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‘He used legitimate force’: Readers react to pregnant woman and security guard fight

Shocking footage of a violent clash between a pregnant shoplifter and security guard has divided the internet. The two minute video showed a New Look store detective struggling to restrain shoplifter Katie Adams outside the retailer’s Bullring branch. Dozens of social media users shared their thoughts on the scuffle on the Birmingham Mail’s Facebook page.

Adams, of Wordsworth Road, Small Heath, received a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to the two offences when she appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

She was also ordered not to enter Birmingham city centre or the inner ring road1 for 12 months, except to attend court and probation appointments. New Look has told the Mail that they have suspended the store detective pending a full investigation.

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A New Look spokesperson said: We are deeply shocked by the contents of this video.

The behaviour of the store detective involved is unacceptable and he has been suspended while an investigation is carried out by our security supplier, Lodge Security.

We expect anyone who works for us either as an employee or through a supplier to act professionally and treat people with respect at all times.

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There was a clear divide between those who thought the security guard was too heavy handed with Adams and others who felt the pregnant woman should have been dealt with in a gentler manner. Here are the best of your reactions.

Rachael Handley: Stealing is obviously wrong – but pregnant or not – this security guard was wrong to man handle her like he did . Obviously on some kind of power trip – I believe it’s called little man syndrome.

Beccy Kimberley: Am I right in saying I’ve watched both recordings this one and a previous one and I didn’t see once a kick between the legs ? If your going to rob that’s fine, but if you go to rob when your pregnant you know the consequences simple as!

Mazza Mc: Why is the security guard acting as if it’s his property she stole, and I thought once out the store it’s a police matter in either case she shouldn’t be stealing and he should have be professional enough to let her go once things got nasty in time she would have tried to steal again and been caught.

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Iris Pratt: Men security guards are supposed to handle women in a different manner than they would a man yes she did wrong but she is pregnant and shouldn’t have been treated like that.

Davina Louise: Yet I know someone who seen the whole thing and he has said she attacked the security officer so he was defending himself .

She clearly has no respect for her unborn baby if she’s willing to fight while pregnant . She was only in court last Wednesday was it and she’s caught in the city centre where she’s banned she knew what she was doing & clearly doesn’t care for her unborn baby . The man has a right to defend himself end of.

Jasmine Jasie: At no point is it ok to throw a pregnant woman on the floor then turn her on her side and rest your knee on her stomach ! NEVER ! The security guard was outta control sweating and going on all aggressive with the crowd.

Dee RiRi Wheeler: Total disregard for her unborn baby . Feel for the guard only doing his job he must have felt awful, no excuse for theft . I’ve had hard times – that’s what spam, beans and bread are for.

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Kerry Davina Hitchins: Can’t sit here and blame the security guard, pregnant and stealing from a clothing shop for HER and then assaulting a security guard . If she wasn’t putting up such a fight he wouldn’t have had to hold her with force . You can clearly see once he knows she’s pregnant he stops her from hitting the floor .

She’s a roughen clearly and most definitely no respect for her unborn baby ! Disgusting ! And let’s not forget she pleaded guilty!

Chanel Kema Boomer: If you see the video you can clearly see the security guard kicked her and she’s pregnant . What about if she lost her child – god bless she don’t . That’s so wrong

Gareth Yorke: Been there had that happen to me . Got to remember that guard answers to 3 different people and has to try and please them all . Could it have been handled better ? Yes . But as it is not me at that exact moment in time would I have handled it better ?

I don’t know.

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Gurprit Khaira: It does look like he was heavy handed but she committed a crime and was resisting so his actions was justified.

Ema Foxx: People saying ‘so what if she’s pregnant’ or ‘she knew the consequences’ . Are you forgetting who pays the price if that child becomes injured or brain damaged ? Not scummy mummy !

Just the child, the guard himself even said he didn’t care, such a shame for that child, disregarded by more than it’s mother before even being born.


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Operations Manager – Dardan Security

Operations Manager - Dardan SecurityThe Operations Manager will be charged with balancing the service delivery of our contractual requirements to our clients and be responsible for the effective management of Dardan employees deployed under the respective portfolios. They will also provide strategic support to the Head of Specialist Services. The company has a number of electronic reporting and management systems, therefore the Operations Manager must be able to interpret any reports, and plan accordingly.

The Operations Manager may be assigned one or more Contract Managers (CM), Contract Support Managers (CSM) or Supervisors. If assigned, you will manage those Staff; their responsibilities typically include the fulfilment of operational, ISO / British Standard and welfare responsibilities. Whilst the role will be significantly field based, you will be working out of a regional office or head office where a hot desk is available when required.


  • Deliver outstanding client satisfaction and contractual obligations to the contracts in your respective portfolio.
  • To support the Head of Function in Operational Delivery of the highest quality services, including the provision of specialist advice, supporting existing clients and exploring areas of development.
  • To work with the Resourcing department to ensure the contracts are fully rostered, managing any exceptions as appropriate
  • Achieve all targets and KPIs as directed; these KPIs will consist of financial, people and operational indicators.
  • All Assignment Instructions / Operations Manuals to be reviewed and updated as required in the interest of continuous improvement.
  • Provide line management responsibility for performance, disciplinary, grievance and welfare issues under the guidance of the Human Resources Team.
  • Regular completion of client meetings and outcomes / actions as communicated / required
  • Staff appraisal completion.
  • Conduct team meetings where necessary to support the operational delivery of the service
  • To support the recruitment, induction and vetting processes of new starters in partnership with The Human Resources Department and in line with the requirements of the respective clients.
  • To manage the training requirements and provision, specific to contractual or authority obligation or regulation.
  • To work with the Resource Department in the management of employees annual leave, ensuring personnel take frequent leave throughout the year while maintaining operational effectiveness and efficiency on all sites
  • Ensure that all Health and Safety and Environmental procedures are followed.
  • Do not undertake any activity which could breach the SIA regulations
  • To complete any other reasonable task as instructed by your Senior Manager or Director.
  • To support internal and external audit processes from Dardan Security representatives, Client Representatives, the SIA, or any other relevant body with a relevant interest and valid reason for inspection or compliance checks.
  • To act with integrity and in the best interests of the company in a safe, compliant and ethical manner.

Essential Skills:

  • Demonstrate effective line management / supervision of staff within a Specialist Security Environment
  • A proven ability to manage people to meet varying demands across a number or areas or multiple sites
  • An understanding of effective use of management information to monitor efficiency and continually improve practices
  • An ability and willingness to work both strategically and tactically, ensuring operational delivery throughout
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills at all levels
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Computer literate and confident with the use of Microsoft Office programmes
  • Demonstrate an awareness of security threats to specialist sectors such as Aviation and Transport, Health, Critical National Infrastructure, Pharmaceutical, COMAH sites or others, which remain relevant and up to date in the context of the current environment
  • Full and clean driving licence
  • Flexibility in regard to working hours and travel related to work

Desirable Skills:

  • Previous training in Aviation Security Management (Aviation Security Manager – ASM) Level 3 trained
  • Current and valid SIA Licence
  • Enhanced DBS checks in place
  • Exposure to Project Griffin or other relevant Counter Terrorism Advice

Dardan security are ranked in the top 5% of all security providers in the UK. To join our expanding team please apply now.

Dardan Security are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to each applicant individually. If you have not heard from us within 10 working days unfortunately on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful. Dardan Security reserves the right to close the job prior to the published end date should a suitable applicant be found.

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Trooping the Colour: Security stepped up at Buckingham Palace for Queen’s birthday celebrations

A major police security operation was underway today as thousands flocked to London1 to see Trooping the Colour to mark the Queen2‘s official birthday. All senior royals including The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William will gather for the major occasion, also known as The Queen s Birthday Parade. The Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following the spectacle.

Extra police will be on duty around the palace to ensure the area is secure following the London and Manchester terror attacks. Prince William at last year’s event (EPA)

Snipers will be positioned on nearby roof tops and plain clothes officers will mingle among the crowds to bolster the uniformed police presence. The traditional celebrations came as The Queen, ahead of the event, issued a statement saying the UK has been “resolute in the face of adversity” following recent tragedies in London and Manchester.

Happy family: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at last year’s event (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

She said: “Today is traditionally a day of celebration . This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood.”

The Head of State released her statement on her official birthday, the day after she visited the survivors and heroes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy accompanied by Prince William.

“In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies,” Her Majesty said.

“As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Buckingham Palace in central London to view the Trooping the Colour ceremony (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

“During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”

The monarch visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people were killed following an Ariana Grande concert.

She added: “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.

“United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

Prince Philip waves to crowds as he and the Queen travel to Horse Guards Parade for Trooping the Colour last year (AFP/Getty Images)

Trooping the Colour is an annual event that is part of the Queen s official birthday celebrations. It begins with an impressive pageantry parade which includes her personal troops, the Household Division and Horse Guards. The Queen rides in a carriage before inspecting the troops and taking a salute from the officers and men on parade.

Troops line the street during ast year’s event (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

The Queen has two birthdays – her actual birthday in April and an official birthday marked every summer by the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Today the Queen leaves Buckingham Palace accompanied by a Sovereign s escort from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. She then takes a Royal salute from officers and inspect the troops before the Regimental Colour, flag, is carried down the ranks.

After Foot Guards, the Household Cavalry, The King s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery troop past, the Queen will head back to Buckingham Palace to the balcony for the Royal Air Force fly-past. The tradition for monarchs to have two birthdays was started by George II back in 1748. George was born in November and it was felt that it was too cold to host an annual birthday parade at that time.

It was decided that his birthday festivities would be combined with a military parade known as the Trooping the Colour, which was held in spring. Subsequent monarchs helpfully had birthdays at more convenient times of the year, but the Queen s father, King George VI, reintroduced the tradition which she has continued. The Queen has taken the salute every year since her coronation in 1953, apart from in 1955 when there was a national rail strike.

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