The security boss of Liverpool s criminal courts1 is set to stand trial charged with causing actual bodily harm to a police sergeant. Former soldier Philip Mair, who works for international outsourcing company G4S, is alleged to have attacked Merseyside Police officer Sgt Mark Worrall on March 4 this year. Mair, 40, pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning ABH at Chester Magistrates Court today and will next appear at Chester Crown Court on September 6.
He spoke only to confirm his personal details, while his solicitor Graham Polson entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
The case was moved from Merseyside due to Mair s role at the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts in Derby Square, which houses both Liverpool Crown Court and Magistrates Court. According to the charges the incident occurred at Peatwood Avenue in Southdene, Kirkby.
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Police had been called to reports of concern for a man s welfare, and after arriving at the scene Sgt Worrall suffered a wound to his chin requiring three stitches. Mair, of James Holt Avenue in Westvale, Kirkby2, works as a security manager at G4S but is currently suspended.
He was released on unconditional bail.
London & Quadrant Housing Trust has drafted in 24-hour security guards to patrol a number of its buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower1 fire. The housing association said the security presence is in place at eight properties which feature aluminium composite material cladding . Six of them have failed certain safety tests .
They are in areas such as Brent, Lewisham and Redbridge. L&Q neighbourhood director John Joannou said the guards are trained as fire wardens and are there to look out for any fire concerns and raise the alarm if they have any suspicions . The company said the cladding will be removed and replaced on affected buildings, and it will not move residents out of the blocks after the fire brigade was satisfied with changes made.
L&Q has set aside 50 million over three years to cover the works.
It joins other landlords, such as Notting Hill Housing Association and student digs firm Unite, which have looked at safety after Grenfell.
Turnover in the quarter to June 30 rose to 271 million from 131 million.
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The British Museum has been evacuated amid a “security concern” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted outside the London attraction. Families enjoying a day out at the start of the school holidays were reportedly thrown into panic when they were suddenly asked to leave. The popular attraction said on Twitter: The Museum is evacuated temporarily due to a security concern nearby . We apologise and will update when we can.
Several people took to social media to describe the disruption, with one person tweeting: I ve just been in a British Museum evacuation and it was total chaos.”
Russell Square closed and controlled explosion has taken place . Trying to get to hotel for wedding reception, another person tweeted. One said: Suspicious package in Russell Square . Roads and park cordoned off .
Our offices evacuated. The museum has now reopened and confirmed the closure was down to a security scare. The Metropolitian Police said the operation has now been stood down and that nothing was deemed suspicious.