A security guard was savagely beaten and left lying seriously injured for hours after a brutal attack at a Brierley Hill factory.
The guard, aged 73, was attacked after he challenged a man found near the factory office yesterday afternoon. The attack happened at Stoke Forgings, a steel components manufacturing plant, based off Vine Street, at around 1pm. Police say the guard was hit numerous times, leaving him with serious head injuries. He was only discovered by a colleague starting work later at around 7pm. He remains in a critical condition in hospital today. The factory unit has been sealed off by officers while forensic inquiries take place. Detective Inspector Colin Mattinson from Force CID said: The security guard is currently detained in a critical condition in hospital. “This was a sustained and violent attack on an elderly man. “We believe he challenged a man found inside the premises which led to the unprovoked attack taking place.
Enquiries are continuing and we are studying CCTV and carrying our forensic investigations at the scene. “We are still trying to establish what the man was doing inside the premises and what, if anything was stolen. I would ask anyone who saw anything in the Vine Street area yesterday or anyone who has knowledge of this attack to call us as soon as possible on 101 or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.
Patrols have been stepped up in the area after the attack.
‘Complete and utter failure’ of White House security allows intruder to ‘rattle President’s back door’
The intruder1 who got into the White House2 last week managed to peer through a window and rattle a handle at the South Portico entrance known as the President s back door. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz called the incident “a complete and utter total failure” of the complex, high-tech security system. The US Secret Service put out a statement confirming the scale of the security breach which happened while Donald Trump3 was in residence, after an unnamed source leaked information to CNN.
The intruder, named as 26-year-old Californian resident Jonathan T Tran, was in the building for nearly 17 minutes before he was arrested and was seen hanging around outside hours before. Mr Tran carried a back pack with mace and a letter for the President as he scaled three fences up to eight feet high to gain access. Despite activating alarms, he was able to give secret service officers the slip at one security point by hiding behind a pillar of the East Wing entrance.
He was reportedly seen in the Pennsylvania Avenue area as early as 6pm, almost six hours before he was arrested. Mr Chaffetz, who was briefed by Homeland Security, confirmed the intruder managed to “rattle the door handle”, but he did not gain entrance and was eventually arrested at 11.38pm last Friday. He said security staff were left angry and frustrated that they had struggled to locate the man after he set off multiple security sensors.
That’s why we spend billions of dollars on personnel and dogs and technologies and fences and undercover people and video surveillance, Mr Chaffetz said.
And yet the person is able to get up close to the White House and spend 17 minutes before he’s apprehended . That’s unbelievable.
He said his committee learned of additional allegations that weren’t in the original affidavit given to the court, including triggered alarms that were ignored and that the suspect may have moved around on the White House grounds undetected for a considerable amount of time . Mr Chaffetz said the suspect also may have attempted entry into the building .
If true, these allegations raise questions about whether the agency’s security protocols are adequate.”
The White House has a complex web of security in its different zones, with the system mostly relying on infrared and microwave technology to trigger alarms but these can be subject to malfunction and false activation. More than 50 interviews have so far been conducted as part of the ongoing investigation which has included scrutiny of video footage and radio transmissions.
The Secret Service statement said immediate steps had been taken to tighten up security, including additional posts, technology enhancements and response protocols.
The men and women of the Secret Service are extremely disappointed and angry in how the events of March 10 transpired, the statement said. When approached by a Secret Service officer on the south grounds and asked whether he had a pass authorising him to be in the restricted area, Mr Tran replied, No, I am a friend of the President . I have an appointment, according to a Washington DC police report. Asked how he got there, he said he jumped the fence.
After the incident, the Secret Service insisted the President was never in danger . Mr Trump said the intruder was a troubled person and praised the service, saying it had done a fantastic job in apprehending the individual. Mr Tran was charged with entering or remaining in restricted grounds while using or carrying a dangerous weapon, and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, according to Bill Miller, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s office.
No hazardous materials were found in the intruder’s backpack and a search of the north and south grounds complex found nothing of concern according to reports. Standard practice in dealing with White House intruders is for security to hand them over to the local police department, as happened in this case. This was the first known security incident since Mr Trump took office, although there have been a number of incidents of people gaining access to the White House grounds over the past few years.
In 2014, 42-year-old Omar Gonzales, from Texas, made it through the north portico doors with a three-and-a-half-inch folding knife in his pocket before he was apprehended, according to the Secret Service . The Obama family was not at the White House at the time. Four sitting presidents have been assassinated, the last being John F Kennedy in 1963, and there have been more than 20 known attempts to kill sitting and former presidents.
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