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Pontins holidaymaker dies after being ‘restrained by security guards’ and arrested by police at holiday park

A Pontins holidaymaker has died after being ‘violently restrained by security guards’ and arrested by police following a bust-up at the holiday park. Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester, Essex, was arrested on suspicion of assault after a row with another guest at Pontins Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, on Tuesday night. An ambulance was called after Mr Gladwell became ill shortly after the arrest and the dad reportedly needed to be resuscitated four times before being placed into an induced coma.

The dad-of-three’s life support machine was switched off earlier today. His heartbroken sister-in-law Tiazah Rogers, 20, claimed up to three security guards held his arms and legs while another kneeled on his neck before police failed to notice he had fallen unconscious as he was carried away.

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The dad-of-three allegedly had his neck kneeled on by security guards The dad-of-three was arrested on suspicion of assault Police were called to Pontins near Lowestoft on Tuesday

She said: “(Police) turned up and carried him out the building into a riot van and said he was asleep , when in actual fact he was unconscious due to lack of oxygen to the brain from the security guard kneeling on his neck.

“The police neglected the fact he was passed out in the building and just carried him out when they should have observed his situation and called paramedics.

“When they realised something was wrong they took him to hospital where he had to be resuscitated and died 4 times before being put into an induced coma due to his brain being very swollen and bleeding.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating his death. An IPCC spokesman said: Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester was initially detained by staff at Pontins Holiday Park, London Road, Kessingland, Lowestoft at about 11.40pm, 14 February and subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault.

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Paul Gladwell pictured with girlfriend Carrie Bennett Mr Gladwell fell into an induced coma Paul Gladwell with his girlfriend Carrie Bennett

While being transported to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre in a police van officers became concerned for his wellbeing, stopped the van, and contacted an ambulance.

The man was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance in a critical condition . Sadly earlier today, 16 February, Mr Gladwell was pronounced dead.

The incident was referred to the IPCC, an independent investigation has been launched, and a team has attended the scene and post incident procedure . His family has been informed.

Investigators are carrying out house-to-house enquiries, speaking to witnesses and gathering CCTV footage.
IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: Our thoughts are with the man s relatives and friends at this difficult time.

“Our investigators will be conducting a thorough enquiry into all the circumstances surrounding his interaction with the police.

A Suffolk Police statement said: ‘Police were called around 11.45pm on Tuesday night, 14 February, to reports of an altercation at premises at London Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft.

An investigation has been launched into his death

“Officers attended and found a man in his late 30s had been detained by staff on the site . The man was arrested on suspicion of assault.

“As he was being transported to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre in a marked police van he became unwell . The man was then taken to the James Paget hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

“As is standard procedure in cases of this nature, the incident has been referred to the IPCC .A full investigation into what happened is underway”

Pontins has been contacted for comment.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the IPCC by email at witness@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or by telephone on 0800 096 9070.

Donald Trump ‘wasn’t briefed’ on Executive Order he signed appointing Steve Bannon to National Security Council

Donald Trump was not briefed on an Executive Order he signed placing an ex-far right website owner on America s National Security Council. The President is reportedly fuming because he wasn t told the piece of paper he signed would put Steve Bannon on the crucial committee. According to the New York Times, not being fully briefed on the appointment is “a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.”

Bannon, the former CEO of far-right website Breitbart, is Trump s chief strategist in the White House – and is the first political appointee to be made a primary member of the Council.

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The Executive Order originally removed Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the highest ranking serving military officer – from the permanent Council, but the White House later indicated it was to walk back on the move.

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Bannon, 62, is a skilled propagandist and darling of the so-called alt-right – a term used to describe a movement of racist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist people on social media, which got behind Trump s candidacy. Prior to Trump’s election, Bannon had no experience in public service or national security. He was instrumental in developing Trump s executive order banning travel to the US from Muslim countries, and was reported to have insisted last night that the ban would apply even to people with lawful permanent residence in the US.

He took over Breitbart, which has become a platform for the so-called Alt-Right, in 2012, following the sudden death of founder Andrew Breitbart.

While the site was always a right-wing fringe website, there was a shift in focus under Bannon s leadership. Former Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro told the Daily Wire, a conservative website: Andrew Breitbart despised racism . Truly despised it .

With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. It was reported this morning that the President’s top team hold late night meetings in the dark because they can’t work out how to turn on the lights in the White House cabinet room.1

Washington DC history is full of legends of crucial decisions being made in dimly lit, smoke filled rooms.

But in the Trump2 team’s case, the gloom is apparently down to them not being able to get their head around the technology.

And according to the New York Times3 , the lights are just one of the teething troubles the new President’s team suffer. They report that at late-night meetings, “aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room.

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Theresa May visits US and Donald Trump

References

  1. ^ lights in the White House cabinet room. (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ Trump (mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ New York Times (mirror.co.uk)

Former Argos security guard in London unseats despot to become President of Gambia

A former security guard who worked at Argos in London has become the President of Gambia in a shock victory. Adama Barrow is set to replace despotic leader Yahya Jammeh who once vowed to rule the tiny West African nation for “a billion years”. Barrow, 51, was born in Ghana but moved to Britain in the early 2000s to study for a degree in real estate, according to the Times.

While living in London he worked as a security guard at the retail giant Argos on Holloway Road. Jammeh, who has been in office for 22 years after seizing power in a coup, has said he will step down.

Adama Barrow united opponents to claim an unlikely victory in Gambia Adama Barrow, 51, was born in Ghana but moved to Britain in the early 2000s Barrow worked at Argos while he was studying in London

But it remains to be seen if the leader, who has been accused of imprisoning and torturing opponents will, in fact, go peacefully.

“If (Barrow) wants to work with us also, I have no problem with that . I will help him work towards the transition,” Jammeh said.

He later claimed that he planned to move to his farm after leaving office following a handover in January. Celebrations erupted in the streets of Banjul, a normally sleepy seaside capital whose white beaches lined with palm trees are a draw for European tourists, when the results were announced.

Barrow ousted Jammeh who has been in power for 22 years

Gambians shouted: “We are free . We won’t be slaves of anyone.”

Some waved the Gambian flag and opposition party signs.

Official results from the electoral commission head gave Barrow, a real estate developer who once worked as a security guard at retailer Argos in London, 45.5 percent of the vote against Jammeh’s 36.7 percent. Jammeh’s eccentricities have often made headlines. He once said he had invented a herbal cure for AIDS that only works on Thursdays.

Once every year he also invited a few hundred women to the grounds of State House, where he personally administered another herbal cure he had concocted for infertility. He arrested hundreds on suspicion of being witches or wizards and threatened to decapitate gay people. Jammeh’s supporters deny abuses and he has often criticised Western powers for meddling in African affairs.

Barrow somehow managed to unite and galvanise Gambia’s opposition for the first time since Jammeh took power in the country of 1.8 million people. He has promised to revive the economy, one of the region’s poorest performers that pushes thousands of Gambians to flee to Europe in search of a better life. Barrow has also pledged to end human rights abuses and to step down after three years as a boost to democracy.

It is unclear whether Jammeh, if he steps down, will insist on some kind of immunity for alleged abuses under his rule.