Golf star Rory McIlroy was expected to marry his sweetheart Erica Stoll in an Irish castle on Saturday. Security was tight as helicopters and blacked out cars brought guests to the ceremony at Ashford Castle in Co Mayo, Republic of Ireland. A steady stream of locals who wandered up to the gates were kept at bay by guards. The four-time major winner’s representatives said his wedding was private and anti-drone experts were even brought in alongside boat-based security teams to patrol the waters of Lough Corrib.
Image: Security was tight outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo
Celebrations include a fireworks display and musical entertainment from Stevie Wonder, who created a buzz in the city of Galway when he popped into a few shops on Friday, according to reports. The guest list is said to include One Direction singer Niall Horan, recent US Masters winner Sergio Garcia and Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer and Paul McGinley, racehorse owner JP McManus and possibly singer Ed Sheeran.
McIlroy, 27, is from Holywood in Co Down in Northern Ireland and met New Yorker Ms Stoll, 29, when she worked for the US PGA and was living in Florida.
The 350-acre Ashford Castle estate can be rented for around 84,000 a day at this time of year and has already been in use by the wedding team for several days.
‘Get out or I’ll chuck you out’ Teenager grabbed around throat by security guard at Cardiff shopping centre
This is the moment a security guard at Cardiff s main shopping centre grabbed a 15-year-old boy by the throat and told him: Get out or I ll chuck you out . The incident, which happened at St David s Shopping Centre on Sunday afternoon, involved a group of friends. They had been skateboarding in the city centre and were heading to eat when they were approached by security officers and asked to leave.
A video of the incident – which has since been posted online – then shows one of the security guards grabbing one of the teenagers by the throat. The security guard has been suspended with immediate effect .
The 15-year-old boy involved was Luther Small from Llanrumney, Cardiff. His mother, Carol, said: Luther doesn t really want to take things any further . He accepts the guy overreacted but doesn t want him to be suspended . It s just one of those things.
A video of the incident was posted online by Rhayna Mann, whose 15-year-old son, Riley, was also a part of the group of friends. Posting the footage to Twitter, she wrote: Disgusting . Appalling . Shameful.
Rhayna s husband, Jason Mann, added: My son and his friends were in Cardiff skating on Sunday . They decided to get some food at around 5pm.
Obviously one of the only places open at that time on a Sunday was St David s Shopping Centre.
They went in and took a seat in a caf , but they were approached by security and told they had to leave.
They were not misbehaving or playing up, but were told they had to leave because they had skateboards.
My son and his friends told the guards they didn t understand . They were only having food . They hadn t even skated inside the centre.
But security kicked them out . They tried their luck at another entrance and the security guards were waiting for them there.
This is when Luther was grabbed by one of the guards. Jason says the management team at St David s have been in touch to explain the situation but the incident has left them feeling upset and angry.
Riley was OK when he came home – he skates a lot, so is used to having run-ins with people, Jason said.
But he s a good kid .
I m not just saying that as his parent – Riley is a bright and well-mannered boy.
His mum was upset when she saw the footage, but I was just angry that someone in a position of power would abuse their rights.
The boys are 15 at the end of the day . Even if they were mouthy and the security guard felt justified in throwing them out, you don t grab a young boy by the throat. Mark Nott, centre manager for St David s Cardiff, said: We have been made aware of this incident and the security officer involved has been suspended with immediate effect.
This is not the level of conduct we expect from our officers and we apologise to all parties involved.
A full investigation is now taking place and we are liaising with the customers concerned directly.
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “We are aware of an alleged assault at St David s shopping centre, Cardiff, which occurred at approximately 8.30pm on Sunday, April 9.
“Enquiries in to the incident are ongoing.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has video footage which may assist with our enquiries, should contact 101 quoting reference 1700134453.”
A FORMER security firm engineer accused of faking his own ‘tiger kidnapping’ has been jailed for six months for stealing 38,000 from ATM machine in north Belfast. Judge Gordon Kerr QC told John Patterson the offence was a “breach of trust case” by an employee on his G4S employers. The 52 year-old of Carwood Way, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim was recently found guilty by a jury at Belfast Crown Court of one count of burglary.
The charge related to the theft of 38,000 from an ATM bunker at the Cavehill Road Spar in north Belfast on December 12, 2011. The jury found him not guilty of three further offences of converting criminal property. Patterson admitted the offences but maintained throughout his trial that he was acting under duress on the orders of masked gunmen.
He further admitted lodging some 12,000 of the cash to bolster his own bank and building society accounts and to making a cash down payment on a new caravan. But he claimed in his evidence in chief that the money come from his own “emergency kitty” he had built up from doing DIY work and which he kept in an old aftershave box stashed on top of his wardrobe. It was the prosecution case that Patterson’s claims that he was acting under duress were “nothing more than a fabrication… .
a made up story…..one he could not keep right”. A prosecution lawyer told the jury Patterson claimed that on December 6 or 7, 2011, about six day before the burglary at the Cavehill supermarket, he was forced into a car by two masked gunmen. He claimed they showed him photographs of his wife and family and told him they would be shot if he did not agree to carry out the burglary.
Prosecutor James Johnston also claimed that despite guidelines from G4S on how to deal with such tiger kidnap situations, Patterson did not inform the security firm or work colleagues of the threats. The jury were read a set of “agreed facts” between the prosecution and the defence, in which the ATM engineer admitted the burglary, but claimed he was acting under duress when he took the keys for the Northern Bank bunker, from the G4S key vault, and used to get the cash. It was further agreed that following his arrest at his home on January 20, 2012 he told police, he was “assaulted and threatened that his family would be shot or killed”.
Patterson also admitted that the following day he lodged money into his accounts and bought a caravan in Portrush with a deposit of 3,500. Sentencing today Judge Kerr said “there may been an element of pressure in the case”, adding that there had been no explanation given to the court as to where the money had ended up. He said that as result of the burglary, Patterson had been declared bankrupt and his marriage had ended and he was also suffering ongoing health problems.
A pre-sentence report assessed Patterson a “low likelihood of reoffending”.
As well as having to serve six months behind bars Patterson will serve a similar period on supervised licence.