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Warning for dog owners following attempted break-in

Police are urging dog owners to review their security following an attempted break-in at a property in Norfolk where a number of dogs are kept.

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The attempt took place overnight between Saturday 20 September and Sunday 21 September at the property in Walpole Highway.

Offender(s) attempted to force entry into an outbuilding, however no entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

This is the third report of an attempted break-in we have had to premises with a number of dogs in the past month in Downham Market and surrounding areas.

I would encourage any dog owners in the area to review their security arrangements, fit alarms where appropriate and be extra vigilant to any suspicious behaviour around your premises, particularly in the hours of darkness.

– PS Daniel Frew from Downham Market Safer Neighbourhood Team

Anyone who would like advice about ways to protect their property can visit http://www.norfolk.police.uk/ or call 101 and ask to speak to their local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Anyone with information regarding this attempted break-in is asked to contact Downham Market Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police hunting for 'potential rapist' in Luton

Police in Luton are seeking help to track down a man they describe as a "potential rapist".

Location of assault in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The man assaulted a woman in an alley between Dunsmore Road and Milton Road last Wednesday afternoon.

He grabbed her but she managed to break free and run away. Her attacker was white, with a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DC Mirian Khajavelidze in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Police investigating Southend attack release CCTV images

Detectives investigating an assault which took place in Southend have issued CCTV images of four people they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

First CCTV image issued by police Credit: Essex Police
Second CCTV image released by police Credit: Essex Police

It happened in the early hours of Monday 18 August in Short Street. A 20-year-old man was on his way home from at night out at the Churchill's Bar in the town when he was approached by a group of men who started assaulting him, knocking him to the ground, where he continued to be punched and kicked.

The victim, who is in his 20s and lives locally, returned home but was admitted to hospital a few days later when his condition worsened. Doctors found that he had a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

The attack happened in Essex Street, near the junction with Chichester Road at around 2am. It is believed to have been an unprovoked attack.

Anyone who recognises the four men from the CCTV images taken from a Southend takeaway store is asked to contact Pc Chris Flynn at Southend CID via Essex Police 101 or they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Shot Libya man from Bedfordshire in 'wrong place'

A man from Bedfordshire who was shot dead with his girlfriend on a beach in Libya was in the wrong place at the wrong time, a coroner has said.

Mark de Salis Credit: Family photo

Mark Fane de Salis, 48, was found face-down on a beach near Tripoli on January 2.

His inquest heard that he and his girlfriend Lynn Howie, a New Zealander, were shot in the back of the head.

Senior coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton Tom Osborne, who recorded a conclusion of unlawful killing, told the hearing at Ampthill, Bedfordshire: "It seems Mark was working to restore infrastructure in Libya. It was unfortunate he was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

The dead man, originally from Shefford, was living in the North African country and working for First Engineering Group as a power station project manager.

Both he and his girlfriend had gunshot wounds to the head.

Detective Sergeant Andy Phillips from New Scotland Yard said the Foreign Office asked the police to act as a conduit between Britain and Libya.

Neither the Metropolitan Police nor the Libyan authorities had been able to ascertain who was responsible for the deaths.

Foreign Office advice at the time was not to travel to Libya and even local police said it was an area where they would not go.

It was a totally motiveless crime, he said.

Photos taken from their camera showed the couple had been out to look at Roman ruins then had a picnic on the beach.

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Thai murder victim 'was trying to help' says father

Credit: Family of David Miller

The father of the British man murdered in Thailand believes his son had stepped in to help his fellow victim when they were both brutally killed on an island.

Ian Miller said it was in his 24-year-old son David's character to help, and claimed that was probably the circumstance when he and Hannah Witheridge were murdered in Koh Tao a week ago.

He told the Daily Mail: "It has become clearer and clearer that it is quite likely David was stepping in to help a girl who was in trouble.

"That would be absolutely in his character."

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Opening of Chatteris Tesco store put on hold

The opening of a new multi-million pound Tesco store in Cambridgeshire has been put on hold.

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The store in Chatteris near Ely was due to open in November, but it will now be boarded up until further notice. It was expected to create 250 new jobs.

After careful consideration we have decided to delay the opening of our new store in Chatteris.

We recognise that some people will be disappointed with this decision and we are very grateful for the support we have received in the past for our plans.

We will make sure the site remains secure and tidy whilst we review timelines for the scheme and will be sure to keep the Council and local community informed as our plans progress.

– Tesco spokesperson

Meanwhile, four executives at Tesco have been suspended after the supermarket giant admitted it overstated its profits guidance to the City by £250 million.

Shares in Britain's biggest grocery chain dived to their lowest level in 11 years as the revelation triggered its third profits warning in as many months.

The supermarket refused to confirm reports that UK managing director Chris Bush is among the four members of staff suspended while the accountancy firm Deloitte carries out an "independent and comprehensive" review.

The investigation, which centres on when Tesco reports the income it receives from suppliers, was brought to the attention of Tesco's general counsel by a whistleblower on Friday.

The company carried out a preliminary investigation over the weekend before issuing its profits warning earlier today.

Firefighters make the purrrfect rescue

Firefighters in Norfolk were called out to rescue a kitten over the weekend but not from a tree...from a car bonnet.

Kitten rescued from car bonnet Credit: Sarah Whittley
Firefighters attempting to rescue the kitten Credit: Sarah Whittley

Motorist Lisa Merry called Norfolk Fire and Rescue after hearing tiny meows coming from her Ford Focus, which was parked outside her holiday home in Cley-next-the-sea.

She opened the hood and found the animal wedged in the engine bay, unable to escape. Firefighters managed to cut the kitten free without causing any harm.

The kitten was quite distressed when it was rescued but once everyone had left it calmed down and happily sat in its box.

I have taken it on for now until we find the owner but I'm considering keeping it because my two-year-old daughter has been asking me for a cat for ages.

– Lisa Merry

Stevenage man 'unlawfully killed' in Libya

A coroner has said a Stevenage man shot dead on a beach in Libya was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mark De Salis Credit: Family photo

46-year-old Mark De Salis had worked for an energy company in the Libyan capital Tripoli for six years.

He was found dead on a beach in the west of the country in January alongside the body of a female friend.

The coroner ruled the pair were unlawfully killed.

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