Police use Taser on aggressive man
10:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
AN aggressive man was tasered by police in the early hours of Sunday on the Junction 17 M4 bridge.
Police received reports at about 1.15am on Sunday of a man parked near the bridge who was throwing beer cans and drinking.
A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: “Officers attended and the man tried to get away on foot. Officers Tasered him for his safety and the safety of the public as he was in the road.”
A man, 38, from Yate in South Gloucestershire, was later charged with five separate offences including failing to provide a breath test, causing criminal damage to a police car, and taking a vehicle without consent.
Officers in Malmesbury have only recently been trained in the use of Tasers.
Sergeant Martin Alvis said: “Although hopefully their use will be limited in our area, officers need to be equipped with such equipment to protect themselves and others.”
Meanwhile PC Louis Bowden, beat manager for Malmesbury’s town centre team, conducted an operation on Friday and Saturday night after complaints of anti-social behaviour in Station Yard car park.
Covert and overt patrolling tactics were used throughout to gain an overview of the issues during the operation.
PC Bowden said that the problems of noise and litter in the area were caused by a small minority of young people. One of the individuals has been fined and given a formal warning.
On Facebook, police said: “If the minority continues to affect the community then harsh and proactive measures will be put in place, vehicles will be seized and potentially people may lose their licences and be arrested.”
One person who lives near Station Yard said: “The main problem is a particular group, who do seem quite threatening to other drivers and pedestrians.
“During the summer I tend to keep my windows open when I sleep, but it can be extremely noisy outside. They often beep their horns and yell at each other and drive very fast up and down the road.”