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Hero PCSOs risk their life to tackle knife-wielding robber

A man from Wiltshire has been sentenced to three years in prison after attempting to rob a supermarket with a 10-inch kitchen knife.

James Lewis threatened a member of staff at the Co-Op in Shrewton last month, demanding money from the till. When the cashier refused the 22-year-old, brandishing the knife, then chased the man through the store.

Two Police Community Support Officers arrived at the supermarket just seconds later and leapt into action.

PCSO Will Todd managed to quickly usher other members of staff to safety - including the man being chased. He then tried to disarm the suspect using a shopping basket as a shield.

Police officers arrived soon after and finally brought him down using a Taser.

Lewis pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attempted robbery and was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court today.

PCSO Todd told ITV it all happened so quickly.

PC Ian McKerlie paid homage to the PCSOs.

Fake speed camera stolen in Wiltshire

A road safety campaigner says he will build a more robust speed camera after thieves stole his handmade device.

Chris Fawcett was so angry at increased traffic in Shrewton in Wiltshire that he built a wooden fake speed camera from a kitchen shelf unit. Two weeks ago someone tried to burn it in the night. And on Tuesday evening the creation was stolen.

Now Mr Facwett says he'll make a new one from sheet metal which will be harder to steal. Wiltshire Council has asked Mr Fawcett to not put an unofficial device up.


Shrewton villager asked to remove fake speed camera

A man who put up a fake speed camera in a Wiltshire village says he will put it up elsewhere if he is forced to remove it.

Chris Fawcett put up the device, made from a kitchen cabinet and a vehicle indicator bulb, on the London Road to slow down drivers through the village.

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Suicide verdict at Xmas fund pub landlord inquest

A pub landlord fell to his death from a cross-Channel ferry after disappearing with almost £30,000 pounds of his patrons' Christmas savings

Malcolm Levesconte , aged 59 years, disappeared with the thrift fund from The Royal Oak pub in Shrewton in Wiltshire.

His body was found in the English Channel on Christmas Eve.

The Salisbury inquest heard Mr Levesconte had got into debt with credit cards and rent payments.

He texted his partner from the ferry telling her where to find his suicide notes and will.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.


Inquest into death of Shrewton pub landlord to re-open

Malcolm Levesconte. Credit: ITV News West Country

The inquest is due to open into the death of a Wiltshire pub landlord who disappeared after a £29,000 savings fund went missing.

The body of Malcolm Levesconte from Shrewton was found in the sea near Dover on Christmas Eve. He was last seen boarding a ferry for France.

It's thought he had been using the money to stay in business.

Shrewton pub which had money stolen from its customers' closes

The Royal Oak in Shrewton near Salisbury has temporarily stopped trading Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

A pub whose landlord is believed to have jumped from a ferry to his death after nearly £30,000 was stolen from its customers' Christmas savings club has closed.

The Royal Oak in Shrewton near Salisbury has temporarily stopped trading, brewery chain Enterprise Inns said.

The body of the landlord, 59-year-old Malcolm Levesconte was found in the sea off Dover, Kent, on Christmas Eve. He was last seen on December 9 boarding a ferry for France after the theft from the Christmas savings club at his pub.

Wiltshire Police have said they have been working on the theory that he had been propping up his failing pub business with money from the fund. The death is being treated as non-suspicious.

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