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'Terrifying' robbery at Carlisle shop

A knife-wielding robber terrified staff at a shop in Carlisle on Tuesday evening.

At around 10pm the man threatened staff at Spar, on Lamb Street. He was given money from the till and then fled onto Scalegate Road.

He is described as white, 5ft 8” tall with a slim build. He is believed to be between 40 and 50 years old and had grey stubble.

Cumbria Police are appealing for information:

“This incident was terrifying for the staff and customers in the shop. These incidents are rare in Carlisle and we are working to trace the individual responsible.

I would urge anyone with any information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Cath Pattinson

Post Office Robbery: Second Court appearance

A Hawick man has made a second court appearance in connection with a robbery at a Galashiels post office.

David Connolly, 30, is charged with assault to injury and robbery.

It follows an incident at the Gala Park Post Office in Balmoral Place, Galashiels, on Tuesday 2nd September when almost £3,000 was stolen.

Connolly made no plea or declaration during a private hearing at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was fully committed for trial.

He was remanded in custody until the next court date which still has to be confirmed.


Two in court in connection with Dumfries robbery

Two women were threatened at Lochfield Stores Credit: ITV Border

Two men have appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court on a charge of robbing two women at knifepoint at a shop in the town.

35-year-old Gregg Newlands and 24-year-old William Trainor are accused of demanding money and robbing them of £673.

The incident is alleged to happened at Lochfield Stores in January. The case has been continued for a week.

Two arrested after blind woman robbed in Carlisle

Police have arrested two 16-year-old boys on suspicion of robbery, after a blind woman was robbed in Carlisle.

The woman in her 40's, who is registered blind, had her handbag stolen as she walked down Petteril Street with her carer at around 2pm on 7th May.

The teenagers, both from Carlisle, have been bailed until 26th May while police continue with their enquires.

Robbery update

Cumbria Police are continuing to investigate a robbery in Appleby, where a 61-year-old man was tied up and threatened.

Police were called to Station Road, at around 8.45pm last Friday (November 23rd).

The victim, a scrap metal dealer, was attacked by three men dressed in balaclavas and dark clothing, who entered the house wielding what’s described as baseball bats.

The man was tied up and assaulted but managed to escape and raise the alarm.

"The offenders fled and witnesses identified a vehicle - a green Ford Focus Estate - believed to have been involved in the offence, registration number S722 ABR.

"Also seen, one of the offenders was described as a white male, in his early 20s, approximately 5ft 8”, of slim build with short yellow/blond hair.

“From police inquiries, we have managed to seize the aforementioned vehicle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

"Inquiries as regards the ownership, usage and locations visited by the vehicle are on-going to identify the offenders."

– Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson, Cumbria Police

"There are similarities between this offence and the robbery that took place in Kendal on October 2, when a home at Castle Oval in Kendal was broken into and four males wearing masks entered the property.

"They tied the victims up and after making a thorough search of the house, made off with thousands of pounds worth of cash and various other items.

“I’d like to hear from witnesses who saw anybody acting suspiciously in and around Appleby between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Friday, November 23, and also anyone who saw the green Ford Focus Estate car."

– Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson, Cumbria Police


Armed robbery in Appleby: Witnesses sought

Detectives are investigating a robbery in Appleby. A 61 year old man was tied up and threatened.

The robbery happened on Friday 23rd November at 8:45 pm at a house in Station Road, Appleby.

Three men entered the house carrying weapons, they tied up the man, threatened him and demanded money.

The victim managed to escape and raise the alarm and the offenders fled the scene.

All of the offenders were dressed in dark clothing and were wearing balaclavas and gloves at the time.

The victim was left very distressed and upset by the ordeal.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson said:

“This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and we are making a number of enquiries of establish who was involved.

“We believe the offenders used a Green Ford Focus to drive to the location and we would appeal to anyone who seen this vehicle in the area to get in contact so that we can trace their movements.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Carlisle CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– DCI Lee Johnson

Wetheral robbery: Full report

A robbery in a quiet village post office just outside carlisle has been described as an outrageous crime that left a shop assistant terrified. They were the words of the judge who sentenced two armed robbers to six years in prison.

The men threatened the woman with a kitchen knife at Wetheral post office

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Police respond to robbery sentence

Two men who carried out an armed robbery at a post office near Carlisle have each been sentenced to six years in prison.

The robbery happened at Wetheral post office in June. A female shop keeper, working behind the counter, was threatened at knife point and between seven hundred and eight hundred pounds was stolen.

Matthew Scott who's 25 and 21 yr old Kye Halliburton - both from Carlisle - admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.

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