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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.


Lionel Richie says 'Hello' to Kingsholm Stadium

Lionel Richie performing Credit: PA: Loona

Lionel Richie will play in Gloucester next year in a live show at Kingsholm Stadium.

International superstar Lionel Richie will return to the UK in 2016 to perform open air concerts in parts of the UK he's never visited before including Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester on June 26th.

I had such a great time in the UK this year and I can't wait to visit new places and meet new people.

Performing at Glastonbury for the first time was such a thrill for me and given me an appetite to do new things in the UK.

I know these shows are going to be very special. It'll be the first time I'll have been to Gloucester and I can't wait.

– Lionel Richie

Will Young to play Somerset Rocks 2016

Will Young to play at Somerset Rocks Credit: PA: Myung Jung Kim

Will Young has announced today (1 Dec) he will perform a one-off show in Taunton in August 2016 and is the second artist to be announced as part of the Somerset Rocks line-up.

Will Young will take to the outdoor stage on Saturday 27 August 2016, the second evening of Somerset Rocks, the three-night music event being held in Taunton’s Vivary Park during the August bank holiday weekend (26 – 28 August 2016).

Performing is what I love to do. Hearing my fans singing back to my music and seeing their reactions when I perform some of my old favourites and new hits, makes it very special for me.

I can’t wait to get back on the stage in the summer – it’s going to be a fantastic show!

– Will Young, Singer
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