Police defend their actions following armed arrest

A GUN owner is threatening to hire a human rights lawyer to action Guernsey Police after armed officers entered his home and arrested him for allegedly brandishing a firearm.

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Donald Hamilton.

A GUN owner is threatening to hire a human rights lawyer to action Guernsey Police after armed officers entered his home and arrested him for allegedly brandishing a firearm.

Donald Hamilton, 62, who lives on Route des Cornus, St Martin’s, believes he was unfairly treated by officers during his arrest on 24 July.

However, deputy chief of police Ian Morellec, in a letter to Mr Hamilton, said officers acted appropriately throughout the operation.

Mr Morellec said that, following a complaint from a member of the public, he was required by law to assess whether the actions of the officers amounted to misconduct. ‘I have concluded that there is no evidence to support an allegation that there was any misconduct by the officers involved in your arrest and detention,’ he said.

Armed police attended the scene after it was reported that Mr Hamilton had brandished a firearm at a neighbour, who he is in dispute with over a boundary.

In a letter to Guernsey Police, he said: ‘Your armed response team came onto my property, handcuffed me, bundled me into the van and falsely imprisoned me. They also stole my property.’ He demanded the items – including air guns and ancillaries –  be returned.

Mr Morellec said any claim that officers stole was ‘scurrilous and misleading’. ‘The property seized has been recorded and photographed within the incident file and arrangements are in hand to return these goods to you.’ He added: ‘With regard to your assertion that you were falsely imprisoned, it is acknowledged that you were released without charge and the matter is now concluded.’

Mr Morellec added Mr Hamilton had the right to appeal his decision to the Police Complaints Commission.