Last updated 07:30, March 20 2017
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Adele performs in the first of her two shows at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. Adele provided fans at her last Australian concert with a moment just as memorable as her music when she stopped the show to lecture a security guard. The British singer broke the crowd record at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for the second night running on Sunday, drawing in 77,300 fans as she wrapped up her tour down under.
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The Grammy winner heads to New Zealand next, with shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Just before we go to the next song .. . excuse me, sir ? I know you work here, but could you stop telling people to sit down?” Adele said, catching the guard’s attention.
“This is a music show . If people can’t see, then they can stand up . And if you’re moaning about people dancing, then what the f**k have you come to a show for?
“If I see one more person get told to sit down, I swear to God.” The dressing down wasn’t the only unusual highlight for fans, with an unplanned proposal also taking place after Adele invited a man and his partner on stage after she saw him crying during her rendition of Hello.
Adele heads to New Zealand next, with shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. – Stuff
Lynx shower gel bottles have been slapped with security tags at a supermarket after a spate of thefts. The Co-op has taken action to tackle shoplifters thieving the 2.89 grooming product off the shelves at a branch in Stobswell, Dundee. Electronic devices have also been applied to jars of coffee and other low value items in a move branded “tragic” by charity workers and anti-poverty campaigners.
Mike Strachan, from charity Dundee The Caring City, said he wasn’t surprised by the security threat to Lynx products. He said: “It’s a sign of how desperate things are becoming . It’s a sad situation when people feel they have to steal goods just to keep clean.
“It’s the first I’ve heard of this type of thing happening, but some of the action groups are probably quite aware of this being the case.
“It’s a reflection of the system that we live in that we are having to put security tags on something which should be a basic human right — the right to be clean.”
A Co-operative food store (Photo: PA)
Local Conservative MSP Bill Bowman said: “It is a sad indictment of the level of crime in parts of Dundee that shopkeepers are having to put security tags on low value items like shower gel.”
A spokesman for The Co-op said: “As part of our security measures we vary the range of products that we apply security tags to in order to deter criminal activity.
“We work closely with the police, and explore a range of security measures to deter theft and to increase the likelihood of convictions.
“This can include security tags on a range of products.”
Lynx, owned Unilever, is marketed “towards the young male demographic”.
Stobswell was listed as one of the highest crime areas in Scotland in the 2012 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and in the bottom fifth in the country for deprivation generally.
An entire neighbourhood has been urged to beef up home security after an arson attack on a nearby home. Fire crews saved a cat and a dog from the maisonette after the blaze began at the front door at 9pm on Wednesday.
A maisonette in New England Close, Oldbury, was torched.
A spokeswoman said residents in the road and surrounding streets were being asked to fit letterbox protectors to stop similar attacks. No-one was inside the property when it was torched at around 9pm.
Firefighters had to force entry into the property.
There was no-one in the property at the time but a cat and a dog was rescued.
The incident is being treated as arson and police are investigating.
We will be sending a fire safety team to New England Close and the surrounding area to carry out a hot strike , which offers fire safety advice.
We will be asking people to look at having a letterbox protector installed.
The safety guidance was understood to be general advice and not linked to a specific threat. But residents said they were concerned. Phyllis Thompson said: It is worrying to think something like that is going on around here.
There has been trouble with kids hanging here around in the past.
Some of these flats are tucked away so they can be targeted in this way very easily.
I saw the fire brigade and ambulance here at the time and they were here for quite a while.
William Rudd said: I have a metal plate behind my letterbox, so hopefully it would be very difficult for the same to happen to me.
I don t feel too concerned but it does make you feel you have to be more on your guard. Another resident, who asked not to be named, said she had been advised by the fire service to be on her guard.
I have a very strong spring on my letterbox, she said.
So it would be very difficult for the same thing to happen to me.
But a fire officer advised me to be aware and to check the safety of my letterbox and my home.
The police have been called out to the street a few times, in the past, over various issues. The targeted property was boarded up as police continued their investigation.
A fire service team were visiting nearby homes on Thursday offering guidance to residents.
Forensic examinations are being carried out and house-to-house enquiries have been conducted.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.