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Appeal for information following robbery

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Southampton.

At some time between 11.40am and 12.30pm on Sunday, May 17 the 18-year-old victim was walking along Cuckmere Lane towards Totton town centre, pushing a pram.

She was approached by a man who was shouting abusive words at her. The man then took hold of the changing bag and tried to pull it off of the pram.

The victim tried to hold onto it and it fell to the floor. As the woman went to pick it up, the man pushed her away, picked up the bag and cycled off towards Totton. He was with another man who was also on a bicycle.

The man is described as:

  • White
  • Wearing dark blue jeans, light grey jumper and a dark grey hoody
  • Riding a bicycle

“Did you witness this incident? Do you have any information that could assist us? If you do, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Louise Hawkins

Police want to talk to two men after robberies on trains

Do you know this man? Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police want to speak to two men after teenagers were robbed in separate incidents in East Kent.

The first incident took place on New Year’s Eve. A 15-year-old boy was robbed on the 6.05pm train from Ramsgate to Birchington.

Detective Constable Bob Gee said: “The boy was approached by a man who leaned over him and demanded that he hand over his iPhone.

“The man used threatening language, leaving the victim in no doubt that he was willing to use violence.”

The robber rifled through the victim’s pockets, stealing his wallet and snatching his phone, before getting off at Broadstairs.

Police would like to talk to this man Credit: British Transport Police

The second robbery took place at around 8pm on Tuesday, 6 January, on a train travelling between Margate and Broadstairs.

On this occasion, a 13-year-old boy was punched and kicked by a man who stole his phone and a pair of headphones, before leaving the train at Broadstairs.


Teenager has cash stolen from him

Detectives from East Surrey CID are appealing for information after a 16-year-old was robbed in Tandridge.

The incident occurred between 6.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday, 17 December as two schoolboys were walking across the cricket green near to the Ladybird public house and heading towards Tesco.

A group of three or four men approached the boy from behind and pushed him to the ground before stealing £35 in cash from his wallet. The offenders are described as white, aged in their 20s and wearing dark hooded tops. It is possible they spoke with American accents.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Karen Scholey, said: "Although we have already spoken with a number of witnesses, I would appeal to anyone else who has information on this offence or who saw anything suspicious around the time the crime occurred.

"This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and no doubt an experience which will stay with him for some time which is why we will do all we can to bring the offenders to justice.”

The victim suffered facial injuries including a cut to his lip and forehead, for which he required hospital treatment.

Anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140106560. Information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

16-year-old attacked and robbed in Hastings

The boy was attacked on Middle Street in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy aged 16 was attacked and robbed in East Sussex last Monday. Two men attacked the boy in Middle Street in Hastings and stole his money.

The victim was walking from the HMV store towards Hastings railway station at 5pm when he was approached by two men and punched repeatedly.

The victim was not injured but had the speakers he had just bought stolen along with his black Armani Jeans messenger bag with two vertical white stripes on, which contained some Armani Diamonds aftershave and £30 in cash in a black Nike wallet.

The first man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 10" and of muscular build with blonde or light brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded top with a front zip, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

The second man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 7" and of stocky build. He was wearing a, grey jacket and grey joggers with a black hat.

"This is an unprovoked attack that has resulted in items being stolen from a boy who was on his own, fortunately he was not injured. We would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident as there were several people seen in the area."

– Detective Constable Paul Semple

Cash stolen during robbery in Chandlers Ford

Police are appealing for information after cash was stolen during a robbery in Chandlers Ford.At some time between 9am and 10am on Friday, August 8 the 31-year-old victim was walking along the alleyway between Bournemouth Road and Templars Way, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh. Once in the alleyway he was pushed to floor by two men, who snatched his bag and took £280 from his wallet. The victim sustained a minor injury to his wrist. His bag was found nearby. The first man is described as:

  • - Aged in his early 20s
  • - Slim build
  • - 6ft 1ins
  • - Wearing a black hoody with the hood up and distinctive blue trainers with bright green stripes

The second man is described as:

  • - Aged in his early 20s- Slim build
  • - 5ft 5ins
  • - Wearing a maroon coloured hoody with the hood up

"The victim has been left understandably shaken by what has happened to him. The incident took place during a busy time of day and I would urge anyone who was passing the location at the relevant time who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously to make contact with us. “As always I would advise members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicous activity to the police immediately.”

– PC Jason Gore


Bungling robber jailed after knocking down the wrong wall

A bungling robber has been jailed for thirteen years for his part in an attempted raid on a cash depot. But Raymond Betson's attempt to steal more than a million pounds failed - when he knocked down the wrong wall with the digger he'd stolen. Betson had previously been jailed for his part in the attempted robbery of the diamonds at the Millennium Dome in the year 2000. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Detective Inspector Rob Haines.

Botched cash depot raid - how Betson got it wrong

Bungling ex-millenium Dome robber Ray Betson botched a cash depot raid by breaking down the wrong wall!

Betson, 52, of Clifton Crescent, Folkestone, targeted the Loomis cash depot in Mark Way, Swanley, in the early hours of Friday 23 March 2012.

Just before 5am a heavy-duty digger, which had been stolen, was driven into the outside wall of the depot in a bid to knock it over and allow the offenders to gain internal access.

The digger rammed the wall a number of times before one of the robbers, who were armed with baseball bats and white sacks, climbed over the rubble only to find an empty room. The group then entered a nearby empty warehouse only to find it was empty too.

Less than a minute later, the offenders ran off empty handed.

Digger used in bunged raid Credit: Kent Police

Police later discovered an abandoned Mitsubishi 4x4 in a field which had become grounded on a dip, but inside they found a two-way radio, a baseball bat and large white bags.

In a nearby bush, a balaclava, a snood and a running stopwatch were also found allowing officers to calculate the time on the stopwatch and link it to the attempted robbery.

DNA gathered from the snood and the balaclava provided a near perfect match to Betson – there was less than one in a billion chance it could match anyone else.

Abandoned $x$ found grounded in a field Credit: Kent Police

Betson wanted to make a lot of money quickly and was significantly involved in this botched robbery.

‘The attempt displayed a level of violence, planning and organisation with the use of a digger, weapons such as baseball bats and a getaway vehicle.

‘But what went from an armed robbery quickly turned into a farce because they knocked down the wrong wall, then searched an empty warehouse and managed to render the getaway vehicle useless as they fled the scene, discarding equipment nearby.

Betson had been previously convicted for his part in the Millennium Dome robbery in November 2000.

– Rob Haines, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Bungling Betson back behind bars

Bungling robber Ray Betson has been given a 13 year sentence today after his attempt to rob a multi-million pound cash depot in Swanley failed when he knocked down the wrong wall with a digger

Ray Betson sentenced to 13 years for bungled multi-million pound raid Credit: Kent Police
Digger used in the failed raid Credit: Kent Police

Betson will only serve 6-7 years in prison the rest of the time he will be on licence in the community.

He tried to break into the Swanley cash depot only months after being released jail for being the notorious ring leader of the Dome Raiders - the gang that planned to steal £200 million pounds worth of diamonds from the Millenium Dome, now called the O2.

Betson chose the wrong wall to try and break through Credit: Kent Police

The Dome Raiders planned to go down in history as the robbers who would pull off the biggest and most audacious robbery of the Millennium. An old fashioned smash-and-grab at a diamond exhibition in the Dome.

They boasted they would never be caught and prided themselves on their meticulous planning to keep them one step ahead of the law, using state of the art technology, anti-surveillance devices and had seemingly limitless funds for a sophisticated, military-styled operation which would reap a multi-million pound reward.

Ringleader Betson claimed they were not intending to hurt anyone when they smashed through the Dome entrance at high speed on a converted JCB digger dressed as terrorists with sledgehammers, ammonia and smoke grenades.

When they were caught red-handed they could not accept they had been simply out-manoeuvred by the Flying Squad.

At the trial one of the gang ruefully put it: "We would have got away with it but for the fact there were 140 police waiting for us."

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