By James Galloway at Interlagos
Last Updated: 12/11/17 7:18am
Security at the Brazilian GP has been tightened in the wake of the armed robbery of Mercedes team members leaving the circuit on Friday night. Gunmen held up a minibus carrying Mercedes personnel and stole valuables, while a car carrying FIA officials was also threatened . No one was harmed in either incident. Mercedes bus robbed at gunpoint1
The FIA issued a statement on Saturday night confirming an increased security presence from local police and have advised people to take all necessary precautions when travelling to and from the circuit on race day.
“The circuit has informed all of the event stakeholders that the Sao Paulo police force has taken additional measures after these regrettable incident,” read a statement. “Heavy police reinforcements will be on duty for the remainder of the event.” While Brazil is one of the sport’s most popular and vibrant races, incidents of F1 personnel being targeted on the roads outside the circuit are not uncommon.
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who was not travelling in the vehicle that was targeted, said F1 collectively needed to do more to ensure all members of the paddock were able to travel safely.
“I was horrified to hear what had happened,” he said. “I’m very close with all the guys that got pulled aside and you can’t imagine what they were feeling or going through at the time.
“After that, the most frustrating thing is I’ve been in Formula 1 for 10 years and every single year that has happened to somebody in the paddock . And it continues to happen.
“I’m sure that’s an issue that the government here are fighting, but maybe on this weekend there are protocols that are put in place that help. “It should be for the whole paddock . That’s partly Formula 1’s responsibility but generally people at the top need to take action to keep everyone safe . It’s not good just the bosses having security and myself having security, everyone needs to be looked after.” The 2017 title race may be over, but the racing definitely isn’t ! Get set for Mercedes v Ferrari v Red Bull in the Brazilian GP LIVE ONLY on Sky Sports F1 .
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Enhanced security measures that caused thousands of rugby fans to miss the kick off for the Australia match are here to stay, said a defiant Welsh Rugby Union on Saturday evening. Rugby fans missed kick off for the opening autumn international because of huge queues to get into the Principality Stadium on Saturday. Supporters were left standing in the rain outside several gates as a result of enhanced security checks because of the unprecedented terror threat in the UK.
Fans queuing at the stadium as the game kicks off Fans queue at the stadium
Stadium chiefs had warned fans to get to the stadium early1 , with every supporter due to be searched for the first time ever . A warning was also issued stating large bags and umbrellas would not be allowed into the ground.
TV pictures inside the Principality showed scores of empty seats as the players emerged from the tunnel, with BBC TV presenter John Inverdale raising the issue on air . A crowd of more than 66,000 was due at the match. The WRU said after the match: “Enhanced security measures ensure everybody entering Principality Stadium is checked on arrival at the turnstiles . For the Under Armour Series, we have doubled the pre-game opening hours to three hours to give fans the opportunity to avoid the queues and we have made every effort to communicate to supporters to plan to arrive early and leave large bags and large umbrellas at home to avoid missing kick off.
“We received great support from all of our partners, including the media, South Wales Police and Cardiff Council, getting this message out in the build up to today s event.
“The safety and enjoyment of our visitors is of paramount importance.
“Welsh rugby fans are renowned for their contribution to the fantastic atmosphere inside the venue and vital support they give to the team on the pitch.
“Today thousands of fans enjoyed our new and improved pre-match entertainment schedule from three hours before kick-off, including live music and early bird offers at our retail units.
“It is important to stress that these security measures are here to stay and we don t want anyone to miss kick off.
“We will continue to urge supporters to allow more time for getting in to the stadium in future, as these checks are vital to the safety of all attendees.”
Thousands of fans remain in queues with just two minutes before the start of the game. (Image: Peter Bolter)
Tom Lee-wah from Cardiff said the price of the ticket didn’t warrant having to queue and miss part of the match. Another fan said she had been waiting for nearly half an hour in the rain.
“We’ve missed the great atmosphere now . Normally we like to go in and get a drink and take it all in before the match starts but we have missed all that.
“We were told we should come earlier because of the security check but we did come thirty minutes before kick off.”
Several fans took to social media to vent their frustration about the situation, with some describing scenes of chaos at the crowded gates. One, Tom Lewis, reported being stuck in a queue for an hour with no sign of movement, while fans at Gate 7 told WalesOnline they had no chance of making kick-off despite turning up 40 minutes before the scheduled start time.
Supporter Hattie Jones tweeted the Principality Stadium, saying: “We’ve been queuing for 65 minutes but are still told the queue is more than 60 minutes . Five minutes away from kick-off . Are there any refunds available.”
Cardiff MP Stephen Doughty called the crowd handling at Gate 1 an “utter shambles”. He said in a tweet he’d “never known it so bad in 18 years” and had reported his concerns to South Wales Police and the WRU.
There were also reports of female fans getting to the front of queues only to be sent to other queues by male stewards who were unable to search women. The WRU issued a detailed warning to fans earlier this week but it appears many were unaware just how thorough the checks would be in comparison to previous games. Small bags and handbags were permitted, provided they were no larger than 35cm x 40cm x 19cm.
- ^ Stadium chiefs had warned fans to get to the stadium early (www.walesonline.co.uk)
Two robbers attacked a security guard then stole a cash box in a broad daylight robbery outside a Staffordshire supermarket. The attackers struck just before 10am on Monday morning outside Morrisons supermarket in Milestone Way, Burntwood. A G4S security guard was attacked by two men who then made off in a white Ford CMAX car.
The guard was not injured in the attack and the cash box was discovered close by on a traffic island and had been emptied of its contents.
Morrisons in Burntwood. (Image: Google Maps)
Police say the Ford CMAX, which was stolen over the weekend from the West Midlands area, was found abandoned in nearby Juniper Close. The offenders then made off on foot towards Hawthorne Crescent and are believed to have made their escape in a silver or grey vehicle driven by another suspect. Two men involved in the robbery are described as white, in their late 30s or early 40s and both were wearing dark clothing .
One of the men also wore a high-visibility vest.
A Ford CMAX siilar to the one reported stolen.
Detective Inspector Steve Chadwick said: This robbery appears to have been well planned and took place in broad daylight outside a busy supermarket.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any information that could help with our investigation is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 200 of 6 November .
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.