A man who threatened a worker with a hammer at his local supermarket said I m from Salford, you best let me go after being tackled to the ground by a security guard. Damien Yates, 49, then told the guard: I will be back for you.
The attacker was a regular shopper at the store, in Longsight, and it was inevitable he would have been identified and caught, Manchester Crown Court heard. Yates was jailed for 32 months for attempted robbery on Friday, December 8.
The trouble began when Yates burst into the Farmfoods store in Stockport Road, Longsight, on October 27, brandishing a hammer and threatened a female worker who was cleaning the floor.
The court heard the raid took place at about 9pm and he warned the woman: You better open the till. Yates then raised the hammer above his head before the worker called for help, prosecutor Nicola Carroll said. The store s quick-thinking security guard was able to wrestle Yates to the ground and disarm him, before the police were called.
As the guard pinned Yates down, the defendant said: I m from Salford, you best let me go . I will be back for you.
Defending, Jane Miller said Yates regularly uses the shop as a customer. She said: Staff knew who he was and he was easily identified . It was inevitable he was going to be caught. Yates, of Hamilton Road, Longsight, is originally from Salford but had moved to fashion a new life for himself, Ms Miller said.
He has a history of addiction to class A drugs and has suffered from mental health problems, the judge heard.
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The court was told that Yates is remorseful and has sent what the judge described as a heartfelt letter apologising to the shop worker. Ms Miller said a possible explanation for Yates offending was that he had a criminal debt of 600 to pay. Sentencing, Recorder Mark Ainsworth said: The incident was over in a matter of seconds .
Nevertheless it would have been a very distressing incident . It left her shaken up and not feeling safe in her place of work. The judge accepted that Yates, who has an appalling record of 53 previous convictions, recognised the consequences of his actions.
He previously pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery.
Police do not have the numbers to protect a hard Irish border, a representative body has warned. Planning for a no-deal Brexit needs to begin urgently as it would cost tens of millions of pounds to secure the porous 300-mile (483km) frontier, the Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) said. All sides in the discussions between the EU and UK are united in opposition to a heavily-militarised border that characterised arrangements during the long Northern Ireland conflict. Federation chairman Mark Lindsay said his members would be “sitting ducks” for terrorists if they had to regularly and predictably protect other agencies like customs officers at crossing points from Northern Ireland into the Republic.
The Police Federation for Northern Ireland said the force did not have enough officers to secure a hard border (Paul Faith/PA)
He said: “Numbers are already painfully thin on the ground and, if hundreds were required along a porous border, the situation would inevitably become intolerable and unmanageable. “No-one wants a ‘hard’ border, but if there the politicians fail to reach an accord or compromise, it seems something that is a lot less relaxed than what we currently enjoy will be the consequence.” The meandering frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic encompasses largely remote areas and contains around 275 crossing points. Mr Lindsay claimed there would have to be a very significant increase in the number of officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to secure it. “Imagine, therefore, what would happen in communities all over Northern Ireland if officers were to be transferred to do border security duties alongside other agencies such as HM Customs & Excise ? Cities and towns would see officer numbers decimated.
“Contingency planning has to begin as a matter of urgency.” The Federation has been calling for an increase in the number of officers for years. Mr Lindsay said the present below-par total of fewer than 6,700 was already a few hundred below what Chief Constable George Hamilton said he required.
In October the PSNI launched a new recruitment drive and said they were hoping to sign up 300 new officers. Next year some 730 are eligible to retire – 11% of the workforce . A further 331 can retire over the following two years, the Federation disclosed.
Glamorous Doria, a yoga instructor, was wearing a black long-sleeved dress and a head scarf for her day out, during which she was flanked by a burly security guard dressed in jeans and a checked shirt. Security was seen outside the 61-year-old’s Los Angeles home while US actress Meghan, who quit legal drama Suits after her engagement was announced, gave an interview alongside her new fiance.
Doria was spotted with a security detail after news of her daughters engagement broke (Image: Splash News) Harry and Meghan announced their engagement on Monday (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
The man was also seen helping Doria to her car and holding the door open for her.
It comes after Meghan, 36, revealed her plans to become a UK citizen before she and Harry3 exchange their vows next May. But it looks like she’s going to have to brush up on her knowledge quite a lot before then.
When quizzed on ‘Britishisms’ last year by TV Channel Dave, she only managed to get a measly four out of 15 questions about Britain right. The quiz starts with her having to guess which answer is a genuine ale . She nails it as three out of five are correct, but most of the remaining questions leave her well and truly baffled.
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Next, Meghan is asked which four places are real locations in the UK – she chose the only one that isn’t a real place. She also didn’t know the UK word for ‘sidewalk’ and said Vegemite was more popular than Marmite. Following the test, she admits defeat, saying: “I think I lost .
I think I was the worst at this game.”
In a briefing yesterday afternoon, the royal couple confirmed the wedding of the year will take place at St George s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May.
Meghan’s glamorous mum is a yoga instructor (Image: Splash News) A security guard holds Doria’s car door for her (Image: Splash News)
It was revealed that Meghan intends to become a British citizen – but will also retain her American citizenship. Additional details about exact date, the size of the wedding party, bridesmaids and best men are still firmly under wraps, but the pair revealed the Queen will attend. Meghan will get the chance to get to know Britain better as she joins Prince Harry on their first joint official engagement as a royal couple on Friday.