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Crook tries to rob local shop, gets locked inside until police arrive

Robber has been jailed for two years. • When Justine Roberts threatened a cashier with a 12-inch kitchen knife and demanded cash and alcohol, she probably thought she was at least going to walk out the shop with her stolen haul. Unfortunately for her, when she turned around carrying a bottle of vodka, cigarettes and money, she found sh

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Violent protestor helped detectives identify him by posing for press photo

Violent protestor helped detectives identify him by posing for press photo

The man was seen throwing objects at protestors in Dover but his picture and other personal details were published in an online interview. • A violent protestor has been jailed after being identified due to posing for a photo for a current affairs website shortly before attacking rival demonstrators. Josh Downey allowed his first name, ag

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Pensioner's phone box sit-in protest sees police called

Pensioner's phone box sit-in protest sees police called

Concerns for welfare of 78-year-old man. • Police had to be called to a phone box after a pensioner staged a sit-in protest as workmen tried to remove the structure. A BT spokesman said the Essex phone box, which was installed in the mid-1980s, had a history of vandalism and residents had asked for it to be taken away. It had not be

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Suspects accused of trying to sell goods stolen from second hand shop owner's home to him

Suspects accused of trying to sell goods stolen from second hand shop owner's home to him

Alleged burglars seem to have picked the wrong store. • When trying to pawn stolen goods it probably isn’t a good idea to try to offer them to the owner of the house you burgled. But that’s what a pair from Tennessee in the US are accused of doing. Clarksville Police Department say that Jeremy Allen Watts, 30, and Jessic

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Cops cook pasta for lonely elderly couple

Cops cook pasta for lonely elderly couple

Police responding to call from worried neighbour find sad elderly couple, cook them pasta. • A distraught and lonely elderly couple were comforted by officers who made them pasta after an emergency call. Police were directed to a block of flats in the Appio area of Rome after a neighbour reported hearing shouting and crying. Four of

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