CCTV snaps robber
A robber who held a drinks shop owner at gunpoint during a daytime raid has been caught on CCTV. Glynis Riley was taken to hospital suffering
an angina attack following the hold-up at her
store in Westhoughton, Lancashire.
behind the counter of Glynis' Off-licence when the intruder threatened her
and ran off. Police have released CCTV pictures in the hope of catching the man.
Ram-raiders on the run
Ram-raiders escaped with a cash machine and £1,000 after smashing their way into The Local in Portslade, Brighton, on Nov 22. Residents saw two men drive off in a blue Vauxhall Astra Sxi after the attack, which was later unsuccessfully chased
by police in the Birmingham area. A second car,
Rover MG ZT, was abandoned in the front of the shop in Valley Road.
Axe threat to store owner
Ricky Parmar, of West End Off-licence, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, was threatened with axes and machetes during an armed robbery. He was told he would be hurt unless he handed over cash to the gang, who escaped in a car with the cash till and its contents. Three men
were due to appear at Calderdale Magistrates' Court on Nov 23 in connection with the robbery.
Firework attackers caught
Two men have been arrested in connection with a firework attack on a Bolton off-licence. A man dressed in a black cloak and a Scream-type mask dropped a lit firework
in California Wines, Tonge Moor Road . A 22-year-old man
and an 18-year-old have been arrested
and released on bail until Dec 18. A Lancashire teenager who threw a firework into M&V Grocery Off-licence, Atherton, on Nov 8 has been
fined £80 . Owner Bharat Patel escaped unhurt.
Licence objections fail
A Spar store has been granted an alcohol licence despite claims it would add to problems of binge-drinking in Cardiff city centre. Reverend Keith Kimber, vicar of St John's Church,
would add to drunkenness and late-night violence. Police also opposed the application. Shop manager Suhail Ahmed told the South Wales Echo
the £100,000 annual rent meant the
store would be unable to sell cheap alcohol.
Three years for armed robber
A man has been sent to prison for three years by Leicester Crown Court for robbing a Thresher s off-licence in Uppingham armed with a machete and Martins newsagents in Corby armed with an imitation handgun. Bryan Foley, of Willow Brook Road, Corby, will serve at least three years in jail.
Lincoln shops praised
Eight out of nine Lincoln shops passed a test-purchase operation. A 16-year-old girl attempted to buy booze at nine premises in the town as part of a pre-Christmas crackdown. But only one store, Poachers in Lincoln's High Street, sold the alcohol and was fined £80.