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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

Watch: Supergran battles robber

Watch a seventy-year-old grandmother from Cumbria battle a would-be robber, before grabbing a mop to chase him off outside the shop.

Footage courtesy of Cumbria Constabulary.

Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man came in and demanded money.

She received a bravery award at a ceremony yesterday, along with a new mop, for her efforts in fending off the intruder, who was later jailed.

At the end of the video, you can see her reach for the mop.

The moment Rhoda Sharkey reaches for the mop Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Mrs Mop 'very excited' about award

A seventy-year-old grandmother who fought off a would-be robber with a mop has described her excitement at receiving a bravery award for her efforts.

Rhoda Sharkey was at work in her son's corner shop in Egremont when a man demanded money.

As well as the award, the seventy-year-old was also presented with a new mop at a ceremony yesterday.


Police continue to investigate Carlisle robbery

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Police are continuing to investigate a Carlisle robbery that took place at around 3.45pm yesterday, Sunday 26 April.

Two males made off with a small amount of cash from "Foreways News, Food and Wine" on Blackwell Road.

After the incident, they were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road.

They have been described as white males in their late teens to early twenties and were wearing blue coloured boiler suits and balaclavas.

No one was injured in the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Police hunt Carlisle robbers

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Carlisle this afternoon (Sunday 26th April).

Police were called at around 3:45pm today with a report that there was a robbery at Foreways News, Food and Wine on Blackwell Road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Two people, believed to male, were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road. They were wearing blue boiler suits and balaclavas.

Anyone with any information, or saw people matching the above description, are urged to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Four-year sentence for robbery

A 43-year-old man has been jailed for four years for robbing the Lound Road Garage in Kendal.

Craig John Jackson, of Aynam Road in Kendal, made off with over £400 after brandishing a knife at the cashier on January 17.

Cumbria Constabulary says it's satisfied with the sentence.

“We are pleased to see that Jackson has been jailed for his crime. He subjected the cashier to a horrendous and needless ordeal by threatening him with a knife.

"The courts have shown that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in this county and should be taken as a stern warning to any criminal contemplating committing such a crime."

– Detective Constable Mark Kerley
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