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Ticketless Manchester City fan jumped over turnstile and abused security staff

A ticketless Manchester City fan jumped over turnstiles and then abused security staff before the Blues took on Huddersfield Town. City fan Dean Rawlinson is one of three Blues fans prosecuted for various offences which took place when the teams met at the John Smith s Stadium on November 26. Prosecutor Vanessa Jones told Kirklees magistrates: A member of G4S security staff working at the stadium saw him run straight towards the turnstile and jump over it into the ground without purchasing a ticket.

He was detained and escorted towards police officers inside and he began swearing at them in front of members of the public.

Rawlinson pleaded guilty to obtaining services dishonestly, namely be jumping over the turnstiles without a valid ticket, and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour. The 27-year-old, of Augustine Webster Close in Manchester, explained to magistrates: The tickets were sold out and that s why I did it – it s my own fault. Magistrates fined him 85 and told him to pay 85 costs plus 30 victim surcharge.

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Shaun McGinnity admitted that he felt disgusted by his own behaviour on a train that pulled into Huddersfield railway station on the day of the same game. Officers policing the Manchester City fixture had challenged him over his smoking on the train which is prohibited by railway byelaws. The drunk 33-year-old hurled verbal abuse at them and was ejected from the train and the railway station.

He pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour and apologised for his terrible language. McGinnity, of Lacy Street in Stretford, Greater Manchester, said: I got myself worked up over what I believed was the police being over zealous but I accept that s not the case.

As a father, trying to bring my kids up right, I m ashamed and disgusted by myself as there were people and children on the train who could have heard that language.

It made me look like I have no respect and I do respect what police do and I sincerely apologise. He was fined 100 and has to pay 85 costs and 30 victim surcharge.

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Teenager Adam Needham admitted to an offence of failing to comply with a direction under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act excluding him from the John Smith s Stadium and Huddersfield town centre. He was banned from these areas for 24 hours after police caught him trying to sneak into the City game without a ticket. Mrs Jones said: Police gave him a direction to leave but he was seen a short time later in the Town fans enclosure, having not left the stadium.

The 19-year-old, of Eldon Road in Stockport, told magistrates he didn t do much wrong and they told him to pay 100 fine plus 85 costs and 30 victim surcharge.

Hammer thug told security guard

A man who threatened a worker with a hammer at his local supermarket said I m from Salford, you best let me go after being tackled to the ground by a security guard. Damien Yates, 49, then told the guard: I will be back for you.

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The attacker was a regular shopper at the store, in Longsight, and it was inevitable he would have been identified and caught, Manchester Crown Court heard. Yates was jailed for 32 months for attempted robbery on Friday, December 8.

The trouble began when Yates burst into the Farmfoods store in Stockport Road, Longsight, on October 27, brandishing a hammer and threatened a female worker who was cleaning the floor.

The court heard the raid took place at about 9pm and he warned the woman: You better open the till. Yates then raised the hammer above his head before the worker called for help, prosecutor Nicola Carroll said. The store s quick-thinking security guard was able to wrestle Yates to the ground and disarm him, before the police were called.

As the guard pinned Yates down, the defendant said: I m from Salford, you best let me go . I will be back for you.

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Defending, Jane Miller said Yates regularly uses the shop as a customer. She said: Staff knew who he was and he was easily identified . It was inevitable he was going to be caught. Yates, of Hamilton Road, Longsight, is originally from Salford but had moved to fashion a new life for himself, Ms Miller said.

He has a history of addiction to class A drugs and has suffered from mental health problems, the judge heard.

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The court was told that Yates is remorseful and has sent what the judge described as a heartfelt letter apologising to the shop worker. Ms Miller said a possible explanation for Yates offending was that he had a criminal debt of 600 to pay. Sentencing, Recorder Mark Ainsworth said: The incident was over in a matter of seconds .

Nevertheless it would have been a very distressing incident . It left her shaken up and not feeling safe in her place of work. The judge accepted that Yates, who has an appalling record of 53 previous convictions, recognised the consequences of his actions.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery.

Three Uber security managers reportedly resigned today

Three Uber Security Managers Reportedly Resigned Today

Three senior-level security managers resigned from Uber today, Reuters reported1 earlier today . One of the three who resigned, Pooja Ashok, was chief of staff to now-former Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan . Sullivan was fired last week for trying to hide the security breach that affected about 57 million riders and 600,00 drivers. The other two who resigned were Prithvi Rai, a senior security engineer, and Jeff Jones . Both Ashok and Jones are planning to stay at Uber until January to help with the transition.

Uber s security practices have been under intense scrutiny lately . Last month, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi disclosed the company failed to report the massive 2016 data breach.2 Earlier this week in court, Uber s chief legal officer called out the company s pre-Khosrowshahi security practices for gathering information on competitors . Insight into Uber s tactics came to light during an evidentiary hearing regarding its legal battle with Alphabet s Waymo over self-driving car technologies.

An Uber spokesperson confirmed the departures to TechCrunch, saying that they had nothing to do with the company s ongoing investigations.

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References

  1. ^ Reuters reported (www.reuters.com)
  2. ^ failed to report the massive 2016 data breach. (techcrunch.com)