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.” 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.”
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. “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”. 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.”
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.
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Security services should have the power to access everyone’s emails and messaging apps, according to a Devon MP. Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer was speaking after the Home Secretary called on companies such as WhatsApp to allow security services access to their encrypted messages. Mr Mercer told BBC Daily Politics: “We all understand the points around civil liberties and how important they are, but freedom isn’t free . We have to protect our way of life, and if those we are going to ask to do that require extra powers in a digital age which is becoming more complex, I think we should give them to them. “I know from intelligence and security services that I’ve worked with in the past, we need the tools at our disposal in order to be able to do the job . One of those is electronic surveillance of individuals to try to identify these attacks, which are really difficult to identify.”
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick said “not every single innocent member of the public” should be subjected to increased surveillance. He also accused the Government of cutting police budgets, but Mr Mercer said spending on tackling “digital threats” is going up. “The spend around counter-terrorism, the visible part of policing that is so important in our communities, is as important as it has ever been,” he said. “But this digital threat, around technology and so on, that is exponentially growing all the time and that requires the resources . If you actually look at what this Government is doing from 2015 to 2020 increasing that by 30 per cent and protecting counter-terrorism budgets this is a team effort across Government to try to counter these threats.
“We defeat this as a team, as politicians, as police, as community providers . I don’t really think it’s the time for cheap political points above what is an existential threat that is really difficult to get a hold of . We have a very challenging set of threats which are getting greater all the time, I think the police are doing a good job and we should get behind them.”
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Tributes paid to Westminster victims as security is ramped up at Wembley ahead for England vs Lithuania
Police have implemented extreme security at Wembley for England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania following the terror attack in Westminster1 this week. Reinforced vans and additional presence on the ground has been deployed around the home of the national team after the attack in the capital on Wednesday. The St George’s flag is flying at half mast at Wembley as security is ramped up following the terror attack in Westminster earlier this week.
(Photo: PA) (Photo: PA)
A minute’s silence will be observed as football remembers those that lost their lives in the atrocity, while the death of former England boss Graham Taylor will also be acknowledged. Extra security has been drafted in around the ground as London reacts to the attack3 which saw five people, including the terrorist, lose their lives.
Security is ramped up at Wembley (Photo: REUTERS)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is attending the game and has called on football to unite.
“We ll stand together at Wembley to remember those killed & injured in Wednesday s attack & show we will never be cowed by terrorism,” he said. An FA spokesperson added: Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.
The England flag at half mast (Photo: PA) England take on Lithuania (Photo: REUTERS) Tributes will be paid to Graham Taylor (Photo: PA)
“In collaboration with the local authorities and the Metropolitan Police there will be an enhanced security operation for the England v Lithuania match on Sunday, to ensure a safe and secure environment for spectators.
“All supporters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.
Search dog patrols outside Wembley (Photo: PA) Police outside the stadium (Photo: REUTERS) The Bobby Moore statue (Photo: PA)
The Sunderland striker has been in superb form this season with 14 Premier League goals and has been rewarded with a chance to shine at Wembley in the starting line-up.6
Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another surprise starter in an exciting, attack-minded line-up that also includes Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana.
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