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Policing "won't be affected" by suspension

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says the Chief Constable's suspension won't affect policing Credit: PA

The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner says day-to-day policing won't be affected following the suspension of the Chief Constable.

Nick Gargan was suspended yesterday amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff. Sue Mountstevens says he'll be investigated in exactly the same way as any other officer.


BREAKING: Chief Constable Nick Gargan suspended

The Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Police Nick Gargan has been suspended from duty over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The IPCC has begun an investigation.

This investigation follows a referral from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and is in to a number of serious allegations that relate to inappropriate conduct towards female members of staff at the force."

– Independent Police Complaints Commission

Police say WD-40 attack was a 'nasty assault'

This was a nasty assault which came out of the blue against three men who had done nothing to provoke the offenders. It was an extremely reckless act spraying such a harmful substance in people’s faces and the victims are very lucky that their vision was unaffected and they have no long-term injuries.

I have identified two people who might be able to help me with my enquiries. I would appeal to anyone who recognises these people to get in touch with me straight away.”

– PC Dave Townsend, Avon and Somerset Police


WD-40 sprayed in faces of three men in taxi office

Three men have had WD-40 sprayed in their faces.

Avon and Somerset Police say it happened when they were waiting for a taxi at a cab firm in Weston-super-Mare on June 16th between 3am and 4am.

It is alleged a woman produced a can of the lubricant and sprayed the three men in their faces.

The three victims fled outside and were assaulted by two other men, leaving one with a broken nose.

Race crimes fall in Avon & Somerset police area

The number of racially motivated crimes has fallen by 19 per cent Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The number of racially motivated crimes reported to Avon and Somerset Police has dropped in the last two years. Incidents went down by 19 per cent. But victims and case workers have told ITV West Country the figures may not reflect reality - as reporting crime can be difficult.

Concern over sale of Frome police station building

Sign outside the building housing Frome police station Credit: ITV West

People living in Frome are concerned that their police station may be about to close because the building it's housed in is up for sale. Local councillors are worried policing in the town may change if it's forced to move elsewhere.

It comes as the Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable visit the town to take part in their first public forum event in the Avon and Somerset force area.

4,000 apply for 35 police officer posts

There is huge competition for jobs with Avon & Somerset Police Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Around 4,000 people have applied for just 35 jobs as police officers with Avon & Somerset Police.

The force has seen thousands of applicants complete an online assessment at the start of the recruitment process. It's the first time it has advertised for new officers in more than two years.

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