Policing news

The following are a selection of articles concerning the police that were featured on BBCI over the past week:-

Policing News

Police Tasered Bristol man with mental age of seven

A disabled man was Tasered by police and charged with assaulting an officer in a case that collapsed when his mother discovered CCTV of the incident. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the footage showed "rather different" events to those claimed by Avon and Somerset Police. The police watchdog said failure to gather the CCTV "fell below standard" but there was no wrongdoing. It also recommended further disability awareness training for officers. The police force said the incident had been subject to a "detailed and robust investigation" by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) and there was no case to answer for misconduct.

Teenager found dead in Speke garden was stabbed

A teenager whose body was found in a garden in Liverpool died from stab wounds, a post-mortem has confirmed. The body of 17-year-old Brandon Regan was found at a property on Critchley Road, Speke, at about 10:20 GMT on Monday. Two men aged 31 and 32 from Speke who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed. Merseyside Police said they were keeping an "open mind" as to the motive and have appealed for information. Det Chf Insp John Webster said Brandon's death was an "appalling tragedy". "We owe it to the family and friends of Brandon and to the wider community to make sure that we do everything we can to find the person or people responsible for Brandon's murder, remove them from our streets and put them before the courts," he said

Hero fiancé tackles jewellery shop thief

CCTV has been released of a have-a-go hero tackling a thief in a jewellery shop in Preston. The husband-to-be, who was with his fiancée collecting her engagement ring, sprang into action when the burglar burst in. Gary Shaw, 55, co-owner of DJM Goldsmiths, said Andy Fiddler, 52, was "fantastic" for tackling the thief. "It was impressive the way he took his jacket off and just jumped in there," he added. The thief was later jailed for 16 weeks for burglary.

Murder arrests after Gateshead man found injured dies

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found injured in Gateshead. Officers confirmed Harry Singh, of Coniston Place, Gateshead, died on his way to hospital after being found in Sheriff's Row on Friday. No details of the 20-year-old's injuries have yet been released, Northumbria Police said. Two men have been arrested in connection with the death and are in police custody.

Wiltshire Police chief Mike Veale accused of misconduct

A senior police officer is being investigated for alleged misconduct relating to the inquiry into allegations against Sir Edward Heath. Claims Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale deliberately damaged a police-owned mobile phone are being probed by the police watchdog. Wiltshire PCC Angus Macpherson said Mr Veale's contract had not been renewed because of the investigation.

'Ex-soldier' raiding Home Counties houses at gunpoint

A highly professional burglar with a military background is behind a series of violent house raids across south-east England, police believe. Armed with a sawn-off shotgun, the man stakes out expensive Home Counties properties and has taken jewellery, watches and heirlooms worth about £1m. He knows the exact layout of the properties and location of safes by the time he strikes, Surrey Police say. Officers believe he may be ex-military and possesses "specialist skills". A police forces in Berkshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex are investigating a series of raids between November 2014 and October 2017. Officers believe the burglar stakes out his targets for some time before launching an attack- a method which has led newspapers to dub him the Night Watcher.