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COUNTY NEWS: Men in balaclavas assault security guards before stealing thousands of pounds

Published: 18:16 Saturday 09 September 2017

A group of men wearing balaclavas assaulted two security guards who were transporting cash before making off with thousands of pounds, in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to police. The security guards had retrieved the money from the ATM s in the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, in Chichester, on Friday night, police said. Shortly after midnight, in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 9), the security van transporting the retrieved money was targeted by a group of males wearing balaclavas and brandishing hand weapons, police said. The two security guards were attacked and a significant quantity of cash valued into the thousands was stolen, according to a police spokesman. The police spokesman added: One of the security guards suffered minor injuries as a result of being assaulted.

Sussex Police are asking for any witnesses or anyone who may have any information relating to this robbery to contact Sussex Police by calling 101 and quoting reference 0029 of 29/09.

Witnesses can also contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

Anti-fracker targeted security chief

An anti-fracking protestor targeted Cuadrilla s security chief at the Little Plumpton shale gas site, a court heard. David Logan was among protesters who made vile comments about him and challenged the security manager to a fight via messages on Facebook. Logan asked the security boss to meet him for a bare-knuckle fight and called him an obscene name. In a victim s personal statement to a court the security manager stated he and his family had been harassed and that he and his family had had to reset their internet privacy settings.

The security manager had also installed CCTV at his address because of the threats and police had placed a vulnerable marker on his home. Unemployed Logan, 37, of Wensleydale Avenue, Grange Park, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to sending a threatening message by social media . He was sentenced to a 12 weeks community order with a tagged curfew from 9pm to 8am and ordered to pay 100 compensation to the security manager with 45 costs plus 85 victims surcharge by Blackpool magistrates. Presiding magistrate, Roger Merry, told him: People do not seem to understand the fear and trepidation it puts the victims in when things are posted online. We view this offence very seriously. You put this gentleman and his family in fear.

Logan had previous convictions for a malicious communication offence against the police. When interviewed by police Logan talked about being against the fracking process for shale gas. He said he would have fought the security manager if he had turned up. Gary McAnulty, defending, said his client was a man who did daft things when he was drunk. He was curbing his use of alcohol and no longer used social media, he told the court.

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)