Five security guards have been left red faced after a suspected shoplifters 1– who is believed to have raided Poundland – was able to break free from them. Footage of the security team being dragged along the road by the getaway van has now emerged following the incident on Wednesday. The crime which unfolded at around 1pm at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre left two guards injured.
It is understood the crooks had been chased from discount shop Poundland2, inside the Maple Walk shopping centre, in Solihull. The horrifying footage shows stricken shoppers watching as security guards wrestle a man to the ground outside the centre. One eyewitness told the Birmingham Mail3: Security and a male were involved.
The security guards grapple with the suspect in plain view of a witness who films the incident (Photo: Birmingham Mail WS)
A van sped off, taking security with them and one hit the floor.
The footage, which lasts almost two minutes, begins as two security guards wrestle a man to the floor, next to a white transit van. It is thought one man had already got into the van. Around 30 seconds into the video4 , another three security guards run towards the scene.
But the man on the ground manages to escape the guards and climb into the van as it speeds away, with the door wide open. Two of the guards are still leaning into the passenger side as the van makes off and one is thrown to the ground. Police have confirmed two security guards suffered injuries in the incident.
They are continuing to investigate.
Two security guards have chased suspected shoplifters from Poundland.
Two men have got into a white transit van and driven off.
The security guards have been dragged along the road for a short distance while trying to detain the suspects and suffered minor injuries.
Enquiries are ongoing to try and locate the van.”
Cyclists have complained of chaos after barriers were installed on Blackfriars Bridge1 to protect pedestrians from car ramming following two London terror attacks. The congestion caused by the barriers was described as dangerous on social media as campaigners spoke of serious safety concerns amid increased security measures across the capital. Fences have already been erected on Westminster Bridge,2 where a terror attack in March left five people dead, as well as on Waterloo and Lambeth bridges.
And on Thursday morning commuters were pictured crossing Blackfriars Bridge, which is on the route of Cycle Superhighway 6, with the sturdy-looking new structures in place. A spokesman for London Cycling Campaign spoke of the real safety risk as he said cyclists were being forced into often quite fast traffic as a result of the barriers. He told the Standard3: These barriers had to go up very fast indeed .
We hope that something can be done to modify or change them to provide security and not make things worse for cyclists. A photo on social media taken on Thursday morning showed a throng of cyclists moving close together as they crossed the bridge. The LCC group said in a statement: London Cycling Campaign is fully supportive of the Met, TfL and the boroughs involved in taking urgent steps to provide extra protection for Londoners and visitors to our city.
“It is also important that we do not allow this attack to impede people going about their business, including being able to cycle safely around the city.
We will be talking to all relevant bodies about how measures, such as the new barriers on the bridges, can provide the extra security needed as well as allow people, especially London s large number of cycling commuters, to continue to cycle safely with minimal disruption.
It came as the Met Police said they were reviewing the security of all 33 bridges in London. They said in a statement: Since the night of Sunday, June 4 we have had protective barriers installed at Westminster Bridge.
We are in the process of having barriers installed on Waterloo Bridge and Lambeth Bridge to maintain security at these venues.
We recognise the public is anxious about security following the terrorist attacks in London, and we want to reassure them that we are taking precautions to make the capital a safe place for people to live, work and visit. Barriers have already been introduced on Westminster Bridge (Alex Lentati)
A spokesman added that the bridges are designed specifically for hostile vehicle mitigation and are being considered at locations across London.
He added the force would not be commenting further at this time. Police, TfL, and council officials have faced serious questions over why barriers were not installed immediately4 after the terror attack in Westminster. Khalid Masood killed four pedestrians and injured about 50 others on March 22 as he ploughed into people in a grey Hyundai while they walked on Westminster Bridge.
On Saturday night, London saw another vehicle-knife attack that left seven dead and 21 in critical conditions after a white van swerved down the wrong side of London Bridge, mowing down terrified pedestrians before the three attackers began stabbing passersby.
Barriers are being installed on London’s bridges in response to recent terror attacks. Three jihadists in a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night before leaping out and stabbing people. In March, Khalid Masood1 , 52, drove at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge killing four of them and injuring 50.
There had been calls after that attack for extra security measures on London’s bridges. But council officials had declined to install barriers. Just 24 hours before Saturday’s bloodbath, the City of London Corporation said there were no current plans to install bollards on the historic structure on Friday.
But last night Transport for London confirmed security barriers were being installed at Waterloo, Westminster and London bridges. On twitter, TfL said they were expected to be in place by 4.30am on Monday.
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On Sunday, Prime Minister Theresa May visited some of the 48 people taken to hospitals across the capital after the attack. A rest centre was also set up at London South Bank University where volunteers from the British Red Cross helped those affected, Southwark Council said.
Among the injured are:
A British Transport Police (BTP) officer and an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer are in hospital with serious injuries but neither are believed to be in a life-threatening condition, Scotland Yard said . The BTP officer, who was on duty, was one of the first at the scene after he responded to calls for help from the public, the force said . He suffered serious injuries when he was stabbed in the face, head and leg, wounds which BTP said are not thought to be life-threatening.
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New Zealander Oliver Dowling is reported to have been left in a coma after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach . Mr Dowling, 32, from Christchurch, is said to have had four hours of surgery for his injuries and is in an induced coma . His girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured.
Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho was left in intensive care after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer.
Two Australians were stabbed in the neck while a third was also injured in the attack, according to the country’s foreign minister . Candice Hedge is recovering in St Thomas’ Hospital, while Andrew Morrison received stitches for a wound and was on his way home to Australia . The government is still making inquiries into the third Australian’s condition.
Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England and Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director for NHS England, issued a joint statement, saying that – as with the Westminster Bridge and Manchester attacks – “on each occasion we have seen both the worst and the best of humanity”. It said: “Last night, once again, the NHS and other emergency services reacted swiftly and heroically, going towards the danger to help the injured.
“Tried and tested emergency plans were activated, with London Ambulance Service on the scene within six minutes . NHS staff across the capital have also volunteered to work extra shifts and through the night to help the emergency response.”
“As the medical director and chief nurse of the NHS in England we would like to put on record our gratitude and thanks to everyone for their tireless efforts and commitment in what has been a very difficult period.”
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “The NHS has again shown that we are ready and able to respond to such attacks, thanks to the professionalism and bravery of our staff.
“While so far there has been minimal wider impact on services overall, we continue to keep the situation under close review as events unfold, and ask people in the capital to continue to use NHS services wisely.”