Security at Wigan market hall will be increased after yobs caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to traders stock. Wigan Council has said it has listened to stallholders concerns following an incident last month and has allocated more security staff to cover the busy summer period. Staff at Wigan Sofa Centre were disgusted to find that a group of teens had vandalised a trade stand just minutes after employees left. Outraged, they contacted police but were told that the crime was not a policing priority and that the investigation would not be taken any further. A letter addressed to Janet Ryding, who works at the furniture store, said: We are pro-actively looking to provide protection against child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, hate crime, high-risk missing from homes, serious sexual offences, critical anti-social behaviour, vulnerability protection, mental health incidents and significantly impactive crimes on victims such as burglary dwelling. This crime would appear to require disproportionate resources to conclude and impacts on ability to investigate other priority crime. Janet said many traders feel they are not safe at work.
The abuse is constant, she said . The costings of retail are hard enough to manage without this . It s becoming a nightmare.
James Morely, another market worker, added: Kids are unchecked, little to no security and what security there is can only do so much. After numerous complaints, the council has said that any extra security will be asked to tighten up safety in the hall. Karl Battersby, director for economy and environment, said: The acts of a small minority of vandals is deeply upsetting for the stallholders at Wigan Market who are trying to run their own business and supporting our local economy.
Wigan Market works in partnership with The Galleries to provide on-site security and during key times throughout the year such as summer holidays and Christmas additional security is brought in as additional support.
We are always listening to our stallholders and the extra security has been tasked to cover areas of concern they have raised with us as part of this pre-arranged additional cover.
An offender has narrowly been spared a prison sentence after he was at large for about six months after committing an assault at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Chesterfield magistrates court heard on Thursday, July 27, how Mark Anthony Singleton, 43, had struck a security guard at the hospital but never showed up for his court appearance on January 3 and he became a wanted man. Singleton, of Almond s Green, West Derby, Liverpool, told the court he had been caring for his stepfather who had suffered repeated strokes and had suffered brain damage and he wanted to help his mother and niece. He added: I was scared I would go to jail . I thought I would help my mum and niece until my step-dad got better because he nearly died and then I would hand myself in. The court heard how Singleton had originally assaulted a security guard at the hospital in June, 2016, after security guards tried to detain him following concerns an illegal substance had been passed to someone in the hospital. Prosecuting solicitor Ruth Snodin said the security guard had been assaulted and been struck to the side of the face and twice to the back of his head.
Following several hearings, Singleton pleaded guilty to assault and his case was adjourned in December for a probation report but he failed to return to court on January 3 for sentencing. The court heard how a warrant was issued for Singleton s arrest and he was at large until the latest hearing last Thursday. Singleton told the court there was a scuffle with the security guard but claimed he did not punch him. He added that he is ashamed of what happened but claimed he is in a better place now and is having treatment for a long-term heroin addiction. He said: I am in a better place and I am on a methadone prescription . I was scared to come to court but I knew this day would come. Magistrates sentenced Singleton to eight weeks of custody suspended for 12 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
He was also fined 50 and ordered to pay 85 costs and 50 in compensation.
Australia s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said security had been increased at the country s airports after police foiled a terrorist plot to bring down a plane. Four men were arrested at the weekend following raids on homes in Sydney s suburbs . Security measures were extended to all major international and domestic terminals around Australia overnight. I can report that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane, Mr Turnbull said yesterday.
The operation is continuing. Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin said details were scant on the specifics of the attack, the location and timing . In recent days, law enforcement has been become aware of information that suggested some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an improvised devise, he said.
We are investigating information indicating the aviation industry was potentially a target of that attack. Mr Turnbull advised travellers in Australia to arrive at airports earlier than usual two hours before departure to allow for extra security screening. Justice minister Michael Keenan said the plot was the 13th significant threat disrupted by police since Australia s terror threat level was elevated in 2014. Five plots have been executed. The primary threat to Australia still remains lone actors, but the events overnight remind us that there is still the ability for people to have sophisticated plots and sophisticated attacks still remain a real threat, Mr Keenan said . In light of this information, it s very important that everyone in Australia remains vigilant.
The operation was carried out by the Australian Federal Police, New South Wales state police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the country s main domestic spy agency. The investigation could continue for days, Mr Colvin added Deakin University security expert Greg Barton said that the first plot to target aircraft in Australia, an aspiration of many extremists, was a pretty big threshold moment .
We believe it s Islamic-inspired terrorism, he added when asked if the Islamic State terror group was behind the plot.
The plotters were apparently making a peroxide-based explosive device similar to the bomb used at in Manchester Arena attack in England on 22 May.