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.
- ^ the incident in The Shires car park in Trowbridge on February 9. (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
- ^ Can you solve the mystery of the bloody pillowcase found in the middle of the road? (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
- ^ This woman was murdered 30 years ago and police need your help (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
- ^ How new laws coming THIS week will make you richer or poorer (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
- ^ Person dies after being hit by train (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
- ^ Video shows massive brawl break out at The Albany Palace in Trowbridge (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
Last updated 07:30, March 20 2017
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Adele performs in the first of her two shows at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. Adele provided fans at her last Australian concert with a moment just as memorable as her music when she stopped the show to lecture a security guard. The British singer broke the crowd record at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for the second night running on Sunday, drawing in 77,300 fans as she wrapped up her tour down under.
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Adele broke the Etihad Stadium crowd record two nights running. But the Grammy winner broke from the usual routine at one stage when she noticed a security guard telling enthusiastic fans to take their seats. READ MORE:
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The Grammy winner heads to New Zealand next, with shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Just before we go to the next song .. . excuse me, sir ? I know you work here, but could you stop telling people to sit down?” Adele said, catching the guard’s attention.
“This is a music show . If people can’t see, then they can stand up . And if you’re moaning about people dancing, then what the f**k have you come to a show for?
“If I see one more person get told to sit down, I swear to God.” The dressing down wasn’t the only unusual highlight for fans, with an unplanned proposal also taking place after Adele invited a man and his partner on stage after she saw him crying during her rendition of Hello.
Adele heads to New Zealand next, with shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. – Stuff
A security guard has described how he disarmed a knifeman who said he was going to behead a man at a Hull mosque. Haidar Hamid, 22, “frog-marched” a neighbour to Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre while holding a serrated knife to his throat and a Stanley knife in his other hand. With his victim bleeding from cuts to his cheek and chin, Hamid forced his head down in the mosque and asked: “Are you going to pray now?”
But he was spared further injury in a dramatic rescue by worshipper Ebrima Touray, 45, who put himself in harm’s way to disarm Hamid.
Read more: Jeremy Kyle Show couple’s argument lands David Fuller in court1 Recalling the incident, Mr Touray, a security guard at St Stephen’s shopping centre, told the Mail: “I was at the mosque praying when I saw this guy walk in with his shoes on. “Shoes are not allowed to be worn in any mosque and one of my friends kept telling him, ‘No shoes, no shoes’.
“When I looked back he hadn’t left but instead closed the door and that’s when I saw the knife in his hand. “I saw the guy with him had a slice on his face, so I asked him, ‘Who did that to you ? Did he do this to you?’
“He nodded, so I told Hamid to put the knife away . At that point he said, ‘This is my knife’, and put it in his pocket. “My friend at the mosque was speaking Arabic to Hamid so I told him to keep his concentration and keep talking to him .
That’s when I managed to grab the knife off him. “He ran off so I called the police2, and I saw a guy pull up in a car shouting his name, and I told him he wasn’t taking him anywhere. “He said he was from his hostel, but I wasn’t having that . He hadn’t protected him when he left with this guy with a knife, so I wasn’t going to let him protect him now.” Asked by police why he had the knife, Hamid said “to cut off his head”.
Hamid, of Albany Street, west Hull, has now been jailed for ten years as a judge commended Mr Touray and fellow worshipper, Taha Mohammed, for their “extremely remarkable courage”. Mr Mohammed comforted the victim until police arrived, arrested Hamid and recovered the knives from the mosque in Berkeley Street, west Hull. Mr Touray believes his 14 years’ experience as a security guard helped him talk Hamid out of further harming the victim.
“I knew I had to help when I saw what was happening,” he said. “If I didn’t he could have easily gone out and hurt someone in the street. “My job helped me in the situation, because I knew what to do . I don’t think I would have gone as near him if not. “But I think everyone needs to help out in some little bit when these things happen. “I have been visiting this mosque for years and this is the first time anything like this has happened.
“This is a community we all have to live in.” Hamid and his victim were followed to the mosque from Albany Street by another neighbour, who believed the man was in “grave danger”.
Read more: Hull looks to host more ‘big attractions’ and a winter festival when City of Culture finishes3 When Hamid was interviewed by police the day after the incident on September 9, last year, he said he was going to kill the man with one of the knives, and asked why, said: “To stop him doing bad things to me.” He admitted kidnap, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and threatening with an offensive weapon.
Imam Hafiz Salik said: “We have never had anything like it and we have been there for more than 30 years.”