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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.”
Police are appealing for information after a man was injured in a raid on a security van in Castle Bromwich. The robbery happened as a G4S driver was leaving the Tesco Express store on Green Lane at around 4.45pm on Friday . Police have only just released details of the raid.
The offender ran up behind the driver and grabbed the cash box from his hand as he approached his van, before running off . The driver s shoulder was injured in the attack. This follows a couple of other hold-ups – Halifax in Coventry Road, Sheldon1 was targeted in the early hours of Saturday by ram raiders.
Police said the ram raid happened between 3am and 3.25am when offenders used vehicles to smash into the front window and then stole a cash machine.
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Ram raid in Coventry Road, Sheldon
In another incident two masked offenders went into the HSBC branch off Kettlehouse Road, Kingstanding at 2.45pm on Friday and made off with cash.
Officers are investigating, but if anyone has any information, please call 101 quoting crime number 20SH/238221Z/16 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
More than 6 million in grants has now been paid out to charities, community groups and sports clubs in the West Mercia area by police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore.
The money has gone to support organisations and initiatives who are helping the commissioner achieve objectives from his police and crime plan. It is particularly focused around crime prevention and diverting people away from offending, a more cost-effective way of tackling crime. An independent audit of one PCC-funded scheme aimed at rehabilitating offenders, estimated that for every 1 spent by the commissioner, it had saved 16 from the public purse.
Grants have been awarded throughout Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin as well as Herefordshire and Worcestershire to a variety of schemes. Among them was Shrewsbury-based Axis Counselling, which received 40,000 to pilot an Independent Sexual Violence Parent Adviser Service for Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire. The money was to fund an adviser to meet a gap in services for child victims of abuse aged 0 to 10 years, meeting the police & crime plan objectives of to work in partnership to protect the most vulnerable people in our society .
Gail Naidoo, from Axis Counselling, said: By providing this specialist support service, we are seeking to provide the best possible opportunities for the child to cope and recover from the trauma of abuse. This grant has helped us to develop this work and meet the gap that currently exists in supporting children. she added.
Mr Longmore said: I ve seen the impact these grants can make, and it s really good to be able to support people who have got such dedication, knowledge and ideas to make a real difference. I ve often said that no-one knows the communities of West Mercia better than the people who live and work in them, and they are doing a huge amount to help myself and the police make the area even safer. The grants scheme provides that opportunity for voluntary and community groups.
It helps them fulfil their potential in reducing crime, harm and offending and improve their communities in the ways they want to. It is helping us create new partnerships and achieve better value for public money, because initiatives to prevent and reduce crime are much more cost-effective. It s a big step forward all round.
Home Start Herefordshire received 18,988 for their New Beginnings Domestic Abuse Project. Your Ideas Youth and Community Centre in Redditch received 19,950 for work to stop young people who are excluded from full time education from entering the criminal justice system or causing anti-social behaviour. Asha Women s Centre in Worcester received 40,000 to further develop a scheme aimed at preventing women from reoffending and working with them at an early stage.
South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership received 40,000 to contribute to the running costs of the joint CCTV monitoring.