A dad launched a shocking tirade of racist abuse at a security guard after being caught trying to steal 14 from a coffee shop’s tips jar. In a desperate bid to fuel his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Jason Palmer, 45, attempted to swipe 14.98 worth of tips from Caff Nero in St Stephens Shopping Centre.1
After he was apprehended, he went on to racially insult and threaten to kill a member of the caf s security team in a disgraceful outburst on March 15. Lisa McCormick, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court2, said: He placed his hands into the tips jar but after a security officer spotted him and tried to stop him, the defendant threw the coins on to the ground and told the officer to remove his hands from him.
With the security officer trying to restrain him, the defendant said, ‘get off me you f****** n***** . I am going to kill your daughters . I am going to slit your throat and I am going to kill you.
He also called him a black b****** and threatened to kill the security guard s mother before a PCSO came to help apprehend and restrain Palmer. After being interviewed by police, Palmer was banned from entering any retail premises in Hull city centre3 and was released on bail on March 16.
However, just two days later, the defendant assaulted a member of the security team at Sainsbury s Local in Princes Avenue4 after being ejected from the supermarket. Palmer, who had taken a drug called G , described in court as a ‘legal high’ and drunk a bottle of Bacardi, also tried to throw a bin at the security guard and launched a wave of expletives at him before being arrested.
The defendant was subsequently banned from the supermarket and released on bail for a second time . However, on March 26, Palmer stole meat from the same store. He then went on to threaten his pregnant key worker on March 27 after she asked him to leave a property he had been evicted from in Washington Street, off Beverley Road.5
Miss McCormick said: She arrived to find the defendant in the bath . He was asked to leave but he said you will have to f****** get me out from here.
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Fearing violence, the worker went into the garden so she could phone the police6 but the defendant followed armed with a metal bar before leaving on his bicycle to evade the authorities. On March 29, his crime spree came to an end after he was apprehended and placed in custody after breaking down the door of a flat. Palmer, who appeared to Hull Crown Court7 via a video link from HMP Hull, pleaded guilty to assault, theft, threatening behaviour, criminal damage and a racially aggravated section four public order offence.
Claire Holmes, who represented Palmer in court, said his life had been blighted by an addiction to drugs and alcohol. She also argued Palmer, who has a 12-year-old son, was high on drugs when he committed his spree of crimes. However, Miss Holmes said Palmer has turned his life around by gaining NVQs in prison and becoming clean after moving to a drug-free ward.
Palmer also urged Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker to not sentence him to any more time behind bars. Speaking via a video link, he said: I don t want to be like this . I want to change my life.
I took drugs and I was violent but I m not on any drugs now and I ve got a chance of going to get treatment when I get out.
I don t know why I said those things other than because I was on drink and drugs .
I know I can do it sir.
Despite this, Recorder Hill-Baker was unconvinced about Palmer s ability to reform due to his appalling criminal record as he jailed him for 12 months.
He said: History demonstrates that you have repeatedly offended on bail and while you were in breach of a community order.
It is not proportionate or reasonable to afford you the opportunity of a community sentence.
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The club have been reviewing their security procedures with Greater Manchester Police following terror attacks in Manchester, London and Paris in recent months. United have emailed season ticket holders with details of the new measures; there will now be enhanced searches of fans at turnstiles which ‘may take longer and as a result it is likely that queues will also be longer’. The size of bags allowed will also be reduced.
Supporters are being advised not to bring a bag larger than a small handbag (20cm x 15cm x 5cm) with them or they will have to leave it in a bag drop zone.
‘All bags will be searched and items larger than the size criteria must be left at one of the bag drop facilities, which are located near the ticket office and in E2 car park,’ an email sent on Friday read.
‘Bringing a bag will further delay your entry to the stadium (and will delay your departure after the game if you have to use a bag drop) and we therefore encourage you not to bring any bags or prohibited items to the stadium (if you have to bring a bag, we recommend you arrive at least two hours before kick-off).
‘Please do not be alarmed by the extra security measures (which will be in place for every match from now on), they are to ensure your time at Old Trafford is as safe as possible.’
The club also reminded season ticket holders that major roadworks on key roads surrounding the stadium have begun and will last for three years.
‘This will increase your journey time to and from the stadium if you travel by car and could impact your route and street parking,’ the memo added. As always, turnstiles will still open two hours before-kick off . For more details, visit www.manutd.com/gettinghere.
Police Scotland has launched Operation Summer City as the capital gets set for the 70th anniversary of the International and Fringe festivals. It comes after it was announced anti-vehicle barriers will be installed across the city for the first time, in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester. Other measures planned for this year s festivals include an increased police presence, non-uniform officers, and the opening of the Unofficial Fringe Venue 999 in Princes Street Gardens. Superintendent Lesley Clark said: Come, have fun – it s a wonderful experience, but just think about your safety.
Think about your surroundings and, if you see anything of concern, if you don t think it s right, chances are it s not right . So please let us know and we ll follow that up. The National Barrier Asset (NBA) is in place purely and simply because, as we know this is the 70th anniversary, there will be an increase in the number of tourists.
We can see that already and the festival hasn t even begun. READ MORE1: Anti-terror barriers installed ahead of Edinburgh Festival So it s just a sensible and proportionate way to provide additional security to a crowded place. NBA includes high security gates, portals and barriers which are designed to prevent hostile vehicle attacks on key or busy crowded place locations. Horseback officers as well as dog units are among other increased security measures to be deployed. READ MORE2: Bag checks to be introduced at Edinburgh Festival shows
Police are aiming to concentrate on preventing crime by giving residents and visitors information about travel and where they can get help if they need it. Three command points where the public can access help and advice are located at The Mound, Princes Street Gardens and on the High Street next to the Fringe office. Ms Clark added: Summer City is the Police Scotland response to how we are going to provide additional facilities, additional visibility, to maximise the safety of the public.
We have the training . If we are responding to a major incident, irrespective of where it is, we would muster well and we would be able to deliver a proportionate and appropriate response. For the second year, the force unveiled a mascot for the summer operation, with Amanda the panda being given the honour.
The operation was announced at The Stand Comedy Club, which is one of the festival venues.