Shocking footage has emerged of a Marks & Spencer1 security guard appearing to body slam a Big Issue vendor after he refused to return to the store for questioning. Witnesses watched in disbelief as the pair wrestled on the floor outside the department store in Covent Garden, Central London. The homeless man can be heard on the video screaming get off me as he desperately tries to escape before being thrown to the cobbles like a rag doll.
He was heard howling in pain as store employees tried to haul him back inside but they let him go after the commotion drew a crowd.
The incident was caught on camera (Image: DRN) The security guard wants to get the man into the M&S store (Image: DRN) He tries to bring the vendor under control (Image: DRN)
Marks & Spencer condemned the behaviour as completely unacceptable and confirmed it is launching an immediate investigation. The dramatic video – filmed by a member of the public on a mobile phone – emerged on social media today. It shows the security guard trying to drag the man towards the store entrance with both arms pinned behind his back.
When he resists, the guard grabs him by the neck and pulls him to the pavement. He puts him in a headlock and says: Stop resisting, stop resisting.
The homeless man holds onto a lamp post in desperation (Image: DRN) The security guard has the vendor in a headlock (Image: DRN)
He manages to free himself but as he is walking away the guard appears to rush up on him from behind and wrap both arms around his shoulders. Onlookers gasp as the man is hurled off the kerb and slammed into the concrete.
Another member of staff tries to block the camera with his hand and goes to assist his colleague. The security guard says get him inside and they start trying to drag him up off the ground.
M&S has launched an investigation (Image: DRN) The homeless man is slammed to the ground (Image: DRN)
The man filming says: What you doing, mate ? Oh, my days. A large crowd gathers on the other side of the street and staff eventually decide to release the man, saying: Don t come back.
It is not known what the man was accused of. A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer confirmed the security guard no longer works for the company.
A crowd starts to gather due to the commotion (Image: DRN) The camera man can be heard protesting against the vendors physical treatment (Image: DRN)
She added: We re very disappointed to see this footage.
“Nothing justifies this behaviour, it is completely unacceptable and is not tolerated at M&S.
This incident took place over a year ago but was not reported to us at the time.
“Nonetheless, we ve launched an immediate investigation into the incident.
This security guard no longer works on behalf of M&S and we are taking appropriate actions to ensure that this behaviour doesn t happen again. A spokeswoman for the Big Issue said: We are appalled by this shocking and apparently unprovoked attack on a vulnerable person. Big Issue sellers face all manner of hardship on the streets and are frequently subject to abuse, but we would hope that the premises of a major retailer would represent a safe environment.
As an organisation we’ve enjoyed a good relationship with Marks & Spencer over the years, so we sincerely hope this an isolated incident which will be treated as seriously as it deserves to be.
Published: 10:23 Tuesday 17 October 2017
A security guard was hit over the head by a robber while delivering cash to Morrisons this morning, police said.
The man, who works for private firm G4S, was targeted while making a delivery to the supermarket, in Squires Gate Lane, South Shore, at around 9.20am. “The offenders have grabbed a cash cassette from his hand and made off in a white car,” a force spokeswoman said in a statement. Detectives were called to the scene, while the white Hyundai i20 was found in nearby Sandon Place.1
The scene of the robbery was cordoned off, with police tape stretched around a blue G4S security van. A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service did not find any record of an ambulance being called to the crime scene. Gareth Skinner, head of operational risk for G4S Cash Solutions, said: “One of our cash crews was the victim of a brazen attack during a routine service on Squires Gate Lane in Blackpool . Fortunately our colleague has not suffered any serious injuries but understandably he has been shaken by the attack.
“We are working closely with Lancashire Police and I would urge anyone who may have been nearby and seen this attack to get in touch with the police or dial 101 so that those behind it can be brought to justice. Morrisons has been approached for a comment.
- ^ Detectives were called to the scene, while the white Hyundai i20 was found in nearby Sandon Place. (www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk)
Theresa May faces mounting calls to sack her party chairman after a prankster was able to hand her a P45. Police and Tory chiefs are urgently investigating after Simon Brodkin strolled up to the Prime Minister’s platform during her speech to the party conference. Comedian Brodkin, who performs as Lee Nelson, was briefly arrested but released when police realised he was fully accredited for the bash in Manchester.
Now pressure is growing on Sir Patrick McLoughlin, who oversaw the conference.
One furious MP told the Evening Standard: “Somebody has to take responsibility for the shambles of the past week . Everyone likes Patrick but he has completely f***ed up.”
Lee Nelson, real name Simon Brodkin, walked up to Theresa May and gave her a P45 (Image: Carl Court) He gave a thumbs up to Boris Johnson after telling her she was out of a job (Image: Daily Mirror) The Foreign Secretary and his Cabinet colleagues looked bemused (Image: Daily Mirror)
Another said: “Patrick is a Filofax chairman . We need a Facebook chairman.. . He should now be sacked. Business Secretary Greg Clark failed to defend Sir Patrick today as he branded the fiasco “shocking” and a “huge concern”.
Asked if Sir Patrick was to blame, he said: “I don’t know what part of the weakness of the system it was, but it clearly needs to be established.
“We need to look into it and find out what happened to make sure it can never happen again.”
He added: “He could have had violent intent . I think there is a question as to how that came to happen.”
Ministers have demanded answers over the “weakness of the system” (Image: Getty) Yet Brodkin was fully accredited and had a police-approved conference pass (Image: PA) Conservative chairman Patrick McLoughlin is coming under fire (Image: Getty)
Brodkin was pre-approved, had a valid conference pass round his neck and went through airport-style security scanners before entering the main hall at the Manchester Central conference centre on Wednesday. No one stopped him as he strolled up to the Prime Minister and handed her a mock P45 which she accepted and put under her lectern.
Party staff stood in shock as he walked slowly backwards and gave a thumbs-up to Boris Johnson before eventually being frogmarched out of the hall. Reports today claimed Sir Patrick was already planning to leave before the end of the year, leading to a row about whether he should be rushed out or stay for unity. Home Secretary Amber Rudd1 added she was “very disappointed”, saying: “I am going to continue to follow what’s going on, it’s in the hands of the police and we will make sure we look carefully into how it happened to make sure it doesn’t again.”
Greater Manchester Police Chief Superintendent John O Hare said: “The man had legitimate accreditation which granted him access to the conference site .
In light of this we will be reviewing the accreditation process with the Conservative Party.
All passholders, even Cabinet ministers, have to go through airport-style scanners (Image: Daily Mirror) Snipers were also positioned on nearby rooftops (Image: CHRIS NEILL/MAVERICK PHOTOGRAPHY)
Theresa May’s Tory conference speech 2017
“Even with accreditation, everyone at the conference goes through airport-style searches before being allowed entry to the site.”
Sources told Politico and The Times Sir Patrick was already planning to go and now there is a row about whether he should be rushed out or stay for unity.
One official told Politico Mr McLoughlin “was going anyway and is certainly gone now”.
But another told The Times: “It’s going to look like he’s been fired or is deserting her now.”