Shocking footage has emerged of a Marks & Spencer1 security guard appearing to body slam a Big Issue vendor after he refused to return to the store for questioning. Witnesses watched in disbelief as the pair wrestled on the floor outside the department store in Covent Garden, Central London. The homeless man can be heard on the video screaming get off me as he desperately tries to escape before being thrown to the cobbles like a rag doll.
He was heard howling in pain as store employees tried to haul him back inside but they let him go after the commotion drew a crowd.
The incident was caught on camera (Image: DRN) The security guard wants to get the man into the M&S store (Image: DRN) He tries to bring the vendor under control (Image: DRN)
Marks & Spencer condemned the behaviour as completely unacceptable and confirmed it is launching an immediate investigation. The dramatic video – filmed by a member of the public on a mobile phone – emerged on social media today. It shows the security guard trying to drag the man towards the store entrance with both arms pinned behind his back.
When he resists, the guard grabs him by the neck and pulls him to the pavement. He puts him in a headlock and says: Stop resisting, stop resisting.
The homeless man holds onto a lamp post in desperation (Image: DRN) The security guard has the vendor in a headlock (Image: DRN)
He manages to free himself but as he is walking away the guard appears to rush up on him from behind and wrap both arms around his shoulders. Onlookers gasp as the man is hurled off the kerb and slammed into the concrete.
Another member of staff tries to block the camera with his hand and goes to assist his colleague. The security guard says get him inside and they start trying to drag him up off the ground.
M&S has launched an investigation (Image: DRN) The homeless man is slammed to the ground (Image: DRN)
The man filming says: What you doing, mate ? Oh, my days. A large crowd gathers on the other side of the street and staff eventually decide to release the man, saying: Don t come back.
It is not known what the man was accused of. A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer confirmed the security guard no longer works for the company.
A crowd starts to gather due to the commotion (Image: DRN) The camera man can be heard protesting against the vendors physical treatment (Image: DRN)
She added: We re very disappointed to see this footage.
“Nothing justifies this behaviour, it is completely unacceptable and is not tolerated at M&S.
This incident took place over a year ago but was not reported to us at the time.
“Nonetheless, we ve launched an immediate investigation into the incident.
This security guard no longer works on behalf of M&S and we are taking appropriate actions to ensure that this behaviour doesn t happen again. A spokeswoman for the Big Issue said: We are appalled by this shocking and apparently unprovoked attack on a vulnerable person. Big Issue sellers face all manner of hardship on the streets and are frequently subject to abuse, but we would hope that the premises of a major retailer would represent a safe environment.
As an organisation we’ve enjoyed a good relationship with Marks & Spencer over the years, so we sincerely hope this an isolated incident which will be treated as seriously as it deserves to be.
A racist shop thief shouted You just bomb the place at a security guard when he was caught stealing buffalo burgers. Jeffrey Carr also said He shouldn t be in this country he should go back to his country during the shocking rant inside an Iceland store, in Newcastle1. A court was told that the 55-year-old, who was described by his own solicitor as Hopeless and helpless at the time, launched the tirade of abuse towards the security guard when he was detained after trying to steal the burgers.
But, when police arrived, they charged him not only with the shop theft but also with a racially aggravated public order offence, charges to which he has now pleaded guilty. During a hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates Court2, District Judge Sarah Griffiths said it was astonishing people still used such vile language.
An Iceland store (Image: hinckley times)
Reading through the details of the case, the judge added: He s in a shop and seen by a security guard taking burgers . He s challenged about it and initially just swears at him and says f*** you .
However, later when the police arrived, he makes a comment about the security guard and says he shouldn t even be in this country.
He then says He needs to go back to his country . He shouldn t be here, they just bomb the place . The court was told the offences happened on April 24 this year at an Iceland store in Newcastle.
Giving Carr, of Wilfred Street, Byker, an eight-week community order, with an eight-week curfew, as well as ordering him to pay 85 compensation, District Judge Griffiths said: In this day and age, this behaviour is completely unacceptable.
It s astonishing people still use such language, he should be ashamed . It has to stop.
In a statement, the security guard said: I expect an element of dislike towards me because of my job but I don t appreciate racism. Andy O Hanlon, mitigating, said Carr was now extremely remorseful and apologetic for his actions.
The solicitor added: At the time, he was homeless, hopeless and helpless .
He was drinking to heavily and the most important fact was he was not getting his medication.
He s suffered from mental health issues all his adult life.
Police are considering beefing up security at the Cambridge Union after the man tipped to be the future Prime Minister and other controversial figures were announced to speak at the debating society. Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is among the line-up for speakers at the Union along with former American Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Transgender champion Caitlyn Jenner of Keeping up with the Kardashians fame will also grace the debating society floor.
And The Mooch , Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted as Trump s communications director for just 10 days, will also feature in the line up. The Union has seen police action over protests before including during the appearance of controversial broadcaster Katie Hopkins and French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
And there were protests when former IMF chief accused of sexually assaulting a chambermaid was bundled through a side door as he arrived to speak to the Union in 2012. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was met by a crowd of about 200 student protesters objecting to his speech.
Security was tight at the sold-out event and spectators were not admitted unless they handed over phones and agreed to be searched. And protesters laid siege to the Union as Marine Le Pen spoke inside . Chants of Nazi scum off our streets rang out as about 150 protesters assembled outside the debating society building.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: We work very closely with Cambridge Union and seek to police events proportionately.