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Controversial security firm ‘nothing but trouble’ at retail park…and we didn’t even want them here, says manager

A controversial security firm has been nothing but trouble at a North Wales retail park, where they were sent by the council without the permission of the landowner, says the manager. Alan Barker, one of the bosses at Llandudno s Mostyn Champneys, said there was no need for officers from Kingdom to visit the retail park as it has its own cleaners. But he said the St Helens-based firm was instructed by Conwy council to issue litter fines at Mostyn Champneys, despite no consent being given by the park s owners.

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The Mostyn Champneys retail park in Llandudno

In an email to Llandudno resident Neil Jones, which was posted in the online group North Wales Against Kingdom Security by Mr Jones, Mr Barker said: We have had nothing but trouble with this particular company, who were instructed by the local authority to enter our property and land without our consent. Mr Barker, who is the manager of Mostyn Champneys and Broughton Shopping, told the Daily Post: We ve had quite a number of complaints from shoppers and our tenants about Kingdom Security being on Mostyn Champneys.

Apparently, Conwy county council instructed them to go there without consulting us.

Most of the shops on Mostyn Champneys are discount stores so our shoppers probably can t afford the 75 fine.

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We ve exchanged a number of phone calls and emails with Conwy council, and we ve been told Kingdom have now stopped operating there.

There was no need for them to be there in the first place as we have our own cleaners on the site. Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders said: These reports are most alarming .

Conwy council need to take a close and urgent look at the guidance issued to Kingdom, and ensure they are only operating on permitted land.

British Land, who manage Mostyn Champneys, have confirmed to me previously that Kingdom Security do not have any remit to issue Fixed Penalty Notices on Mostyn Champneys retail park.

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I trust the council will take forward the concerns raised by British Land and constituents here as appropriate, and I urge full transparency and openness from the council on this matter.

I would also urge the council to bring forward their promised public consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders for which constituents have been waiting for five months. A Conwy council spokeswoman said: Littering and dog fouling is unacceptable at any location; it s not only anti-social but also illegal.

The council has a duty to help reduce such behaviour and to keep the county as free from litter as possible.

The offence of littering occurs, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 87, if a person throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place open to the air and leaves it.

Whether land is publicly or privately owned, permission to enter land to enforce the relevant legislation is not required.

We work with landowners to ensure the duties of both the council and landowners can be met.

If a landowner/occupier does not want enforcement on their land, we will consider the request after discussing their waste management plan to ensure that any litter dropped or waste generated on their land would be cleared and removed correctly to protect adjoining streets and public spaces that people are entitled to enjoy litter-free.

This has been requested at Mostyn Champneys. Kingdom works for more than 35 councils across the UK, including Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.

The firm has drawn criticism for the tactics they are alleged to use to issue fines of up to 75 for littering.

St Paul’s security alert: Police say package is not suspicious

A police cordon was thrown up near St Paul’s Cathedral after a suspicious package was found. City of London Police said the package had been deemed non-suspicious a little more than an hour after officers were called at 10.23am. The object was found inside a building in St Martin’s Le Grand, the force confirmed.

It said on Twitter: “The item has now been deemed non suspicious and officers are working to clear the incident . Cordons are still currently in place.”

Reports on social media suggested surrounding buildings had been evacuated. St Paul’s underground station was also closed during the alert.

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St Paul's Security Alert: Police Say Package Is Not SuspiciousReuse content1

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  1. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)

Nadine Dorries’ password sharing violates Parliament’s cyber security policy

Nadine Dorries password sharing among her staff is in violation of Parliament s cyber security policy. The Conservative MP revealed she shares her Parliamentary digital log ins with around four members of staff1 in order to handle the high volume of virtual correspondence she receives every day.

In common with other organisations, Parliament has a cyber security policy that applies to all users of its digital services, including Members, their staff and parliamentary staff, a Parliamentary spokesperson told i . In line with good practice, this policy includes a requirement not to share passwords.

Nadine Dorries' Password Sharing Violates Parliament's Cyber Security PolicyCyber security: not a Parliamentary concern, it would seem | Photo: PA

Ms Dorries made the comments on Twitter as she defended Damian Green, who is currently facing calls to step down as the investigation into whether he viewed pornography on his work laptop2 intensifies.

My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login every day . Including interns on exchange programmes, she said . For the officer on BBC News just now to claim that the computer on Green s desk was accessed, and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous! In response to an online backlash berating her for poor security practices, Ms Dorries attempted to downplay her importance in Westminster, adding: You don t have a team of four to six staff answering the 300 emails you receive every day.

Flattered by number of people on here who think I m part of the Government and have access to government docs .

I m a back bench MP two Westminster-based computers in a shared office, she later added.

On my computer, there is a shared email account . That s it . Nothing else . Sorry to disappoint ! All my staff have my login details . A frequent shout when I manage to sit at my desk myself is, what is the password?

Nadine Dorries' Password Sharing Violates Parliament's Cyber Security PolicyAmber Rudd: not a fan of encryption (Photo: Getty)

Fellow Tory MP Nick Boles weighed in to offer his support, adding I often forget my password and have to ask my staff what it is, while James Clayton, a producer for the BBC s Newsnight, claimed it is extremely common for MPs to share their parliamentary login details with their staff . The House of Commons was hit by a sustained cyber attack in June3, targeting MP accounts with weak passwords and blocking their owners from accessing them.

A handbook for MPs and their staff4 even explicitly states passwords should not be shared, a sentiment echoed by the House of Commons Staff Handbook on Information Security Responsibilities5. The same advice is recommended by cyber security experts the fewer people in possession of a password, the more secure the account will be.

The cyber security industry makes the point about human fallibility time and again for obvious reasons . Passwords tend to be one of the basics when training staff in cyber security and for good reason, as shared or re-used passwords create weaknesses in an organisations cyber defence, said Tony Pepper, chief executive of data security company Eggress.

From there, a creative attacker can move sideways through a network, implement phishing attacks or undertake any number of malicious actions .

An enterprise can deploy all the advanced tech it likes to track, stop and forensically analyse attacks but if people make mistakes, these are neutered.

References

  1. ^ shares her Parliamentary digital log ins with around four members of staff (inews.co.uk)
  2. ^ viewed pornography on his work laptop (inews.co.uk)
  3. ^ sustained cyber attack in June (inews.co.uk)
  4. ^ handbook for MPs and their staff (www.parliament.uk)
  5. ^ House of Commons Staff Handbook on Information Security Responsibilities (www.parliament.uk)