A security firm boss who was stripped of his licence last year will go on trial accused of continuing to work in the business after the ban. Mark Pursglove, of Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, denied two charges when he appeared before magistrates at Caernarfon today. The 50-year-old is said to have been engaged in licensable conduct while not in possession of a valid licence by acting as the manager or supervisor of one or more security staff at Pwllheli harbour between February 11 and November 23 last year.
Pursglove also denies being the shadow director of MP Security Services Limited between February and December last year. Appearing alongside Pursglove were Rachel Ann Williams, 37, of Margaret Street, Caernarfon, and Alan Ifor Williams, 57, of Llys yr Eifl, Caernarfon. Ms Williams faces charges of working in the security industry without a valid licence and aiding and abetting Pursglove.
She denied both charges. Mr Williams, who was said to be a director of MP Security Services Ltd between April and November last year, denies a charge of making a false statement to a Security Industry Authority investigator on December 19, 2016. The matter was adjourned for trial, which is due to be heard at Llandudno magistrates court over two days in August.
In February 2016, Pursglove, who was director of Mark Pursglove Security Limited, was fined 3,000 and ordered to pay costs of 5,000 after pleading guilty to employing an unlicensed security guard on a construction site near Porthmadog between April and August 2014. Peter Smith and Simon Lane, two other members of staff at the company, also pleaded guilty to offences . They were fined, ordered to pay costs and had their licences revoked.
Police will work closely with local authorities to beef up security at general election 1polling stations and counts tomorrow (June 8). The region will see an increased policing presence and extra security staff working at election venues in the wake of the three recent terror attacks in Westminster2 and Tower Bridge in London3 and Manchester Arena4. East Cambridgeshire District Council has confirmed it will be conducting hourly sweeps of its count venue in Soham tomorrow into Friday (June 9) to ensure the safety of all in attendance and only authorised persons will be allowed in.
“As expected, security measures will be tight at this week s general election count,” a spokeswoman said. “There will be security at several points on accessing Ross Peers including on accessing the car park and on the door.
Security will be tight for the general election 2017 (Photo: Getty Images)
“There will also be hourly sweeps of the venue, so please do not leave bags unattended at any point.”
Cambridgeshire Police told the News that while there is no specific threat to Cambridgeshire, there has been an increased visible policing presence6, particularly in crowded places, since the terror attack in London that will continue throughout polling day tomorrow. Police are asking the public to be alert, but not alarmed, and to report any suspicious behavior or activity.
Chief Inspector Laura Koscikiewicz, who will be leading the operation for Cambridgeshire Police, said: “We are working closely with the local councils to ensure the elections in Cambridgeshire run smoothly and in an honest and transparent manner. Meanwhile in South Cambridgeshire, only those registered to vote will be allowed access to polling stations and staff have be advised to keep an eye out for anything untoward.
Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on June 8 (Photo: Warren Gunn)
Alex Colyer, acting returning officer and interim chief executive at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: I would encourage everyone to make sure they get out and vote.
“Our election staff have been fully briefed to ensure they are vigilant at polling stations and report anything suspicious immediately . There will be additional security at our election count and, as always, only those registered to attend will be allowed in. Results are expected to be declared sometime between 3.30am and 6am across Cambrisgeshire.
- ^ general election (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Westminster (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Tower Bridge in London (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Manchester Arena (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ Controlled explosions in the heart of Cambridge after suspicious package discovery (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
- ^ increased visible policing presence (www.cambridge-news.co.uk)
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.