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Homeless shoplifter dies after bottles smashed in fall with security guard

A HOMELESS shoplifter who died outside Trowbridge’s Asda after the concealed alcohol bottles he had cut open his abdomen as he was tackled by a security guard, an inquest heard.

Kieran Church, 30, died after he was tackled to the ground by 20-year-old security guard outside Asda in Trowbridge on February 9.

He died at 5.01pm after he suffered three wounds to his abdomen from the shattered alcohol bottles.

Senior Coroner at Salisbury Coroner’s Court, David Ridley, said on Tuesday how Mr Church, who had self harmed before and had drug and alcohol issues, often stole bottles of alcohol to sell for money.

He was initially stopped by Mr Rose after leaving a Sainsbury’s store with bottles of brandy, and handed the drink back.

Mr Rose said he spotted a syringe sticking out of Mr Church’s pocket, and let him go to avoid a confrontation.

Later that afternoon, security staff in Asda saw Mr Church take two bottles alcohol from a shelf, hide them inside his jacket and leave the store.

Mr Rose, a Security Industry Authority-licensed guard, was walking to a local police station to hand in CCTV of the earlier incident when he saw Mr Church leave the supermarket.

Asda security guard Denise Thomas said in a written statement to the inquest: “This male was walking in the direction of the car park and cash machines and as he was walking away I politely and calmly said, ‘excuse me’, and he ignored me.

“A Sainsbury’s security guard I didn’t know ran at the male suspect from behind and he pounced on him.”

Coroner David Ridley said: “Her view is that it was a clear act to take the male to the ground as opposed to detaining him standing up.

“It caused the male shoplifter to fall face down with the Sainsbury’s security guard on top of him.”

CCTV of the incident was played to the court.

Mr Rose described to the inquest how he planned to use a recognised detention technique to raise Mr Church’s arms so he could not use anything in his pockets, such as a syringe.

“I wouldn’t say I lost balance,” he said.

The coroner asked: “Once contact is made, both of you lost balance and you fell on to Kieran?”

Mr Rose replied: “Yes . The first thing I did was take hold on his right wrist . Then it became apparent that it was really serious.

“The ambulance was called .

It felt like a lifetime but it was probably only five or six minutes.”

Mr Rose added: “After the earlier incident I didn’t hear of Kieran being involved in anything else, so I assumed he had left the area.

“I knew he had failed to get what he wanted from our store, so it was only a matter of time before he tried elsewhere.

“Due to the needle he posed a risk . By chance of going into The Shires I spotted him again . You can follow and detain once you have got the crime reference number from the police.”

RFU ‘assessing security’ after teenagers climb Twickenham Stadium

The Rugby Football Union said it is assessing its security protocols after foolhardy teenage freerunners filmed themselves climbing to the top of Twickenham Stadium. Police said two men were arrested on suspicion of trespassing on Saturday morning (April 29), just hours before Prince Harry was in attendance at the Army v Navy rugby match. A clip posted to Youtube this week by Rikke Brewer shows two hooded men scaling the deserted 82,000-seat stadium and walking along the very top of the roof without any safety equipment before performing acrobatic flips on the pitch.

A Met Police spokesman said officers were called shortly before 6am to a report of intruders at the stadium, and arrested two 18-year-old men on suspicion of criminal damage to the pitch. They were taken into custody and later cautioned for criminal damage. Mr Brewer told Richmond and Twickenham Times: It felt incredible to be at the top of Twickenham stadium . The view was amazing . I enjoy doing urbex for many reasons, one being the fact that you never know how insane the view is going to be.

Urbex, short for urban exploration, involves exploring manmade structures, often abandoned or not usually seen, and often with the aim of capturing striking videos and images of the areas. The hobby sometimes involves trespassing, but not always. Mr Brewer has made a series of videos, including one of train surfing in Paris, which show a group of people jumping onto the roofs of trains, climbing 194 metres up the Areva Tower, also in Paris, and sneaking into Thorpe Park and climbing the Stealth rollercoaster.

The latest stunt has caused security concerns for the stadium, which Prince Harry visited just hours later to watch the Army v Navy rugby match, as patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, the official charity for this year s game. A Rugby Football Union spokesperson said: We are aware of an incident involving intruders at the stadium on the weekend and are assessing all of our security protocols . Two people were arrested .

We are working closely with the police on their investigation.”

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Massive security as France goes to the polls

French voters have started casting ballots for the presidential election in a tense first-round poll that is seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world. More than 60,000 polling stations opened on Sunday for voters who will choose between 11 candidates in the most unpredictable election in generations. Massive Security As France Goes To The PollsPolling stations open in Paris. (AP/Bertrand Combaldieu)

Opinion polls point to a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get into the May 7 presidential run-off that will decide who becomes France s next head of state. Polls suggest far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist and former economy minister, were in the lead. However, conservative Francois Fillon, a former prime minister, appeared to be closing the gap, as was far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

Massive Security As France Goes To The PollsA voting machine displays the names of the 11 candidates. (AP/Bertrand Combaldieu) France s 10% unemployment rate, its struggling economy and security issues topped concerns for the 47 million eligible voters. If Ms Le Pen or Mr Melenchon win a spot in the run-off, it will be seen as a victory for the rising wave of populism reflected by the votes for Donald Trump and Brexit.

Massive Security As France Goes To The PollsPeople line up before casting their vote. (AP/Emilio Morenatti)

Mr Macron and Mr Fillon are committed to European unity and would reform employment rules.

Early voting began on Saturday in France s overseas territories.