‘Ap­pro­pri­ate force’ used

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS - CAITLIN O’SUL­LI­VAN @Ce­bo­sully • 07890 546561 caitlin.osul­li­[email protected]­line.co.uk

A SE­CU­RITY guard at a Christ­mas at­trac­tion who al­legedly put a shocked fa­ther in a head­lock in front of his two-year-old son has de­fended his ac­tions.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent at Swansea’s Water­front Win­ter­land.

Mil­ton Meah, aged 40, from Neath, was at the ice skat­ing and fair­ground ride at­trac­tion with a num­ber of mem­bers of his fam­ily.

He was film­ing the event for his Youtube chan­nel, Scenic Sky Views, when he claimed he was ap­proached by mem­bers of se­cu­rity.

Mr Meah claimed that what fol­lowed was un­nec­es­sar­ily force­ful.

Now John Uden, aged 66, who worked at the Water­front Win­ter­land, claims he used ap­pro­pri­ate force to re­strain Mr Meah, and was act­ing on a com­plaint made by a mem­ber of pub­lic about Mr Mil­ton film­ing.

Mr Uden said: “I was ap­proached by a gen­tle­man on crutches who asked me to stop a man film­ing his child.

“I went over to Mr Meah and said ‘Ex­cuse me sir, can you please stop film­ing as you have no chil­dren on this ride.’

“He said he could do as he liked, it was a pub­lic place.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Uden he asked the man again to stop film­ing or he would be es­corted away.

“I used what is known as a re­straint, with my arm di­ag­o­nally across Mr Meah’s chest.

“He was try­ing to free him­self, and he said I was choking him, and I said I wasn’t and to stand still.

“I let go of him and my col­league and I walked him off site.

“Not at any time did a mem­ber of se­cu­rity or a mem­ber of Say­ers touch his cam­era what­so­ever.”

The po­lice have stated that there is no change in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In re­sponse, Mr Meah said: “The se­cu­rity guard did not re­strain me as he de­scribed, his arm was around my neck and I couldn’t breathe.

“I was film­ing on my Samsung s8 phone. It wasn’t a big pro­fes­sional cam­era, it was a mo­bile phone, and many other peo­ple at the venue also had their phones out tak­ing pic­tures and film­ing the rides.

“My fam­ily was with me, I wasn’t go­ing to harm any­one, I’m not a dan­ger.” Mil­ton Meah at home with his son Faizan. A SPOKESMAN for Say­ers said: “The pol­icy will re­main part of Say­ers op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures which al­lows Say­ers to chal­lenge in­di­vid­u­als tak­ing pho­to­graphs if they are brought to the at­ten­tion of mem­bers of the pub­lic or the se­cu­rity per­son­nel have con­cerns while they are on site.

“The chal­lenge more of­ten than not in­volves in­di­vid­u­als who tend to be on their own with a more pro­fes­sional cam­era tak­ing pho­to­graphs of the aes­thet­ics which, of course is harm­less, but Say­ers feel it within their right at their pri­vately-man­aged events to chal­lenge them as to the pur­pose for them tak­ing pho­to­graphs.

“On the rare oc­ca­sions when re­quests for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is re­quired, pro­vid­ing the se­cu­rity per­son­nel are sat­is­fied with the re­sponse they will al­low them to con­tinue but re­mind­ing them of the con­straints re­gard­ing tak­ing close-up pho­to­graphs of other peo­ple’s chil­dren.

“Say­ers do not want to limit any­one’s ex­pe­ri­ence whilst vis­it­ing their events, but child pro­tec­tion is an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity for the com­pany and the ex­pe­ri­ence has been that most pho­tog­ra­phers are aware of the aims of the pol­icy and are very happy to com­ply with any re­quests for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. In­for­ma­tion on this sub­ject is al­ways dis­played at the en­trance to the event site as part of con­di­tions of en­try.”

Robert Corp, safety ad­vi­sor for Say­ers, said the sign­post­ing on the en­trance to the at­trac­tion said that if any­one wished to take pho­to­graphs, they should check with man­age­ment be­fore do­ing so.

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