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Security and safety measures in response to bombing

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the events in Manchester and our deepest condolences are with the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives.

Dorset Police stand with Greater Manchester Police and other forces across the country . Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that our local communities and businesses are both well prepared and protected.

Our aim is to reduce the risk to the public and maximise public awareness . As is normal practice, we are in touch with national anti-terrorism coordinators.

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this time there has been no change to the threat level in the UK but this is reviewed on a national basis and Dorset Police will, if necessary, respond accordingly . We regularly review intelligence and information and would like to reassure the public that at this time there is no specific threat to Dorset . The public should be alert but not alarmed.

The advice remains the same members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.

Security staff banned from wearing Union flag badges

Security guards at the Bristol Royal Infirmary have been banned from wearing the Union Jack on their stab vests . It is understood that the staff had been wearing the badges for the past two months. They are like those sold in aid of Care of Police Survivors1, a charity which helps families of police officers who have died while on duty . They are becoming more common following the death of PC Keith Palmer in the Westminster attack. The 12 members of staff, employed by the NHS, had received an e-mail telling them to no longer wear the flags on their uniforms.

ITV News approached the Trust that runs the BRI and it issued the following statement. We were contacted recently by a member of the public who saw security officers at the Bristol Royal Infirmary wearing union jack flag patches on their uniforms . The member of the public commended the security staff on how well they dealt with a difficult incident and asked about a union jack patch that they had on their uniforms as they had not seen it before on an NHS uniform.

Our Trust policy says that uniforms cannot be altered or personalised and that only professional badge adornments are permitted . Security staff were therefore reminded of this and asked to remove any non-authorised badges or symbols from their uniforms . We also shared with them the compliment from the member of public.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson

References

  1. ^ Care of Police Survivors (www.ukcops.org)

Security guard attacked with crowbar in Tesco armed robbery

Workers at Halewood1 Shopping Centre have spoken of their shock after a security guard was attacked 2with a crowbar during an armed robbery. At about 7.30am the guard was walking into Tesco 3Express on Leathers Lane to deliver cash to the store. He was then attacked by a man with a crowbar, who smashed the hooked metal bar into the guard s knee before taking the cash box and escaping with another man.

Officers stood outside Tesco Express in Halewood

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They left the scene in a white van while police and paramedics crews rushed to the incident and took the guard to hospital where he is now receiving treatment. The offenders are later believed to have abandoned the van, which has since been recovered, and driven away in a black Ford car. About 20 minutes after the vicious attack detectives received a report of men with a cash box on the Crescent, Huyton4 .

The same box that was stolen from Tesco was then recovered and is now being forensically tested.

Cash box found in the Crescent, Huyton, after armed robbery at Tesco Express, Halewood

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However the offenders left with a quantity of cash before police had arrived. Detective Inspector Cath Haggerty said: This is not a victimless crime and for this guard to be subjected to this ordeal while he was just carrying out his job is unacceptable.

We are carrying out a number of enquiries in the area including the examination of CCTV and forensic enquiries. Police stood guard today outside the Tesco Express while a forensic officer took photos of a cash-in-transit van.

Police and forensic officers at Tesco Express, Halewood, after armed robbery

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A worker in the Marie Curie charity shop, which directly faces the Tesco store, said she was shocked to see police here when she arrived to open up this morning. She told the ECHO: We heard that someone had carried out an armed robbery there this morning.

I was surprised because the area is not normally like that. The Tesco Express was shut for about an hour after the incident.

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Inspector Haggerty added: We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw the white van in the area shortly before the incident and in the area of Oxford Drive, Halewood shortly after, or anyone who saw a black Ford car in the area of The Crescent, Huyton.

We d be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident itself or who saw the offenders acting suspiciously to get in contact on 0151 777 6064 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 . Any information no matter how small will be treated with the utmost confidence and could assist with our investigation. A Tesco spokesman said: We are doing all we can to support our colleagues and are helping the police with their investigation.

References

  1. ^ Halewood (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ attacked (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tesco (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ Huyton (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)