A GWENT man claims that police officers armed with Tasers stormed into his hotel bedroom because of a mix up caused by his name being the same as that of a wanted man.

Richard Jones, from Blackwood, says he was taking a shower at the Park Inn by Radisson, on the A48 Cardiff, when armed officers burst in to the bathroom.

“There was no knock on the door, no nothing,” he said.

“At this point, my wife is on the bed and she’s pretty shocked.

“I’m naked and one of them has the Taser out, pointing it at me.

“He asked me a couple of times if I was Richard Jones and I said yes.”

Unfortunately the 53-year-old shares his name with a 46-year-old Richard Jones, from Newport, who is wanted by police following a breach of his restraining order at the end of August this year.

Mr Jones, who was going to a charity event that night, was asked to prove his identity, and he said that a police officer took a picture of his driving licence.

He said: “I asked the officers who they were looking for and they said Richard Leonard Jones.

“I told them my name was Richard Webb Jones.

“If I didn’t have a middle name, I’d have been put to the floor and been arrested.”

Mr Jones said that the police showed him a photograph of Richard Leonard Jones.

“He’s seven years younger than me and has a roundish face, he doesn’t look anything like me,” he added.

“The only similarity is that we’re both called Richard Jones - there are lots of people called Richard Jones, especially in my area.”

Mr Jones said he has made a formal complaint to Gwent Police. “I can’t believe this has happened, they hadn’t done any research,” he said.

“They came all the way from Newport so the least they could have checked is our details – where I’m from, my date of birth, what we look like.

“I’m still waiting for an apology.”

A Gwent Police spokeswoman said they received a complaint relating to police action taken on Saturday September 10, 2016.

She said: "Enquiries were made and we have since spoken to the complainant – the matter is now being resolved.

"Officers acted in good faith after information was supplied to the force in relation to a public appeal for information to locate a wanted person."

They are still appealing for information to locate 46-year-old Richard Leonard Jones from the Newport area.

Jones is wanted by police following a breach of his restraining order on August 25.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 101 quoting log number 178 25/08/16.