Two thieves involved in attacking a security guard and brandishing a large kitchen knife outside a store, were later caught when staff recognised them on Facebook, a court heard. Ben Rowland punched the victim so hard it knocked him to the ground and caused multiple fractures to his eye socket. Co-accused, Luke Parker, then frightened other members of staff, causing them to flee by waving a large kitchen knife at them, Leicester Crown Court1 was told.
Rowland (27), of Alpine Drive, Thurmaston, Leicester, was jailed for a total of two years.
He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on July 1. Read more: Man found dead in grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary
2 Parker (25), of Manor Road, East Leake, who admitted possessing an offensive weapon, was given a two year jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work and was told to pay 1,000 court costs.
‘He punched him hard to the face, knocking him over’
James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said the defendants were attempting to leave the store, after Parker concealed the whisky down his trousers. Parker became aggressive when security staff attempted to detain him but he ran out of another exit and was seen to put something in the back of a car, which was driven a short distance.
Mr Bide-Thomas said: “Parker and Rowland walked after the car and a security guard took hold of Rowland who punched him hard to the face, knocking him over and causing pain and a nosebleed.” Read more: Police seize cannabis plants from house in West End, Leicester4 The guard suffered multiple fractures to his orbital bone.
He was treated in hospital and had to take time off work.
‘He waved a knife at other members of staff’
Mr Bide-Thomas said: “Parker intervened to assist Rowland and produced a large carving knife, about 12 inches long, and waved it at other members of staff, who were afraid they were about to be hurt and retreated into the store. “Both defendants were later identified by staff using Facebook.” Rowland, who appeared in court via a live video link from HMP Leicester, also admitted common assault upon three women at a house party he was refused entry to, in March last year, and accepted the offending put him in breach of a suspended sentence for an earlier theft.
‘You’ve been habitually violent’
Judge Nicholas Dean QC told Rowland: “You assaulted a security guard when he was carrying out public responsibilities, stolen from Tesco with Parker. “You’ve been habitually violent in the past and your record is very poor. “You have difficulty controlling your temper even when provoked in a relatively mild way.
“I’ve read a letter from your partner which shows there’s another side to you. Sentencing Parker, the judge said he recognised that he had moved to a different area to escape negative influences, had put offending behind him and was settled into full-time employment. Read more: Man bludgeoned in hammer attack tells of ‘calculated cruelty’ which nearly killed him6
He said because of Parker’s recent progress he would suspended the sentence in his case.
In mitigation, defence counsel said both men now displayed a greater level of maturity and intended keeping out of future trouble.
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There will be a full road closure in place tomorrow afternoon as security measures are stepped up for the Gloucester Rugby game. Kingsholm Road will be completely closed from 3pm, and kick off is at 4pm. The Cherry and Whites1 will be playing the Exeter Chiefs in the last match of the season.
With less than 100 tickets remaining in the Shed, it’s expected to be a busy game.
And there will be increased security measures in place. Police to Twitter to remind people that Kingsholm Road will be shut from 3pm. Those using the Park and Ride service are advised that this service will drop supporters in Worcester Street by the bridge, to allow the bus to return up Black Dog Way and return to the Park and Rude point.
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Sam Allardyce admits that Crystal Palace 2and other clubs may need to be more aware of issues around security after the attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus this week. Three explosions damaged the German club’s bus on Tuesday, just hours ahead of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Monaco, which was postponed as a result and played on Wednesday instead. Dortmund defender Marc Bartra was injured in the incident, and required an operation after fracturing his wrist.
Since the attack, Premier League clubs have been reminded that the security threat level in the UK remains ‘severe’ and Allardyce was asked about security in football in his pre-match press conference ahead of Palace’s game with Leicester City tomorrow (Saturday).
READ MORE: Allardyce on how Crystal Palace have helped him get over England disappointment3 “The security at the football club will obviously take those matters up with the people they need to talk to, and find out what they may need to move forward and increase security. READ MORE: Crystal Palace boss on why being a footballer is scary these days4
“Maybe players and ourselves maybe should slightly be more aware in and around when football matches are being played on the basis of what happened at Dortmund.”
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