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Trial delayed as 35 police personnel isolate

A judge was forced to delay a trial at Gloucester Crown Court on Monday (June 21) after being told that 35 police personnel are currently self-isolating in the county after an outbreak of Covid-19 in a county constabulary department.

Jack Gregson, 27 of Foxes Dell, Nailsworth, near Stroud, had been due to stand trial over allegations of using controlling and coercive behaviour towards a woman.

But the court was told the case is not 'trial ready' for a number of reasons - and it is expected to last longer than the four days allocated for the hearing.

The Court was also told that the police officer in charge of the case is unavailable because he is currently self-isolating, along with 34 other Gloucestershire Police personnel, after one member of their department tested positive for Covid-19.

Judge Barry Cotter QC said he was very unhappy with the situation especially as there was a huge backlog in cases and it was too late in the day to arrange for an alternative trial to be held in place of Mr Gregson's at the Nightingale Court in Cirencester.

The case will be reviewed by the resident judge on Thursday.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said Tuesday afternoon (June 22): "This is the first positive case in the Constabulary since early March 2021 and those who are isolating are now working diligently from home, meaning the impact has been kept to an absolute minimum.

"Where appropriate, a proportion of our staff have worked remotely during the pandemic and our working practices have adapted and are now well established to ensure that services continue normally.

"The individual who tested positive had no contact with the wider public and traditional frontline services of neighbourhood and response policing are not affected."

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