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Man charged in connection with knife-point robberies

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A man has been charged in connection with three alleged knife-point robberies in Carlisle.

Martin Bainbridge, aged 32, of Port Road, Carlisle, has been charged with two counts of attempted robbery and one count of robbery.

The charges relate to incidents that took place between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday.

Cumbria Police were called to three locations - Bargain Booze on Central Avenue, Peking Chef on Petteril Bank Road and Pizza Hut on London Road. On each occasion the offender allegedly brandished a knife at staff.

Bainbridge appeared before North Cumbria Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody.

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Police appeal following three attempted knife-point robberies

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Police are appealing for information after three attempted knife-point robberies in Carlisle.

Between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday officers responded to incidents at Bargain Booze on Central Avenue, Peking Chef at Petteril Bank Road and Pizza Hut on London Road.

The offender allegedly entered the three premises and brandished a knife at staff demanding cash but fled the scenes empty handed.

He's described as being white, aged in his 20s and 5’9 to 6’0 tall.

"We take incidents of this nature very seriously and would like to reassure the public that a team of detectives are working on this."

– Cumbria Police spokesperson
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Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to make contact with Carlisle CID via 101 quoting log number CP-20160305-0247 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Knife-point robbers jailed

Three men were today beginning jail sentences totalling 13 a half years for their part in a robbery made at knife point.

33-year-old Martin Nicholson, Mark Ferguson, aged 24, and Dale Kenney, aged 21, were each given four-and-a-half-year jail terms for conspiracy to commit a robbery.

Their victim was threatened with a knife during the robbery which occurred at Lord Street Car Park, Carlisle, on the 10th of November 2014.

"This was a very frightening ordeal for the victim who was threatened with a knife when going about his daily business.

"I welcome the sentences imposed by the court which reflect the seriousness of this crime."

– Det Con Sara Monkhouse, Cumbria Police
Dale Kenney sentenced to four and a half years in prison Credit: Cumbria Police
Mark Ferguson sentenced to four and a half years in prison Credit: Cumbria Police
Martin Nicholson sentenced to four and a half years in prison Credit: Cumbria Police

£14,000 of Apple products stolen from Carlisle store

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Two offenders smashed the front window and stole items from the Apple store on English Street Carlisle, at 01.55am today.

An estimated £14,000 worth of products were stolen, including iPad's and iPhone's.

Cumbria Police are appealing for information and potential witness to come forward and contact them on 101.

In particular we would like to ask any people who are being offered Apple goods such as iPhones and iPads at a discount price to report this to Cumbria Police as it could lead us to the offenders."

– Detective Sergeant Matthew Belshaw, Cumbria Police

Maryport robbery man charged

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A man has been charged after a robbery at Maryport Post Office on Monday 25 January.

Mark Mercer, 47, from Workington is charged with armed robbery after threatening staff with a firearm.

He has also been charged with three firearm offences, two handbag thefts and handling.

A 24-year-old woman arrested yesterday has been released on bail until March 14th.

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Grand-daughters appeal to find 'sick' masked robbers

Police in Dumfries are looking for two masked robbers who tied up an elderly woman in her home and stole a large quantity of jewellery and money.

The incident happened in the small village of East Cluden in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The woman was unharmed, but her grand-daughters say she's been left distressed by what happened. Lori Carnochan reports:

Police safety reminder after Supergran's 'incredible bravery'

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Police have reminded the public to call them when faced with danger after a seventy-year-old shop assistant took on a would-be robber.

Grandmother Rhoda Sharkey received a bravery award at a ceremony yesterday after fending off the intruder last November.

But while police have commended her courage, they have reminded the public to put safety first when faced with a similar situation.

Rhoda Sharkey showed great courage during the incident, and demonstrated incredible bravery when faced with a robbery.

However the safety of local people is our top priority, and I would always urge anyone who finds themselves in a potentially violent incident to put their personal safety first, and if possible withdraw from the situation and call the police on 999.”

– Chief Inspector David Gartland
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