Rural antique robbers jailed

Three Romanian men who were involved in stealing jewellery and antiques from rural homes in Kent have been jailed for more than 14 years.

Scratch attack e-fit

Robber in scratch attack

Police have released a picture of a woman whose face was scratched in a robbery. You may find the image behind this link distressing.

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Dorset man jailed for kidnap and robbery

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for kidnap and robbery.

Daniel Robert Howard was sentenced on the 13th March alongside a 19-year-old Ferndown man who was also sentenced for the same offences at the same time.

The incident happened at 12.40pm on Tuesday 30th April on the A31 near Lidl and continued at a car park on the Trickets Estate behind Barnes Close.

The 22-year-old victim was forced into a gold coloured Peugeot and driven to a nearby car park, dragged out of the vehicle and assaulted.

He sustained cuts and bruising to his face, body and legs due to the kicks by the two offenders but was able to walk home and the police was alerted.

This was an unusual incident for this area which received coverage at the time. I would like to reassure members of the public that such a crime is very uncommon in this area and indeed Dorset and that the offenders and the victim were known to each other."

– Steve May, of Bournemouth and Poole CID

Lifer sentenced to life again

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

A knife-wielding thief, with a history of serious offences, who robbed a jewellery store in Tonbridge with a knife - has today been given a life sentence. But he'll only serve a minimum of five years before he's eligible for parole on licence.

Peter Sanderson from Maidstone was caught after his car was tracked by CCTV. David Johns reports from Maidstone Crown Court, speaking with Det Con Tony Hatcher of Kent Police.

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Man jailed for robbing elderly woman

A man has been jailed for four years for robbing a 76-year-old woman.

Steven Murray, aged 19, of Diligent Drive, Sittingbourne, was charged with robbery following an incident in Sittingbourne on 15 February.

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Steven Murray was jailed for four years for robbery Credit: Kent Police

Murray asked a 76-year-old woman, known to him, for £20 and she was reluctant to give it to him but he said it was his birthday soon and it could be an early present. The woman handed the money over and Murray left.

A short time later, Murray returned and again asked for £20. She explained she had already given him the money, which he denied, and to avoid any issues she handed over a further £20.

Later the same day, Murray approached the woman, who was wearing the handbag with the strap across her body, and he grabbed hold of the strap. The woman was reluctant to let go of the bag as it contained £80 cash to pay the rent.

She described the incident as a `tug of war' before the strap gave way allowing Murray to take hold of the handbag and steal £80 from her purse.

Murray was arrested the next day and admitted pulling the handbag's strap and prising the woman's fingers from the bag. He said the money was going to pay a portion of a drugs debt that he owed.

Police appeal after robbed man at knifepoint

Hampshire police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at knifepoint in Basingstoke.

The 57-year-old victim was walking over the railway bridge into Norn Hill between 10.45pm and 11.05pm on Monday 31st March when he was approached by a man.

The man threatened him with a knife and demanded cash - to which the victim handed over £5 cash and the main made off with another man.

The two men are described as white, 5ft 11ins tall and his face was covered with a scarf, black puffy coat and a cap.

The other man was described as white, in his late teens and of skinny build.

Since the incident, police have been carrying out extra police patrols in the area to reassure people.

Officers would like to hear from anyone was saw the incident happen or the men in the area around the time it happened.

Appeal for witnesses to assault and robbery

At 10.30pm, on Wednesday April 2, two men forced entry into a house on St Elizabeth Avenue in Bitterne.

The offenders threatened and assaulted the four occupants of the house with what was described as a hammer and stole a large sum of money.

The men had their faces covered and may have used motorbikes to get away.

The victims sustained injuries and received medical treatment at the scene.

This type of crime is very usual, and the homeowner’s understandably have been shaken up by the incident. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area, who may have seen or heard anything usual to contact me at Bitterne Police Station on 101.”

– DC Rob Dawson

Police release efit in connection with robbery

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Efit released in connection with robbery in Bournemouth Credit: Dorset Police

Officers in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a robbery in the town – with an e-fit of the offender being released.

The incident happened at approximately 8.45am on Monday 3 March 2014 as the victim was walking along Glenferness Avenue.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was approached by an unknown man who asked her for money but she told him she did not have any. He then threatened her with a Swiss army knife and demanded her bag. She gave her bag to the offender and ran away before calling the police.

He is described as approximately 25 years old, about five foot ten inches tall with big shoulders. He was wearing a black beanie hat, a black jacket, stonewash jeans and black trainers.

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Pair charged in connection with string of robberies

Two men have been charged in connection with a series of robberies at bookmakers in Kent. On Tuesday, 4 March 2014, the pair was charged with conspiracy to rob in relation to seven robberies that took place between November and December last year.

Jack Hennessy, 27-years-old, previously of Pollyfield Close, Snodland and Keith Hodgson, 32-years-old, previously of Holborough Road, Snodland they will appear before Medway Magistrates Court via video link on Tuesday, 11 March 2014.

The pair have been arrested in connection with the incidents listed below. They are currently on remand at HMP Elmley.

  • 28th November 2013 - Robbery at Corals, Tovil
  • 1st December 2013 - Robbery at Corals, Chatham
  • 1st December 2013 - Robbery at Betfred, Larkfield
  • 2nd December 2013 - Robbery at Post Office, Grafty Green
  • 2nd December 2013 - Robbery at Corals, Borough Green
  • 4th December 2013 - Robbery of a Seat Ibiza in Rochester
  • 9th December 2013 - Robbery at Ladbrokes, Snodlan

Hampshire man attacked in violent robbery

A 21-year-old man from Eastleigh suffered a bruised and swollen face after two men attacked him as he walked along the street.

The incident happened between 1.30 and 1.40am on Sunday 2nd March along Desborough Road in the town.

Two men ran towards him and dragged him to the floor then threatened him and demanded his phone and wallet.

He was then punched in the head but his attackers ran off as a group of youths approached them.

This was a violent and unprovoked robbery on a young man who was walking home from work. We’d like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or who has information to come forward.”

– Susan Hampton, Eastleigh Detective Constable

Robbery near Ferndown

Detectives investigating a robbery in West Moors have released three pictures of a man they would like to speak with. The incident happened at 6.50pm on Wednesday 26 February 2014 at Ladbrokes betting shop in Penn Court.

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CCTV image released in connection with robbery Credit: Dorset Police

A man entered the store, threatened a member of staff with a knife and demanded money. He was handed a quantity of cash before leaving.

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CCTV image released in connection with robbery Credit: Dorset Police

Detective Constable, Lee James, of Eastern CID, said: “I urge the man pictured – and anyone who recognises him – to contact me, in confidence, as soon as possible. I also would like to hear from anyone who saw this man enter or leave the premises around the time of the incident.”

Knifepoint robbery in Chatham

Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery at a shop in Chatham have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.

It was reported that on February 22, at around 9pm, the suspect entered the Co-op supermarket in Kestrel Road and purchased a lottery scratch card.

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CCTV images released in connection with knifepoint robbery Credit: Kent Police

As a member of staff closed the till the suspect produced a large knife, described as a meat cleaver, from his trousers.

Demanding money, the suspect leant over the counter and brandished the weapon at the member of staff. He passed him a bag and ordered him to fill it with cash, before fleeing.

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CCTV images released in connection with knifepoint robbery Credit: Kent Police

The suspect is described as a white male, who was unshaven and scruffy with black or brown short hair. He was wearing a black jumper and cream or white trainers.

Kent Police has now released CCTV images of a man they believe could help with their enquiries.

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