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Former British soldier accuses police of racially profiling him after being stopped more than FORTY times in ten years
A restaurateur and former British soldier has accused police of racially profiling him after being stopped - more than FORTY times in ten years. Dad-of-two Phil Powell – who served twice with the army in Afghanistan - says he is 'constantly’ stopped and searched by police in Ceredigion, Wales. He says he has been pulled over eight times in the last two years by officers who breathalyze him and check his tyres and insurance. The 41-year-old says he is repeatedly pulled over because he is black - and has even accused officers of assaulting him. Phil, who owns a Caribbean restaurant, estimates he has been pulled over by Dyfed-Powys Police over 40 times in the years he has lived in Aberaeron. He says he has lost count of how often it happens and has been forced into speaking out because he cannot contain his ‘fury and frustration’ any longer. The businessman – who has owned Mama Fay’s restaurant in Portland Road for eight years – says he has been physically assaulted and embarrassed by police officers. His most serious allegations are that he was once 'kneed' by a copper and police terrorised him in front of his wife and children at his home in Aberaeron. He claims officers often wait for him and then tail him when he leaves his restaurant, and he claims an officer ‘kneed him’ and confiscated his keys in Llanrhystud. Phil has recorded videos of several of the incidents, which appear to reinforce some of those claims. He was last pulled over on Saturday, January 21. Phil has complained four times through the Independent Office for Police Conduct website about the treatment he has received from Dyfed-Powys Police. But he says no action has yet been taken. Complaints have also been made to the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn. Black people are more than eight times as likely to be stopped and searched by Dyfed-Powys Police than white people in the force area, data shows. Phil told the Cambrian News: “I’m 100 per cent sure it’s racial profiling. ''Now it’s reached a point when, if I’m stopped, I’m just so angry I can’t help but let out my frustration. I’ve been stopped so many times it’s hard to keep track. ''I’ve complained and tried everything to make it stop. I’ll give you an indication; in the past two years, I’ve been stopped at least eight times. I’m not joking. “The police officers know who I am but they’re still hassling me all the time. “As usual they breathalyse me, they check my tyres, they check my insurance – they’re constantly …
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