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Cheshire in ambitious CCTV image appeal to identify suspect

The force released the picture to try and identify the Cinnamon Brow robbery culprits. • Optimism is clearly not in short supply at Cheshire Police judging by this CCTV image released in the hope of identifying a suspect. The grainy picture shows a figure dressed almost exclusively in black, save the white soles of the shoes, with appea

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Why did the police horse catch the bus?

Why did the police horse catch the bus?

Detectives have ruled out foal play. • Passers-by were woah-ed by the sight of a police horse who looked like he was about to get on a double-decker yesterday. But it wasn’t an austerity-driven method for replacing a Met horse box - the cheeky animal was just being helpful. Invictor was nosing around as an ambulance attended

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Cheshire police enlist Santa to discover whose been naughty

Cheshire police enlist Santa to discover whose been naughty

From stockings to suspended sentences, Saint Nic is helping Cheshire Police track down offenders. • Cheshire Constabulary is hoping a ‘naughty list’ compiled by Father Christmas will help catch 'crims at crimbo' this year. The force has signed up the world’s most famous jolly fat man to deliver a series of Christma

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Is that a tow bar officer - or are you just pleased to see me?

Is that a tow bar officer - or are you just pleased to see me?

Online clip shows off amusing BMW police vehicle gadget. • Policing is full of gadgetry these days but the towbar on the BMW X5 rises above the rest. The fully automated concealed towbar can be deployed at the push of a button, much to the amusement of the online policing community. A Twitter post from Devon and Cornwall firearms

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Struth! Arrested woman hands over baby koala she was hiding in her bag

Struth! Arrested woman hands over baby koala she was hiding in her bag

Queensland Police describe animal as 'gorgeous boy'. • What is the strangest thing someone has ever told you when you’ve detained them? When a 50-year-old woman was arrested by Queensland Police officers for “outstanding matters” recently, the officers involved got what was surely the most pleasant surprise of their c

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