Controversial security firm ‘nothing but trouble’ at retail park…and we didn’t even want them here, says manager
A controversial security firm has been nothing but trouble at a North Wales retail park, where they were sent by the council without the permission of the landowner, says the manager. Alan Barker, one of the bosses at Llandudno s Mostyn Champneys, said there was no need for officers from Kingdom to visit the retail park as it has its own cleaners. But he said the St Helens-based firm was instructed by Conwy council to issue litter fines at Mostyn Champneys, despite no consent being given by the park s owners.
The Mostyn Champneys retail park in Llandudno
In an email to Llandudno resident Neil Jones, which was posted in the online group North Wales Against Kingdom Security by Mr Jones, Mr Barker said: We have had nothing but trouble with this particular company, who were instructed by the local authority to enter our property and land without our consent. Mr Barker, who is the manager of Mostyn Champneys and Broughton Shopping, told the Daily Post: We ve had quite a number of complaints from shoppers and our tenants about Kingdom Security being on Mostyn Champneys.
Apparently, Conwy county council instructed them to go there without consulting us.
Most of the shops on Mostyn Champneys are discount stores so our shoppers probably can t afford the 75 fine.
We ve exchanged a number of phone calls and emails with Conwy council, and we ve been told Kingdom have now stopped operating there.
There was no need for them to be there in the first place as we have our own cleaners on the site. Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders said: These reports are most alarming .
Conwy council need to take a close and urgent look at the guidance issued to Kingdom, and ensure they are only operating on permitted land.
British Land, who manage Mostyn Champneys, have confirmed to me previously that Kingdom Security do not have any remit to issue Fixed Penalty Notices on Mostyn Champneys retail park.
I trust the council will take forward the concerns raised by British Land and constituents here as appropriate, and I urge full transparency and openness from the council on this matter.
I would also urge the council to bring forward their promised public consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders for which constituents have been waiting for five months. A Conwy council spokeswoman said: Littering and dog fouling is unacceptable at any location; it s not only anti-social but also illegal.
The council has a duty to help reduce such behaviour and to keep the county as free from litter as possible.
The offence of littering occurs, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 87, if a person throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place open to the air and leaves it.
Whether land is publicly or privately owned, permission to enter land to enforce the relevant legislation is not required.
We work with landowners to ensure the duties of both the council and landowners can be met.
If a landowner/occupier does not want enforcement on their land, we will consider the request after discussing their waste management plan to ensure that any litter dropped or waste generated on their land would be cleared and removed correctly to protect adjoining streets and public spaces that people are entitled to enjoy litter-free.
This has been requested at Mostyn Champneys. Kingdom works for more than 35 councils across the UK, including Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.
The firm has drawn criticism for the tactics they are alleged to use to issue fines of up to 75 for littering.
This is the shocking moment a Tesco security guard PICKED UP an alleged shoplifter – and dragged her kicking and screaming back into the store. The video was shot outside a branch of Britain’s biggest grocer in Cornwall. The footage, shot on Thursday, has since gone viral on social media and made headlines nationally.
A security guard employed by Tesco can be seen outside the shop entrance in the footage.
He is restraining a woman who allegedly stole from the store. The guard then picks up the woman and drags her into the store against her will, to detain her until the police arrive at the scene.
A police spokesperson confirmed two bottles Mo t & Chandon champagne were returned to the store as part of the incident.
Mr Collins uploaded the video to Facebook later that evening in a public post, suggesting that a large grown man shouldn t have been so physical with the woman. And debate subsequently broke out on the social media site. Mr Collins said: It seemed excessive from a completely neutral point of view, and also the fact that there were a lot of children all around, who had finished school and were going into Tesco.
I m getting a lot of stick from people, most of whom seem to be taking the point of view that this guy deserves a medal, that he s a hero, and that this woman is subhuman.
But I was the one who was there, and it was quite traumatic.
I shared the video publicly for no other reason than to make sure that this voiceless girl, who obviously has troubles in her life, that there was somebody who is standing up for her.
People like her are very much the voiceless people, who have no power or help.
Commenting on Facebook, Julie Hall Dawson also took Mr Collins’ side . She s not committing a violent offence, they should have called police not manhandled her like that . Jobsworth bullies. Rachel Tregurtha Mclean added: Are they even allowed to get that physical ? I wouldn’t have thought so, and even if she had stolen something I’m more bothered by how the situation was handled . If that was a child of mine I would go bonkers about it.
Keith Scully said: That’s assault, in every manner.. . Stick it on Tesco page, let me know how it goes . Wanna be cops… But many were in support of the security guard, stating that he was simply doing his job.
Vaughan Rouffignac was particularly vocal . He s doing his f******* job man, Mr Rouffignac said. “He’s allowed to use force if she doesn’t do as asked . I know him and he knows the rules.”
Georgie Grace said the individual shouldn t receive special treatment just because she is a female. She said: I might stroll out with my weekly shop tomorrow, quick wrestle with security but know it will be fine because some do-gooder will film it because I’m a woman and security is male and they’ll be in the wrong . Come off it.
Bryony Anne added: He has every right to bring her back into the shop so the police can be called . If I had children and they behaved this way I d call the cops myself! A spokesperson for Tesco said the company is “aware” of the incident, adding: We are assisting police with this matter.
Burnley install anti-terrorism security barriers designed to thwart vehicle ramming attacks in UK first
Burnley have become the first football club in the country to install security barriers to protect fans from potential terrorist attacks. The temporary barriers, which were first used outside Turf Moor for Saturday’s Premier League game with Swansea, prevent drivers from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to the ground. There have been numerous incidents where vehicles have been used for fatal attacks during the past few years, including in London, Nice and Barcelona.
According to the Burnley Express1 , the British-designed barriers, installed by events management company StadiumTM on behalf of the football club, allow pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users to pass through and can be dropped in under 30 seconds to enable access for the emergency services.
The barriers prevent drivers from ramming vehicles into supporters making their way to Turf Moor (Image: Jan Kruger)
David McAtamney, managing director of StadiumTM, said: Keeping crowds and public spaces safe during an event is paramount, and following shocking vehicle attacks across the globe including here in the UK we wanted to be at the forefront of bringing effective barrier systems to public events.
HVM barriers are the most recent addition to the services we offer and we were pleased to work with Burnley Football Club to install these at their home game against Swansea City.
The safety of fans is the club s highest priority and they were keen to become the first football team to use this innovative security method . The barriers are a temporary security measure which not only acts as a deterrent, but can also arrest and stop vehicles . We were able to quickly install and remove the barriers, and crowds entering and exiting Turf Moor were able to pass through them easily.