Five security guards have been left red faced after a suspected shoplifters 1– who is believed to have raided Poundland – was able to break free from them. Footage of the security team being dragged along the road by the getaway van has now emerged following the incident on Wednesday. The crime which unfolded at around 1pm at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre left two guards injured.
It is understood the crooks had been chased from discount shop Poundland2, inside the Maple Walk shopping centre, in Solihull. The horrifying footage shows stricken shoppers watching as security guards wrestle a man to the ground outside the centre. One eyewitness told the Birmingham Mail3: Security and a male were involved.
The security guards grapple with the suspect in plain view of a witness who films the incident (Photo: Birmingham Mail WS)
A van sped off, taking security with them and one hit the floor.
The footage, which lasts almost two minutes, begins as two security guards wrestle a man to the floor, next to a white transit van. It is thought one man had already got into the van. Around 30 seconds into the video4 , another three security guards run towards the scene.
But the man on the ground manages to escape the guards and climb into the van as it speeds away, with the door wide open. Two of the guards are still leaning into the passenger side as the van makes off and one is thrown to the ground. Police have confirmed two security guards suffered injuries in the incident.
They are continuing to investigate.
Two security guards have chased suspected shoplifters from Poundland.
Two men have got into a white transit van and driven off.
The security guards have been dragged along the road for a short distance while trying to detain the suspects and suffered minor injuries.
Enquiries are ongoing to try and locate the van.”
Two major events in Manchester will take place on Sunday despite the London attack, police have said
Additional security measures including searches will be in place with people urged not to bring bags if they can. The One Love benefit concert for the victims of last month’s Manchester bombing will take place at Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday. Ariana Grande, whose concert at Manchester Arena was targeted, will feature alongside Coldplay, Take That and Katy Perry.
Meanwhile, Old Trafford football ground will host a testimonial match for United and England veteran Michael Carrick. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan from Greater Manchester Police said: We re deeply saddened to hear about last night s horrific attacks in London and our thoughts are with everyone affected, including the emergency services responding to the incident. There are two large-scale events taking place in Greater Manchester today (Sunday) and we would like to assure people that these will still take place, but with additional security in place to ensure the safety of everyone.
We have dedicated resources at both events, with a significant number of officers from both GMP and colleagues from other forces, some of which will be armed. There will be additional security checks taking place and everyone will be searched, including bags . We would ask people not to bring bags if they can, as this will help speed up entry.
I d like to remind people that the threat level remains at severe, which means an attack is highly likely. Please remain vigilant at all times and report anything suspicious that causes you concern to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency. Related articles:
Ariana Grande ‘praying for London’ as security is stepped up for tonight’s One Love concert in Manchester
Ariana Grande is praying for London as she prepares for a benefit concert which is expected to go ahead in Manchester today.
Ariana Grande (Photo: Invision)
The global star will take the stage along with several of the world s biggest acts at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
Police say the One Love Manchester event is still set to take place, although it s understood security will be even tighter than planned, following terrorist attacks in London on Saturday night which left six people dead.
Police close to London Bridge after the attack unfolded
Three attackers were also shot and killed by police after they ran rampage in the capital, mowing down pedestrians in a van on London Bridge before stabbing others in the street nearby. American singer Grande tweeted in the early hours of Sunday: Praying for London. Many of those attending the concert at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground were also in the crowd at Grande s show at Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22, which saw 22 people killed and more than 100 injured in a bomb attack.
Preparations at the Old Trafford cricket ground ahead of the One Love concert
Fans attending the One Love Manchester show on Sunday afternoon have been urged not to bring any bags or rucksacks with them to the venue for security reasons. Grande visited youngsters injured in the Manchester Arena explosion at the Royal Manchester Children s Hospital on Friday night.
Lily Harrison, one of the youngsters at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, with Ariana Grande (Photo: Twitter)
She will be joined by Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams and a host of other stars at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday night. The concert will be broadcast to millions of people in more than 50 countries across the world.