In Brief

18 April, 2008

Off-licence murder arrest

A 66-year-old man has been murdered at an off-licence in Ilford, Essex. Arulanantham Jayasundarakumar was stabbed in the stomach during what police believe was a robbery attempt at the Jena Off-licence, Horns Road, on April 2. Jayasundarakumar, known as Kumar, was a retired civil servant from Sri Lanka,

who lived in Horns Road with his wife. He was helping out friends who own the store when the attack happened. A man has been arrested in connection with the murder.

Teen robbers at large

Two teenage

robbers who escaped from a Nuneaton off-licence on bicycles are being hunted by police. The boys, who were carrying what police believe to have been a BB gun, raided the Bargain Booze store Attleborough Video & Off- Licence

on April 8. They escaped with cigarettes, alcohol and cash. No shots were fired and no

one was injured. They are described as being in their late teens, one wearing a dark hooded top with a baseball cap and

the other wearing a light hooded top.

Suspected assault in Cleveland

An injured man needed treatment in hospital after a suspected assault at Continental Wines on Station Road, Billingham. Police and an ambulance were called to the shop just before 7pm on April 4 after witnesses heard shouting and banging. A 30-year-old man was taken to the James Cook University Hospital for treatment, according to Sgt Paul Baker, of Cleveland Police.

Rats lead to shop closure

Health inspectors have closed down a Halifax off-licence after finding a dead rat in an aisle and another in a storage area. Calderdale magistrates were shown photos of the dead rodents, along with rat droppings where the crisps were displayed at Ovenden Off- Licence, also known as Food & Booze, in Ovenden

Road. The court has granted an order closing the shop until health officers are satisfied it is clean. The shop's owner has been ordered to pay £744 costs.

Police offer reward

Detectives want to trace a man who chased a pair of burglars from the back of Rhythm & Booze in Leeds Road in Outwood, West Yorkshire, at 12.20am on March 25. Anyone with

information about the suspects or the man who chased them should contact DC Michelle Howell at Wakefield CID on 01924 295014. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

Coping strategies

Drinks retailers in Wokingham have been trained in how to deal with difficult under-age customers. The initiative, organised by Wokingham Council's Trading Standards and licensing teams and the local police, taught retailers how to cope if teenagers become aggressive or intimidating when refused alcohol. Retailers were also given an information pack with advice, as well as posters and stickers for stores.

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