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Wiltshire Chief Constable under investigation by IPCC

Patrick Geenty Credit: Emma Hallet/PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police over his handling of sexual abuse allegations.

The IPCC is investigating Patrick Geenty, as well as an inspector and a detective constable from the force, in relation to the way they dealt with complaints lodged five years ago. Those complaints had been about the way the force handled allegations of sexual abuse.

It is alleged that in 2009 the then Assistant Chief Constable, Patrick Geenty, withheld information and misled the complainants.

It is vital that the public are confident that police forces will take their complaints seriously and act with honesty and integrity. Our investigation will seek to establish whether information was knowingly withheld and whether these complainants were knowingly and dishonestly misled.

– IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green

Man gets four and a half years for defrauding charity

Christopher Copeland sentenced to four and a half years Credit: ITV West Country

A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Wiltshire charity Help For Heroes and kept the money for himself has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

52 year old Christopher Copeland from mid-Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.

He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately, who took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country. The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.


Help for Heroes 'collector' to be sentenced

Christopher Copeland has admitted fraud of £300,000. Credit: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

A man is due to be sentenced today after defrauding the Wiltshire based charity Help for Heroes out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Christopher Copeland from Devon admitted taking £300,000 over an eighteen month period. He's been told by the judge that he faces a 'lengthy' jail sentence.


Heritage Open Days celebrate 20th anniverary

Inside Bristol's Redcliffe Caves this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Dozens of venues across the region are opening their doors to the public today. Its the 20th anniversary of Heritage Open Days which allow free access to areas not normally accessible to visitors.

Visitors enjoying life underground at Redcliffe Caves Credit: ITV News West Country
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