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VIDEO: Robber armed with kitchen knife tasered by police at Co-op

Extraordinary footage has been released showing the moment police tasered an armed man trying to rob a village shop in Wiltshire.

James Lewis threatened staff at the Co-op in Shrewton - near Salisbury - with a ten-inch kitchen knife, before officers were able to overpower him. One had to use a shopping basket as a shield.

Today, Lewis, who's 22, was jailed for three years. Watch Malcolm Shaw's report.


Salisbury Cathedral is now a glorious sight

It's slender spire towers 444 feet into the sky. For centuries Salisbury Cathedral has been a landmark for miles around - captured on canvas by Constable and photographed by millions of tourists.

But in recent years no one has been able to get a perfect shot of the ancient structure - it's been partially obscured by a web of scaffolding while essential restoration work has been carried out.

Most of the work has been finished, the scaffolding removed and, as Richard Slee reports, Salisbury Cathedral can now been seen in its full glory.

What about this for a view! Repair man climbs to the top of the country's tallest cathedral

HIs heart was in his mouth and the adrenalin was pumping. Those are the words of the man who had to climb to the top of the country's tallest cathedral spire in Salisbury to repair a weather meter. Gary Price says the worst moment was when he had to step outside a small window near the base of the spire for the final climb to the summit. Pictures from Salisbury Cathedral. Penny Silvester reports.

Men jailed for 'terrifying' armed robbery of post office

Two men have been jailed for what police described as a 'terrifying' armed robbery at the Downton Post Office in March this year.

Dwayne Gilling

Dwayne Gilling, 32 from Trowbridge was found guilty of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court. He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

Raymond Laurence

Raymond George Laurence, 33 from Westleigh, Warminster pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

At around 8am on 1 March 2014 one of the men wearing a scarf over his face forced his way into the post office and threatened the staff member. He was brandishing an item in a plastic bag which the victim thought was a firearm.

He grabbed the terrified victim, took an amount of cash and then ran out of the post office to his accomplice who was waiting in a blue BMW. The car was later found abandoned in Salisbury City Centre.

(The victim) was put through a terrifying ordeal that no-one should have to experience. She genuinely felt for her own safety and believed the suspect had a firearm. I would personally like to thank members of the local community for coming forward. There were many sightings that morning of a blue BMW in suspicious circumstances and from this information we were able to piece together its movements and trace the user which was a vital part of the investigation.

– Detective Constable Jem Horner


Screams heard in video of Salisbury fireworks drama

Screams can be heard in video footage of the Salisbury fireworks which lead to eight people being injured last night.

The city council is today launching a full investigation into the incident after a malfunction caused stray fireworks to shower spectators in sparks.

Passer-by, Jonathan Alvis, captured this video of fireworks dropping in New Canal Street.

St John Ambulance volunteers treated eight casualties. Two were advised to take themselves to hospital, while another was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Salisbury's Guildhall was forced to be used as a temporary base to take care of causalities.

The event marked the Christmas lights switch-on in Salisbury and attracted a 15,000-strong crowd.

It is understood there were no life-threatening injuries.

Strictly 'Paw-room' puppies looking for new dancing partners

The four puppies are 9 weeks old Credit: Dogs' Trust

A litter of puppies at Dogs Trust Salisbury is ready to dance off to new homes, after staff named them after the judges of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 9 week old Lurcher cross pups have been nicknamed - wait for it -Craig Revel ‘Paw-wood’, Len ‘Gooddog’, Darcey ‘Bushey Tail’ and ‘Boneo Tail-ioli’

Staff at the re-homing centre hope they will dazzle potential new owners with their ‘jazz paws’ and find a home worthy of a perfect 10.

“The Strictly pups are an adorable bunch with so much energy, they have the staff dancing in circles around them but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Like the celebrities on Strictly, they could benefit from a little extra training and are sure to keep new owners on their toes, but they have the potential to be the stars of any household.”

– Jacinta Lye, Centre Manager
The lurcher cross pups are ready for re-homing Credit: Dogs Trust

If you think you can give any of these puppies a home, or would like to visit Dogs Trust Salisbury, call Dogs Trust Salisbury 01980 629853 or visit the centre at 45 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Wiltshire, SP4 0HW. For more information visit

Bishop of Salisbury's 'great joy' at women Bishops Confirmation

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, has expressed his ‘great joy’ that the legislation allowing women to become Church of England bishops has passed its final hurdle.

Right Revd Nicholas Holtam

The Church of England has now formally adopted legislation which means its first female bishops could be ordained next year.

It was a great joy to go to General Synod to vote on the ordination of women to the episcopate for the last time. Alleluia!

Last night in Salisbury Cathedral, there was a service to mark 20 years of women in priestly ministry. We looked back with thanksgiving and forward with hope. For women to minister alongside men in all three orders of ordained ministry is in George Herbert's phrase, ‘heaven in ordinary ’ and, for the C of E, ‘something understood’.

– Right Revd Nicholas Holtam
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