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Man in court after assaulting security guards at NASS Festival

A man who became involved in a struggle with two security guards at a Shepton Mallet 1festival after being found without a wristband pass ended up assaulting them both. Ceri Williams was seen by the two members of staff at the NASS festival at the Bath and West Showground trying to enter one of the gates without wearing a security wristband. He had been drinking and taking cocaine, LDS, ecstasy and cannabis and then became abusive and ran away but was chased and taken to the ground.

While lashing about, the defendant then struck one of the security officers on the head and spat at another one, Somerset Magistrates were told.

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Williams, 29, of Glynderi, Glanaman, Camarthenshire, pleaded guilty to assaulting Malcolm Dingle and Oliver Dann by beating them on July 8 when he appeared before the court at Yeovil. Prosecutor Julyan Stephens said that the two victims were working as security guards at the National Action Sports Show at the Bath and West Showground and attendees needed to wear a wristband to gain entry.

Williams was seen trying to get into Gate 6 without wearing a wristband and accepted he was intoxicated and then became aggressive asking them what they were doing, he said.

He then ran away and the guards pursued him and took him to the ground with some force but he continued to struggle.

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He was told to calm down but was upset and whilst flailing his arms he connected with the temple of Mr Dann causing him to fall to the floor.

The defendant continued to struggle and other security staff arrived and some spittle landed on Mr Dingle s hand. When Williams was interviewed by police he said he went to the festival and paid 187 to get in and had been given a wristband but could not remember what happened to it.

He said he had taken some cannabis, ecstasy, LSD, cocaine and alcohol and only remembered being held on the floor and he was struggling to try and get them off of him as he couldn t breathe. Defending solicitor Sue Cameron said that Williams said that after being taken to the ground Williams was being restrained face down and in pain when he recklessly assaulted the two men.

He recklessly spat at one of them as he was shaking his head and spit just happened to land on his hand, she said.

He did not deliberately punch the other guard but was flailing his arms around and accepts he may have connected with his head.

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She said that the defendant only used drugs recreationally at places such as festivals, and drugs and alcohol were freely available at this event despite security being in place to prevent it.

There is no dispute that he had taken drugs and alcohol and no doubt that this had an impact on the way he behaved, however he says he did purchase a wristband and did not know how it came off, she said.

However he does concede that because he was not wearing a wristband, that is why the incident occurred. She said Williams was remorseful and wanted to apologise for taking up the time of the police, he courts and the security staff.

The magistrates fined the defendant 80 for each offence of assault and ordered him to pay 50 compensation to both of them .

Costs of 85 and a 30 victim surcharge were also imposed.

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Security for Trump’s summer visit ruffles tranquil New Jersey town

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) – Three military helicopters hovered over Anne Choi’s backyard, engaged in what appeared to be a drill ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit three weeks ago to this tranquil town of farmland and horse barns in rural New Jersey.

“My sheep were terrified,” Choi, 44, said on Thursday inside her two-story barn a mile east of Trump National Golf Club, as half a dozen Shetland sheep grazed outside. “It’s awful . We don’t have the infrastructure here . We can’t support the weight of his presence.”

As Bedminster prepared this week for the president’s latest trip to the 600-acre (240-hectare) private club, a 17-day stay that is his first extended vacation in office, some of the town’s 8,000 residents expressed frustration at the security protocols, road closures and daily disruption that will begin with his arrival on Friday.

On Wednesday, the U.S .

Secret Service said safety measures would also include a “tethered drone,” equipped with optical and infrared cameras and powered by a wire attached to a ground controller, that could impede on the privacy of nearby residences.

“It’s super creepy,” said Julie Henderson, an artist who lives down the road from Trump National, as two military helicopters roared overhead before circling and heading back towards the golf club.

The Secret Service said the drone would focus primarily on the outer perimeter and would not “physically intrude upon or disturb the use of private property outside the Trump National Golf Course.”

Trump’s movements can also lead to the closure of local roads and highways . Julie Henderson’s husband, Paul Henderson, said he has twice been stuck on an Interstate on his way to work while Trump’s motorcade used the highway.

Not everyone in this town about 40 miles (60 km) west of New York City agrees Trump’s visit will be a nuisance . Steve Desiderio, who owns a restaurant and catering business in Bedminster’s modest downtown, said the influx of federal agents and journalists would be a welcome boost to his business.

Desiderio, a 48-year-old Trump supporter, added that complaints about the disruption were overblown and media-driven.

“It’s just fake news,” he said, echoing one of the president’s favourite phrases. “They try to spin it like it’s gridlock . So there are five more cars at the stoplight?”

FILE PHOTO -U.S . President Donald Trump departs in his motorcade after a weekend at his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S . May 7, 2017.Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Bedminster’s Republican mayor, Steven Parker, also brushed off the criticism.

“It’s really been a big non-event,” he said.

Some residents said Trump has been a generous neighbour in past years, allowing local events to be hosted at his club . As in previous years, the township committee held its annual reorganization meeting in 2017 at Trump National, where Parker was selected to continue as mayor.

While Trump’s visit may help the town’s eateries, it will shut down the local airport, where 110 private planes and 60 flight school students will be grounded from Aug .

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“Our summertime is our busiest time,” said Somerset Airport President Chris Walker, as a Coast Guard helicopter landed on the runway in preparation for the weekend. “We’re just rolling with the punches.”

About half of the planes were being moved to other airports outside the 10-mile (16-km) no-fly zone, Stewart said . Some workers will be sent home until Trump returns to Washington.

Trump has also drawn local protesters, both for and against him . Anti-Trump activists have been staging a weekly “People’s Motorcade,” driving slowly down the road past Trump National and honking their horns.

The town’s administrator, Judith Sullivan, said they were more of a distraction for her 16-member police department than the president, though they have largely been well behaved.

She hopes to recoup the $30,000 in overtime for officers working during Trump’s visit from the U.S .

government.

Choi, who moved to Bedminster from Maryland two years ago, said she likely would not have chosen her house had she known the “summer White House” would be only a mile away.

“Even if you agree with his politics, I think we can all agree that this is not what we bargained for,” she said.

Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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