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Third robbery at Southampton bookmaker under investigation

Police appeal for witnesses Credit: Hampshire police

Detectives are investigating a robbery at a Southampton bookmaker. It's the third similar incident in the city in the past few weeks. The latest attack was at Ladbrokes on Pound Tree Road.

A man entered the store and walked up to the counter. He demanded money from the cashier while holding a knife.

The offender is described as wearing a padded long coat with the hood up, a scarf and hat or balaclava covering his face and woollen gloves.

Detective Constable Mark Blake said: “This is the third similar incident in the past two weeks. The description of the offender is similar in all three cases and we are linking the robberies. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or can help us identify who is responsible please contact us.”

Thousands of fake goods seized at ports in the South last year

They may look like the real thing and at a bargain price - but they could seriously harm or even kill. Last year, two million fake and dodgy goods were seized at ports. The most dangerous items were children's toys and scooters, make-up and DIY tools - most of which destined for internet websites. Carolyn Sim reports


Scientists awarded £6m Parkinson's Disease research

Around 127,000 people in Britain are afflicted by the incurable condition of Parkinson's Disease. On average it strikes 1 person in every 500, and can leave people struggling to walk, sleep or speak.

Now, researchers at the University of Oxford have been awarded a grant of six million pounds. The scientists at the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre will use the money to find new drugs which will slow or even stop the progress of Parkinson's.

As Nia Mason reports Oxford is leading research into a disease which has ten million sufferers across the world.

If you or someone you know has been affected by Parkinson's Disease you can find out more from Parkinson's UK research.

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Witnesses wanted after man killed in A27 crash

Were you travelling on the A27 yesterday morning near Polegate or see the crash involving several cars?

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, in which a 49-year-old man died.

Four vehicles were involved between Polegate and Lewes near the Folkington Lane junction.

A white and blue 41-tonne Renault articulated lorry travelling west overturned, crushing a black Volvo V60 travelling east beneath it.

A red and white Iveco lorry travelling east ahead of the Volvo took evasive action but its load of scaffolding struck a Volkswagen Transporter people carrier travelling west behind the articulated lorry.

The driver of the Volvo, a 49-year-old man from Hildenborough, near Tonbridge, Kent, died at the scene.

The driver of the articulated lorry, a 53-year-old man from Wiltshire, suffered slight injuries. He was treated at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton but not detained.

The driver of the scaffolding lorry, a 45-year-old Eastbourne man, and the driver of the VW Transporter, a 46-year-old woman from Wadhurst, were unhurt. Two passengers in the VW, a 39-year-old woman from Norway and a 27-year-old man from the USA, were also unhurt.

The incident led to the A27 being closed between Polegate and the Drusillas roundabout at Alfriston until shortly before midnight.

A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was since been released on bail until 27 May.

CCTV appeal after Christchurch robbery

CCTV has captured the moment a man wielding a knife jumped over the counter at a bookmakers and threatened a member of staff.

The robbery in Chrrstchurch, Dorset was caught by security cameras at the betting shop - where the offender made of with a quantity of cash.

A man entered the betting shop on Barrack Road just before 8pm on Thursday 5 March and threatened a female member of staff Credit: Dorset Police

Following the theft, the man ran from the scene when police and armed officers searched the area with no sign of the man.

The offender is described as a white man in his 30s, roughly five foot eight inches in height and of medium build. He spoke with an English accent and was wearing a dark grey hooded coat, dark jeans, black scarf and balaclava.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 Credit: Dorset Police
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