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Man charged over hoax bomb calls

A man has been accused of making a series of hoax bomb threats.

Peter Osbourne, of no fixed address, was charged with four counts of making hoax calls, Gloucestershire Police said.

It relates to calls made on Wednesday about Wiltshire Police Headquarters, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Weymouth seafront in Dorset and Bath bus station.

Mr Osbourne, 56, is due to appear before magistrates in Bath later. Avon and Somerset Police were also involved in the cross-border operation.

Wiltshire's Assistant Police Chief on armed officers

Wiltshire's Assistant Chief Constable says non-urgent police work and training is on hold as the UK's terror risk remains on critical following the suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday night.

Kier Pritchard was speaking on BBC Wiltshire Breakfast this morning.

Listen: Wiltshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable discusses his decision to deploy armed police

Rogue traders targeted in Wiltshire

A week of action to target rogue traders has been carried out by Wiltshire Police.

Officers have been using number plate recognition cameras to pull over vans and small trucks that are suspected of operating outside the law. 

The force says targeting rogue traders helps the community, while stopping vehicles which are not roadworthy benefits everybody's safety.

Watch: Police conduct a week of action against rogue traders in Wiltshire.

Taser training for Wiltshire police officers

Wiltshire Police is training more of its officers to use Tasers. 

Chief Constable Mike Veale approved the training as more violence is directed at police officers and the terrorism threat increases. 

Last summer, inspectors criticised the force for the overuse of Tasers in custody suites. 

A hand holding a taser
More officers train in Taser use.

Police report criticism 'sends out wrong message'

Gloucestershire Police is playing down criticism of its operations in the county 

A report from Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary says the force needs to improve its approach to crime prevention, anti-social behaviour and protection for vulnerable people. 

It also says it's deeply concerned it lacks the fundamental arrangements to tackle organised crime.

But Chris Brierley, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire Police, says the picture is not as bad as has been painted.

Watch: Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Chris Brierley says there isn't a big problem

The Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire Police forces were rated as 'good' in the three main inspection categories.