Published: 17:00 Saturday 19 August 2017
Unattended items are to be removed from the city centre in the interest of safety and security. Peterborough City Council said the risk of a terrorist attack needed to be reduced following recent incidents in Manchester and London. And the authority countered suggestions rough sleepers may be adversely affected by the policy, stating that any impact is likely to be minimal as items will only be removed when they are considered abandoned. A council report states: The local authority continues to receive complaints and concerns from businesses and city centre residents relating to unattended items including sometimes hazardous waste.
Approval of this policy will allow for council officers to respond effectively to complaints from the public and businesses in the city. This will in turn improve fire safety, reduce security threats and improve the physical appearance of the city. The report adds: Unattended items may also pose a security risk which cannot be overlooked, particularly in light of the recent terrorist events in Manchester and London.
Whilst the police assessment of the risk of a terrorist incident occurring in Peterborough remains low, we nevertheless cannot be complacent and need to take all reasonable steps to reduce any risks. The council said it will speak to rough sleepers about the policy before it is implemented . Items which are considered abandoned will be removed by the council s waste management contractor Amey for collection and storage at its depot in Fengate. A note will be placed where the items have been taken to inform their owner and advise them where the items can be collected from .
They will then be stored for a month.
Security guards tackled and held on to a suspected bank robber in the city centre1 this afternoon. Crowds gathered to watch the drama at the Cooperative Bank in Parker Street shortly before 5pm. The ECHO was told a man ran into the bank, jumped on the counter and demanded cash from the staff.
But security guards from nearby shops saw what was happened and raced to help. Peter Moorhouse, a security guard at Footlocker described how he saw the man run in to the bank from Church Street. He told ECHO: I radioed through to a colleague and we ran into the bank .
He jumped down off the counter and that s when we tackled him and pinned him down.
We radioed through for assistance and another two colleagues came to help us . We just held him there until police arrived.
Tape at the entrance of the Cooperative Bank
Mr Moorhouse added that they didn t know whether the man was armed – but that a large rock fell out of his hand when he was on the floor. A witness outside the bank, who did not want to be named, said that community police officers arrived at the scene while he was being kept inside.
He added: When I got here there was a massive crowd outside and the security guards had him on the floor.
The bank staff had shut the doors but people were standing about watching.
When the police arrived they walked him up to the top of the road, I don t know how he thought he was getting away with that one.
He didn t have his face covered or anything and there was about 60 people standing outside so he would have been seen.
Police have arrested a man after an attempted robbery at the Co-operative bank on Parker Street in the city centre
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police2 said: Merseyside Police can confirm that, at 4:40 this evening, 11 July, officers were called to an attempted armed robbery at the Co-op bank on Parker Street in Liverpool City Centre.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police enquiries are continuing and images from CCTV will be examined.
Anyone who has any information on this can either phone the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and free, 0800 555 111.
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