Bouncer accused of aggression at Warehouse

first_imgBethanie Curry, one of the organisers of Unity week as JCR President at Corpus Christi, commented, “The behaviour of the security staff in this instance was completely unacceptable. There is never a good reason to treat club-goers in this way. I am especially sad since the event was meant to be celebrating the end of a week of solidarity and liberation: it was an event that was meant to be enjoyed by everyone. I am deeply saddened to hear otherwise”. Thames Valley Police declined to comment on the allegations of a “shameless” attempt to win them over, stating, “We regret that Thames Valley Police is unable to respond to complaints and concerns regarding quality of service received by the police through the media.“We take all complaints seriously and require complaints to be made through official channels so that the details and unique circumstances of the individual’s case can be taken into consideration and investigated by our Professional Standards Department.” Warehouse also declined to comment. “It was a shameless and blatant attempt to win over the police so that the report would be marked as a classic incident of drunken youths getting out of hand and being rowdy, rather than an aggressive, unwarranted attack resulting in a serious injury by one of the bouncers.” Bouncers have been accused of using unnecessary force against a student, as well as criticised for their handling of those involved in the incident following the Unity Bop at Warehouse nightclub on Saturday 23rd May. A first year at Pembroke sustained significant facial injuries when he was removed from Warehouse, sparking concern over bouncers’ conduct. Students present were also unhappy with the way the bouncers communicated with them and the police officers on the scene. The Unity Bop ended the joint equalities week across Pembroke, Corpus Christi, Exeter and Trinity colleges. The student told Cherwell, “I was on the dance floor with a friend when I jokingly pushed him. Thinking that I was trying to initiate a fight, the bouncer came from behind and put my hands behind my back to escort me out of the club. Even though my friend and I tried to tell him that he was mistaken, he didn’t listen and proceeded to throw me out in an extremely aggressive man- ner. He didn’t bother to wait for the doorman to fully open the door and rammed my face into the edge of door due to which I got a massive cut on my lip and broke half my front tooth. “This is all extremely frustrating as all of this could’ve been avoided if the bouncer spared ten seconds to hear us out rather [than] chucking me out with unnecessary aggression and causing permanent damage to my face in the process.” After explaining how the pushes exchanged were “obviously a joke”, the other fresher involved in the incident commented, “The bouncers were very unreasonable! The ones that took the student out said nothing and the others were acting as though there was nothing wrong, as- suming the problem was that he was ‘drunk’. Comparatively the police were very good, consulting everyone outside.” center_img The police report from the incident stated, “Enquiries were made and CCTV footage was viewed,” but that eventually “no offence was found to have taken place” and that it appeared the student concerned “had injured himself on a door”.However Yew Loong, also a first-year at Pembroke and eye witness, fervently disagreed with this conclusion.He told Cherwell, “I first saw a bouncer suddenly and violently grab the student by the side, restraining his arms and pulling him away from a group of other Pembroke students. He was not retaliating or protesting and merely asked what he was being pulled out for. The first bouncer did not give any justification for his actions and instead, another bouncer came and again violently grabbed him from the other side. I followed behind him, whilst calling out to the bouncers that he was not violent and that it was a misunderstanding.“The bouncers took no heed and continued dragging him out of the club as quickly as possible whilst restraining him very tightly. Once they reached the door, they did not slow down or loosen their grip on him. He managed to get through the first door without injury, but upon reaching the second door, he was clearly not ready to go to through it. The bouncers’ action would almost certainly cause injury and using force that was not warranted especially considering that the student did not retaliate when the first bouncer grabbed him.”Fresher Niamh Coote commented, “When I questioned one of the bouncers about the CCTV coverage of the area to assess the situation, another bouncer approached me and started asking me lots of quite rude questions such as whether the friend was my boyfriend because he couldn’t understand why I was ‘emotionally down’ about the situation.“He accused me of ‘fabricating’ the situation and accused another friend from College of punching the guy in the face. The bouncer made me feel very uncomfortable with his questioning until eventually we decided to ‘agree to disagree’ and some friends and I walked home. We spoke to another police officer about the situation as we didn’t feel it had been handled well at all and we were not left with much confidence that our friend was being treated fairly.”With regards to the bouncers’ dealings with the Police, Livvy Iller, a first-year Biochemist, told Cherwell, “Two police men walking by saw there had been an incident and walked over. Immediately the ‘head’ bouncer greeted one of them by name, shook his hand, and started chatting away about how they had shared a stint on the force together.last_img read more

WMAW: ‘I’m hoping I can be an inspiration for others’

first_imgDawn Gemmell received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry. Here she shares her career highlights and how she hopes to be an inspiration to the next generation of bakers.“I never not wanted to go to work, not even for one day,” says Dawn Gemmell. With a career in the baking industry spanning nearly four decades, that’s quite a feat.It is this boundless enthusiasm, ability to inspire others and incredible knowledge that landed her the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry at the 2017 Baking Industry Awards.“It was a bit overwhelming really,” she confesses. “I’ve been so lucky working all over the world. I’ve had a great career and winning the award just topped it off.”Gemmell was assistant dean at the College of Food (Bakery) at University College Birmingham (UCB), prior to her retirement in 2017, but she has also spent time with several businesses, gaining commercial experience at all levels.But it was cake decorating where her passion lay – a skill that attracted some very high-profile interest resulting in Dawn making celebration cakes for three generations of the royal family.“Another career highlight was working alongside the Worshipful Company of Bakers, becoming part of the livery in 2008 and getting my Freedom of the City of London and the company,” she adds. UCB also awarded her an Honorary Fellowship for outstanding services.Help us find this year’s winnerWe want British Baker readers to tell us about the most inspiring individuals in the trade.Every year, as part of our annual Baking Industry Awards, we name a person who has made an Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry. It recognises someone who has gone beyond their job and helped, encouraged or supported others within the sector, and sometimes outside it too.To nominate someone please e-mail [email protected]“I have an enjoyment of anything to do with our industry,” she says. “It’s important to me that people who are up and coming now enjoy the industry as much I have. I’m hoping I can be an inspiration for others.”There’s no doubt about that. Rising Star winner Jessica Dalton has nothing but praise for her former lecturer, hoping to one day follow in her footsteps. The praise goes both ways. “One of the special moments of the Baking Industry Awards was having Jess win as well – what a talent she is.” The double win, and Rising Star finalist Megan Roberts also being a UCB student, is testament to the university, believes Gemmell.Regardless of where they study, she urges the next generation of bakers to grasp any opportunities. “There’s lots of different things you can do in the industry – you can work in science, in milling, you can be a craft baker and be great at cakes or decorate cakes – it’s vast.“If someone comes into baking at 17 or 18, they can do so much more these days. Opportunities are there, you just have to take them.”It’s a sentiment she hopes those considering entering the Baking Industry Awards will take on board. “If you’re thinking about entering, go for it,” she says. “It’s a chance for you and your company to get some recognition and if you win it’s the most wonderful feeling. It’s something that will stay with me forever.” UCB students Jessica and Megan receive the award on Dawn Gemmell’s behalfSponsor’s comment“Dawn Gemmell did so much more than tutor her students. She developed each individual, took note of their talents and inspired them to find the very best within themselves. Respected figures who nominated her mentioned her warm personality and passion for the industry. She even made and presented celebration cakes to three generations of the Royal family, but she didn’t boast about it.“Dawn was also instrumental in developing UCB’s Bakery and Patisserie Technology Honours Degree course and was a truly worthy winner of this award.”Ian Dobbie, vice president, sales, marketing and innovation, Délifrancelast_img read more

It’s easy to see why this is Queensland’s most popular house

first_img701 Clear Mountain Rd. Picture: are 20 foot high ceilings in the entrance where an imported crystal chandelier hangs.A circular butterfly staircase with Traveston tiles then leads upstairs. Even the kitchen has views at 701 Clear Mountain Rd. Picture: main bedroom has a raised bed platform, crystal chandelier and an extensive ensuite, which includes a spa bath, double shower, toilet, bidet and floor to ceiling marble tiles.Strong interest continued in the second most popular property this week, which was last week’s most popular property, 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. Queensland’s most viewed property this week at701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain.IT’S easy to see why Queensland’s most viewed property this week grabbed so much attention.The home at 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain, which has topped’s list as the most viewed in the state has amazing views — and that’s not all. 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Picture: seven-bedroom home is listed through Scott Gemmell of LJ Hooker New Farm.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoKnown as Mountain Lake Manor it has panoramic views across the rolling hills of Clear Mountain.center_img The views of the rolling hills from 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain are quite impressive. 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach made the most popular list for two weeks in a row.The home was designed by Jared Poole. It has a handcrafted sandstone feature wall and oak timber floors.Third on the list this week was 17 Blackwattle Circuit at Arundel.The home is listed for buyers in the $399,000 to $439,000 price range and has gone under contract.It has four bedrooms and was recently painted.Following on from that home in popularity was 12 Inala Ave, Tugun, The four-bedroom home is listed for interest over $675,000.Rounding out the top five this week was a home at 53 Empress Drive, Carindale. The five-bedroom home is on 746sq m, in a cul de sac.last_img read more