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Police offer reward to solve bookmakers robbery

CCTV of the suspect wanted on suspicion of robbing a bookmakers Credit: Sussex Police

Police are offering a £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect who robbed a bookmakers in Lancing, Sussex.

The man targeted William Hill in North Road on Thursday 5th May. He jumped over the counter and punched the staff member before leaving with £400 from the till.

Police describe the man as white, aged in his 30s, between 5' 11" and 6' and was wearing a grey jacket with the hood up.

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Fire warning for cheap and illicit cigarettes

Fire chiefs are warning members of the public about the dangers of cheap and illicit cigarettes after the death of an elderly woman.

Barbara Rankilor was killed in a a fire at her home in Cranleigh Road, Bournemouth on 8th November 2015.

An inquest found that Miss Rankilor died as the result of extensive burns covering 70% of her body, following a fire caused by a cigarette. The cigarette in question was from a batch which had been purchased cheaply and did not meet current EU standards.

EU compliant cigarettes have two fire safety bands along their length. If the cigarette burns up to the band and is not inhaled upon, it will self extinguish. This is a called reduced ignition propensity or ‘fire safer’ cigarette.

Miss Rankilor’s death could have been prevented.

She was smoking a cigarette which does not comply with EU law and therefore did not have the capability to self extinguish.

– Stuart Granger, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
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