Security News Roundup 09/05/14
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Convicted sex offender worked as a security guard at Manchester Airport
James Burns was hired as an aviation security officer at Manchester Airport after checks failed to find his criminal history. The 56 year old was convicted of four counts of sexual assault on a boy, 16. He has been suspended without pay from the airport, but not sacked.
James’ duties included frisking passengers before they boarded flights.
The court was told that between August and December in 2007, Burns assaulted a victim, telling him that he was gay, despite the fact he was married with a wife and children. Burns also bombarded the teenager with sexually explicit and suggestive text messages, telling him that no one would believe him if he told anyone about the abuse.
Reduction in security staff at Cardiff Airport will cause huge delays, critics claim
It is believed that 13 security workers at Cardiff Airport are to be made redundant.
A source close to the issue said: “I know for a fact that the passengers are fed up because they have to wait a very long time to get through security because there are very few trained staff. This will bring huge delays for the passengers and there will be a loss of trade for the businesses in the terminal because they haven’t got time to wait around.”
Leader of the Welsh Conservatives and Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “This news is obviously very troubling for the staff affected and I sincerely hope that this is not a pre-cursor to widespread redundancies at the Airport.”