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Guitar bag causes airport security scare in Cleveland

  • Edward Maher, 45, left his guitar at a Delta Air Lines ticketing area at the airport
  • He said he left the guitar bag because he couldn’t afford the luggage fee
  • Abandoned bag cause security scare at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
  • Maher was questioned by TSA agents who made discovery at 1.45pm Tuesday
  • He was allowed to board flight home and he later apologized for the incident

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Edward Maher (pictured), 45, said he left behind his guitar bag because he couldn’t afford the luggage fees . The abandoned bag prompted a security scare at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport An abandoned guitar case that was left near a ticketing station at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport caused a security scare Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said the bag that led security officials to temporarily close part of the airport was a guitar left behind by Edward Maher, 45, who couldn’t afford the luggage fee for it. Maher apologized for the airport scare shortly after the incident in an interview with News 53. He said he didn’t know about the situation until security officials let passengers back into the airport.

‘When I walked down the escalator and I was stopped by security, police, the FBI and detectives, then I started to think it must have been the bass guitar I left behind,’ Maher told the station. He said he left the guitar outside Delta ticketing because he couldn t afford to check it for his flight to Syracuse, New York. Two TSA agents found Maher’s abandoned guitar around 1.45pm on Tuesday . The discovery prompted Cleveland police and a K-9 to investigate. During the investigation, the police dog was alerted to the package, which led officials to close down a portion of the airport and prohibit travelers from leaving or entering the facility, according to the news site.

The bomb squad was also called to the scene to investigate. A police spokeswoman told Cleveland.com4 that prosecutors will decide whether to pursue any charges against Maher, who is from Taberg, New York, over the bag abandoned in the check-in area. Some passengers were guided into safety zones away from the area, while flights continued taking off and landing. Two TSA agents found Maher’s abandoned guitar around 1.45pm on Tuesday . The discovery prompted Cleveland police and a K-9 to investigate . During the investigation, the police dog was alerted to the package .

The bomb squad (pictured) was also called in to investigate Maher was questioned and allowed to board his flight home after investigators determined there was no safety threat. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor hasn’t determined whether or not to charge him with inducing panic. Five airlines that fly out of the airport reported that they had two delays as a result of the incident. Earlier this year, Maher was arrested by New York State Police5 who were dispatched to his home for a domestic dispute. Maher had allegedly threatened multiple times to cut his mother’s throat and kill her in her sleep. He was charged with menacing in the third degree and arraigned on the warrant and remanded to Oneida County Jail in lieu of $1000.00 cash bail.

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  3. ^ News 5 (www.news5cleveland.com)
  4. ^ Cleveland.com (www.cleveland.com)
  5. ^ New York State Police (www.nyspnews.com)

Met Police accused of ‘severe’ security breach after handing over addresses of London’s 30000 gun owners

The Met Police1 has been criticised for handing over the addresses of 30,000 London gun owners to a third party for a marketing campaign.

Gun owners2 were only made aware their details had been given out after a police campaign leaflet, posted from Leeds, was sent through their letterboxes last month, according to technology website The Register. The website said the leaflets raised severe security implications for the capital s gun owners, which it estimated to be about 5,000 rifle owners and 25,000 shotgun owners. However the Met said the company used to distribute leaflets is a reputable agency specifically contracted by the police and holds appropriate security accreditation.

A spokesman added the force is investigating the complaints, but is assured that all personal data was deleted. The leaflet advised gun owners to protect their firearms with SmartWater forensic property marking , a gun protection pack with a 8.95 charge for membership. The envelopes containing the leaflets were allegedly marked with a return address for a business centre in Leeds, home of Corporate Document Services (CDS), a direct marketing company.

The Met claims the invisible ink marking system strongly deters burglars by up to 85 per cent . The Met Police has said it is “assured” data was deleted by the company (Getty Images)

A spokesperson for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) told The Register: “Businesses and organisations are required under the Data Protection Act to keep people’s personal data safe and secure. A Met Police spokesman said: CDS are a reputable, print company and not a commercial marketing agency.

They are already, specifically contracted by the Met for ‘the supply of external print and associated services’ under a Crown Commercial Services framework.

They hold appropriate information security accreditations and no personal information is to be retained.

We have contacted them and the sub-contractors and we are assured that all the personal data has been deleted in line with their policies .

We are investigating the matter internally and will keep the ICO informed accordingly.

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Election candidates warned of security risks

Most candidates running in the General Election will have little in the way of enhanced protection during the campaign unless they raise specific concerns with the police, security sources have told Sky News. The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) says it is writing to all of the country’s MPs and setting out crucial security advice and guidance in the run-up to 8 June. Although there is no direct intelligence of election-related threats, there is an increasing sense of nervousness among authorities in the wake of the terror attack in Westminster and last week’s shooting of police officers in Paris ahead of the French presidential elections. The NPCC, which represents all 43 police forces in England and Wales, said: “Where particular concerns are raised local police will work with constituency offices to review security and put in place appropriate measures.

“This vigilance message applies to all of the candidates and their team members who will be out campaigning over the coming weeks.”

Image: Dr Lisa Cameron MP says she is taking ‘sensible precautions’ after receiving death threats

Security surrounding the Prime Minister and other senior political figures has been visibly enhanced since the Westminster attack. Theresa May has signalled her determination to join the campaign trail and canvass in local communities. Although this brings extra risks, the Prime Minister will at least have added protection . Most other candidates will not. The MP for East Kilbride, Lisa Cameron, was subjected to death threats last year . She said they had spurred her into making sure she and her colleagues take “sensible precautions” as they begin their campaigns.

“There are vulnerabilities and you have to be able to be aware and acknowledge that, once you’ve got that insight you can be aware of risk management,” she said. “Given the incidents that have occurred, those types of interactions are going to have to be done in a way to minimise risk . You can’t totally eradicate risk but it should never stop MPs or candidates engaging with constituents.”

The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in her West Yorkshire constituency last year led to a reappraisal of security. Naz Shah, the MP for Bradford West, has also suffered death threats in the past year – and said there was always an element of risk in an open democracy but that extremists should not be allowed to win. She said: “We have been given extra advice on carrying lone worker devices when we are out and about, and yes, that risk increases when we are out in the constituency. “One of the things about democracy is about being in touch directly with people.”

Former Scotland Yard firearms officer Roger Gray said the recent events in Westminster and Paris will certainly have focused the minds of the police and security officials as the UK’s election gets under way. He added: “What we saw just a few weeks ago was dreadful but it’s very difficult to calculate for . One thing we do have in the run-up to the election is heightened awareness, so if something happens it won’t be a complete bolt from the blue as that was . And the public will be vital in helping the authorities track any potential risk.”

Chief constables are currently liaising with politicians who have had threats in the past, and all candidates are being urged to ensure police know about their planned events.