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Officer that fired taser charged with misconduct

A police officer has gone on trial after firing a taser gun at a man who had been strip searched.

PC Lee Birch, of Wiltshire Police, is accused of actual bodily harm and misconduct in a public office.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the moment the man fell to the floor after the electricity passed through his body.

Taser victim "embarrassed" by strip search

Daniel Dove told the court he complied with the police up until the point he felt he was being humiliated.

"I felt embarrassed, he said. "I flicked my pants at him because I was annoyed at what he had done.

"I didn't know he (PC Birch) had a taser. He pulled it from behind his back and shot me with it. I think it was unrational (sic) to use it."

Under cross-examination Mr Dove denied being abusive and threatening club door staff. He also refuted kneeing a police officer in the groin during his arrest.

Jury shown CCTV footage

A jury has been shown the moment a police officer shot a man with a taser after the victim flicked him in the face with his underpants.

31 year old PC Lee Birch is standing trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of actual bodily harm and misconduct in a public office.

Daniel Dove was taken to Melksham police station after being arrested outside a Trowbridge night club in December 2012. It is alleged he then assaulted PC Birch and his colleague.

During a strip search, CCTV cameras shown to the jury reveal Mr Dove flicking his boxer shorts at PC Birch.

CCTV footage then shows the police officer, having earlier withdrawn the taser, firing it into Mr Dove's chest.

The victim is then seen to fall to the ground and PC Birch is heard shouting "that's the second time you have assaulted me."

Police appeal over missing father and son

Geoffrey Tomlinson, aged 41, and Jack Tomlinson, aged 9. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are appealing for help to find a missing father and son. Geoffrey Tomlinson, 41, and his 9-year-old son Jack were last seen at their home in Hardens Mead in Chippenham yesterday morning.

Mr Tomlinson is described as slim with shaved brown hair, and Jack is taller than average for his age and of medium build.


Reward offered for recovery of stolen statue

The bronze statue of Christ was stolen in February Credit: Wiltshire Police

A £2000 reward is being offered for the recovery of a bronze statue of Christ which was stolen from a Wiltshire village's First World War Memorial.

The statue, which is worth around ten thousand pounds, was taken overnight on February 28th from the wooden memorial at a crossroads in Wingfield.

Forces War Records, which helps people find out about ancestors who fought in the war, have offered half of the reward for information leading to the recovery of the statue. Wingfield Chiropractic Clinic is offering the other half of the reward.

Anyone with information relating to the theft can call Wiltshire Police on 101.

Police carry out biggest day of action in force's history

Drugs officers in Wiltshire have arrested 25 people in what they're calling the force's biggest day of action.

They raided 38 addresses in Swindon and another 15 in London as part of Operation Harness. That aims to tackle the supply of heroin and crack cocaine to the town.

Robert Murphy reports:

19 arrests made in Swindon drug raids

19 people have so far been arrested by Wiltshire Police in a series of drugs raids in Swindon.

The raids, carried out under the force's Operation Harness, are taking place across the day in both Wiltshire and London.

In the last hour the following figures have been released:

  • 19 arrests made so far in Wiltshire
  • 38 addresses in Wiltshire raided
  • 6 arrests made so far in London
  • 15 addresses in London raided

Drugs raids in Swindon following undercover work

Drugs officers have carried out Wiltshire Police's biggest set of raids in the force's history.

They planned to execute warrants at 60 addresses in Swindon and at more homes in London.

It follows months of undercover work for Operation Harness aiming to tackle the supply of class A drugs in the town.

More than 400 officers were involved in the raids, looking to seize heroin and crack cocaine.

The former air base RAF Lyneham was used as a temporary headquarters for the raids in Swindon. Many of the raids were in the Manchester Road area of the town.

Police sources told ITV News West Country that Swindon doesn't have a particularly big problem, considering the size of its population (200,000 people). But the force's intelligence showed there were networks of people selling heroin and crack cocaine in the town

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