A man who had drunk 20 pints of Stella bit a security guard in the leg after clashing with a bus driver at Paragon Interchange. Anthony Anderson, 43, told police1 he downed the lager “because he’d had some bad family news”. He claimed he was standing up for a friend on the bus who was being “picked on”, but his confrontation with the driver led him being spoken to by security guards at the station, Hull Magistrates’ Court2 heard.
Hull Paragon Interchange
Prosecutor Colette Dixon said Anderson became aggressive and “squared up to the complainant”, who was joined by a colleague in trying to eject him.
But the situation “escalated” and the pair ended up “wrestling” on the ground, where Anderson bit him on the leg and punched him in the face . The victim managed to radio British Transport Police, who came and arrested Anderson. The guard suffered a bruised and swollen lip, and red marks and bruises on his leg where he had been bitten, Mrs Dixon said – to which Anderson sat shaking his head at the back of court. Anderson, of Rothesay Avenue, west Hull, was searched and found in possession of a small amount of herbal cannabis, which was accepted was for his personal use.
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In police interview on May 21 last year, the day after the incident, Anderson – “to his credit” – said he had been drinking all day with a friend. Mrs Dixon said: “He said he’d drunk 20 pints of Stella because he’d had some bad family news, and that was why he was drinking . He did accept there was an altercation on the bus with another male.”
Asked about the shouting and swearing when he got off the bus, Anderson said he felt “intimidated” by the security guards, and said they had sworn at him, which he “didn’t think was reasonable, and that made him angry”. Anderson said he had tried to bite the security guard because he was “frightened”, and also claimed he had been punched in the face and stomach while on the ground.
He admitted assault by beating and possessing cannabis. Robin Smith, for Anderson, said: “I accept this was an unpleasant incident and one where the security officer was injured.
“He apologises for his behaviour on that particular evening . He was heavily in drink .
He was trying to assist a friend of his who was being picked on on the bus; he let his temper get the better of him.”
Anderson received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work, and pay 100 compensation, as well as 85 costs and a 105 surcharge .
The money will be deducted from his benefits at 10 a fortnight.
Preparations are under way across the country for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations – with security a top priority for police forces. In Edinburgh, extra bag checks were put in place as Hogmanay events began on Saturday night, with 100,000 people expected to enjoy festivities over the three-day party that traditionally sees in the New Year. Despite 2017 being an unprecedented year for terror attacks in the UK, Hogmanay’s chief executive producer has told Sky News he does not expect the event to change. Martin Green said: “No one has the right to stop us enjoying our new year, our job is to make sure everyone stays safe and we have lots and lots of people around to make that so.”
Image: Security preparations for New Year’s Eve began in London’s Trafalgar Square several days ago
There were five major terror attacks in the UK in 2017, killing more than 30 people . Earlier this month, MI5 revealed it prevented nine other attacks during the year. In London, where four of the attacks took place, the Metropolitan Police said a review of security for New Year’s Eve has been carried out in light of the incidents. Thousands of armed police will be on duty in the capital as well as sniffer dogs and vehicle barriers .
Although fewer officers will be working during the celebrations, Scotland Yard has insisted its plans are “appropriate”.
Image: More than 10,000 fireworks will light up London – and Big Ben is back to bong in 2018
Superintendent Nick Aldworth said the main fireworks event in London will look and feel the same as last year, and there is no intelligence of any specific threats. He told Sky News: “This year we’re led by one of the most experienced command teams that the Metropolitan Police has. “We also will have around 100,000 people at this event, which gives us 100,000 sets of eyes and ears . We encourage them to be alert but not alarmed.”
Elsewhere around the world, major cities also are gearing up to welcome in 2018 – with New Zealand set to celebrate first at 11am UK time. In New York City, officials have confirmed their event in Times Square will have the tightest security ever – with police snipers on duty and sniffer dogs on patrol . Back in autumn, a terror attack there killed eight people. Bag searches and concrete blocks are also being enforced at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin – and for the first time in the city’s history, a “safe zone” is being established for women who feel harassed or threatened. For revellers back in the UK, there is a chance that poor weather and travel disruption could dampen celebrations.
Image: Several weather warnings were issued ahead of Storm Dylan’s arrival
Weather warnings for “very strong winds” are in force as Storm Dylan sweeps in across a stretch of Northern Ireland and southern Scotland, with the Met Office warning that flying debris is likely “with the possibility of injuries or danger to life”. The worst of the 80mph gusts is expected to pass by early afternoon, paving the way for Hogmanay celebrations to continue as planned in Edinburgh. For London, a dry evening is forecast – but a 24-hour strike by some South Western Railway staff could cause difficulties for those trying to travel into the UK’s busiest train station, Waterloo. Both cities are planning to put on a star-studded show for tens of thousands of people. Edinburgh is promising to throw “the best party ever”, with live music, DJs and the “ultimate fireworks display” from the castle – with Rag’n’Bone Man headlining Concert in the Gardens. Big Ben’s famous bongs will ring out at midnight in London, heralding the start of a 12-minute display where 10,000 fireworks will light up the night sky.
The soundtrack for the pyrotechnic extravaganza is being dominated by female artists including Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin and Ariana Grande, marking 100 years of women having the right to vote.
First picture of premature baby saved by heroic Asda security guard after tot stopped breathing in freezer aisle
This is the first picture of a premature baby who stopped breathing in an Asda1 supermarket and was saved by a hero security guard. Store guard Shaun Walsh and off-duty hospital worker Neil Franklin leapt into action to revive little Ronny Auckland in the store s chilled aisle on Boxing Day. The pair have now been hailed as heroes after the baby’s2 mum, Terri-ann Russell Auckland, claimed that their swift action saved the life of her son.
Ronny, who was born 13 weeks early in September, is being treated in hospital after his ordeal at the store in Grimsby, Lincs. Shaun, 44, a trained first-aider, told how he and hospital technician Neil saved Ronny, who had been suffering from bronchitis and had mucus blocking his airways. He said: I was giving chest compressions and the other gent got his airways going.
Asda hero Shaun Walsh (Image: Grimsby Telegraph/BPM Media)
Shaun was alerted by fellow staff and immediately starting giving Ronny cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the floor of the aisle, while hospital medic Neil blew into the baby s mouth. Minutes later paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service were on the scene and the infant was taken to hospital, reports the Grimsby Telegraph3 . Terri-ann, 31, of Weelsby Street said: I can t thank them enough . I owe them everything for saving my boy s life.
They deserve all the praise in the world for what they did.
You don t know what to do is that situation . I just froze .
Luckily they were there. The mother-of-two boys said: It just shows how everyone should be trained in First Aid.
(Image: Grimsby Telegraph/BPM Media)
Today she was at Ronny s bedside in the Rainforest ward of the hospital. Shaun, who has worked for Asda for nine years said his firm regularly updated his First Aid training.
He said: A staff member came running to me and said there was a boy not breathing.
When I got there his face was blue . There was a crowd of people around him so we got them out the way and myself and the off-duty medic got him breathing again . I was giving chest compressions and the other gent got his airways going . There are not many people who would have been able to do it.
But because we are trained it worked.
It paid off . It shows we are not just big bad security guards, there to get abuse from people. Shaun, 44, said: We just do what we are trained to do . You cope with whatever you are faced with .
We don t just take abuse from people who are doing something wrong . We help people as well. He told how the hospital medic shook his hand and thanked him and left the store. Shaun also went back to work to complete his shift.
He had not originally be allocated the shift on Boxing Day but volunteered his services that day. The mother posted a message on social media to thank Shaun and the other lifesaver in which she said Big thank you to Shaun and the other guy . I don t know what I would have done without you. She had been at Asda with her sister Sara Geddes to buy balloons for her other son Bobby s 7th birthday yesterday.
Asda s people trading manager, Moira Pembleton said: We are all incredibly proud of Shaun . he did an amazing job . Everyone else around was running around but he stayed calm throughout .
It was an emotional moment for everyone.