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Police search for man over £30,000 ring theft

Police in Chichester have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the theft of a diamond solitaire ring worth nearly £30,000.

The man was wearing glasses, a tartan trilby, black coat and striped scarf. Credit: Sussex Police

Officers were called at around 2.45pm yesterday after a man walked into Timothy Roe Fine Jewellery in South Street. He asked to examine the ring before running out without paying for it. He was seen running towards Cooper Street.

The suspect is described as white, about 6', of medium build and aged between 45 and 55.

Officers believe this incident could be linked to another theft from a jewellery store in Petersfield, Hampshire earlier that afternoon.

Pensioner walks free after swindling friend

An eighty-year-old woman who stole thousands of pounds from her friend who had dementia, has been spared a jail term.

Grandmother Margaret Rigby was told by the judge of Canterbury Crown Court that, because of her age, she would receive a two-year suspended sentence.

The jury heard how she milked her friend's bank account of £57,000 - to finance luxuries and gifts. The victim Barbara Lewis has since died.

Nashreen Issa has this report in which she speaks to Barbara's son Nick Lewis.


HMS Duncan is home for Christmas - after nine months at sea

For hundreds of families Christmas came early - as the crew of HMS Duncan made a triumphant return to Portsmouth after nine months at sea.

The Type 45 destroyer has visited 14 countries and helped in the fight against Islamic State in the Middle East.

Today's homecoming was an emotional reunion for the families of the 240 sailors and marines on board. From the dockside, Chris Maughan reports


"All we have are memories'': families of contaminated blood victims

It's one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS - claiming nearly 2,000 lives. And victims of the contaminated blood scandal - who were infected during transfusions in the 70s and 80s - say they've been overlooked for compensation yet again. They need money to pay for ongoing treatment - and have spent years fighting for a financial settlement. They say they're furious that their plight wasn't mentioned in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. Michael Billington reports.

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