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Ticketless Manchester City fan jumped over turnstile and abused …

A ticketless Manchester City fan jumped over turnstiles and then abused security staff before the Blues took on Huddersfield Town. City fan Dean Rawlinson is one of three Blues fans prosecuted for various offences which took place when the teams met at the John Smith s Stadium on November 26. Prosecutor Vanessa Jones told Kirklees magistrates: A member of G4S security staff working at the stadium saw him run straight towards the turnstile and jump over it into the ground without purchasing a ticket.

He was detained and escorted towards police officers inside and he began swearing at them in front of members of the public.

Rawlinson pleaded guilty to obtaining services dishonestly, namely be jumping over the turnstiles without a valid ticket, and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour. The 27-year-old, of Augustine Webster Close in Manchester, explained to magistrates: The tickets were sold out and that s why I did it – it s my own fault. Magistrates fined him 85 and told him to pay 85 costs plus 30 victim surcharge.

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Shaun McGinnity admitted that he felt disgusted by his own behaviour on a train that pulled into Huddersfield railway station on the day of the same game. Officers policing the Manchester City fixture had challenged him over his smoking on the train which is prohibited by railway byelaws. The drunk 33-year-old hurled verbal abuse at them and was ejected from the train and the railway station.

He pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour and apologised for his terrible language. McGinnity, of Lacy Street in Stretford, Greater Manchester, said: I got myself worked up over what I believed was the police being over zealous but I accept that s not the case.

As a father, trying to bring my kids up right, I m ashamed and disgusted by myself as there were people and children on the train who could have heard that language.

It made me look like I have no respect and I do respect what police do and I sincerely apologise. He was fined 100 and has to pay 85 costs and 30 victim surcharge.

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Teenager Adam Needham admitted to an offence of failing to comply with a direction under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act excluding him from the John Smith s Stadium and Huddersfield town centre. He was banned from these areas for 24 hours after police caught him trying to sneak into the City game without a ticket. Mrs Jones said: Police gave him a direction to leave but he was seen a short time later in the Town fans enclosure, having not left the stadium.

The 19-year-old, of Eldon Road in Stockport, told magistrates he didn t do much wrong and they told him to pay 100 fine plus 85 costs and 30 victim surcharge.

Round-the-clock security reinstated at historic hotel to protect it from vandals

ACTION is being taken to try to prevent vandals breaking into a historic New Forest hotel and wrecking the ornate interior.

PegasusLife has reinstated round-the-clock security at the Lyndhurst1 Park Hotel and boarded up more of the windows after being told by police to increase security.

It follows a spate of incidents in which hooligans have destroyed a large number of fixtures and fittings.

The hotel, which dominates the eastern entrance to the village, closed in 2014 with the loss of more than 20 jobs.

Plans by PegasusLife to bulldoze the building and replace it with 74 retirement apartments were rejected by the New Forest National Park Authority2 (NPA) earlier this year.

As the complex continued to stand empty, vandals started smashing their way in and wrecking the rooms.

Two months ago conservationists said a priceless stained-glass window installed in the 19th century was among the items that had been destroyed.

Now more of the windows have been boarded up, including those on the upper floors .

In some cases metal sheeting or the original glass has been replaced with wood.

It follows a meeting attended by representatives from Hampshire police, New Forest District Council3 and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

In a letter to Lyndhurst Parish Council, Police Inspector Katherine Willoughby says: My understanding is that PegasusLife withdrew the 24/7 security once the planning application had been declined.

We have requested that further security is put back on and that the premises are secured with more thorough boarding.

Parish councillors are waiting to see if PegasusLife will lodge an appeal against the NPA s decision or submit a revised scheme.

Speaking last month Grant Drummond, development director for the site, responded to concerns by saying the company was doing everything it could to protect the site.

He said: We are in regular contact with the police and have reported all break-ins that we ve become aware of.

Our security company has detained people on site and passed details of people and vehicles to the police and this has resulted in at least one arrest.

We re taking every practicable measure to minimise opportunities for unlawful access.

Asked about the latest attempts to protect the site a company spokesman said: We currently have 24/7 security with two guards and have installed a welfare unit for them.

A Hampshire Police spokesman added: We attended a partnership meeting about this issue and security at the site has been improved.

References

  1. ^ Lyndhurst (www.bournemouthecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ New Forest National Park Authority (www.newforestnpa.gov.uk)
  3. ^ New Forest District Council (www.nfdc.gov.uk)

China’s leadership gathers for secretive summit amid tight security

For a seaside resort where nothing is officially happening, the town of Beidaihe in northern China has a lot of security. There is an armed police checkpoint on the outskirts. We’re stopped again for another passport check further on. Uniformed officers are stationed at regular intervals along the roads, their plainclothes colleagues, identifiable by plastic earpieces, standing nearby. By the beach, among tourists carrying rubber rings, we saw armed paramilitary police.

Image: Communist Party villas near public beaches

No one will confirm it, but they are here to protect China’s Communist Party leadership, thought to be holding its annual secretive summit at the resort. Mao Zedong started the tradition in the 1950s, with the party elite decamping to the coast to escape the stifling Beijing summer heat, to decide the country’s future in private. For all the appearance of modernisation in China, in 2017, this is still how power is exercised in the “People’s Republic” – behind high walls and carefully guarded gates. There is no mention of the meeting in state media. The only indication it has started is the sudden absence of senior officials from evening news bulletins, and the simultaneous appearance of heavy security on the streets of Beidaihe. On one side of a long fence is the crowded public beach – on the other, the manicured, private sands of the Communist Party villas.

Image: Black cars sweep through at speed

At intervals, black cars sweep through at speed, as ordinary traffic is halted to let them pass. But then we were ordered to stop filming . When I asked why, I was told: “Because we are police.” More plainclothes security agents followed us along the street, before stopping and questioning us about what we were doing there, and taking our names and passport details.

Image: Sky’s Katie Stallard was stopped by officers

This is a crucial year for General Secretary Xi Jinping, who appears to be consolidating his personal control ahead of an important party congress this autumn, which will determine the country’s leadership for the next five years. He may also signal whether he plans to step down in line with the recent convention of serving two terms, which would end in 2022, or intends to stay in power. At a military parade1 to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army recently, President Xi appeared, unusually, as the only civilian on the podium, and reviewed the troops in combat fatigues.

Image: China’s President Xi Jinping

“Xi was wearing his commander-in-chief hat both literally and figuratively,” Andrew Polk, co-founder of Trivium China explained. “This is a very clear signal that Xi is in charge of the army, which is part and parcel of being a powerful leader.

“The message is: I’m in charge of domestic politics, I’m in charge of the military apparatus, the nation is strong, and I am the leader of that strong nation.” Back in Beidaihe, we found more clues to who was in town on a roundabout, where red characters spelled out: “The Party is in my heart, welcome the 19th Congress.” There were more warm words for the Party’s leadership on the beach.

Image: One of the packed public beaches in Beidaihe

“I think it’s quite normal that the government take some measures and they have the right to do this their own way . They do that for our country’s safety and people’s happiness,” one man assured us. Soaking up the sun nearby, another man told us: “China has thousands of years of history . It needs time to develop, but I think China is getting better and better.”

If Xi Jinping could have heard him on his side of the fence, he would have approved.

References

  1. ^ military parade (news.sky.com)