In Brief

09 August, 2007

Bags more green

The owners of an off-licence in Selsey, West Sussex, will stop giving plastic bags to customers from September in a bid to go green. Denise and Robert Miles, of Clarkson's Off-licence, will supply reusable cloth bags to regular customers and keep small boxes for others to use. Denise said: "They have banned plastic bags in Ireland and South Africa so why can't we?"

Under-age rage

Two young women smashed bottles outside a Budgens store in Grange Farm, Milton Keynes, and shouted abuse at customers after staff refused to sell them alcohol. One of the women waved a broken bottle at members of the public and asked them to buy her alcohol .

Thief wants to repay victims

A former Welsh rugby player who turned to crime after injuries from a car crash stopped his career is to repay his victims thousands of pounds. Dale Burn, 30, stole cigarettes worth £4,637 from an off-licence in Worcester and a supermarket in Blaenavon, South Wales. Burn, from Cwmbran, told Cardiff Crown Court he would pay for the cost of the goods and the damage he caused. Sentencing was adjourned until later this month.

Stock protection after raids

Staff at an off-licence in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, have been working with local police to protect their stock after gangs of youths carried out a series of opportunist raids. They stole alcohol from the store several times during a four-week period. Sergeant Iain Wakelam, of Lutterworth Police, said stock had been moved away from the door and dummy beer boxes placed on top of displays. Seven youths have been arrested in conjunction with the raids. Four were fined and three have been released on bail.

Police hunt robber

Glasgow police are searching for a man they believe robbed four off-licences in five days. The armed robberies happened at G101 stores in the Cathcart, Thornliebank and Shawlands area of the city and at Victoria Wine in Hillhead between July 19 and 23. On each occasion the man threatened staff with a knife before escaping with a three-figure sum of cash. Detective Sergeant Fil Capaldi said: "This man must be stopped before he puts anyone else in a state of fear and alarm."

Stobart offers reward

Strathclyde police are urging drink shop staff to contact them if offered consignments of cheap drink under suspicious circumstances following a truck theft. A total of £40,000 worth of wine and spirits was stolen when thieves broke into the Eddie Stobart truck depot in Holytown, Lanarkshire, on July 30 and drove off with the truck and the drink. Anyone with information should contact Bellshill station on 01698 202400. Eddie Stobart is offering a £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.

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