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‘Heroic’ Portadown security guard wins award after pulling woman from river

  • ‘Heroic’ Portadown security guard wins award after pulling woman from river

    A Northern Ireland security officer has been recognised for his life-saving actions after he pulled a woman from a river.

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A Northern Ireland security officer has been recognised for his life-saving actions after he pulled a woman from a river. Peter Jebb (32) was awarded the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Regional Security Personnel Award for his Outstanding Act last November.

The Portadown man, was honoured for his quick thinking and heroic actions, when, while watching security cameras at The Meadows Shopping Centre, he saw a woman fall into the Bann river. He rapidly made his way to the riverbank and spoke calmly to the woman, who at this point was up to her neck in the water . He was said to have displayed empathy and compassion and managed to help the woman get back to the river side . While Mr Jebb was doing this, he was in constant contact with the police. Mr Jebb then helped the police pull the lady out of the water to safety.

Colleagues described the hero as “enthusiastic and charismatic, always being the first to volunteer for new tasks and approaching his work with a positive attitude”. A spokesperson for the BSIA awards said: “Peter s ability to think under pressure, remain calm and follow his training in order to bring the lady to safety, without putting his own life at risk, demonstrates his exceptional professionalism in an extremely challenging situation.”

I was just doing my job . Peter Jebb

On receiving the award, a delighted Mr Jebb said: “I believe I was just doing my job… . and acted exactly in the same way any of my colleagues at the centre would have done.

“It just happened that I was the first person to be alerted to the incident . I am so pleased I was able to help someone who was obviously not in a great place.”

Peter will now be put forward to the national judging phase of the awards . If he is successful in the second round of judging, he will be invited to attend the BSIA s prestigious annual lunch at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on July 12, where he will be presented with the national award. The awards, currently in their 19th year and sponsored by Camberford Law plc, serve to acknowledge the successes of those working within the security industry.

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‘Nothing untoward’ in Belfast security alert

A suspicious object which sparked a security alert in north Belfast was deemed “nothing untoward”.

Pacific Avenue, just off the Antrim Road was closed and the Army bomb squad called to the scene.

Deputy Mayor or Belfast, Mary Ellen Campbell said a suspected pipe bomb was behind the alert and residents evacuated from their homes. Police added: “A security alert which started earlier at Pacific Avenue in north Belfast has ended . Police say nothing untoward was found .

The road has now been reopened to traffic.”

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Security services tapped Ian Paisley’s phone when he was an MP, claims Prescott

The security services tapped the phone of the late Ian Paisley while he was an MP, Lord Prescott has claimed.

The firebrand leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had his calls tapped despite a long-standing convention that MPs should not have their communications monitored, the former deputy prime minister said. Lord Prescott said then prime minister Tony Blair told him in 2005 that security services had eavesdropped on an MP. He said that after pressing Mr Blair for a name, the then premier told him it was the DUP leader, who later became Northern Ireland’s first minister and a peer before his death in 2014.

Writing in his Sunday Mirror column, Lord Prescott said the surveillance watchdog had wanted to name Mr Paisley but Parliament was not informed.

Lord Prescott said: ” Downing Street had been told by the Interception of Communications Commissioner, who wanted to name Paisley.

“Tony asked me to discuss the Wilson Doctrine with the Speaker of the House of Commons .

I never told him that an MP had been tapped or that it was Paisley.

“Parliament was not informed and Paisley went on to become First Minister of Northern Ireland.

“I can only think that as the peace process was still a concern, mentioning the fact a leading loyalist politician had been tapped by Britain’s security services in the past would not have helped.”

The newspaper said Lord Prescott has decided to break his silence over fears electronic snooping to catch terrorists will lead to an erosion of privacy. The convention that MPs’ communications should not be intercepted by police or security services is known as the Wilson doctrine after former prime minister Harold Wilson, who announced the policy in 1966. In March 2006, Mr Blair assured Parliament the Wilson doctrine would be maintained despite advice to scrap the policy.

The Sunday Mirror said Lord Prescott does not know when Mr Paisley’s phone was tapped or whether MI5, MI6, police or the Army were responsible. He approached then Commons speaker Michael Martin to discuss how the Wilson doctrine was applied but did not mention it was prompted by what he had learned about Mr Paisley. Lord Prescott was concerned a constituent’s private matters could be overheard if spies were listening to MPs’ calls.

In his column, Lord Prescott said he was concerned about the state’s powers of surveillance under Theresa May.

“The challenge as a minister is to balance national security against the freedoms we enjoy,” he said.

“But this government seems determined to ensure Big Brother is not only watching you, he’s monitoring your calls, emails and texts.”