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A CROOKED security van driver is facing jail after his own father discovered he had secretly stolen cash collected from Co-op stores. Andrew Cave, 25, admitted pocketing up to 9,000 from branches he had collected money from. The thefts only came to light when his father discovered collection envelopes containing 3,625 cash in the boot of his son s car.
His company, Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd, and police were then called in and he was arrested. A judge at Warwick Crown Court warned Cave that custody is likely after he had pleaded guilty to the theft and the case was adjourned after the company claimed 11,860 had been taken. The former security guard, of Rectory Close, Exhall, was granted bail for evidence to be obtained on exactly how much he had stolen.
Prosecutor Ian Windridge said Cave had worked as a cash in transit driver for Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd since November 2015, and his job included collecting cash from stores. The last day he had worked for the company was May 27 . Six days later his father discovered two Security Plus packages containing 3,625 in cash in the boot of his son s car. When challenged, Cave admitted taking the money from his employers – who were then informed, along with police.
In interview, Cave admitted that he had collected cash from three Co-op stores in north Warwickshire and Hinckley. He should have scanned the packages of cash, which would have entered them onto the Security Plus system, but instead he had made an excuse to give staff handwritten receipts.
Cave admitted he then kept the cash, which he said came to between 8,000 to 9,000, but Security Plus put the figure at around 11,860. Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: If it is provable by the company, it should be proved.
Plainly Mr Cave wants to know his fate, but his fate may be different under the guidelines if this material is available . It could make a real difference.
David Coyle, defending, said: He accepts whatever figure is established by evidence.
Mr Cave still has the sum of 2,700 in his bank account, and he wants to repay that to the company.
The difficulty is that the police have his bank card, and without that he can t make the transaction. The judge said Cave should be allowed to repay the money in his account before the next hearing . He warned the defendant: All options remain open .
I am making no promises at all .
Custody is likely.
Extra security measures have been put in place ahead of South Tyneside s seafront concerts in the wake of recent terror atrocities.
The South Tyneside Festival1 is in full swing, after South Shields FC2 kicked off the Summer Parade with an open-top bus celebration of their historic quadruple on Saturday. Busted and Louisa Johnson are among the leading names headlining at Bents Park on the Sunday afternoon concerts throughout the month of July. Visitors are being advised in advance of extra security measures being adopted in a move to give them extra reassurances.
Bag searches will be carried out on entry, and visitors are encouraged to limit the amount of bags they bring. Councillor Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council3 with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: While we want visitors to enjoy themselves and have a wonderful experience at our summer events, we also want them to feel safe.
This is why we are putting some additional security measures in place.
However, we need the public to help us as we carry out this important work.
We know that people like to bring plenty of supplies and picnic items with them, particularly as they relax and enjoy the live music at our fabulous Sunday Concerts.
However, to speed up the entry process, we are appealing for visitors to keep the number of bags they bring to a minimum, and leave any sharp instruments at home.
We hope that these checks will give visitors extra reassurance that their safety remains a priority for us and we would like to thank people in advance for their patience and co-operation during this time. The additional security measures come following a comprehensive review of the events safety plans, carried out by South Tyneside Council in consultation with Northumbria Police in the wake of the Manchester and London terrorist attacks.
Additional staff will be in place to help visitors gain entry to the park as quickly as possible.
Security guards tackled and held on to a suspected bank robber in the city centre1 this afternoon. Crowds gathered to watch the drama at the Cooperative Bank in Parker Street shortly before 5pm. The ECHO was told a man ran into the bank, jumped on the counter and demanded cash from the staff.
But security guards from nearby shops saw what was happened and raced to help. Peter Moorhouse, a security guard at Footlocker described how he saw the man run in to the bank from Church Street. He told ECHO: I radioed through to a colleague and we ran into the bank .
He jumped down off the counter and that s when we tackled him and pinned him down.
We radioed through for assistance and another two colleagues came to help us . We just held him there until police arrived.
Tape at the entrance of the Cooperative Bank
Mr Moorhouse added that they didn t know whether the man was armed – but that a large rock fell out of his hand when he was on the floor. A witness outside the bank, who did not want to be named, said that community police officers arrived at the scene while he was being kept inside.
He added: When I got here there was a massive crowd outside and the security guards had him on the floor.
The bank staff had shut the doors but people were standing about watching.
When the police arrived they walked him up to the top of the road, I don t know how he thought he was getting away with that one.
He didn t have his face covered or anything and there was about 60 people standing outside so he would have been seen.
Police have arrested a man after an attempted robbery at the Co-operative bank on Parker Street in the city centre
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police2 said: Merseyside Police can confirm that, at 4:40 this evening, 11 July, officers were called to an attempted armed robbery at the Co-op bank on Parker Street in Liverpool City Centre.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police enquiries are continuing and images from CCTV will be examined.
Anyone who has any information on this can either phone the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and free, 0800 555 111.