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Ed Sheeran and U2 cancel St Louis shows over security concerns

Ed Sheeran1 and U2 cancelled their shows in St .

Louis2 over the weekend due to security concerns, amid ongoing protests following the acquittal of a white former police officer charged with murdering a black man. U2 were booked to play The Dome at America’s Center on Saturday 16 September, while singer-songwriter Sheeran was supposed to perform a sold-out show at the Scottrade Center. However, police said they could not guarantee the typical level of security for a gig as protests continued in the city.

U2 frontman Bono3 said he was ‘deeply saddened” at the events in St Louis.

“I found myself reading Dr King’s speech from the National Cathedral and asking myself is this 1968 or 2017?” he said.

A statement from Live Nation, U2’s concert promoter, said: “We have been informed by the St Louis police department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event this size.

“We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.”

An additional post on the band’s website said they “cannot in good conscience risk our fans’ safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert.

“As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment.”

The promoters of Sheeran’s tour also said they were concerned with fan safety due to an insufficient police presence.

“With the safety of the fans being of upmost concern, and after consulting with local officials who could not fully commit to providing a sufficient amount of police and other city services support, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel Sunday night’s show,” Messing Touring Group4 said in a statement.

“While we regret to have had to come to this decision, we do look forward to returning to St Louis as soon as Ed’s schedule will allow in 2018.”

Tickets for both concerts will be refunded.

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Cake slicers, pen knives and Buckfast among items seized by security staff at courts since 2014

CAKE slices, pen knives and bottles of Buckfast were among items seized from people going into Northern Ireland courthouses in the past three years. The figures, released in a Freedom of Information request to The Irish News, cover objects confiscated by security staff at courts since 2014. Items were seized at just three of the north’s courthouses; Coleraine, Dungannon and Omagh. The G4S firm provide security at courts in Northern Ireland and data on items seized has been recorded since April 2014. A court security officer can ask for an item to be surrendered if they believe it causes a safety risk or if they believe it “may be evidence of, or in relation to, an offence”. The vast majority of items were seized in Coleraine, where there were 45 separate incidents in the three year period. A total of 25 knives of varying kinds were removed from people at the courthouse, while there were five instances of staff intervening to seize alcohol. In September 2015, two bottles of Buckfast and a bottle of Kopparberg cider were taken from people at the court in separate incidents on the same day. Among the more unusual items removed include cake slicers, confiscated from a court attendee in May 2014, and a screwdriver last October.

One pair of scissors, two nail clippers and five helmets were also taken by staff during the three year period up to July this year. In Omagh, a stanley knife and lock knife were removed by staff, while three darts and ‘possible illegal drugs’ were also confiscated in March 2015. Three pen knives and a three inch blade were seized by staff at Dungannon courthouse in 2014 and 2015.

Items seized by court staff: Omagh Court: Lock knife

Stanley knife Darts Possible illegal drugs

Dungannon: 3 inch blade knife Pen knives

Coleraine: Rucksacks Cider /beer

Bottles of Buckfast Cake slices Pocket and pen knives

Swiss army knives Nail clippers/files Motorcycle helmuts

Survival tools Trimming knives Screwdrivers

Assorted hand tools


British Airways flight held at Paris Airport because of ‘security threat’

A British Airways flight has been held on the tarmac of a Paris airport and surrounded by police and fire vehicles because of a security threat. The plane was due to depart Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport at 7.25 Sunday morning, but passengers were informed shortly before take off that a “direct threat” had been made against the airport. According to passenger James Anderson, armed police searched all passengers on the flight, and fire crews also attended the scene.

The plane was bound for London Heathrow and was due to land at 7.45 . All passengers have since been given the all clear and have been assured they will be able to board another flight later today. A British Airways spokesperson said: “The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

“Additional security checks are being carried out as a precaution .

We would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do so.”

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