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Burglar jailed after getting locked inside the shop she was trying to rob

Justine Roberts Credit: Essex Police

A woman from Essex who ended up locked inside the shop she was trying to rob has been jailed for more than two years.

Justine Roberts threatened a cashier at the East Street Convenience Store in Southend with a 12-inch kitchen knife. She helped herself to alcohol, cigarettes and cash before realising the victim had fled and shut her inside.

Police arrived to find the 41-year-old inside, drinking vodka.

She admitted robbery and was sentenced to two years and four months in jail.

Investigation launched after shots fired at property in Bedford

Police were called to Brickhill Drive on Saturday evening Credit: PA

An investigation has been launched after shots were believed to be fired at a property in Bedford on Saturday.

Police were called to Brickhill Drive at around 8.40pm.

The man believed to have fired the shots is described as black, 5’11” and of stocky build, aged in his 20s to 30s. He had a trimmed beard and wore a dark beanie hat, dark hooded top and dark trousers.

The man left the scene in a black Volkswagen Golf with a male driver, who is described as black, with a beard, also aged in his 20s to 30s and wearing a grey hooded top.

The Golf was later found burnt out near Harlech Road.

We are appealing for anyone who witnessed any disturbances or suspicious activity in and around the area, or who saw a black VW Golf at the time to contact us.

We appreciate incidents such as these are unsettling for the community and would like to reassure residents that we are committed to finding the individuals responsible.

The black VW Golf, bearing the registration FL54 MJO, was recovered having been burnt out near Harlech Road, Bedford, at around 10pm last night (Sunday). Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the car being driven in the area at this time, or saw the car being set alight.

– Detective Sergeant Kathie Rivers

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101

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Teenager jailed after stabbing man to death in a 'drunken temper'

Sarunas Maciulis, Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A teenager from Wisbech has been jailed for murder after stabbing a man to death in a 'drunken temper' in February.

Sarunas Maciulis, who is 18 and from Churchill Road, was found guilty of killing 32-year-old Marius Micevicius following a seven day trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

He has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 11 years.

The court heard how Maciulis, Mr Micevicius and some other residents of Churchill Road had been drinking heavily in the lead up to the incident on February 15.

The pair got into an argument at about 5pm and Mr Micevicius was found by his partner, in the kitchen of the property, with a single stab wound through the bowel and stomach.

Mr Micevicius was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn but later died.

In a drunken temper you stabbed the victim in the stomach causing an injury from which he sadly died.

You may not have intended to kill Marius, but you intended to cause really serious harm and you did this with a weapon.

– Judge Farrell

Concern grows after Suffolk man goes missing in the Alps

David Wood has gone missing in France. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's believed a man missing in the French Alps comes from Suffolk.

It's reported he's an electrical engineer who's 61 and from Woodbridge.

One report says he was last seen on Tuesday after setting off on a hike from his holiday home in the mountain village of Marie just north of Nice.

The Foreign Office are not naming him, but told ITV News Anglia they're in contact with local authorities and are supporting his family.

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Norfolk PCC says main focus is to 'keep his people safe'

It's been quite a year for voting.

The European Referendum attracted most of the attention, but before that there were the local council elections along with the ballot for the counties' Police and Crime Commissioners back in May.

Lorne Green was elected as the new PCC for Norfolk. The Canadian-born diplomat was voted in with more than 60,000 votes.

He's now been in his new role for more than three months, and says his main objective is to keep the people of his county safe with extra police on the streets.

Aid container to be shipped to Syria

It contains water, nappies, flour and medical supplies. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A 40-foot shipping container full of essential supplies collected in Bedfordshire for victims of the fighting in Syria is being prepared for shipping today.

Charity organization Friends of Refugees say it will be delivered to places that need it most, such as besieged towns and hospitals.

Among other things it contains water, nappies, flour and medical supplies.

Man arrested in Portugal over 1994 schoolboy murder

Rikki Neave

A 35-year-old man from Peterborough arrested in connection with the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave over 20 years ago has been arrested in Portugal today.

Rikki was last seen leaving his home on the Welland estate in Peterborough to go to school on November 28 in 1994.

His naked body was found in a nearby woodland the following day. A post-mortem examination found that he had been strangled.

Rikki's mother Ruth Neave, 45, was charged with the murder at the time, but a jury later found her not guilty.

The man was arrested by local officers in Lisbon at around lunchtime today.

The arrest follows ongoing work with officers from the Major Crime Unit, national authorities and authorities in Portugal.

The man will remain in custody in Portugal while extradition proceedings begin. He's been arrested under a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of breaching his licence.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are expected to travel out to Portugal in the coming days.

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