Man charged after armed robbery in Swindon

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A man has been charged after police shot a 59-year-old in the leg during anincident in Swindon.

Police were called to Rivermead Industrial Estate in Westlea shortly after 5pm on Tuesday 16 June.

It was alleged a man, armed with what was believed to be a handgun, had stolen a lorry.

During the incident, a vehicle was intercepted by armed police and a police firearm was discharged.

Officers say a man suffered a leg wound and was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for treatment.

On Sunday 21 June, Howard Jones was charged with possession of a firearm or imitation firearm, robbery, actual bodily harm, assaulting an emergency worker and breach of bail.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has now launched an independent investigation into the shooting because a police firearm was discharged.

The Assistant Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police says the IOPC 'will now be leading an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.'

Howard Jones appeared before Swindon Magistrates' Court this morning (22 June) and has been remanded in custody before his next scheduled appearance on 24 July.