An offender has narrowly been spared a prison sentence after he was at large for about six months after committing an assault at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Chesterfield magistrates court heard on Thursday, July 27, how Mark Anthony Singleton, 43, had struck a security guard at the hospital but never showed up for his court appearance on January 3 and he became a wanted man. Singleton, of Almond s Green, West Derby, Liverpool, told the court he had been caring for his stepfather who had suffered repeated strokes and had suffered brain damage and he wanted to help his mother and niece. He added: I was scared I would go to jail . I thought I would help my mum and niece until my step-dad got better because he nearly died and then I would hand myself in. The court heard how Singleton had originally assaulted a security guard at the hospital in June, 2016, after security guards tried to detain him following concerns an illegal substance had been passed to someone in the hospital. Prosecuting solicitor Ruth Snodin said the security guard had been assaulted and been struck to the side of the face and twice to the back of his head.
Following several hearings, Singleton pleaded guilty to assault and his case was adjourned in December for a probation report but he failed to return to court on January 3 for sentencing. The court heard how a warrant was issued for Singleton s arrest and he was at large until the latest hearing last Thursday. Singleton told the court there was a scuffle with the security guard but claimed he did not punch him. He added that he is ashamed of what happened but claimed he is in a better place now and is having treatment for a long-term heroin addiction. He said: I am in a better place and I am on a methadone prescription . I was scared to come to court but I knew this day would come. Magistrates sentenced Singleton to eight weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
He was also fined 50 and ordered to pay 85 costs and 50 in compensation.
A man today said a security officer who saved his life will always be a hero to his family. Alan Tait was visiting Aberdeen from Orkney and was spending time in the Union Square shopping mall until it was time for the ferry home. The 50-year-old suddenly felt dizzy and dropped to the ground he had suffered a heart attack.
Security guard Shaun Gibb received a call to assist a shopper who had taken ill . He quickly realised what was happening and started to administer CPR. Due to his quick thinking Alan, whose heart stopped for five minutes, is making a full recovery
Alan, who was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, today praised Shaun for saving his life. He said: I am so grateful to him . He will always be a hero to my family .
When I woke up, I was being told by someone to lie still because I was trying to sit up.
I remember seeing someone opposite me looking rather flush as well.
I understand he d given me CPR . I believe I was dead for five minutes and was blue. Alan has been in hospital recovering since the incident on Sunday and was expected to go home today. He said: I cannot thank everyone who has helped me enough . The ambulance crew and staff at the hospital have been fantastic.
I had a stent put in and I am due to go home I will be glad to see my family.
Alan added: CPR training should be compulsory for everyone . It really makes the difference between life and death . If he had not been so quick and didn t know what I would not be here today . I will be forever grateful to him. Shaun had just arrived for his shift when a call came in to assist a colleague .
He added: When I arrived on the scene a shopper, Alan Tait, was on the ground and my colleague was on the phone to the ambulance I felt for a pulse and realised I needed to start CPR immediately.
Finally, Alan came round with a gasp of air and I explained what happened as he was quite confused I reassured him until the ambulance arrived.
It s great to have such a good outcome and I hope Alan makes a full recovery. Shaun also praised the rest of the staff at the city centre shopping centre. He said: I wouldn t say it was just me, the whole Union Square team was behind me.
Ryan Manson, general manager of Union Square, said: We are happy to hear the customer is on his way to recovering from the incident and commend our security team for their quick thinking, professionalism and unwavering motivation to care for our customers under any circumstance.
Our security team recently earned the British Security Industry Associations National Security Personnel Award for Best Team which without a doubt was well deserved.
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Craigavon security alert ends as police declare suspicious object ‘nothing untoward’
A security alert sparked in Craigavon following the discovery of a suspicious item on the footpath has ended. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/craigavon-security-alert-ends-as-police-declare-suspicious-object-nothing-untoward-35863486.html
A security alert sparked in Craigavon following the discovery of a suspicious item on the footpath has ended. A police patrol discovered the item on the footpath between Lakeview Court and Lismara at around 10.40am Sunday morning.
Police said a suspicious object was examined and was found to be nothing untoward.
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