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Wiltshire Police Say Body Cameras Were Crucial to Case

12-07-2017

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Footage from a Reveal body camera has been deemed "Crucial" in a case that saw a man go beserk for 45 minutes with a smashed glass bottle and a knife.

The court heard Luke Wilson became agitated following an argument between himself and a woman. They were in Charlie’s Bar in the town centre of Westbury in Wiltshire with a child, when he became aggressive and acted in a threatening manner as the argument spilled out into the street and onto the main A350 road through Westbury.

“He refused to engage with officers,” said a police spokesman. “He smashed a bottle at the bar and picked up a knife. He was eventually arrested on suspicion of affray and was found to have a Stanley knife and two screwdrivers in his possession.”

Footage from the police officer’s Reveal RS2-X2 (pictured above) body-worn camera was shown in court in Salisbury, and was ‘crucial to the case’, said Sgt Jim Suter, from Wiltshire police.

“Wilson had become extremely agitated and as a result of his behaviour in the centre of Westbury, we received several calls from concerned members of the public. When officers attended they found Wilson making numerous threats.

“The incident eventually came to an end when Wilson gave himself up to officers. This was understandably a really frightening experience for all those involved.

“Fortunately, the video footage helped to speed up justice and put Wilson behind bars, as well as protect any victims. The mere presence of body worn video can often help to diffuse potentially violent situations.”

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