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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- ^ Video shows massive brawl break out at The Albany Palace in Trowbridge (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
The TV cook, 77, said she had refused protection, but that Channel 44 and production company Love Productions insisted over fears she would receive threats. Speaking to The Sun she said: On the day that they announced who the line-up was, they wanted to send a close protection officer.
My husband and a bunch of friends were going out to dinner to a really nice restaurant in London. Replaced: Mary Berry with former presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc (BBC/Love Productions/Mark Bourdi)
I said, Don t be ridiculous, we absolutely do not need a copper standing there looking.
But they said, No, no, no, we really must just to be on the safe side.
What did they think is going to happen ? I m not likely to be trolled . This is a nice family show.
Despite her protestations, Leith said she returned home to find a security guard outside her house, and later learned that her agent had also been given protection. Paul Hollywood talks about new Bake Off line-up on Loose Women
She continued: When I got home that night at 11 at night, there s a chap in a van, a security guard.
They sent somebody down to the country to look after me.
And they sent someone to look after my agent . I mean, who do they think I am ?
Do they think I m Prince Philip or something?
I was really amazed that they really look after you. Leith replaced Berry on the popular baking show after it moved from the BBC5 to rival broadcaster, Channel 4, and will judge the contestants alongside Paul Hollywood6. Presenters Sue Perkins7 and Mel Giedroyc8 also turned down the chance to continue on Channel 4 and were later replaced by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding9.
The Great British Bake Off airs later this year.
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‘Great British Bake Off’ Host Prue Leith Given Full-Time Security Protection To Guard Her From Threats
But the 77-year-old says she was shocked by the level of security provided by Love Productions, who make the show, after it was confirmed she would be joining Paul Hollywood as a judge.
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But when Prue returned to her home in the Cotswolds, she discovered she had been granted the security protection anyway.
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Prue is set to replace Mary Berry on the ‘Bake Off’ judging panel.
Prue also revealed that Mary Berry has been in touch to reassure her not to worry about any threats.
She revealed that Mary told her: Look, if there s a big story there might be somebody at the gate, but most people like the show.
It s quite nice walking into the supermarket and being asked: Are you the lady off the telly ? That happens to me now and I always enjoy it.
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The Great British Bake Off is expected to launch on Channel 4 later this year.
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Edd Kimber (winner, 2010)
Fresh from being crowned the winner of the first ever Bake Off , Ed quit his day job as a debt collector for Yorkshire Bank (which he hated) to follow his baking dream with a job in Raymond Blanc s restaurant Le Manoir as a pastry chef (what else?) . He s gone on to carve himself a career as a food writer with articles appearing in BBC Good Food magazine and on his blog theboywhobakes.co.uk . In 2011 he published his first cookbook, ran a pop-up bakery in Fortnum & Mason and is also the resident baker on The Alan Titchmarsh Show . Bake Off changed my life in the most amazing way .
It allowed me to follow my passion and fulfil my dreams in a way I never imagined, he said recently.
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