In Brief

06 April, 2007

Two charged over robbery

Two men have been arrested and charged in conjunction with a robbery at The Local in Cromer - reported in OLN on March 23 - which left manager John Dunn needing hospital treatment. A 22-year-old from London and a 25-year-old from Bedford appeared at Cromer Magistrates' Court on March 29 charged with robbery. They were bailed to appear again at a later date.

Tesco licence refused

A Tesco store on the outskirts of Bournville, Birmingham, has been refused a licence to sell alcohol by Birmingham City council's licensing committee after a community campaign was launched against the application. Protesters said the area would attract anti-social behaviour if the Express store, which is just outside a no-alcohol zone, was given a licence. A Tesco spokesman said there were no plans to appeal against the ruling.

Shop worker saves takings

A man wearing a devil mask and brandishing a kitchen knife attempted to rob a drinks shop in Shefford, Bedfordshire, but ran off empty-handed when a quick-thinking shop assistant raised the alarm. The assistant at The Local shut the till and hid in a back room when the man came in and demanded cash on March 28.

Teenage robbers caged

Two teenagers who threatened a shopkeeper with a ball-bearing gun have been jailed. Gary Gibbons, 19, of Gillingham, Kent, was sentenced to five and a half years and David Pearson, 18, of Dagenham, was given four years at Snaresbrook Crown Court. The pair were convicted of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent for the raid on a shop in Barking, east London last August where they threatened Irfan Ali. They escaped with a packet of cigarettes when he refused to open the till.

Hero praised in court

A drinks shop customer was praised in court for attempting to stop a masked robber. Manchester Crown Court heard how Ansor Mahmood was passing an off-licence in Moss Side when he noticed the robbery and tackled Neil O'Connor, who was holding a gun.

Masked raiders attack

Two balaclava-clad robbers tied up a shop worker before raiding the safe at a Co-op in Newmarket, Suffolk. The staff member was taking a delivery in from the back of the store in the early hours of April 2 when the robbers struck.

Licence suspended

A drinks shop in Gateshead had its licence suspended after staff were caught selling alcohol to teenagers. Gateshead council's licensing committee told Teams Supersave owner Muhammed Ashgar he could not sell alcohol again until he had completed a training course. The action came after staff failed test purchases and CCTV footage showed under-age youths successfully asking adults to buy alcohol for them.

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