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Police dismiss sergeant who kicked escort girl

A married sergeant has been dismissed from Avon & Somerset Police after being found guilty of assaulting a teenage escort girl during a turbulent affair. Sergeant Peter Lower, 52, from Banwell received a 12-month community order with 150 hours' community service after being convicted of kicking the teenager in the stomach. The father of two was convicted by a jury of a single charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in 2009. He was found not guilty of three charges of rape, once charge of assault by penetration, one charge of sexual assault, two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a single charge of false imprisonment. The jury were undecided on a further charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two charges of assault by penetration. But the judge formally found Lower not guilty of those as well when the prosecution offered no evidence.

Former Sergeant Peter Lower Credit: ITV West Country

At a subsequent Misconduct Hearing on 16th November Sgt Lower was found guilty of gross misconduct and dismissed from the force.

"Clearly, Peter Lower’s actions fell well short of the conduct we expect from all our officers and staff. Our officers hold a very privileged position within our local communities and are required to act in an exemplary manner at all times – either on or off duty."

– The Chair of the panel, Assistant Chief Constable Julian Moss


Wiltshire Police stop receiving 999 calls because of 'technical difficulties'

Wiltshire Police are not currently taking 999 calls. Credit: PA Images

Wiltshire Police stopped receiving 999 calls this afternoon because of 'technical difficulties' on their call systems.

Calls to the emergency number were being re-routed to Gloucestershire Police and the public were asked not to call the 101 non-emergency number because no calls were being connected.

The police asked the public to only use the 999 number for emergencies and to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours within their communities.

The service was later restored and call-handlers are now handling emergencies.

Empty kayak found on River Avon in Saltford

Police are trying to trace the owner of a kayak found empty floating on the River Avon in Saltford.

The blue and white kayak was spotted floating on its side by a member of the public at 12.30 this afternoon.

Police say there's nothing to suggest anyone was in the kayak or is currently missing but they want to locate its owner to confirm no-one is in danger.

A search of the area has taken place and enquiries have been made with local boating clubs.

Anyone with information which may help trace the owner is being asked to call 101 and quote log number 337 of 1 December.

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