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Man chased out of shop in attempted robbery

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Police investigating a reported robbery at a Kent shop have released CCTV images of a man they want to talk to.

The incident happened in Norfolk Road, Gravesend, between 10.20pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday 11 January.

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A man was alleged to have walked into the shop waving around a plank of wood, threatening the two men behind the counter, before being chased out of the shop by one of the victims. He ran in the direction of Ordnance Road. It is believed he then ran down either Brunswick Walk or Augustine Road.

Police say nothing was reported stolen.

Officers believe the man had approached the shop from the direction of Albion Terrace and loitered outside for a short while before entering.

Kent Police is asking anyone with information to contact officers on 01474 366149 quoting reference number XY/001795/17.

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Robbery at shop in Hampshire

Police are investigating a robbery at People's Market in West Street, Hambledon.

Officers were called at 7.16am on Sunday to a report that three men had entered People's Market and threatened a member of staff.

Cigarettes, alcohol and a quantity of cash were taken from the shop before the men left the scene.

Nobody was injured in the robbery.

Hundreds of new Southern drivers to beat strikes

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The company that runs Southern is to recruit 200 extra drivers allowing it to run services even if existing staff continue an overtime ban.

Jobs will be advertised from today by GTR.

A work to rule by ASLEF drivers means up to one in four services are currently cancelled each day because of the action.

Now the company will take on the extra staff earning a basic wage of £49,000 a year when they qualify.

It means if drivers continue to take action it will have little impact.

Many guards are no longer closing train doors as they were forced to sign new contracts.

The result is even if action continues eventually there will be little or no disruption to services.

The RMT will stage its next strike a week today followed by three drivers strikes next Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Search for vulnerable woman missing since December

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Surrey Police is appealing for the public’s help in finding a vulnerable woman from Farnham.

Margaret Rule, who's 53, was last seen by a neighbour in Farnham at around 7.30am on 17th December 2016.

She is a white woman around 168cm tall of a slim build with long dark brown/greying hair.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for Margaret’s welfare due to the length of time she has been missing.

Margaret has links to Brighton and is known to visit B&B’s in the area.

PC Chrissi Thomas from Guildford Area Patrol Team, said: “We are currently liaising with Sussex Police in an attempt to locate Ms Rule but urge anybody who has seen Margaret or knows of her whereabouts to call us as soon as possible so we can make sure she is well."

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Light aircraft crash: Reports man has died

It's been reported a man has died in a light aircraft crash in Oxfordshire. The aeroplane came down at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve at around 2.30 yesterday afternoon. The Air Accident Investigation Branch is investigating.

Police helicopter unit NPAS Benson said it was despatched to the scene of the crash, but low cloud prevented it from landing.

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