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Market hall security upped after yobs’ rampage

Security at Wigan market hall will be increased after yobs caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to traders stock. Wigan Council has said it has listened to stallholders concerns following an incident last month and has allocated more security staff to cover the busy summer period. Staff at Wigan Sofa Centre were disgusted to find that a group of teens had vandalised a trade stand just minutes after employees left. Outraged, they contacted police but were told that the crime was not a policing priority and that the investigation would not be taken any further. A letter addressed to Janet Ryding, who works at the furniture store, said: We are pro-actively looking to provide protection against child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, hate crime, high-risk missing from homes, serious sexual offences, critical anti-social behaviour, vulnerability protection, mental health incidents and significantly impactive crimes on victims such as burglary dwelling. This crime would appear to require disproportionate resources to conclude and impacts on ability to investigate other priority crime. Janet said many traders feel they are not safe at work.

The abuse is constant, she said . The costings of retail are hard enough to manage without this . It s becoming a nightmare.

James Morely, another market worker, added: Kids are unchecked, little to no security and what security there is can only do so much. After numerous complaints, the council has said that any extra security will be asked to tighten up safety in the hall. Karl Battersby, director for economy and environment, said: The acts of a small minority of vandals is deeply upsetting for the stallholders at Wigan Market who are trying to run their own business and supporting our local economy.

Wigan Market works in partnership with The Galleries to provide on-site security and during key times throughout the year such as summer holidays and Christmas additional security is brought in as additional support.

We are always listening to our stallholders and the extra security has been tasked to cover areas of concern they have raised with us as part of this pre-arranged additional cover.

Police launch security operation ahead of Edinburgh Festival

Police Scotland has launched Operation Summer City as the capital gets set for the 70th anniversary of the International and Fringe festivals. It comes after it was announced anti-vehicle barriers will be installed across the city for the first time, in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester. Other measures planned for this year s festivals include an increased police presence, non-uniform officers, and the opening of the Unofficial Fringe Venue 999 in Princes Street Gardens. Superintendent Lesley Clark said: Come, have fun – it s a wonderful experience, but just think about your safety.

Think about your surroundings and, if you see anything of concern, if you don t think it s right, chances are it s not right . So please let us know and we ll follow that up. The National Barrier Asset (NBA) is in place purely and simply because, as we know this is the 70th anniversary, there will be an increase in the number of tourists.

We can see that already and the festival hasn t even begun. READ MORE1: Anti-terror barriers installed ahead of Edinburgh Festival So it s just a sensible and proportionate way to provide additional security to a crowded place. NBA includes high security gates, portals and barriers which are designed to prevent hostile vehicle attacks on key or busy crowded place locations. Horseback officers as well as dog units are among other increased security measures to be deployed. READ MORE2: Bag checks to be introduced at Edinburgh Festival shows

Police are aiming to concentrate on preventing crime by giving residents and visitors information about travel and where they can get help if they need it. Three command points where the public can access help and advice are located at The Mound, Princes Street Gardens and on the High Street next to the Fringe office. Ms Clark added: Summer City is the Police Scotland response to how we are going to provide additional facilities, additional visibility, to maximise the safety of the public.

We have the training . If we are responding to a major incident, irrespective of where it is, we would muster well and we would be able to deliver a proportionate and appropriate response. For the second year, the force unveiled a mascot for the summer operation, with Amanda the panda being given the honour.

The operation was announced at The Stand Comedy Club, which is one of the festival venues.

References

  1. ^ READ MORE (www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com)
  2. ^ READ MORE (www.scotsman.com)

Security stepped up after Australian police foil ‘terrorist plot to bring down plane’

Security has been stepped up at all major airports in Australia after a bomb plot to bring down a passenger plan was uncovered. Four men were arrested during raids at homes in Sydney’s suburbs after the “Islamic-inspired” plan was foiled . Bomb-making materials were found at the properties.

The target was a plane bound to the Middle East from Sydney. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “I can report that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane.”

Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colivn said details were scant on the specifics of the attack, the location and timing.

“In recent days, law enforcement has been become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an improvised devise,” he said.

“We are investigating information indicating the aviation industry was potentially a target of that attack.”

Mr Turnbull advised travellers in Australia to arrive at airports earlier than usual – two hours before departure – to allow for extra security screening, and minimise carry-on baggage. Justice minister Michael Keenan said the plot was the 13th significant threat disrupted by police since Australia’s terror threat level was elevated in 2014.

Five plots have been executed.

“The primary threat to Australia still remains lone actors, but the events overnight remind us that there is still the ability for people to have sophisticated plots and sophisticated attacks still remain a real threat,” Mr Keenan said.

“In light of this information, it’s very important that everyone in Australia remains vigilant.”

The operation was carried out by the Australian Federal Police, New South Wales state police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the country’s main domestic spy agency. Seven Network television said 40 riot squad officers wearing gas masks stormed an inner-Sydney house before an explosives team found a suspicious device. The plotters were reported to be making a peroxide-based explosive device rather than using nitrate-based chemicals that can be detected by airport security swab tests .

Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi used such a peroxide-based explosive, triacetone triperoxide, during the attack on May 22.