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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.

Round-the-clock security reinstated at historic hotel to protect it from vandals

ACTION is being taken to try to prevent vandals breaking into a historic New Forest hotel and wrecking the ornate interior.

PegasusLife has reinstated round-the-clock security at the Lyndhurst1 Park Hotel and boarded up more of the windows after being told by police to increase security.

It follows a spate of incidents in which hooligans have destroyed a large number of fixtures and fittings.

The hotel, which dominates the eastern entrance to the village, closed in 2014 with the loss of more than 20 jobs.

Plans by PegasusLife to bulldoze the building and replace it with 74 retirement apartments were rejected by the New Forest National Park Authority2 (NPA) earlier this year.

As the complex continued to stand empty, vandals started smashing their way in and wrecking the rooms.

Two months ago conservationists said a priceless stained-glass window installed in the 19th century was among the items that had been destroyed.

Now more of the windows have been boarded up, including those on the upper floors .

In some cases metal sheeting or the original glass has been replaced with wood.

It follows a meeting attended by representatives from Hampshire police, New Forest District Council3 and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

In a letter to Lyndhurst Parish Council, Police Inspector Katherine Willoughby says: My understanding is that PegasusLife withdrew the 24/7 security once the planning application had been declined.

We have requested that further security is put back on and that the premises are secured with more thorough boarding.

Parish councillors are waiting to see if PegasusLife will lodge an appeal against the NPA s decision or submit a revised scheme.

Speaking last month Grant Drummond, development director for the site, responded to concerns by saying the company was doing everything it could to protect the site.

He said: We are in regular contact with the police and have reported all break-ins that we ve become aware of.

Our security company has detained people on site and passed details of people and vehicles to the police and this has resulted in at least one arrest.

We re taking every practicable measure to minimise opportunities for unlawful access.

Asked about the latest attempts to protect the site a company spokesman said: We currently have 24/7 security with two guards and have installed a welfare unit for them.

A Hampshire Police spokesman added: We attended a partnership meeting about this issue and security at the site has been improved.

References

  1. ^ Lyndhurst (www.bournemouthecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ New Forest National Park Authority (www.newforestnpa.gov.uk)
  3. ^ New Forest District Council (www.nfdc.gov.uk)