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Armed robber with imitation firearm gets life

47 year old Andrew Fernandez has been jailed for life for armed robbery Credit: Metropolitan Police

47-year-old Andrew Fernandez has been jailed for life today for armed robbery at the Brighton Road Lloyds Bank in Coulsdon, Croydon in November last year.

Fernandez was arrested by police after being stopped by bank customer James Rowley who spotted the firearm was an imitation. Rowley has since been awarded a national police bravery award.

Fernandez had approached the cashier, wearing a motorcycle helmet and demanded she hand over cash to him, whilst threatening her with what appeared to be a hand gun.

It was then that 34-year-old James Rowley confronted Fernandez, having spotted that the gun was a fake and told him that he should leave. Fernandez continued to make further threats and demands to the cashier. Mr. Rowley challenged Fernandez again, at which point, he fled.

Fernandez attempted to make a getaway on a push-bike, but was followed out of the bank by Mr. Rowley, who, with the assistance of his friend who was waiting in his van nearby, was able to catch and detain Fernandez until the police arrived.


Former primary school teacher 'targeted victims in park'

  • Paul Cannon targeted both boys and girls, the youngest of whom was six years old - most of his victims were aged between eight to 11 years old
  • He targeted his young victims during the daytime in parks and open spaces in the Sutton, Carshalton and Merton areas of south London
  • He picked weekends and holidays when children were away from their homes and watchful adults

Teacher jailed for decade-long campaign of sex offences

A former primary school teacher has been jailed for four years for carrying out a decade-long campaign of sex offences against children under 13. 40-year-old Paul Cannon from Coulsdon in south London admitted to 22 offences on children aged between six to 13 years old from 1999 to 2009.

Former primary school teacher Paul Cannon Credit: PA

Lottery winner reveals 'Pretty Woman' shopping moment

Neil Trotter and partner Nicky Ottaway who won £108m on Euromillions Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The partner of Euromillions winner; Nicky Ottaway revealed experiencing a 'Pretty Woman' moment when she went shopping for an expensive handbag yesterday

"I just asked the sales guy how much it was and he said £1100 but had already turned his back and was walking away from us, so we thought fine! We won't buy it then!" she told journalists at a press conference this morning.

She said she hopes the sales person is regretting the comment now.

Julia Roberts played a character in the film Pretty Woman who was given the cold shoulder by shop assistants whilst trying to buy designer clothes.


"We just couldn't believe it"

Neil Trotter and partner Nicky Ottaway want a house with room for a pony Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"We just couldn't believe it" Surrey Euromillions winner Neil Trotter told journalists this morning of the moment he checked his Euromillions ticket. He told gathered press that top of his shopping list is 2 cars and a house with room for a pony.

The car mechanic from Coulsdon also revealed he hasn't been able to sleep much since Friday.

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