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Security guard breaks down over how he tried to save allergic Shahida Shahid’s life

A security guard has broken down after revealing how he battled to save a gifted teenage university student’s life. Shahida Shahid, 18, from Worsley, Salford, had a dairy allergy and died after eating a chicken burger marinated in butter milk at a restaurant, an inquest has heard. She had previously needed to have urgent treatment at a restaurant in Birmingham after a previous violent reaction, the court was told.

Shahida was out with friends when she became suddenly ill and collapsed, just minutes after the meal at Almost Famous. A friend administered her epi-pen to combat the allergic reaction and she was rushed to hospital.

Imran Farooqi, a security guard who tended to Shahida at the Printworks that night, broke down in court as he described trying to save her, reports the MEN.1

The special constable said: “She was just finding it difficult to breathe . Her appearance was deteriorating.

“She was getting pale in her face.

“I’ve knelt down and looked at Shahida and requested over the radio for the cameras to be put on Norwegian Blue because she doesn’t look well.

“She was sat down.

“One of her friends said she was finding it hard to breathe.

“I started speaking to Shahida.

“You could see her face was going paler.

“She was scratching herself vigorously.

“It was hard to control her.

“She grabbed hold of me and was crying for help.”

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Mr Farooqi paused and began to cry quietly in the witness box. He continued: “Being a father with a daughter of a similar age, my father role just kicked in before you know it . She was gasping for air .

Her stomach was bloated.

“Me and my colleague put her in the recovery position and then I shouted for assistance, and asked to get the defibrillator down.”

Mr Farooqi said he took it in turns to carry out CPR with a fellow security guard, the inquest heard. Asked if he thought she was responding to treatment, he said: To be quite truthful, there was no recovery in her . We just followed the instructions of the defibrillator . I think it was 20 minutes we were doing CPR. Emma Tattersall, who had known Shahida from the age of three, recalled how Shahida appeared to have been crying when she started having her allergic reaction against the wall of Norwegian Blue bar at The Printworks.

Ms Tattersall said: She did look really red, maybe puffy . I can t be sure but yes . Shahida also began scratching herself vigorously.

She was proper scratching around her legs . The security guards had to hold her arms to stop her from doing it.

Shahida died in hospital on January 12 2015, three days after eating at the restaurant, the inquest at Manchester Coroner s Court heard. Sally Hadfield, assistant deputy coroner for Manchester, outlined the case to the jury of the six women and five men at the start of the hearing, expected to last eight days.

Shahida s family, her mother and brother, represented by lawyers, sat at the back of the court, behind more lawyers for the restaurant and Manchester City Council, responsible for inspecting restaurants. The court heard Shahida was in her first year studying a masters in mathematics. She went out for a meal with friends in over the Christmas holidays to discuss their first term at university.

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While at Almost Famous she ordered and ate the chicken burger that had been marinated in butter milk. The coroner continued: We will hear evidence she gave a description of her allergies and hear from some witnesses as to what the restaurant did with that information.

She ate the chicken burger and at the time did not feel any effect but walked up towards the Printworks at around 8pm that evening and suddenly then the effect of her allergy became apparent.

She began to feel ill and collapsed. Although a friend administered her epi-pen that she carried with her, she did not recover after suffering severe brain injuries and died three days later.

Ms Hadfield said the main issues the jury will have to consider is how she came to eat a burger marinated in dairy produce, the butter milk, what was discussed with restaurant staff and evidence about the epi-pen. The first witness, Shahida s older sister, Dr Sharmin Shahid, a GP living in Bristol, said her sister developed eczema and asthma as a child and had allergies, avoiding food including dairy products, eggs, fish and nuts. But the witness said her sister adopted a dairy-free diet and was otherwise able to live normally.

Dr Shahid said as a bossy older sister, she taught her sibling when out for meals to tell the waiter about her allergies and if it was not being taken on board she would step in. On two previous occasions she had been hospitalised with allergic reactions after inadvertently eating dairy produce. On her 16th birthday, with her father battling terminal cancer, while at home she had pancakes with whole milk instead of soya milk and had an allergic reaction .

She was treated in hospital and prescribed an epi-pen. Then in November 2013, while at a restaurant in Birmingham she had some food and another reaction and her GP sister administered the epi-pen and she spent four hours in hospital under observation. Dr Shahid agreed her sister was confident and was very good at being vocal talking to restaurant staff about what she could not eat.

The hearing continues.


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Ticketless Manchester City fan jumped over turnstile and abused security staff

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.

Two robbers attack Morrisons security guard in Burntwood at 10am

Two robbers attacked a security guard then stole a cash box in a broad daylight robbery outside a Staffordshire supermarket. The attackers struck just before 10am on Monday morning outside Morrisons supermarket in Milestone Way, Burntwood. A G4S security guard was attacked by two men who then made off in a white Ford CMAX car.

The guard was not injured in the attack and the cash box was discovered close by on a traffic island and had been emptied of its contents.

Morrisons in Burntwood.

Police say the Ford CMAX, which was stolen over the weekend from the West Midlands area, was found abandoned in nearby Juniper Close. The offenders then made off on foot towards Hawthorne Crescent and are believed to have made their escape in a silver or grey vehicle driven by another suspect. Two men involved in the robbery are described as white, in their late 30s or early 40s and both were wearing dark clothing .

One of the men also wore a high-visibility vest.

A Ford CMAX siilar to the one reported stolen.

Detective Inspector Steve Chadwick said: This robbery appears to have been well planned and took place in broad daylight outside a busy supermarket.

Anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any information that could help with our investigation is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 200 of 6 November .

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.