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Bank robbers make off with 'large amount' of cash

Large amount of cash taken

Police are appealing for witnesses to a bank robbery in a busy student area of Hull.

The thieves stole a large amount of cash from the Newland Avenue branch of Lloyds Bank at around 5pm yesterday evening. At least three men were involved.

Police say they used a ladder to break in through the roof. Staff were still at work at the time, but no-one was injured. The gang then fled in a grey Nissan Qashqai before changing vehicles near Loveridge Avenue. They were all described as being of slim build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

We are looking into a number of lines of enquiry. However, this is a really busy student area and someone must have seen something. Did you see anyone in the area with a set of ladders? Did you see the vehicle in Newland Avenue or the surrounding area? Was there a strange vehicle parked in the Loveridge Avenue area? We would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”

– Detective Sergeant Christine Calvert


Police chief: under-threat support officers are our 'eyes and ears'

West Yorkshire Police Force has had to shed 2,000 officers and staff due to budget cuts over recent years.

The temporary assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire fears the Chancellors spending rewiew will mean the further loss of officers and Police Community Support Officers - who she says are invaluable in the fight against terrorism and the force's "eyes and ears" on the ground

Autumn Statement and Spending Review

Chanceller George Osborne

The Chancellor will present his Autumn Statement and Spending Review to the House of Commons later today.

George Osborne is expected to outline plans to build 400,000 new homes in England as well as billions of pounds of cuts .

A wide range of issues will be covered in the mini-budget, including pensions, housing and defence. And a key part of Mr Osborne's speech will be how he intends to push on with plans to reform tax credits.


Thomas Cook reveals profits for first time in five years

Making a profit

Beleaguered holiday firm Thomas Cook - heavily criticised following the deaths of two children from Wakefield on a holiday in Corfu - has posted its first annual bottom line profit for five years.

This is despite a £130 million sales hit from the Tunisian beach and hotel terrorist attacks in June.

The group said it had been a year of "considerable challenges" after coming under fire for its handling of the deaths of Bobby and Christ Shepherd. They died after being overcome from fumes from a faulty boiler at their holiday home on Corfu.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd

Chief executive Peter Fankhauser said the group had "confronted its mistakes" following the deaths of the children.

Thomas Cook posted profits after tax of £19 million - its first positive profit after tax since 2010 - while underlying earnings rose 11% to £310 million. But it said the suspension of holidays to Tunisia cost the group £130 million in sales, with underlying earnings impacted by around £22 million.

The group said the new financial year had got off to a good start despite cancelling its flights to Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt after the downing of a Russian passenger plane last month, while Tunisia holidays also remain suspended for most markets.

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