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Police search Stevenage station after reports of weapon - which turns out to be sandwich in carrier bag

The suspicious item was found to be a sandwich inside a carrier bag. Credit: PA

Police were called to Stevenage station yesterday afternoon to reports of a man with a concealed weapon - which turned out to be a sandwich in a carrier bag.

Officers received a call that man was seen acting suspiciously near the station, and that he may have had weapon concealed in a plastic bag.

They arrived at the scene, along with officers from the British Transport Police, and quickly found the man.

Following a search they discovered the suspicious item was a sandwich inside a carrier bag.

"Whilst this may sound light-hearted our thanks go to the vigilant member of the public who, concerned by what they saw, had the sense to ring the police who could take swift action.

We would urge anyone else who is suspicious or concerned about anything they see or hear todo the same thing and contact us.

At a time of heightened security the public has a crucial role to play in supporting the police in helping to keep our communities safe."

– Hertfordshire Police spokesman

Man jailed after stealing from vulnerable people in Stevenage

Ricky Briars has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man has been jailed after stealing from vulnerable people in Stevenage.

Ricky Briars, 32, had pleaded guilty to three charges of robbery, theft and burglary.

He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday.

Briars first stole a 24-year-old's wallet in August, forcing him to a nearby cashpoint and threatening to beat him and stab him unless he gave up his PIN. Briars ran off after the man fell ill and collapsed, stealing his wallet and two bags of shopping.

The following day Briars approached a man in his late 80s outside sheltered accommodation. He removed the man's wallet in his back pocket, which contained £80 cash, while he was attempting to open the front door.

A few minutes later Briars knocked on a window of another property in the sheltered accommodation, claiming he had found a man’s wallet and asked if he could be let in. He stole £220 in cash from a work surface before making off.

Officers were able to link the three incidents after trawling local CCTV. Briars was identified and arrested a few days later.

"Briars showed complete disregard for his victims. I believe he preyed on them because of their vulnerabilities and trusting nature.

I am pleased with this outcome. His behaviour is deplorable and he will now spend a considerable period of time in prison where he belongs.”

– Detective Constable Jason Tinsey, Operation Manhunt at Hertfordshire Police


Driving tests 'cancelled' due to strike

Instructors are in a dispute about working hours. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Driving tests across the region could be cancelled today and tomorrow after examiners decided to strike.

The Public and Commercial Services union said some of its members were walking out in a row over working hours.

Sites most likely to be affected are Peterborough, Norwich, Lowestoft and Basildon.

Storm Barney winds peak at 66 mph in the Anglia region

Storm Barney brought down trees, blew out the lights and caused some travel disruption on the roads and railways in the Anglia region with winds topping more than 65 mph.

The highest wind gust in the UK during the storm was 85 mph at Aberdaron in Wales while in the Anglia region it peaked at 66 mph at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast and at Wittering near Peterborough.

A man and a woman were injured in Buckinghamshire when a tree was blown onto their car at Bourne End. Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region from Storm Barney on Tuesday 17 November 2015

  • 66 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 66 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 63 mph in Bedford
  • 63 mph in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 61 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 59 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 59 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 58 mph in Gorleston, Norfolk
  • 54 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 51 mph at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
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