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Disciplinary report due into Somerset's Chief Constable Gargan

There have been growing calls for Nick Gargan to step down since being found guilty of misconduct. Credit: PA

A disciplinary report into Somerset's Chief Constable will be published today.

An independent panel has decided that Nick Gargan should receive a final written warning after being found guilty of eight charges of misconduct.

Details of what these are will be given by crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens, who will announce what punishment she is imposing.

The Police Federation says it has no confidence in Mr Gargan. There has been growing pressure for him to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month. More than a thousand people have signed a petition calling on him to resign.

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Anti-Gargan petition handed in

Former PC Dave Pink holds up the petition with 1177 signatures Credit: ITV West Country

A petition calling for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to resign has been handed over to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

There has been growing pressure for Nick Gargan to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month.

More than a thousand people have signed the petition.

Petition calling for Chief Constable to resign

Petition calling for resignation of Nick Gargan Credit: ITV News

A petition calling for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to resign is being handed over to the Police and Crime Commissioner later today. There has been growing pressure for Nick Gargan to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month. More than a thousand people have signed the petition.

Three former Police Chief Constables call for Nick Gargan to resign

Chief Constable Nick Gargan. Credit: PA

Read the full letter here: Letter calls for Nick Gargan to resign

Three former Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constables have written to the Police and Crime Commissioner, asking Nick Gargan to resign.

The letter says that moral in Avon & Somerset Constabulary is "fragile" and that "Leaders should be inspiring not an embarrassment."

Earlier today, an independent misconduct panel recommended Mr Gargan be given eight final written warnings, as a sanction for eight counts of misconduct.

A short extract from the letter:

It is incomprehensible to us that a Chief Constable with such a large number of substantiated misconduct findings on his record could be respected as a leader and maintain the morale of the Force.

How can the officers, staff, special constables and volunteers of Avon and Somerset Constabulary have confidence in their Chief Constable? If they cannot have confidence, then how can the wider community?

Sadly, it is our professional view that confidence cannot be restored without a change of Chief Constable.

– David Shattock, Steve Pilkington & Colin Port

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Date announced for Nick Gargan's sanction hearing

hief Constable Nick Gargan speaking to ITV West Country. Credit: ITV West Country

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan's sanction hearing has been announced to take place on Wednesday August 19th.

The sanction hearing follows an independent misconduct panel finding the Chief Constable was guilty of eight counts of misconduct.

It's been recommended that he gets a eight final written warnings as a sanction.

Today I received the independent misconduct panel’s report which means I can now hold a sanction hearing with the Chief Constable. It has been agreed with all parties that Wednesday 19th August is the soonest most practicable date the sanction hearing can take place.

The report is 90 pages long and I am considering the panel’s views and recommendations thoroughly ahead of the sanction hearing.

– Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

Police ask public not to call them about seagulls

Avon & Somerset Police have put out a request on social media for people to stop calling 101 over issues regarding seagulls.

Despite a number of reports this month about seagull incidents increasing, police are asking people to think about the situation before they call.

CCTV footage of missing DJ Derek released

DJ Derek disappeared exactly three weeks ago. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have released CCTV footage of Derek Morris, better known as Bristol's legendary DJ Derek.

It is exactly three weeks since he disappeared. The footage below shows him in the Commercial Rooms in Bristol's Corn Street.

The last known sighting of Derek was on Friday July 10, when he was seen crossing the road from Rupert Street to Lewins Mead in the city centre.

Union warns of the impact of Gargan's return to work

The union Unison says it is concerned about the impact of Nick Gargan's return to work on its members Credit: PA

The country's biggest trade union, UNISON, has written to its members saying it is worried about the impact of Somerset's Chief Constable returning to work.

It follows calls from retired police officers and serving ones for Nick Gargan to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges.

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