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No action against Trowbridge security guard after homeless shoplifter dies

A security guard who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a suspected shoplifter he apprehended died will face no further action, police said. Kieren Church, 30, suffered a “significant injury” when glass bottles he was concealing smashed as he was being tackled by the 20-year-old security guard. Mr Church, of no fixed address, died at the scene following the incident in The Shires car park in Trowbridge on February 9.1

A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman said: “A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a man in The Shires car park has been released with no further police action.

“An investigation is being conducted for a report to be passed to the HM Coroner for Wiltshire.” No Action Against Trowbridge Security Guard After Homeless Shoplifter Dies Mr Church’s family paid tribute, telling the Bath Chronicle: “Kieren was a much loved son, brother, grandson and friend to many .

He will be sadly missed.” South West Ambulance Service treated Mr Church, who was in cardiac arrest, but he died at the scene. Speaking at the scene on Friday, February 10, Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter said the suspected shoplifter was a homeless man, understood to be from Cornwall.

MORE: Can you solve the mystery of the bloody pillowcase found in the middle of the road?2 He said: “The security guard was from a shop in the area, that is all we can say at this time. “The man who died is believed to have connections with Wiltshire but is possibly from Cornwall.

“He was homeless and it is believed he lived in the Trowbridge area. “Just after 3pm yesterday the police were called to the shopping centre to reports of an altercation between a security guard and a member of the public . As a result a man has died.

“There was a significant attempt from the emergency services to save the man’s life . A post mortem is due to be carried out to find the cause of death. “It was a very busy time with people leaving school and shopping.”

No Action Against Trowbridge Security Guard After Homeless Shoplifter Dies The security guard reportedly pursued the shoplifter for 300m after he allegedly stole a bottle of vodka from Sainsbury’s. The supermarket confirmed the arrested 20-year-old was working at the store via external contractor Mitie.

Onlookers said the suspected thief was seen “walking pretty fast” with something up his top when there was a “scuffle” involving the security worker. MORE: This woman was murdered 30 years ago and police need your help3 Eyewitness Harriet Greenshields, 27, a homeless onlooker, said: “As I was coming out of The Shires I could see this boy and he was walking pretty fast and then the security tried to detain him.

“There was a little bit of commotion . A security guard was chasing a man – I’d say in his late 20s – and the guy had something in his top as he was running so I assumed he was a shoplifter. “I don’t think the security guard meant to do it because at first he was just trying to detain him.

“But then there was a scuffle and the boy must have tripped on his leg or something as the security guard went to detain him and he just fell over. No Action Against Trowbridge Security Guard After Homeless Shoplifter Dies “Once he was on the floor I didn’t see because there were so many people stood round . All of a sudden there were loads of people stood round . Then there was a siren. “Police must have been notified already because they were there really quickly . In the end there was a total of about three cars . I saw two ambulances. MORE: How new laws coming THIS week will make you richer or poorer4

“I’ve got some homeless friends and a little bit later on they said two helicopters turned up . I was quite far away and because there were other people crowding around I didn’t get to see who it was. “There are only one or two homeless guys I know that shoplift, and one of them has not been seen today (Friday) yet.”

Locals hit out at the arrest of the security guard who was “just doing his job”. No Action Against Trowbridge Security Guard After Homeless Shoplifter Dies Writing on Facebook, Natasha Henderson said: “This is ridiculous !

The security guard has been arrested for doing him (sic) job!” Ben Clinch added: “Security guard should not be arrested for doing his job . Police should be careful what message they give out to other criminals.

“The bloke didn’t deserve to die of course not, but security guards are pointless if they are not empowered to protect property.” Sharon Reeves added: “That is so sad . The poor bloke was only doing his job.”

MORE: Person dies after being hit by train5 And Jason Bartlett commented: “Like the security guard wanted that to happen . While it’s sad the man died you have to say if he didn’t have stolen glass bottles down his trousers you wouldn’t need to run and then smash them.”

No Action Against Trowbridge Security Guard After Homeless Shoplifter Dies Sam Morris wrote: “It’s very simple – the guy shouldn’t have been stealing . Did he deserve death – no . Would he still be alive if he hadn’t been a thief – yes! ! Security guard doesn’t deserve any police action.” It has also emerged a TV film crew recorded the aftermath of the tragedy in Trowbridge.

A crew from Channel 4’s 999: What’s Your Emergency ? were shadowing paramedics in Wiltshire when they were called to the shopping centre car park.


Video shows massive brawl break out at The Albany Palace in Trowbridge6

References

  1. ^ the incident in The Shires car park in Trowbridge on February 9. (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Can you solve the mystery of the bloody pillowcase found in the middle of the road? (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ This woman was murdered 30 years ago and police need your help (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ How new laws coming THIS week will make you richer or poorer (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  5. ^ Person dies after being hit by train (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  6. ^ Video shows massive brawl break out at The Albany Palace in Trowbridge (www.somersetlive.co.uk)

Security measures in place around Palace of Westminster after previous breaches


Security measures in place around Palace of Westminster after previous breaches

PUBLISHED: 16:58 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 22 March 2017

Armed police at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament . Date: Wednesday March 22, 2017 . Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Armed police at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament . Date: Wednesday March 22, 2017 . Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Heavy security measures are in place around The Palace of Westminster in the wake of previous security breaches.

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:: There are a number of entrances onto the parliamentary estate for staff and visitors but all are subject to security measures. :: Visitors can enter through the Cromwell Green entrance and through the main doors at Portcullis House . Both entrances have airport-style security.

:: There are a number of entrances for holders of parliamentary security passes, MPs, palace staff etc, which are required to gain access to any one of the entrances . Armed police are stationed at all of the main entrances. :: Armed police officers are always stationed on the Carriage Gates which is the main road entrance into Parliament . The entrance is always blocked by metal barricades and there are also car park-style barriers for vehicles on the way in and out of the palace. :: Armed police are stationed throughout the palace itself. :: Sniffer dogs are often seen on the parliamentary estate carrying out checks, including before major events such as Prime Minister s Questions.

:: Security incidents have occurred on the parliamentary estate over the years, most notably when Prime Minister s Questions was halted in May 2004. :: This occurred after Fathers 4 Justice campaigners threw condoms filled with purple flour and glitter at Tony Blair, although it initially sparked fears that the Commons was under biological attack. :: A glass screen was installed in the public gallery to prevent similar incidents.

:: An increased focus on the security of MPs emerged following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in her Batley and Spen constituency in June 2016.

:: A police hotline was set up for MPs to report threats made against them.

:: Figures released this week showed a specialist police team set up to investigate crimes against MPs, the Met s parliamentary liaison and investigation team, has probed more than 50 complaints in the six months of Mrs Cox s murder.

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