the real reason was because a traveller caravan arrived in the car park of the hotel which is based near Hoole3 roundabout, just off the M53 turn-off.

Hotel management were concerned in case other caravans were about to descend so stationed a security guard on the entrance.

Security was stepped up at Doubletree by Hilton, Chester, after a travellers’ caravan turned up in the hotel car park.

The hotel was open to guests and the public as usual with a wedding held on Saturday. There were rumours a legal order had been obtained directing the travellers to leave yesterday (Sunday) . The caravan has now gone.

General manager Edward Cross did not wish to comment but today confirmed it was business as usual .

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Justin Bieber stayed at the Steppingstone residence in Hill Road North on Helsby Hill while his crew were based at the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester.

Speculation the heightened security was due to a famous guest is unsurprising because 12 months ago a film crew working for global superstar Justin Bieber4 stayed at the Doubletree sparking rumours the man himself was in residence during his three-date gig at Manchester Arena.

It soon transpired Bieber was staying down the road in a 4.75m futuristic underground house on Helsby Hill, near Helsby5 , complete with helipad, indoor pool and football pitch.

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References

  1. ^ Chester (www.chesterchronicle.co.uk)
  2. ^ Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (www.chesterchronicle.co.uk)
  3. ^ Hoole (www.chesterchronicle.co.uk)
  4. ^ Justin Bieber (www.chesterchronicle.co.uk)
  5. ^ Helsby (www.chesterchronicle.co.uk)

Gang admits robbing security van and trying to rip cashpoints out of shops

A gang have admitted robbing a security van and trying to steal cashpoint machines from two Coop stores in Devon. The group targeted free standing ATM machines which are often placed close to the doors and windows of larger Coop shops. They broke into the stores at Dartmouth and Paignton and tried to use Land Rovers or vans to drag the machines out of the building.

The men were caught on CCTV as their attempts ended in failure and they were forced to flee without the ATMs or the cash they contained in the raids at Dartmouth and Cherry Brook, Paignton. A pair of brothers from Liverpool, who took part in the raids, went on to hold up a security van in Brixham in May last year and snatch 14,000.

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The six men all admitted playing some part in the series of raids, which sparked a major police operation last year. Jonny Vaughan, aged 21, of Lyme Grove, Liverpool; Robin Vaughan Junior, aged 27, of Huyton and Peter Atkinson, aged 18, of Scotchbarn Lane, Prescot, Merseyside all admitted conspiracy to rob a G4S security guard of 14,000 in Brixham in May 2016.

James Brewer, aged 35, of Brookwood Street, Liverpool, Ian Harris, aged 36, of Hele Road, Torquay; Frederick Pearce, aged 53, of Quinbrookes, Slough; Robin and Jonny Vaughan, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle. Judge Erik Salomonsen adjourned sentence at Exeter Crown Court until Friday of next week and released Harris and Pearce on bail. Lee Bremridge, for Harris, said his only involvement was helping to supply a VW Golf, a Land Rover, and a white van which were used in the Cherry Brook burglary.

Emily Pitts, for Pearce, said her client is currently working with addiction specialists to address a past problem with heroin and may be suitable for a drug rehabilitation order.

Tarquin McCalla, for Robin Vaughan Junior, said his client had only been involved in the robbery as a driver and had not agreed to the use of weapons or unnecessary violence.

Horrifying footage of the moment gun-toting gang attack security guards in 100000 bank robbery

A gun-toting gang 1ambushed security guards in a terrifying 100,000 bank raid in the early hours of the morning. The three masked raiders 2targeted the G4S team as they were parked at a branch of Santander in Walkden, Salford, Greater Manchester. Disguised in a Mini Cooper, the gang arrived as the security van was parked in an alley and an innocent female passerby walks past.

One of two guards then gets out from the van and starts to walk towards the entrance of the bank. The Mini pulls up at speed next to bollards near the pavement and the guard hurries towards the door of the bank, but one of gang springs from the car and tailgates him into the building.


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The robber is then quickly followed by two others. Once inside the building at the Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Bolton Road, one of the gang pressed a pistol into the guard s back after forcing him to lie on the floor.

Within 30 seconds the gang emerge from the bank and drive off. One line of inquiry is that the gang had inside information. As well as a handgun the gang were also armed with a machete.

Their red Mini was later found abandoned behind a row of shopse. The raid took place at around 1.20am on September 7 . Neither of the cash couriers were injured but were left shocked by the ordeal.

In recent weeks, Salford has also suffered another similar bank raid. Twelve days later – on Tuesday last week – two men escaped with 30,000 in another early morning bank raid in Salford. A guard was attacked outside the Royal Bank of Scotland in Mather Way, Pendleton, at the city s shopping centre.

The pair struck at 7.10am on September 19th and were armed with a crow bar.

Commenting on the Walkden raid,Sergeant Natasha Evans of GMP s Salford borough, told the Manchester Evening News3 : This was a horrifying attack, which has left the victims extremely shaken.

Thankfully no-one was injured, but that doesn t excuse the terrifying ordeal that the victims had to endure at the hands of these violent men.

I would urge anyone that was in the area at the time of the robbery that thinks they might have seen anything that could help our investigation to please get in touch.

References

  1. ^ gang (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ raiders (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ the Manchester Evening News (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)