A former soldier who completed two tours of Iraq has been ordered to pay more than 700 after he admitted stealing 300 from New Cross Hospital.
Father-of-three Lee Rowlands, aged 30, of Evans Street, Whitmore Reans, pleaded guilty at Walsall Magistrates’ court on Thursday after being charged with theft by an employee. The court heard how Rowlands, who previously spent six years in the army and completed two tours of Iraq, stole 300 from an unsecured safe at the car parking security office of New Cross Hospital. He was working as a security supervisor at the time. He was ordered by magistrate Mrs Jayne Heathcote to pay a fine of 250, down from 375 for his early guilty plea, costs of 185, compensation to the NHS of 300 and a victim surcharge of 30, totalling 765. The theft took place between February 1 and March 5 this year when Rowlands was working in the security office. The unsecured safe contained money collected from parking passes given out to those working at the hospital. The court heard how CCTV installed in the security office was angled to cover the safe, but would only reveal the person s back. When Mr Rowlands colleagues realised money had not been accounted for, they installed an additional camera when he was on annual leave. This camera showed Mr Rowlands take 40 from the safe .
He was arrested and interviewed at Wolverhampton Central Police Station on March 13 where he admitted taking the money and he had stolen 300 in total from February. Ms Rachel Smith, prosecuting, said: It was confirmed there was 40 in the safe before Rowlands was seen on camera removing something from the safe . The 40 was not there when it was checked after his visit. Defending Rowlands, Mr Nayan Patel said: He admits he is suffering from post-traumatic-stress-disorder following his two tours of Iraq. Rowlands is currently suspended from work, where the court heard, he continues to earn 1,000 a month, though his contract is expected to be terminated following his appearance in court.
A security guard was savagely beaten and left lying seriously injured for hours after a brutal attack at a Brierley Hill factory.
The guard, aged 73, was attacked after he challenged a man found near the factory office yesterday afternoon. The attack happened at Stoke Forgings, a steel components manufacturing plant, based off Vine Street, at around 1pm. Police say the guard was hit numerous times, leaving him with serious head injuries. He was only discovered by a colleague starting work later at around 7pm. He remains in a critical condition in hospital today. The factory unit has been sealed off by officers while forensic inquiries take place. Detective Inspector Colin Mattinson from Force CID said: The security guard is currently detained in a critical condition in hospital. “This was a sustained and violent attack on an elderly man. “We believe he challenged a man found inside the premises which led to the unprovoked attack taking place.
Enquiries are continuing and we are studying CCTV and carrying our forensic investigations at the scene. “We are still trying to establish what the man was doing inside the premises and what, if anything was stolen. I would ask anyone who saw anything in the Vine Street area yesterday or anyone who has knowledge of this attack to call us as soon as possible on 101 or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.
Patrols have been stepped up in the area after the attack.
‘Brazen’ attacker in balaclava tries to raid security van outside Tesco petrol station on Telford’s Wrekin Retail Park
A robber wearing a balaclava attempted to hold up a security van at a supermarket petrol station in Telford.
A blue G4S van was parked near the Tesco filling station at Wrekin Retail Park when a man approached the vehicle and threatened security staff. Stunned motorists saw a security guard race into the petrol station kiosk, where he told the staff that was happening. The garage staff immediately dialled 999 as the drama unfolded at about 8.40am this morning.
A driver, from Dawley Road, Wellington who did not want to be named, said: I filled up at the pump and walking towards the kiosk to pay when I saw the security guard run across the forecourt from the side of the petrol station . He was running very fast with a case in his hand. I overheard him telling the staff that someone wearing a balaclava was approaching . The staff immediately phoned the police . The security van was parked on the slip road nearby. I wondered what was going on and I was taken aback when I heard what he was saying . I didn t see any of the incident.
No one was hurt during the attempted robbery at the site in Whitchurch Drive . It is believed the robber, who fled from the scene, was with an accomplice getaway driver . It is not known they had any weapons on them. Three patrol cars along with two unmarked police vehicles with plained clothed officers arrived at the scene minutes after the attempted robbery at the garage, in Arleston. A pedestrian customer, who did not want to be named, said: We didn t see anything, but the staff in the kiosk said the security van worker had been attacked. There are lots of routes leading away from this place where someone could escape on foot . We told this to the police officer who came over to ask us if we saw what happened. West Mercia Police spokesman Dan Butler said: There have been no reports of any injuries and at this time no weapons are believed to have been used. The filling station was open and trading as normal following the attempted robbery .
A Tesco spokesman declined to comment. G4S spokesman Michael Baker said the cash in transit crew spotted the would be attackers driving up to the vehicle at speed and the guard returned inside the shop . It is believed that the raiders thought twice and sped away from the scene.
G4S head of operational risk Gareth Skinner said: One of our crew members serving a petrol station in the Wrekin retail park in Telford noticed a car approach at speed as they were leaving the store. Reacting quickly and showing great awareness to the threat . Our colleague returned back inside safely without endangering themselves or members of the public and the would be robbers fled empty handed.
I would urge anyone nearby who may have seen anything to get in touch with the police or dial 101 so these brazen attackers can be brought to justice.