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Five-figure sum stolen in bank raid at shopping centre

Police are investigating a burglary at the Santander bank in the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex, in which a large amount of money was stolen.

Officers believe the branch had been broken into via the roof

Officers were contacted just after 8.30am yesterday morning with reports the branch at the Thurrock shopping centre had been broken in to via the roof.

The break-in is believed to have happened between 1.35am and 3.50am that morning.

One of the ATMs was broken in to and money taken from elsewhere in the premises. It’s believed the amount stolen is a five-figure sum.

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Constituency profile: The battle for Thurrock

Except for one stint in the 1980s - the Thurrock seat in south Essex had been a Labour stronghold.

But at the last election the race was so tight - two recounts were ordered. Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price just scraped in with a majority of 92 votes which is the fifth smallest majority in the UK. The turnout was just under 60 per cent.

In this report, our reporter Nashreen Issa speaks to Tyrrells Hall club members and Mike Umoren from TRUST.

There are seven candidates standing in the constituency of Thurrock:

  • Tim Aker (UKIP)
  • Jamie Barnes (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol)
  • Polly Billington (Labour)
  • Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative)
  • Rhodri Jamieson-Ball (Liberal Democrat)
  • Aba Kristilolu (All People's Party)
  • Daniel Munyambu (Independent)

Police seize cannabis with street value in excess of £7.5million

Police seize cannabis with street value in excess of £7.5million Credit: National Crime Agency

Four men have been arrested following an investigation into the attempted importation of more than two tonnes of herbal cannabis through Tilbury docks.

The arrests follow the seizure of the cannabis from a shipping container full of fresh yams which arrived from Ghana on Monday 20 April. If cut and sold in the UK, the drugs would have had a likely potential street value in excess of £7.5million.

Border Force intercepted the shipment, and the investigation was passed to the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).

Following a covert operation, officers from the OCP arrested four men on suspicion of conspiracy to import Class B drugs on Wednesday 22 April. All are from south east London: a 59, 49 and 19-year-old from Maley Avenue and a 70-year-old from Borrett Close.

All have been bailed pending further enquiries to 30 June.

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Video: Dumped rubbish stretches a mile

Illegal rubbish, stretching a mile, has been dumped in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping in the south east. Tom Savvides talks to locals in Purfleet and MP Jackie Doyle Price.

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