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Widow of man, stabbed to death in Poundland, makes emotional appeal to control sale of knives

The widow of a man, stabbed to death in Poundland in Abingdon in December, is calling for shops who sell knives to store them more securely.

Gulsen Alkan's husband Justin was killed when he was buying some balloons for their children. Today she took her campaign to the House of Commons. Our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby, reports.


Knifeman gaoled after Facebook find

Josh Love Credit: Essex police

A 20-year-old man has been gaoled for robbing a café owner at knifepoint. Josh Love, of no fixed abode, was sentenced after a four day trial at Basildon Crown Court. He had carried out the robbery at the Blue Café, in the High Street, on Canvey Island, on Friday May 29. DC Glen Crosby said: "Love had entered the store while the owner was closing up. He had come around the counter and pulled out a large hunting knife before threatening the victim and swinging at him with the knife before grabbing around £150 from the till and running off.” A police investigation was launched and Love’s name soon surfaced as a potential suspect.

DC Crosby said: "The victim was speaking to other customers about the attack and Love’s name was mentioned. Very enterprisingly he looked on Facebook, found Love’s profile and was able to positively identify him as the robber. We arrested him soon afterwards and he was charged with the robbery and possession of a knife. He was also further charged with an unrelated burglary.”

Reports of man threatening public with knife

Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after reports of a man threatening members of the public with a knife – with one man being arrested.

Dorset Police was called to the incident in Sterte Avenue in the Holes Bay area at 6.49am this morning.

Officers, including armed police, attended and searched the area. The NPAS helicopter also assisted in the search.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

A 29-year-old man, of an unknown address, has been arrested relation to this incident and is helping officers with their enquiries.

“I would like to thank members of the public for their assistance during the search. Even though a man has been arrested, I would urge any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken with police to come forward and contact us.”

– Poole South Neighbourhood Inspector Shawn Whitley

Police warn about carrying sharp items

Police are warning people about carrying small items that could be seen as a dangerous weapon.

It comes after a 21-year-old man was given a fine of £175 after police found he was carrying a small knife on a keyring.

The knife was under 3 inches long but it was said to be dangerous enough that the male was charged with possessing a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place.

PC George Rabczak at Wiltshire Police said, "The male argued that the knife was under three inches and could not do any damage.

"This is clearly not the case as the sharp-pointed tip and jagged edge could cause serious injuries if used in a violent manner.

"I would urge anyone to think carefully about what they carry in public as anything which could be used to cause harm could result in you getting arrested and charged."


Hunt for Brockenhurst armed robber

CCTV still of the suspect Credit: Hampshire Police

A man carrying a knife forced his way behind the counter of a petrol station in Brockenhurst and stole several hundred pounds.

The armed robbery took place at around 3pm on Monday May, 27 when a man entered the Esso Service Station on Sway Road.

He demanded money from the cashier as he showed his knife, then ran from the store with hundreds of pounds.

The man is described as aged mid to late 20s and of Asian appearance. He was 6ft 2ins with a London accent.

He also had a tattoo or mark on the left side of his neck.

Officers from Lyndhurst CID have released the CCTV images of the suspects and want anyone with information on the man to contact them on 101.

Elderly man threatened with knife in his own home

Officers are appealing for information after an elderly man was threatened with a knife in Kent.

Two men tried to force their way into the home of the 86-year-old man in Lympne near Hythe.

They ran off after he pushed them away. It's thought they were driven off by a blonde haired woman in a silver Mini.

The two men are 16 to 17, one had dark, gelled hair and was wearing a dark, zip-up jacket. The other had ginger hair and had a grey or blue jacket.

Police issue e-fit after knife crimes

Police have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to after a 16-year-old girl was robbed at knifepoint in Hastings. Credit: Sussex Police

Police have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to after a 16-year-old girl was robbed at knifepoint in Hastings.

The theft, which happened near the Spar store in St Helens Down on Monday evening, is being linked to two other robberies in the town.

Det Serg Paul Graham said: "We believe this man is local to the area. He is described as white, about 30, slim with short brown or dark hair and about 5' 5" to 5' 9". When he approached the girl in the latest robbery he was wearing a black zip up jacket and a black rucksack."

The teenager was approached by the man at about 6pm. He demanded her phone and when she refused he showed her a knife and grabbed her two carrier bags of shopping.

Det Sgt Graham added: "The girl was obviously shaken by the incident but otherwise unhurt.

"We think the man is linked to two other robberies that took place near convenience stores, all within a few hundred metres of each other. On each occasion the people had been shopping.

"They both happened on Saturday, the first in Victoria Avenue at 7.30pm where the man stole a mobile phone and handbag, the second at 10.30pm at the junction of Victoria Avenue and The Ridge when he demanded a woman hand over her handbag, but she refused."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting Operation Zephyr or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.