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Violent patient waved blade around at Cramlington Hospital and slashed security guard

A violent hospital patient waved a knife blade around and slashed a security guard after flying into a fit of rage. Diabetic David Crowe brandished the weapon at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (NSEC), in Cramlington1, after being taken there in the early hours of the morning because he was suffering from a hypo. But as three security guards and a nurse tried desperately to disarm the 39-year-old drug addict, he lashed out and slashed one of the guards on the arm, a court was told.

Another security guard also suffered a cut to his knee during a scuffle to remove the weapon from Crowe s hand, while a third suffered a back injury, prosecutors said. Now, Crowe, of Ridsdale Close, Seaton Delaval2, is facing a jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to wounding without intent, affray and possession of a bladed article.

David Crowe leaves Bedlington Magistrates Court in Northumberland

South East Northumberland Magistrates Court3 heard that Crowe, who is Type 1 diabetic and a long-term drug abuser, was taken to NSEC at around 5am on September 24 suffering from a suspected hypo, which is caused when blood sugars are too low. Clare Irving, prosecuting, said, after receiving some initial treatment, Crowe ran outside to go for a cigarette.

Ms Irving said: The defendant s mood suddenly changed when he saw four or five men and a nurse coming towards him.

His dad tries to reassure him but he continues to be agitated.

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The court was told one security guard tried to calm Crowe down but he began waving his right arm around. Ms Irving added: It was noted then that the defendant had a metal object, the blade of a Stanley knife, in his right fist.

The guards back-off because of this and the defendant s father intervenes and tries to calm his son . The defendant then places his father in a headlock for a few seconds before loosening his grip.

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The security guards move towards the defendant and one grabs the defendant s right wrist, while the others take him to the ground.

It was then they realised the object in his hand was a Stanley knife blade . One security guard banged the defendant s hand off the ground until he released his grip of the blade.

Once the defendant was securely detained, the security guard realised that he was injured.

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington

The security guard suffered a slash to his right arm, which needed five stitches, the prosecutor said, while another guard suffered a minor cut to his knee, which was treated with steri strips. A third security guard suffered pain to his back during the scuffle to disarm Crowe, which required him to be put on strong painkillers .

In a statement, the guard who needed stitches said: I was sent home from duty as a result of this incident and I now require psychological assessment, given the injury.

I accept verbal abuse comes with my role as a security guard but not the level of physical violence I received today. Ms Irving told the court that the magistrates sentencing powers were insufficient and Crowe should be sent to Newcastle Crown Court. She added: There is use of a weapon, which has been used to cause injury .

The weapon has been used to make threats . The location of the offence is also an aggravating feature. Gerry Bass, mitigating, said Crowe had the blade in his pocket to use for self-harming purposes and was not carrying it with the intention of hurting anyone else.

The solicitor said: Mr Crowe is 39 years old with real problems.

He has Type 1 diabetes and accepts he s got a drug problem with amphetamines.

He lives on his own, he leads a fairly isolated life and he suffers from depression . His parents are very caring of him, which is why they took him to hospital on this occasion. Magistrates released Crowe on bail to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court4 for sentence next month.

References

  1. ^ in Cramlington (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Seaton Delaval (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ South East Northumberland Magistrates Court (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  4. ^ Newcastle Crown Court (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)

SL team surrounded by ‘extraordinary’ security arrangements in Lahore

The Sri Lanka T20 squad were surrounded by ‘extraordinary’ security arrangements upon their arrival in Lahore on Sunday morning, for the third T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium . This is the first Sri Lanka team to visit Pakistan since the terror attack targeting Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009. The side, which flew in from Abu Dhabi, was escorted to the team hotel in a bomb-proof bus . The routes from the Allama Iqbal Airport in Lahore were virtually sealed off with thousands of armed police deployed along the 14 km route . The streets leading to Mall Road were also deserted as the team was flanked by a large convoy of police commandos . The arrangements were similar to the security protocol followed for a presidential visit. A Sri Lankan security delegation had visited Lahore over the last two days to oversee the arrangements . A full dress rehearsal of the security arrangements from the airport to the hotel to the stadium – involving the Pakistan army, Pakistan’s paramilitary force, the Rangers, and the Punjab police – was also held. “We are prepared to host Sri Lanka team,” Dr Haider Ashraf, Deputy Inspector General (operations) of Punjab Police, told reporters at Gaddafi Stadium. “Under the umbrella of the Punjab government, and with the help of Pakistan army, rangers and intelligence agencies, we are geared up to make this event successful.

“I can assure that the entire administration from Punjab government and police is very much professional and competent to handle such event . A Sri Lanka security delegation was here and nobody has so far objected or expressed any dissatisfaction about any of our arrangements . We have adopted all the best international practices and everyone on board is satisfied .

International security consultants are also on board . There are four layers of security check points to enter the stadium and Lahore administration has put a shuttle service in place to take fans from the parking area to the stadium gates . There are four parking points covering all direction of the city.”

The team that landed in Sunday does not include any player or coach who was present in 2009 . Sri Lanka Cricket had announced a new-look T20I squad after several senior players refused to travel to Lahore . Sri Lanka’s regular T20I captain, Upul Tharanga, had pulled out, along with Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal and Akila Dananjaya . The team is being captained by Thisara Perera . SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala and sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara have accompanied the side to Lahore. Sunday’s match is yet another attempt by the Pakistan Cricket Board to show the country’s will and capacity to host international cricket, which had stopped for many years following the 2009 terror attack . In March 2009, the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked en route to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day of the second Test, at the Liberty Roundabout situated 1.5 kilometres from the stadium . Eight people were killed in the attack and a few Sri Lanka players were injured . With teams refusing to tour Pakistan in the aftermath of the attack, the board had to adopt the UAE as its home venue for international cricket.

The landscape of the city, however, has changed drastically over the last eight years . The flow of traffic around the Liberty Roundabout has been altered, and the Nishtar Park complex, which houses the Gaddafi Stadium, is now well protected with huge metal gates. In 2015, Zimbabwe became the first Test-playing nation to tour Pakistan since the attack, with a limited-overs series held in Lahore . Despite extensive security measures, a bomb blast occurred 800m away from the Gaddafi Stadium during the second ODI, killing two people . Zimbabwe stayed on and finished the series two days later, but the tour did not lead to a change in the perceptions about security in Pakistan. The next high-profile match in Lahore was the Pakistan Super League final in March 2017 . This was followed by a successful tour of the World XI for three T20Is in September, which saw a number of high-profile cricketers turn out . The World XI side was coached by Andy Flower and included five players from South Africa – including Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla – three from Australia, two from West Indies and one player each from England, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka . The series was officially backed by the ICC, who also hired independent experts to oversee security arrangements .

Players were offered US $100,000 to play the series, which spanned five days . It was a key step for the PCB in its efforts to convince teams that Pakistan is ready to host top-flight international cricket. The PCB is now in talks with Cricket West Indies for three T20I matches in November, but the West Indies board has not yet confirmed the series.

Sedgefield tech firm Kromek flies high with $2m security screening deal

North East technology firm Kromek is cementing its strength in security markets after winning a second long-term contract in the sector this year.

The Sedgefield firm1 , which is based at NETPark, has announced a five-year deal with a new customer which is a leader in X-ray imaging systems. The radiation detection technology company, which also works in the medical and nuclear markets, said the five-year deal is worth $2m ( 1.54m) over the period. The work will see the manufacturer incorporate Kromek s technology into its baggage security screening systems, which will boost detection of an extensive range of threat materials.

This marks the second long-term contract Kromek has signed in the security screening market this year, following the announcement in February of a five-year $3.1m ( 2.39m) agreement with an existing US customer that is an emerging leader and global company in the homeland security marketplace. Dr Arnab Basu, chief executive officer of Kromek, said: We are delighted to secure another long-term contract with a new OEM customer in the security screening market.

This agreement further demonstrates the demand for our products and technology as all OEMs in this arena begin upgrading their legacy systems to bring them in line to detect modern day threats . We look forward to working with this new customer and developing a long-term relationship with them.

The announcement comes just over two weeks after the firm was awarded a new contract by a health sector customer worth at least 4.1m.

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The radiation detection specialist already has contracts with the firm, which works in the bone mineral densitometry sector, which involves making detectors which are used to determine a patient s bone quality, helping doctors in the diagnosis and management of diseases such as osteoporosis. In June the firm posted full year results showing growth in turnover of 7.5% from 8.3m to 9m. Mr Basu pledged a step change at the firm that will see it pull off larger contracts and boost revenue by 40% this year.

Over the last 24 months the firm has won more than $40m ( 30.9m) in contracts across its market sectors as commercialisation has stepped up.

References

  1. ^ Sedgefield firm (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)