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Hero security guard saves colleagues’ lives as he shoots ‘drugged-up’ robber in terrifying bank raid

A security guard is being hailed a hero for saving his colleagues’ lives after shooting1 a ‘drugged-up’ bank robber.

Brian Harrison will not face criminal charges after firing two shots and fatally injuring the masked man.

The incident occurred on January 20 at the Alpine Bank2 in Rockford, Illinois.

Police say 34-year-old Laurence Turner, from Rockford, tried to rob the bank3 on Friday afternoon. He is said to have fired a shot at the ceiling.

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Brian Harrison fired two shots at Laurence Turner

In the clip, Turner can be seen shooting into the air and it is at this point that Harrison and Turner exchange gunfire. After guns are fired, Turner turns and tries to flee from the bank, but collapses from his rooms in the doorway.

According to WIFR News4 , Turner was on drugs at the time of the shooting and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Shocking footage shows moment bank robber is fatally shot by security guard Laurence Turner died at the scene

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No employees were injured during the incident and no customers inside the bank were hurt.

Authorities believe Turner may have been involved in similar robberies in the Rockford area of the past few months.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of Brian Harrison saved the lives of those that were employees in the Alpine Bank location on that date and saved his own life.”

References

  1. ^ after shooting (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Alpine Bank (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ tried to rob the bank (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ WIFR News (www.wifr.com)

Top London museums increase security over suitcase bomb fears

London’s museums and art galleries have increased security over fears terrorists could target them with hidden explosives. Both the National Gallery1 and the British Museum2 have clamped down on visitors entering with large items of luggage, according to reports. The attractions are also screening other bags brought in by visitors, The Sunday Times reported.

It comes after a man was shot by police officers after attacking patrolling soldiers with a knife in the Louvre in Paris. Museums in London are said to be particularly concerned over the threat posed by bombs being hidden in suitcases. In March last year, attackers at Brussels airport killed 16 people using bombs in suitcases.

The National Gallery, which is visited by about six million people a year, confirmed to the Standard it had started checking all bags about two weeks ago .

It has also banned all suitcases and large items of luggage, and a message on its website reads: “All items left in the cloakrooms may be searched in the interests of safety and security.”

Security at the British Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral has also been stepped up, The Sunday Times reported.

A spokesman for the British Museum told the newspaper: “We continue to take advice from a number of departments and agencies, including the Metropolitan police.”

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References

  1. ^ National Gallery (www.standard.co.uk)
  2. ^ British Museum (www.standard.co.uk)
  3. ^ Reuse content (www.standard.co.uk)

SNP leadership raises security fears with Westminster watchdog in light of murder of MP Jo Cox

THE SNP1 leadership is at loggerheads with Westminster s money watchdog after raising security fears that, following the murder of MP Jo Cox, mileage claims submitted by politicians could be used to find out where they live and how they travel. Angus Robertson, the Nationalist leader in the Commons2, has today called on the Independent Parliamentary Standards AuthorityIpsa, which monitors MPs pay and expenses, to make urgent changes to its policy. He has instructed his colleagues at Westminster to stop submitting detailed mileage expenses, which he regards as unacceptable following Ms Cox s tragic death and the credible threats received by other politicians.

The Moray MP said: Ipsa have been aware for some time that they are inadvertently confirming the home locations of parliamentarians, which runs contrary to basic security advice .

This should be an immediate priority for urgent changes.

“While I support journey information being provided to Ipsa for auditing purposes, I have concerns about the decision to publicise it.

Mr Robertson added: Given the tragic case involving Jo Cox, this cannot be right . Until Ipsa changes this policy I have urgently told colleagues not to submit claims.

But the watchdog insists the information is not detailed enough to locate a specific property and is not minded to change its rules.

However, Mr Robertson pointed to examples of MPs, who represent rural constituencies, for whom a village with as few as four homes was listed.

The Labour3 Party has also expressed concern with one senior source asking why the watchdog felt the need to plough on with its expenses policy when the police4 had even raised concerns.

The issue of MPs travel details came to light after it was reported that police figures, responsible for providing security for MPs, were worried about the Ipsa process.

A representative from the Metropolitan Police revealed he had contacted the watchdog in support of Mr Robertson’s concerns, saying: Any mechanism that might identify the home address of a member should be avoided.

The Guardian newspaper suggested senior security sources had advised Ipsa that MPs could become subject to hostile reconnaissance as a result of the method in which they were publishing information.

In response, a spokesman for the watchdog stressed how it took the issue of security very seriously, that it had consulted the police, but suggested it did not believe the issue was causing a risk to politicians’ safety . It insisted the information which MPs needed to provide was not specific enough to identify their home or regular travel plans.

In the interest of transparency and providing assurance to the public, Ipsa regularly publishes information about the public money spent by MPs in performing their parliamentary functions, the spokesman said.

He added: But we, of course, take very seriously MPs security and the security of their staff and families . As such, in line with police advice, we redact all sensitive and personal information that might compromise MPs safety . We will continue to work in partnership with the police and the House of Commons to help meet the security needs of MPs.

References

  1. ^ SNP (www.heraldscotland.com)
  2. ^ Commons (www.heraldscotland.com)
  3. ^ Labour (www.heraldscotland.com)
  4. ^ police (www.heraldscotland.com)