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Man dressed up as a bear racially abused & beaten up by gang

Man was dressed at the 'Brighthouse bear' pictured here on the right. Credit:

A man dressed up in a mascot bear costume has been beaten up and racially abused by a gang of teenagers in a shopping centre in Trowbridge.

The man, who was dressed as 'Billy the BrightHouse bear' pictured above, was doing promotional work in The Shires Shopping Centre when he was suddenly attacked by a group of of teenage boys.

The group of six or seven offenders punched the man before subjecting him to racial abuse.

Despite the victim being mixed-race, police are puzzled as to how the attackers knew of the man's heritage when he was dressed in the full bear attire.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the incident which happened on February 5.


Trowbridge shop evacuated due to "odd-looking" case

Police set up a 100m cordon around Next in Trowbridge after somebody spotted a suspicious-looking suitcase Credit: PA

Part of Trowbridge came to a halt this lunchtime after a member of the public spotted an odd-looking case.

Wiltshire Police set up a 100m cordon around the suitcase, which had been left outside Next at the Gateway Shopping Centre in Bythesea Road.

The Next Store was evacuated and officers carried out a number of routine safety checks before opening the case to find it was empty. Police say it was not necessary to call out the bomb squad.

The cordon was lifted around 2.50pm.

Man jailed for pointing a handgun at a woman

The offence was filmed on CCTV Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Wiltshire man has been jailed for 14 months after pointing a pistol at a woman in Trowbridge. It happened in Brick Lane in March 2015. He was seen on CCTV arguing with the woman, then pointing a handgun at her. They then walked away together.

44-year-old Stephen Heffernan, from Bradford-on-Avon appeared at Swindon Crown Court last week and pleaded guilty to possessing a CO2 air pistol with intent to cause fear of violence.

This is a good result after some quick and thorough work carried out by my team at the time. I want to reassure the community that behaviour like this is never tolerated and we will do all we can to catch anyone who acts like this in public.

– DC Andy Henson, Wiltshire Police

Police have issued a photo of the pistol that was wielded by Stephen Heffernan.

The handgun that was used in the incident in Trowbridge Credit: Wiltshire Police


Police liken swan rescue to Hot Fuzz

Police officers help disorientated cygnet Credit: Trowbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team/Facebook

Rural police officers bundled a disorientated cygnet into the back of their car in an echo of the hit movie Hot Fuzz.

Officers were called to reports of a runaway swan wandering the streets in Trowbridge.

Trowbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team took a picture of a female officer wrestling to keep the swan from flapping around in the back of the patrol car.

They uploaded the photo to Facebook with the caption: "A spot of swan rescue this afternoon following a report of a disorientated cygnet on Wingfield Road."

The incident which happened yesterday (Saturday) is reminiscent of a scene in hit comedy Hot Fuzz, which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was filmed in Wells, Somerset.

Officers later posted a comment referencing the 2007 film, which read: "We can confirm the caller was not Mr P I Staker."

Father of soldier who died after training shown wrong place of son's collapse

Cpl James Dunsby died of heatstroke in July 2013, along with two other army reservists. Credit: Ministry of Defence

The father of a soldier from Trowbridge, who died after an SAS test march on the Brecon Beacons, was taken to the wrong place when he asked to see where his son had collapsed.

The error was revealed during the questioning of an SAS training officer at an inquest into the death of Corporal James Dunsby and two other reservists.

The soldier being questioned said there was "no rhyme or reason why that should have been done."

Corporal Dunsby, a trained combat medic and Afghanistan veteran, died of heatstroke in hospital in July 2013, 17 days after collapsing on the training march.

Wiltshire dog poisoning 'false alarm', say police

A dog walker was concerned about their pet but there is no evidence the meat was poisoned. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A vet has told Wiltshire Police that there is no evidence dogs were poisoned in a Trowbridge Park yesterday.

Police say their original message about pets eating poisoned rat meat was a false alarm, and was released as a public safety warning, after a report from a concerned dog owner. The owner had taken their pet to the vet as a precaution after it ate a piece of meat in the park A check-up has shown no evidence that the meat was poisoned. Officers searching Seymour Road Park last night found no other pieces of meat.

We take reports like this extremely seriously and, despite this incident turning out to be a false alarm, we want to reassure the public we will always treat calls like this with the utmost importance.

– Wiltshire Police

Pet dogs eat poisoned meat left in Wiltshire park

The pets have been treated after eating the poisoned meat and will recover. Credit: ITV News

Raw meat laced with poison was left in a park in Trowbridge, where it was eaten by two dogs yesterday.

Both pets were treated by vets and will recover. Members of the public helped Wiltshire Police to search the park looking for more pieces of meat, which had been left under dry grass.

The park is now fully open, and police say it has been thoroughly checked. While it is considered safe, police are asking the public to be vigilant.

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