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Disabled woman robbed of her walking frame

Kent Police is appealing for information after a disabled woman was robbed of her walking frame on the Isle of Sheppey. On 12th July, the victim - a woman in her 60s - was at the bus stop along Minster Road when two men holding cans of lager walked up to her.

They made derogatory comments to her about her disability and as they walked past, one reached out and punched her on the arm, causing her to fall over.

The pair then grabbed her walking frame and ran off with it, running down the road and disappearing down an alleyway.

The woman cut her arm when she fell and was left shocked and distressed.

This was a revolting act of mindless aggression against a vulnerable lady who cannot walk far without the aid of her frame. To verbally abuse and belittle her is low enough but to knock her down and steal the frame, leaving her helpless on the ground, is truly despicable and I'm sure the entire community shares our disgust. We are following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this and would welcome any information from the public.'

– Detective Sergeant Martin Carter of Kent Police

Bank robber took large quantity of cash from Poole

CCTV images have been released of a man who robbed a bank in the Wallisdown area of Poole.

It happened at 10am yesterday morning at the Barclays Bank on Bryant Road.

Staff handed over a large amount of cash after the man came in and demanded money.

Police are hoping that someone may recognise this bank robber, even though his face is covered Credit: Dorset Police

He left the bank and got into a light green coloured Peugeot car that was driven by another person in the direction of Mossley Road.

A security pack from the bank containing red dye is believed to have discharged in the vehicle, which would have covered the inside of the car and the people in it.

The man has been described as white, around 5' 10" tall and wearing a blue tape or bandana to hide his face. He was wearing a light blue Kappa tracksuit top, black Nike tracksuit bottoms which had a white Nike tick on the left, white Nike Air trainers and a brown cap.

The security pack the robber took from the bank contained a red dye, which is thought to have discharged in the get away vehicle Credit: Dorset Police

Anyone who may have information on this robbery is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 10:98.

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Efit released following robbery in Edenbridge

Detectives investigating a robbery in Edenbridge have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.

A car driver and a passenger were attacked on 26 June after they had stopped because two men were blocking the road.

The victim’s had been travelling along Lingfield Road at around 10.55pm when they first noticed two men standing in the street close to the junction with Coomb Field.

After the driver had stopped the car one of the men reached through his window.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a robbery Credit: Kent Police

He grabbed the keys from the ignition and punched the driver in the face before running off.

The passenger in the car gave chase but was then set upon by the second man who repeatedly punched him in the head.

As the driver of the vehicle then tried to help his friend he was punched again by the man who had had first attacked him and who had reappeared from an alleyway.

One of the men then leaned through the driver’s door and stole a laptop from the back seat, before they both fled when another vehicle began to approach the scene.

Officers have now released an e-fit of one of the men.

He was described as white and aged between 30 and 40. He was of medium build with very short hair and was wearing a tan coloured cardigan.

The second offender was white, aged 17 to 19 and around 5ft 6ins tall. He had short light brown hair and was wearing a blue long sleeved jumper.

Efit released in connection with robbery

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak with in connection with a burglary.

The incident occurred at a house in St Augustine’s Park, Ramsgate, between 9pm on 3 April and 10am on 4 April.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a robbery Credit: Kent Police

A Toshiba laptop worth £150 was stolen in the incident. The suspect is described as being a white male, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, around 5’11 tall wearing a grey beanie hat and a blue jacket. He was walking with the assistance of a cane.

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

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Lifer sentenced to life again

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.

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.

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
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