A security guard was injured in another early morning raid on a bank in Salford. It was the second bank robbery in twelve days in the city in which criminals appeared to know exactly what time to strike as cash was being delivered or collected. Two men ambushed the guard at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Mather Way at the city s shopping centre in Pendleton.
They struck at 7.10am on Tuesday and were armed with a crow bar. The pair escaped in a blue car with a substantial amount of cash.
The Royal Bank of Scotland on Mather Way
Today a notice was posted outside the branch saying it was closed until further notice. On September 7, gunmen escaped with more than 100,000 in a terrifying raid on the Santander branch at Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden.
In that incident a security guard for G4S was forced to lie on the floor during the robbery and had a pistol pressed into their back. Three masked men tailgated a guard as he entered the bank and pushed their way in.
Armed with a handgun and machete the gang walked into the bank just before 1.20am. Two members of staff were threatened – with one of the victims was forced to lie on the floor at gunpoint.
The trio fled in a distinctive getaway car – a red Mini Cooper which was later recovered in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 – or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Security man arrested after ‘using Blackburn Rovers camera to spy on 12-year-old girl in her bedroom’
A man has been arrested after allegedly using Blackburn Rovers1 stadium security cameras to spy on a 12-year-old girl in her bedroom. The girl’s father said he contacted police after spotting a camera on a 30ft pole directed at their house near the football stadium in Blackburn, Lancashire. He said his daughter has been left deeply shaken by the incident and now hides in a corner so she cannot be seen,
He said: My daughter was sat in the corner the other night and when I asked what she was doing she said it was so He couldn t see her.”
Ewood Park, Blackburn Rover’s home ground (Image: Getty Images Europe) The girl’s father said he contacted police after spotting a camera on a 30ft pole directed at their house (file pic) (Image: EyeEm)
The unnamed dad said he spotted the camera’s ‘unusual positioning’ when he was drawing the curtains one night. He added: I thought it was weird.
A few days later I checked and it was in the same position . It really worried me.
He said he wants answers and to know whether there were any checks done on the alleged offenders’ background before he was employed.
Lancashire Police said a 54-year-old man from Accrington was arrested and released pending further inquiries (file pic) (Image: The Image Bank)
Lancashire Police said a 54-year-old man from Accrington was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
A Blackburn Rovers spokesman said: “The club is aware of an incident involving the employee of an external contractor.
“The matter is currently subject to a police investigation and therefore we are unable to comment further at this time.”
Sporting events and concerts have taken place across the UK amid heightened security following the suicide bomb attack in Manchester. The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on the pitch before the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. An accompanying note, signed by the Prince, read: “We will never fear coming together to celebrate all that unites us. “In memory of the friends and family taken from us in Manchester.”
A minute’s silence was also held to remember the 22 people killed.
Image: Wreaths were laid on the pitch at Wembley in memory of the Manchester victims
Heightened security measures were in place at the 90,000-capacity stadium, with a helicopter hovering above and officers on horseback patrolling the grounds. Arsenal won the game 2-1. More than 1,000 armed police officers were on standby in the capital as the FA Cup Final and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham went ahead.
Image: Everyone in the stadium observed a minute’s silence
Rugby fans also observed a minute’s silence before the kick off of the final, which Exeter Chiefs won 23-20 over Wasps after extra time. Fans at both events were advised not to bring bags and to expect additional security checks and searches. Police had urged to go out and enjoy themselves over the bank holiday weekend. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley – national lead for counter-terror policing – urged Britons to go about their business as usual.
He said: “Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see. “We can’t let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business.”
Image: Fans at Twickenham observe a minute’s silence before the Aviva Premiership Final
A huge security operation was also staged as the first major event took place in Manchester since the attack on Monday night. Hundreds of police officers were on duty at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground ahead of the Corteeners concert, with 50,000 fans expected to attend. Armed police were stationed at gates and officers in high visibility jackets were in position every 50 yards on roads approaching the stadium. Airport-style security devices were used to screen visitors, with queues as tickets and bags were checked before entry.
Image: Armed police at Old Trafford Cricket Ground as fans arrive for the Courteeners concert
Iron Maiden were also set to appear at the O2 in London, and US singer Anastacia was performing at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. On Sunday, the Great Manchester Run will go ahead as planned with a large turnout expected in the wake of the attack. Nine suspects are in custody following days of intense police activity and a series of raids in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside.
The country’s leading counter-terror officer has said “immense” progress has been made in the probe into a suspected network linked to suicide bomber Salman Abedi.
Operation Temperer, which has seen hundreds of armed soldiers support police on the streets, will be gradually wound down from midnight on Monday after the UK’s threat level was reduced from “critical” to “severe”1.