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Police investigated after vulnerable autistic man Tasered

Avon and Somerset Police is under investigation into what led officers to use a Taser on a vulnerable man with autism and learning difficulties.

The 26-year-old was Tasered in August last year before he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

But the charges after the incident in Bristol were later dropped by the CPS, and now the police watchdog is investigating whether the use of the Taster was "proportionate".

Our investigations, which are at early stages, will look at how police discharged their duties and responsibilities while dealing with a man deemed to be vulnerable, and whether appropriate force was used.

It is important that we establish the full facts, and we will regularly update the complainants and police force as our enquiries progress

– Guido Liguori, IPCC Associate Commissioner
Tasers fire barbs connected to a battery

The investigation follows a complaint from the man's mother who alleges police failed to properly investigate, or provide appropriate support, for him despite his health problems.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is also investigating how the force dealt with the same man on three separate occasions in 2014.

Two incidents saw the man convicted of burglary and harassment, while the CPS decided not to proceed with one charge of assault.

We can confirm that we voluntarily referred this incident to the IPCC who are carrying out an independent investigation.

We are not able to comment further at this stage.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman
Avon and Somerset Constabulary HQ Credit: ITV West Country

First anniversary of the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi

Bijan Ebrahimi was murdered on July 11th 2013 Credit: ITV News

An inquiry by the IPCC into police conduct surrounding the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi has moved a step further, on the first anniversary of his death.

Mr Ebrahimi was beaten to death and then set on fire in Bristol last July, after being wrongly branded a paedophile.

The IPCC has sent a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, relating to the conduct of three officers and how they dealt with Mr Ebrahimi's repeated calls for help.

Keynsham residents 'thanked' for their patience

Police who shot a man in Keynsham have confirmed they were responding to a domestic incident involving a firearm.

The matter has been referred to the IPCC and the Force's Professional Standards Department.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure residents and our wider communities that this was an isolated incident - extremely rare in Avon and Somerset - but specifically in a community like Keynsham.

Our firearms officers undergo specialist training to deal with incidents involving firearms.

Last night was an example where we responded quickly to keep the wider public safe."

– Chief Superintendent Geoff Spicer, District Commander for Bath and North East Somerset Police District

A man in his 40s, who uses a wheelchair, was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Police shooting referred to IPCC

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that the shooting of a man in Keynsham on Tuesday night has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Officers say they were threatened by a man with a firearm.

The injured man is under arrest and in a stable condition in hospital.

We have referred the matter to the IPCC and will support them in their investigations."

– Chief Superintendent Geoff Spicer, District Commander for Bath and North East Somerset Police District


Investigation into police action making 'significant progress'

It is clear that Mr Somers had mental health issues and he was very vulnerable. I am pleased the Safeguarding Adults Board has decided to set up a review and we will of course share our investigation findings with it.

Our investigation into police actions has made significant progress but we still have a lot of work to do. I have also arranged for two independent external experts in mental health and diversity issues to assist our investigation

– Rachel Cerfontyne, The Plymouth Safeguarding Adults Board

Police probed after death of Devon man

A last known image of Cheng Somers in Paignton railway station Credit: Police CCTV

An investigation has been launched into the behaviour of five police call handlers after the death of a man with mental health issues in Devon.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is focusing on how police dealt with Cheng Somers in the weeks leading up to his death.

Mr Somers' body was found by a member of the public on August 22nd at a garden in Winner Hill, Paignton.

The IPCC is also looking in to how staff responded to a call from a member of the public on July 25th, who reported that a man outside his house was taking tablets.

They'll be looking too at how the police dealt with the missing person report made by Mr Somers' family on July 31 and complaints made by his family about the way their telephone calls to the police were handled.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were unable to comment on the case.

Complaints against Gloucestershire Police rise 20%

Complaints against police in Gloucestershire have risen by almost twenty percent in a year, it was revealed today,.There were 480 complaints between April 2010 and March 2011 but the figure went up 20 percent to 573 in the year April 2011 to March 2012.

The people of Gloucestershire are right to expect high standards from us."We endeavour to provide the highest possible level of service to the public and overall our staff and officers operate in a highly professional manner."

– Inspector Bob Heywood, Gloucestershire Police