Officers had received reports a robbery was in progress. Arriving at the scene, they found a security guard, 63, suffering gunshot wounds.
Paramedics from London Ambulance Service attended the scene and transferred the man to an east London hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers attended along with firearms officers and a security guard, a 53-year-old man was found at the location suffering from gunshot injuries.
“His injuries are not being treated as life threatening or life-changing.
“Officers from the Met’s Flying Squad are investigating.
A suspect in the murder of police officer Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London will not be prosecuted because important evidence is being withheld on national security grounds. Police said they were unable to charge the man without being able to present the “key material” in court. WPC Fletcher died after being shot in the back while she was policing a demonstration against the then-Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 1984. The shot was fired from the embassy in St James’s Square. The suspect was held in November 2015 in southeast England in what police described as a “significant turning point”
in the inquiry. The Metropolitan Police said: “We believe our investigation has identified enough material to identify those responsible for WPC Fletcher’s murder if it could be presented to a court. “However the key material has not been made available for use in court in evidential form for reasons of national security.
“Therefore, without this material and following a review of all the evidence that was available to prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service – who we worked closely with throughout – have informed us that there is insufficient admissible evidence to charge the man.” It added: “Our judgment is that this concludes what was by far the best opportunity to solve this tragic case and provide a degree of closure for the victims and their families. “This investigation will never be closed but the likelihood of finding further evidence, in Libya or elsewhere, is low.”
A statement from WPC Fletcher’s family said: “We understand that some available evidence could not be used in court but are satisfied that the Metropolitan Police has left no stone unturned in its pursuit of justice in Yvonne’s case. “The family would like to thank the Met for its continued hard work and diligence and also for always keeping us informed at every turn. “We are deeply disappointed and frustrated that a prosecution cannot proceed at this time.
“We had hoped that the latest turn of events would finally lead to some closure for the family.” Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Her murder remains as shocking and senseless as the day it occurred and I understand that the decision will be deeply disappointing and frustrating for all her family, friends and colleagues.” The shooting was followed by a 10-day siege of the building before 30 of those inside were deported back to Libya.
Details of the identity of the man who has been released have not been made public.
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.”