The boss of a Canterbury security firm has condemned light court sentences handed down to drunks and thugs. Oli Nonis, who runs Akon Security in St Dunstan s, has twice this year watched as his staff have reacted to serious incidents in the city centre, only to see the perpetrators walk free from court with suspended prison sentences. In one, a student pulled a knife on doormen in Whitehorse Lane after he was ejected from a nightspot, while in the other a female bouncer suffered a broken hip after she was kicked by a drunken student in Guildhall Street.
Oli Nonis of Akon Security
Mr Nonis, 37, said: Our guys do the job they re supposed to do and then all we hope is that justice takes its course.
But it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth when people walk free from court . Our guys who put themselves into dangerous situations are not getting justice.
And it doesn t matter what the authorities say, the number of serious incidents and the number of people carrying knives is escalating. In January, Canterbury Christ Church University student Gideon Wallace pulled a knife on doormen1 after he was thrown out of the Cuban for vomiting at the bar.
Door staff disarmed him, bundled him to the ground and detained him until police arrived. The 19-year-old received a six-month suspended prison sentence for possessing a knife and threatening behaviour. The following month, 24-year-old Cuban bouncer Linda Dubsky s hip was shattered when she was hit by a flying kick as she tried to break up a fight 2across the road in Guildhall Street.
Linda Dubsky suffered a broken hip after student Ali Ketbi flying kicked her at the Cuban
Student Ali Ketbi, 20, admitted grievous bodily harm and received an 18-month suspended sentence. Mr Nonis said: The reason these things are happening more and more is because the deterrent doesn t exist to prevent them.
You won t stop the hardened criminals from carrying knives, but if the deterrent for all crime was more powerful then perhaps you would stop the kids the Gideon Wallaces of this world from going out armed with a knife.
“It s worrying and I ve got a lot of my guys now coming to me saying that they want stab-proof vests, which aren t cheap. Police insist that knife crime is not worse in Canterbury than other places and that the city remains a safe place to live, work and socialise .
Top girl band Little Mix are about to perform a sell out gig in the North-east.
Durham s Riverside Emirates1 cricket ground is gearing up to welcome the 15,000-strong crowd on Saturday. And heightened security and parking warnings have been put in place as thousands are expected to flock to the venue. Durham Constabulary has developed a traffic management plan for Chester-le-Street.
There will be designated pick up points for those getting lifts to the venue.
Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock (left), Jade Thirlwall (right), Jesy Nelson (second left) and Perrie Edwards (second right) (Image: PA)
Tickets for the concert quickly sold out for the Summer Shout Out tour2 . More than 15,000 people are expected to attend, so those not going to the concert are advised to avoid the area. Gates open at 5pm and it is scheduled to end at around 9.45pm.
It will be the second hit tour to visit the ground this summer after Rod Stewart s gig last month.
Limited parking is still available from the Box Office at a cost of 10. Two park and ride sites are located at Lambton Estates and Belmont . They open at 3pm.
Gates will open at 5pm and concert-goers are advised to arrive early. The two support acts, Sheppard and Ella Eyre, are expected to start from 6pm. There will be increased security measures at each entrance point and a heightened security presence in all areas of the ground.
Those attending are asked to be patient at the end of the concert, as police work to clear the venue and surrounding areas. A drop off point is located in Riverside Park . All cars must turn left when exiting and follow the diversion signs.
Extra security has been introduced to Kings Heath Dining Club this weekend. The monthly event, which takes place in York Road, will also charge customers an entrance fee for the first time.
The event requires the closure of York Road where it meets Kings Heath1 High Street next to the Hare & Hounds pub which organises the day. The pub s website says: There will be a slight change in the layout of the event.
Despite our best efforts to avoid this, recent consultations with local businesses and residents raised a number of concerns including people drinking outside the footprint of the event and making certain businesses feel uncomfortable about the potential for antisocial behaviour.
Street food on York Road in Kings Heath (Image: Graham Young)
This has resulted in the decision to reduce the size of the closure with the new layout going no further than the Relax & Comfort furniture shop, fully fenced all the way around with stewards/security at each end.
This combined with the recent increase in street closure costs passed on by Birmingham City Council will result in a small entry fee of 1.50 for adults (kids still free) with 50p from each payment going to a local Kings Heath charity.
Taking place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, July 16, with resident DJs adding to the atmosphere, traders being advertised include Handmade Pizza Co, Platinum Pancakes, Homeboys, Bare Bones Churro, English Indian, Low n Slow2 , Baked in Brick3 , Fancy Fries, Canoodle, Habanero, Bee-Fest Italian and Smoqued.
A Waffle van on York Road (Image: Graham Young)
Because new rules are set to apply to public events from August 1, it has not yet been decided whether the next Kings Heath Dining Club will go ahead in August.
Earlier this week it seemed as if the now annual event would be moving from York Road to the Parade car park off the High Street due to public security and fire safety concerns.
View from upstairs at the Hare & Hounds during the 2015 Kings Heath Street Festival (Image: Graham Young)
Following comments from business owners and residents, the Kings Heath BID is currently reconsidering all options with the safety changes from August 1 also in mind.
PC Andy Collis (0094) with Caydon Madden (five, left) and brother Charlie Madden (four) on York Road in 2015 (Image: Graham Young)
Even if the September Street Festival stays on York Road, we are still keen to have similar events in other parts of Kings Heath, such as The Parade, the Village Square and even using our two schools Bishop Challoner Secondary School6 and Kings Heath Primary.