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Vigil to take place in Preston in memory of dogs shot by police

Posted on - 24th May, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Flag Market, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Armed police seen standing over the dogs in footage Pic: change.org

A vigil is planned for Preston city centre in memory of two dogs who were shot in London.

Campaigners are calling for action after footage emerged showing the Metropolitan Police shooting two dogs in Tower Hamlets on Sunday 7 May.

It followed a stand-off between armed police and the owner of the two dogs – the owner, Louie Turnbull, was tasered and arrested at the scene and the two dogs – called Marshall and Millions were then shot by police.

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Footage of the incident has been widely shared on social media platforms.

A petition, set up by dog trainer and handler Sadie Geoghegan-Dann following the incident has now passed more than 1million signatures on change.org.

She calls for the Home Office to investigate and hold the Met Police criminally accountable for ‘the barbaric killing of two leashed dogs’.

Vigils in memory of Marshall and Millions are now being organised by the campaign group ‘Marshall & Millions Army’ across the country with John Maudsley among those in the city helping to organise a vigil.

Preston Cenotaph will be the venue for the vigil on Sunday 4 June from 1pm.

Cenotaph on a sunny morning in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
A vigil will take place in Preston city centre near the Cenotaph Pic: Tony Worrall

The Independent Office for Police conduct is investigating the incident.

IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: “We understand the public concern regarding this incident and it is appropriate that it should be independently investigated.

“We will examine whether the actions of the officers involved were reasonable and proportionate in all of the circumstances and in line with relevant policy and procedure.”

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A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “As part of their enquiries to safeguard the public, local officers supported by specialists from Dog Support Unit and Specialist Firearms Command, spoke to a male in the vicinity who was in possession of the two dogs.

“Following this interaction, which failed to bring the dogs satisfactorily under control, police firearms officers destroyed the two dogs at the scene.

“The owner of the dogs was arrested at the scene. Police Taser was discharged. He was taken into custody and was later charged.”

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