Police are hunting robbers who targeted a security van in Hessle1 this afternoon. Witnesses described a heavy police2 presence while Barclays Bank in Ferriby Road has been shut. Police have now confirmed they are looking for a red Renault Clio which raced from the scene at 1.20pm. A spokesman for Humberside Police3 said: “We are currently responding to a robbery of a security van on Ferriby Road, Hessle.
“Shortly before 1.20pm two men approached a security guard near his van and threatened him before stealing a case. “The offenders then left the area in a red Renault Clio . The security guard was unhurt but has been left in shock.
Witnesses have described seeing large police activity in the town centre this afternoon. One witness said: “I didn’t see anything and must have missed it by a few minutes . I heard they’re looking for a red car.
“The police still there although only a few cars and police now . The bank is all shut up with shutters down.” Another witness described how the police suddenly descended on the town. She said: “We were in Hessle near the Weir and there was a police car that came and cornered off the bank then about four more vans and cars came .
They are looking for a red Clio in question for a bank robbery.”
- ^ Hessle (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ police (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ Humberside Police (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ Live as Papas Fish and Chips give away 1p meals (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ Morgan Simmester, 15, banned from Kingswood Retail Park without an adult after crime spree (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
Security guards are being fitted with body cameras at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill after more than 1,000 attacks on doctors, nurses and hospital staff. Doctors, nurses, receptionists and hospital staff have been spat at, bitten, racially abused and had their faces gouged by patients, relatives and visitors. Now, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is warning anyone caught on camera attacking or abusing an NHS worker1 anywhere in either hospital will be subjected to the full force of the law and hauled before the courts.
Edward McGee, security contracts manager at the trust, said: “I’m appalled by some of the things I’ve seen.
“Staff have been scratched, bitten, punched, kicked, been gouged at and spat on . And these assaults are recorded across the spectrum, not just in A&E. Read more:Nursing associates take up new jobs at Hull Royal and Castle Hills2
“Behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated and we will pursue every conceivable chance of prosecution. “Our staff are here to help and treat people . They are not here to be abused and assaulted.”
Figures show 1,045 assaults have taken place at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill since 2011/12 . The number of attacks peaked in 2013/14, when 249 assaults took place. Although assaults had dropped to 174 in 2015/16, there have been 233 assaults in the past year.
Of those, 167 were classed as “clinical assaults” where a patient assaulted a member of staff because of a medical condition such as dementia, hallucinations or an adverse reaction to medication. However, 66 were assaults not linked to a person’s illness.
Mr McGee said 14 body cameras are now in operation, warning signs have been placed around the hospital and the trust has teamed up with Humberside Police and Hull City Council to gather evidence against those abusing staff. As well as prosecuting anyone assaulting staff, anti-social behaviour3 warning letters are being sent to people caught shouting, swearing or racially abusing staff, with more than 50 sent out to January alone. Mr McGee said staff were reporting anti-social behaviour on the trust’s internal Datix reporting system with security staff using the information to send warning letters to perpetrators about their conduct.
Evidence will then be passed onto Humberside Police and Hull City Council as intelligence, with the real possibility of people being banned from both hospitals4 as part of future antisocial behaviour orders. If the offender has a drink or drugs-related problem, the authorities will take action to get them help. “We have had one member of the public receiving a letter and they rang up to say they were really sorry for their behaviour, that it was totally out of character and it will never happen again,” said Mr McGee.
“That’s proved its worth . All we’re asking is people, when they come into hospital, to please treat us with the respect with which we treat you.” All staff using the cameras have received hospital conflict resolution training to the standard laid down by NHS Protect and have security industry licences to ensure they have the skills to diffuse dangerous situations.
Security staff will now be trained in using the body cameras fitted to their uniforms, activating them as soon as they witness a situation with the potential to spill over into violence against staff. As well as the footage being used in future prosecutions through the courts, it will also be used in the monthly training sessions for security staff, showing them real-life examples of what they could face on the frontline. Mr McGee said those guilty of violence against staff represented a tiny minority of the tens of thousands attending East Yorkshire’s hospitals.
He said: “We want to reassure people that Hull Royal and Castle Hill are not violent places . We do have times, like everywhere else, when there is violence but people shouldn’t be worried about coming here. “Our priority is the safety of our staff, patients and visitors and we will take as many proactive steps as possible to prevent assaults or other acts of violence taking place.”
- ^ anyone caught on camera attacking or abusing an NHS worker (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ Nursing associates take up new jobs at Hull Royal and Castle Hills (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ anti-social behaviour (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ people being banned from both hospitals (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
- ^ ‘Crack cocaine’ betting machines swallowing a day’s wages in 10 minutes (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
BARCELONA The smartphone industry has given birth to a vibrant growth sector distinguished by its creativity, drive and entrepreneurship . Unfortunately, that sector is malware.
Conversations with security professionals here at Mobile World Congress, the world s largest mobile tech show, provided a dismaying, but necessary, reminder that the computers in our pockets are targets for authors of malware and other scams and that many of us don t care about those risks.
The major malware risk on smartphones remains downloading a hostile app that tries to compromise your data or run up your phone bill . The best advice to avoid such threat is to stick to the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) Play Store instead of downloading apps from third-party stores or off the Web. 23
The fact that Google screens its Play Store apps makes the risk of malware there dramatically less than a third-party app store, by far, said Davis .
Still, the Play Store isn t immune from crooks.
Last month, for instance, the Slovakian security firm ESET found a trojan app on the Play Store disguised as a world weather app . Google yanked the app after ESET notified the company. 4
We encounter these things I would say every couple of months, said ESET chief technical officer Juraj Malcho . The risk of downloading malware on iOS is vanishingly small in comparison to Android, thanks in part to the strict limits Apple (AAPL) places on how apps interact with the operating system.5
A recent report by Intel s McAfee subsidiary noted a related issue: Many customers still have copies of apps on their devices that have long since been removed from the Play Store . The report urged more notification and disclosure when apps are taken out of the marketplace.6
Read the reviews, please
But many users may ignore those alerts if an app looks legit . The McAfee report noted an example of a photo app that silently signed users up for premium text messaging services and yet still earned a 3.5 out of 5 rating on the Play Store.
ESET s Malcho said he wished people would look past apps ratings and instead check users comments . Many times, we encounter clear reviews in the text, Don t install this, this is bloody malware, and people install it anyway.
Some of the countries represented at MWC don t have access to the Play Store, because their governments block Google . That leaves those users subject to whatever defenses their local app store alternatives offer.
Niloofar Amini, business developer at Tehran-based Cafe Bazaar, said his Iranian firm has a dedicated review team to assess and re-assess apps . Of course, the company also has to ensure that titles comply with the Islamic Republic s morality laws and limits on political speech.
If you re in China ? Good luck .
Intel s Davis described app stores there as just riddled with malware.
Good and bad news on phones
The show floor provides one reason for optimism about the state of Android security: fingerprint sensors . When even cheap, unlocked phones like the $229 Moto G5 Plus can be unlocked via its fingerprint sensor, we should begin to see more people securing their phones.7
Today, a disturbingly high number 28 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study released in January don t lock their phones at all . Without that, a stolen phone can easily be wiped and resold after the thief abuses all the personal data on it.8
Let s stop calling it a phone, said Raj Samani, Intel Security s chief technical officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa . It s not even a computing device it is our digital passport.
Unfortunately, most of the devices on the floor don t run the latest version of Android, which can leave them open to security holes . Demo units of Samsung s new Tab S3 tablet, LG s G6, Moto s G5 Plus and HTC s (headphone jack-deprived) U Ultra all ran Google s Android 7.0, which shipped in August, not its subsequent updates. 9
Meanwhile, the majority of Android phones run older versions that lack the stronger security of 7.0, and the stricter control of apps added in 2015 s Android 6.0 . Intel s Samani called those brownfield devices, after the term developers use for environmentally contaminated sites that they sometimes must build on.11121314
ESET s Malcho mused out loud about a more extreme fix for that brownfield-phone problem: Make the device so it dies in two years.
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- ^ found a trojan app on the Play Store disguised as a world weather app (www.welivesecurity.com)
- ^ AAPL (uk.finance.yahoo.com)
- ^ recent report by Intel s McAfee subsidiary (www.mcafee.com)
- ^ cheap, unlocked phones like the $229 Moto G5 Plus (finance.yahoo.com)
- ^ 28 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study released in January (finance.yahoo.com)
- ^ headphone jack-deprived (finance.yahoo.com)
- ^ announced for the U.S .
- ^ majority of Android phones (developer.android.com)
- ^ older versions (finance.yahoo.com)
- ^ stronger security of 7.0 (source.android.com)
- ^ stricter control of apps (www.yahoo.com)
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