Revenge break-in fails
An off-licence assistant tried to burgle his employer's shop in an act of revenge because he thought he had been unfairly treated at work. Shaun Dixon, 21, of Harlow in Essex, tried to break into The Local in Bush Fair parade last June but ran off when police arrived after the alarm was activated. Dixon and his accomplice were eventually found, and Dixon punched one of the police officers in the head before being restrained. Dixon admitted attempted burglary and assaulting a police officer and was made the subject of an 18-month community order.
Council sees red over paint
A town council could force the Thresher Group to repaint a shop in Spalding, Lincolnshire, after branding its red colour "disgraceful". Market Deeping council considered an application for the shop to be painted after the work had already been carried out. Councillor Bob Broughton said: "I feel very strongly that the colour of red is disgraceful for our town centre. It's completely out of keeping, awful."
Wine Cellar licence suspended
A drinks shop in Wallasey, Wirral, had its licence suspended after staff were caught selling alcohol to under-18s. Staff at the Wine Cellar were told at Wirral magistrates' court on Jan 11 that they could not sell alcohol for one month. Police in Wirral joined forces with trading standards officers to carry out a number of test purchases in the area and found the Wine Cellar guilty of serving alcohol to under-18s on several occasions.
Armed robbery witness call
The manager of a shop in Reading was threatened with a gun and a knife before two robbers made off with £500 from the till. The 48-year-old woman was left frightened but unharmed by the incident at The Hop Inn Off-licence on Jan 14 at 6.30pm. Police are appealing for witnesses.
Gateshead Council has teamed up with crime reporting service Crimestoppers to crack down on proxy purchasing. Anyone spotting an adult buying alcohol from an off-licence on behalf of children will be able to report it confidentially to the Crimestoppers telephone line. The scheme has been devised by Gateshead Council to increase the conviction rate of adults who deliberately buy alcohol for children.
False accounting nets £900
An off-licence worker took £900 from the shop where she worked by failing to record sales and cancelling transactions. Elaine Gilchrist, 23, of North View, Crosby, Cumbria, plea ded guilty to false accounting at West Allerdale magistrates' court. A routine stock check at Simply Food & Drinks in Senhouse Street in Maryport, Cumbria, uncovered discrepancies, and CCTV footage showed Gilchrist taking money from customers and voiding transactions. Gilchrist was ordered to pay £400 in compensation to her employers and £60 in costs.