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Masked thieves with a machete ambushed a security guard …

Masked men armed with a machete ambushed a security guard in a brazen robbery as he delivered cash to a supermarket in middle of the day. The raid was the third time cash-in-transit robbery in Greater Manchester in the last two weeks.

In the latest incident two masked thieves armed with a machete targeted a van in Shaw1 , Oldham and ran off with several bags of coins. Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at Asda on Greenfield Lane at about 2.10pm yesterday.

Officers say the driver of the van was outside the store when one offender threatened him with a machete and demanded money.

The thief then fled with the cash in a green Ford Focus that was driven by a second offender down Eastway in the direction of Oldham2 .

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The main robber was white, approximately 5ft 8in tall, slim and in his mid-twenties . He wore a blue tracksuit top and bottoms with a green hood. The second man was white, wore a black jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe at the top and a beige baseball cap. Both suspects wore balaclavas to conceal their identity and gloves.

The Asda superstore in Shaw

Det Con Stuart Crossley of GMP3 s Oldham borough, said: This was a brazen attack that happened in broad daylight at one of the busiest times of day.

Fortunately the victim wasn t injured but nobody should have to endure such a traumatic experience when they are just trying to do their job.

We have launched an investigation and I would ask that anybody who thinks they may know something that can assist with our investigation to please contact police.

If you recognise the descriptions of the men or think you saw them or the car in the area around the time of the attack, then please get in touch.

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Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1089 of 20 September 2017, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Earlier this month robbers escaped with 100,000 from Santander bank in Walkden and 30,000 from the Royal Bank of Scotland in Mather Way, Pendleton, Salford, at the city s shopping centre – police are investigating whether these incidents were linked but neither are thought to be connected to Wednesday s robbery.

Got a story or an issue you want us to investigate ? Want to tell us about something going on where you live ? Let us know – in complete confidence – by emailing newsdesk@men-news.co.uk, calling us on 0161 211 2323, tweeting us @MENnewsdesk or messaging us on our Facebook page4 .

You can also send us a story tip using the form here5 .

References

  1. ^ Shaw (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Oldham (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ GMP (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
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Security van sent to protect home crashes into garage and gas pipes

A security firm worker was called out to help protect a home.. . but his van ended up rolling down a neighbour s drive and crashing into a garage and gas pipes. The man, from ADT Fire and Security, had been sent to Layton Close, Offerton, at around 9pm on Monday when it’s believed a burglar alarm went off. But his van rolled down the slope and knocked down the front of a garage also damaging gas pipes.

Joe Graham, who the garage belonged to, was left shocked when his quiet night in front of the TV was interrupted by a loud explosion .

Joe Graham was sitting watching TV when he heard someone smash into his garage

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The 34-year-old, whose birthday it was the following day, said: I heard an explosion and thought the boiler had blown up.

I came outside and saw an ADT van and a man saying, I have crashed into your garage do you want to have a look? .

It was hard to process but if it had ripped the gas pipes rather than bent them it could have been a lot worse . I ve not been able to go to work today. Gas workers were called and, with assistance from crews from Offerton Fire Station, isolated the supply to Joe s house. Joe, who works for pensions firm Royal London and lives with his girlfriend, was not injured in the incident.

Luckily nobody was hurt, despite the van damaging gas pipes outside the house

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Firefighters were at the scene for just over an hour after being called by the gas company. Steve Johnstone, watch manager at Offerton station, said: We have had a couple of incidents like this you would be surprised how many people crash into buildings.

The main thing was that no one was hurt and there was no gas explosion . They were a bit shaken and shocked but philosophical about it.

In a statement, ADT Fire and Security, based in Manchester, said: We are aware of this incident . Our Engineer followed our health and safety reporting procedure and notified us, and the police, at the time.

“We take the Health, Safety and Welfare of our employees and the public very seriously and also work hard to ensure that any works are carried out with no damage to property.

“We are grateful that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident and we are investigating fully the circumstances surrounding it . We apologise for any inconvenience and damage caused.

Earlier in the evening the same crew had been called to an abandoned Renault Scenic that was deliberately set alight on Peter Street, in Hazel Grove1 .

References

  1. ^ Hazel Grove (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

Crown Court upholds our decision to refuse ACS status to Extreme Security Solutions Ltd

Crown Court Upholds Our Decision To Refuse ACS Status To Extreme Security Solutions Ltd

On Friday 9 June 2017 at Chester Crown Court, we successfully defended an appeal by Extreme Security Solutions Limited against a decision to refuse the company’s application for Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) status.

The company appealed to the Crown Court after their initial appeal was dismissed by South Cheshire Magistrates Court on 21 February 2017. The company, based in Macclesfield, applied for the ACS in November 2015 after a similarly-named ACS company, Extreme Security Limited, went into liquidation with significant debts and owing tens of thousands of pounds to HM Revenue & Customs. Mark Longden, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, was a director of both companies. There was another compliance issue as one of the previous directors of Extreme Security Solutions Ltd, Mark Longden s wife Amie Longden, had been unlicensed for several months prior to obtaining an SIA licence in March 2016.

After an investigation,we also discovered that the company had been supplying an unlicensed security guard to a local college over an extended period. The guard, when interviewed by ourinvestigators, admitted that he had been unlicensed since 2009 and had problems with alcoholism and debt. The company’s application for ACS was refused in September 2016. Their initial appeal against the decision was dismissed by South Cheshire Magistrates Court in February this year. New evidence produced at the Crown Court appeal also showed that the company, on its website, was incorrectly claiming to already hold ACS status.

Dismissing the company s further appeal at Chester Crown Court, Recorder Harry Narayan stated that the deployment of an unlicensed guard to a college was a serious lapse by the company, given that the licensable status of the guard was easily checkable . He also noted that the failings took place over a lengthy time and at a place where persons were entitled to be protected and where those in authority should be properly checked . The fact that the company s website claimed that it already held ACS status demonstrated that the company is not being run as it should be . Extreme Security Solutions Limited were ordered to pay our legal costs of 2976, in addition to the 4067 costs ordered previously by South Cheshire Magistrates Court.

Lisa Targowska, our Legal Deputy Director, said:

“We are grateful the Court agreed with us that this company is simply not fit and proper to be awarded ACS status. We will continue do our utmost to protect the integrity of the ACS and keep unsuitable businesses out of the scheme.”

Further information:

  • The Approved Contractor Scheme is voluntary and exists to raise performance standards. To be an Approved Contractor a business needs to meet a sector-specific approval based on a relevant set of qualifying criteria that is independently assessed.
  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

    The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.

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