A dad launched a shocking tirade of racist abuse at a security guard after being caught trying to steal 14 from a coffee shop’s tips jar. In a desperate bid to fuel his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Jason Palmer, 45, attempted to swipe 14.98 worth of tips from Caff Nero in St Stephens Shopping Centre.1
After he was apprehended, he went on to racially insult and threaten to kill a member of the caf s security team in a disgraceful outburst on March 15. Lisa McCormick, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court2, said: He placed his hands into the tips jar but after a security officer spotted him and tried to stop him, the defendant threw the coins on to the ground and told the officer to remove his hands from him.
With the security officer trying to restrain him, the defendant said, ‘get off me you f****** n***** . I am going to kill your daughters . I am going to slit your throat and I am going to kill you.
He also called him a black b****** and threatened to kill the security guard s mother before a PCSO came to help apprehend and restrain Palmer. After being interviewed by police, Palmer was banned from entering any retail premises in Hull city centre3 and was released on bail on March 16.
However, just two days later, the defendant assaulted a member of the security team at Sainsbury s Local in Princes Avenue4 after being ejected from the supermarket. Palmer, who had taken a drug called G , described in court as a ‘legal high’ and drunk a bottle of Bacardi, also tried to throw a bin at the security guard and launched a wave of expletives at him before being arrested.
The defendant was subsequently banned from the supermarket and released on bail for a second time . However, on March 26, Palmer stole meat from the same store. He then went on to threaten his pregnant key worker on March 27 after she asked him to leave a property he had been evicted from in Washington Street, off Beverley Road.5
Miss McCormick said: She arrived to find the defendant in the bath . He was asked to leave but he said you will have to f****** get me out from here.
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Fearing violence, the worker went into the garden so she could phone the police6 but the defendant followed armed with a metal bar before leaving on his bicycle to evade the authorities. On March 29, his crime spree came to an end after he was apprehended and placed in custody after breaking down the door of a flat. Palmer, who appeared to Hull Crown Court7 via a video link from HMP Hull, pleaded guilty to assault, theft, threatening behaviour, criminal damage and a racially aggravated section four public order offence.
Claire Holmes, who represented Palmer in court, said his life had been blighted by an addiction to drugs and alcohol. She also argued Palmer, who has a 12-year-old son, was high on drugs when he committed his spree of crimes. However, Miss Holmes said Palmer has turned his life around by gaining NVQs in prison and becoming clean after moving to a drug-free ward.
Palmer also urged Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker to not sentence him to any more time behind bars. Speaking via a video link, he said: I don t want to be like this . I want to change my life.
I took drugs and I was violent but I m not on any drugs now and I ve got a chance of going to get treatment when I get out.
I don t know why I said those things other than because I was on drink and drugs .
I know I can do it sir.
Despite this, Recorder Hill-Baker was unconvinced about Palmer s ability to reform due to his appalling criminal record as he jailed him for 12 months.
He said: History demonstrates that you have repeatedly offended on bail and while you were in breach of a community order.
It is not proportionate or reasonable to afford you the opportunity of a community sentence.
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Extra security measures will be in place this week as Belfast’s Vital festival kicks off at Boucher Road Playing Fields in the wake of recent terror attacks.
With 60,000 plus music fans expected to descend on the site this week to see Muse1 and Tiesto2 , those attending are being advised to adhere to the policies put in place by organisers who say they are mindful of recent terrorist incidents in UK and elsewhere. Rucksacks and large handbags are not permitted at the event and searches of bags will be carried out.
The PSNI3 canine unit will also be patrolling the area. Belfast Vital event controller Paul Scott has reassured the public that extra security measures will be in place in the wake of recent terror attacks.
He told Belfast Live: “We have been working with our friends at PSNI for the last number of months to ensure that persons who arrive for the gigs are safe.
“We are very mindful of what has happened both in Great Britain and elsewhere so there will be an enhanced security operation in place, there will be a fairly thorough check of persons coming in, the PSNI will be monitoring the roads coming in to ensure the safety of our patrons both inside and outside the venue.
VITAL event controller Paul Scott surveys preparation work from the stage ahead of this week’s major music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast. (Image: Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)
“Don’t be bringing rucksacks or large handbags, certainly ladies are welcome to bring a small, reasonably sized handbag but don’t be arriving with suitcases or rucksacks as you will not be permitted into the venue sadly.”
PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley is urging those attending the gigs to stay safe and follow police and security staff guidance.
“We want to make this event as safe as possible for all concerned that is our main concern . We want people to come and enjoy the event but to be safe when they are doing so.
“We’ve put all the provisions in place that we can but ultimately it’s the responsibility of those attending, we have a mixed audience of those that are under 18 and those that are allowed in under 16 with the accompaniment of an adult who must be aged over 25 and ID will be required,” he said.
PSNI drugs sniffer dog Jaz will be on duty at the VITAL music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast this week.
He continued: “When you are coming to this event we would encourage you if you are doing to drink, please drink responsibly, obviously under 18s can’t drink and where anyone comes to the event with drink or substances that they shouldn’t ave we will obviously be addressing that and you do run the risk of not being permitted into the event.
“So please come, be responsible and enjoy the event, but overall please stay safe.”
Final preparations are underway for the VITAL music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast this week. (Image: Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)
Those attending the gigs are also being advised that no car parking will be available around the Boucher Road area and so using public transport is strongly recommended. Translink is providing special coach, bus and train services for both performances on Wednesday, August 23 and Saturday, August 26. Translink’s Gemma Thompson said: “Balmoral Train Station is situated close to Boucher Playing Gields and we will enhance services throughout the day to bring people to the site.
“Coming home, late night rail services will run from Balmoral in both directions to Lisburn/Portadown and Belfast with onward connections to Carrickfergus, Bangor and Coleraine.
“These trains will operate following the concert from 10.45pm until 11.45pm subject to demand . Special return train tickets are still available to buy in the selected stations with prices from 5- 14.
“Special festival coaches will run from locations across Northern Ireland including Derry, Claudy, Dungiven, Maghera, Castledawson, Toomebridge, Newry, Banbridge, Strabane, Omagh, Ballygawley, Dungannon and Tamnamore .
Coach tickets are 17 and available to buy online only until 11am on the day of each concert.”
Pictured getting ready for the massive music gig are music fans l-r Elora Denny, Aine Kelly and Emma Lewis. (Image: Brian Morrison)
Passengers can pay on board the service, just 1.35 with a Smartlink car of 2 for a cash single fare .
Metro services to the event will be available every 12 minutes from 3.20pm-7.20pm outward and a return bus service will be available subject to demand.”
Hi-tech fingerprint readers could soon be making their way to your home thanks to a North East biometrics firm.
Newcastle s1 Ievo develops cutting-edge technology, such as fingerprint readers, that are used by large businesses in their security systems. For years biometric technology has been viewed as futuristic, and only cost-effective for the large companies but a new deal will see Ievo s fingerprint tech incorporated into Texecom s home security control systems, making them more affordable to small businesses and members of the public. Once installed in a home, residents will be able to turn their house alarm on or off simply by using their finger.
Richard Forsyth, sales manager for Ievo, said: The key here is a blend of convenience and enhanced security for high end domestic and SME users.
Numeric code PINs and fobs can be lost, forgotten or stolen whilst a fingerprint, once registered, is unique to that authorised user . Once a person s fingerprint is enrolled, and this is a very simple process using the same reader, only that user can set or disable the alarm and peripherals.
Ievo Managing Director Shaun Oakes, in North Shields (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
The fingerprint readers use state-of-the-art technology that enables users to be identified even if their hands are covered in dust or grease. The control units can also be placed outside allowing alarms to be disabled before entering a property .
The ability to be used outside is also particularly useful at industrial and construction sites, where workers can be restricted from accessing certain areas of the premises. Mr Forsyth added that, since launching the partnership, Ievo is already seeing smaller companies take up the new system. He said: We re delighted to be working with an award-winning international leader in electronic security devices and see this integration as opening up a potentially huge market for smaller and domestic systems.
With the Texecom integration now available, we are already seeing an uptake from those who previously enquired about intruder alarm integration and single door access control.
The fingerprint readers are available as part of Texecom s Premier Elite Series of control panels, which can also be used to alert the police of a break-in.