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Two robbers attack Morrisons security guard in Burntwood at 10am

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.

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.

Workman who installed giant iron security gate which crushed grandmother to death jailed for manslaughter

A workman who installed a giant iron security gate which crushed a grandmother to death has been jailed1 for three and a half years.

Robert Churchyard, 52, was convicted2 of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of Jill Lunn.

Mrs Lunn, 56, hailed as the rock of her family, was killed when the automatic gate toppled on the much-loved grandmother at her home in Blofield Heath, near Norwich. Mrs Lunn was killed in the horror incident at her own house just weeks after the gate was set up. The freak accident was a wholly preventable tragedy , the court heard.

Jill Lunn was killed when the automatic gate toppled on her

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Churchyard, of Norwich, was jailed at the city s crown court. He was also convicted of an offence under the Heath and Safety at Work Act at a separate trial. Churchyard worked for Automated Garage Doors and Gates Ltd when the tragedy happened.

The company also admitted three counts of failing to comply with a requirement under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) regulations and was fined 12,000. Churchyard fitted the huge gate, which weighed about a third of a tonne, in March 2013. But it didn t have any failsafe stopping devices to prevent it falling if it was operated manually, the court heard.

On the fatal day Mrs Lunn pulled into her drive, with her grandchild in the car, and tried to close the gate using the remote control. It wouldn t work so she tried to shut the gate manually. It fell straight on top of Mrs Lunn and crushed her to death on April 17, 2013.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said the tragedy could have easily been prevented by a stopping device either to the gate or to the track upon which the gate ran. Mr Jackson branded the devastating tragedy wholly preventable .

The gate at her home in Blofield Heath, near Norwich

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In an impact statement read in court, Mrs Lunn s grief-stricken family said her death had left them devastated . They said they felt cheated she had died in such a terrible way and were still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

But her daughter said they felt the person most cheated was Mrs Lunn herself as she had so much more living to do . Jailing Churchyard, Judge Stephen Holt said it was an awful tragedy as he stressed: There are no winners. Judge Holt said the family s raw, emotion-charged impact statement was heartbreaking .

He said the case crossed the custody threshold and he had no alternative but to jail Churchyard, whose own family left the court in tears. Anthony Potter, defending, said he had never got over what happened. Mr Potter said: He has continued to think about what happened to Mrs Lunn on a daily basis.

It s had an effect on his health.

Her family said they felt cheated she had died in such a terrible way and were still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy

He said Churchyard, who worked for the company for 20 years, has now left and become a long-distance lorry driver. Mr Potter said: He will not return to this kind of work in the future. Philip Hackett, QC for the company, offered their profound regret and apologised for their failings.

But Mr Hackett said following the tragedy every single installation by the firm was inspected and there was no other failure. He said: It is still completely inexplicable what actually happened on this occasion. Mr Hackett said the company was a small family enterprise, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and fully co-operated with police.

Afterwards Det Sgt Darren Reade, of Norfolk Police, said: Jill s death should never have happened.

If Churchyard had undertaken all the safety work expected of him then she would have been protected from the gate breaking in such a way.

I hope that this outcome prevents a similar tragedy from happening in the future. Mrs Lunn s loved ones told the court that four generations of their family had been shattered by her death. They said in a statement: The sudden loss of our perfectly healthy, beautiful, loving 56-year-old mother, sister, daughter and Nana has taken its toll emotionally physically and financially on the whole family.

Mrs Lunn s loved ones told the court that four generations of their family had been shattered by her death

Our Mum was our rock, the hub of our family.

She was the most loving and caring person you could ever meet.

If there was a competition for best Mum and Nana she would have won hands down.

They said they thought fitting gates to Mrs Lunn s home would keep the family safe.

Unfortunately, this was not to be the case and in fact totally the opposite, they said.

The day our Mum died a big chunk of who we are, what we lived for and our ability to care and love was taken away from us. After the case a shocked safety expert said the industry must learn a lesson from the tragedy. Health and Safety Executive inspector Edward Crick said: This case is a stark demonstration of what happens when companies do not comply with the relevant legislation relating to the safety of machinery.

The industry must learn from the tragic death of Jill Lunn so no other family suffers the same loss.

There is plenty of guidance available to help businesses ensure they put in place the basic safeguards and provide their customers with the necessary information top operate them safely.

Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Business, Food and Farming manager, Jon Peddle, said: The failings in this case had tragic consequences for Mrs Lunn and her family.

We welcome this sentence and hope this sends out a clear message to similar businesses.

References

  1. ^ jailed (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ convicted (www.mirror.co.uk)

Workman who installed giant iron security gate which crushed …

A workman who installed a giant iron security gate which crushed a grandmother to death has been jailed1 for three and a half years.

Robert Churchyard, 52, was convicted2 of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of Jill Lunn.

Mrs Lunn, 56, hailed as the rock of her family, was killed when the automatic gate toppled on the much-loved grandmother at her home in Blofield Heath, near Norwich. Mrs Lunn was killed in the horror incident at her own house just weeks after the gate was set up. The freak accident was a wholly preventable tragedy , the court heard.

Jill Lunn was killed when the automatic gate toppled on her

Read More

Churchyard, of Norwich, was jailed at the city s crown court. He was also convicted of an offence under the Heath and Safety at Work Act at a separate trial. Churchyard worked for Automated Garage Doors and Gates Ltd when the tragedy happened.

The company also admitted three counts of failing to comply with a requirement under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) regulations and was fined 12,000. Churchyard fitted the huge gate, which weighed about a third of a tonne, in March 2013. But it didn t have any failsafe stopping devices to prevent it falling if it was operated manually, the court heard.

On the fatal day Mrs Lunn pulled into her drive, with her grandchild in the car, and tried to close the gate using the remote control. It wouldn t work so she tried to shut the gate manually. It fell straight on top of Mrs Lunn and crushed her to death on April 17, 2013.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said the tragedy could have easily been prevented by a stopping device either to the gate or to the track upon which the gate ran. Mr Jackson branded the devastating tragedy wholly preventable .

The gate at her home in Blofield Heath, near Norwich

Read More

In an impact statement read in court, Mrs Lunn s grief-stricken family said her death had left them devastated . They said they felt cheated she had died in such a terrible way and were still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

But her daughter said they felt the person most cheated was Mrs Lunn herself as she had so much more living to do . Jailing Churchyard, Judge Stephen Holt said it was an awful tragedy as he stressed: There are no winners. Judge Holt said the family s raw, emotion-charged impact statement was heartbreaking .

He said the case crossed the custody threshold and he had no alternative but to jail Churchyard, whose own family left the court in tears. Anthony Potter, defending, said he had never got over what happened. Mr Potter said: He has continued to think about what happened to Mrs Lunn on a daily basis.

It s had an effect on his health.

Her family said they felt cheated she had died in such a terrible way and were still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy

He said Churchyard, who worked for the company for 20 years, has now left and become a long-distance lorry driver. Mr Potter said: He will not return to this kind of work in the future. Philip Hackett, QC for the company, offered their profound regret and apologised for their failings.

But Mr Hackett said following the tragedy every single installation by the firm was inspected and there was no other failure. He said: It is still completely inexplicable what actually happened on this occasion. Mr Hackett said the company was a small family enterprise, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and fully co-operated with police.

Afterwards Det Sgt Darren Reade, of Norfolk Police, said: Jill s death should never have happened.

If Churchyard had undertaken all the safety work expected of him then she would have been protected from the gate breaking in such a way.

I hope that this outcome prevents a similar tragedy from happening in the future. Mrs Lunn s loved ones told the court that four generations of their family had been shattered by her death. They said in a statement: The sudden loss of our perfectly healthy, beautiful, loving 56-year-old mother, sister, daughter and Nana has taken its toll emotionally physically and financially on the whole family.

Mrs Lunn s loved ones told the court that four generations of their family had been shattered by her death

Our Mum was our rock, the hub of our family.

She was the most loving and caring person you could ever meet.

If there was a competition for best Mum and Nana she would have won hands down.

They said they thought fitting gates to Mrs Lunn s home would keep the family safe.

Unfortunately, this was not to be the case and in fact totally the opposite, they said.

The day our Mum died a big chunk of who we are, what we lived for and our ability to care and love was taken away from us. After the case a shocked safety expert said the industry must learn a lesson from the tragedy. Health and Safety Executive inspector Edward Crick said: This case is a stark demonstration of what happens when companies do not comply with the relevant legislation relating to the safety of machinery.

The industry must learn from the tragic death of Jill Lunn so no other family suffers the same loss.

There is plenty of guidance available to help businesses ensure they put in place the basic safeguards and provide their customers with the necessary information top operate them safely.

Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Business, Food and Farming manager, Jon Peddle, said: The failings in this case had tragic consequences for Mrs Lunn and her family.

We welcome this sentence and hope this sends out a clear message to similar businesses.

References

  1. ^ jailed (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ convicted (www.mirror.co.uk)