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Pub staff left terrified after armed robbery

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POLICE are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a pub in Preston.

Police were called in the early hours of this morning (December 23rd) to reports that a robbery had taken place at the Pig and Whistle pub on Blackpool Road.

At around 1:45am, three or four men wearing dark clothing, gloves and balaclavas entered the pub armed with machetes and what appeared to be a short barrelled weapon and threatened the three members of staff.

The staff had their hands tied behind their back and the men took cash from an ATM machine and a safe, getting away with just under £1500 in total. They then left the scene.

Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill who is investigating said, “Fortunately the staff members were not injured but have clearly been left shaken by what can only be described as a terrifying experience.

“If anyone has any information that could assist with this investigation, I would urge them to contact police as soon as possible. It may be that someone has seen a group of men acting suspiciously in the area immediately before the incident or in the days prior to it. The offenders are described as having Liverpudlian accents. It may be that someone has seen a vehicle leaving the area at speed, and we would ask such people to contact us.”
Anyone with any information can contact police by calling 101 and quoting log number LC-20131223-0105. Alternatively, information can be passed via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers

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RAF Mildenhall incident is not terror related

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Police investigating an incident at RAF Mildenhall can confirm that the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

A 44 year old British man was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

The male, who sustained cuts and bruises in the incident, has been taken into custody. Police are not looking for anyone else on the site in relation to the incident.

There is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base and no other people have been injured as a result of the incident.

The incident remains a police investigation at this time and enquiries are on-going and police are receiving support from other law enforcement agencies.

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Police Hour readers raise £6k in memory of PC James Dixon who sadly died on duty

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Police Hour readers have raised over £6K in the memory of PC James Dixon who tragically died on duty on December 5th, 2017.

Despite money being tight around this time of the year the Police Hour community has pulled together and raised over £6,000 to support the family of Police Constable James Dixon.

The funds raised will be transferred to the Thames Valley Police Federation once the fundraiser is complete.

James Dixon a road policing officer based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading, was riding his police motorcycle when he was sadly killed.

We’d like to thank our readers for helping us raise this money that will go a long way to support the family and especially sam his wife and their baby who is on the way.

This money will be used to support Sam his wife and their unborn baby to ensure they are supported.

Police Hour wants to be able to support the families and with the help of our readers, that has been made possible.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and even those who can’t spare any money but helped share the appeal.

If you’d like to help support and raise funds for PC James Dixon please click here to donate. 

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Shots fired as ‘car rams gate’ at US Air Force base in Suffolk

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It has been confirmed that shots have been fired after a car rammed the gates of a US Air Force base in Suffolk.

A man attempted to drive his car to force the vehicle into the barriers at the entrance to the RAF Mildenhall near Bury Sy Edmunds at 1pm on Monday.

Suffolk Police have confirmed that American Service personnel fired shots during the incident and now the site is now placed on lockdown.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that one person has been arrested.

It is believed that a car tried to ram the gates and the base has been placed on lockdown.

Police have asked members of the public to avoid the area for the time being.

Police have released a statement only to confirm they are dealing with an incident

“The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that one person has been arrested.

“It’s been reported that a car tried to ram the gates and the base has been placed on lockdown.

“Police have asked members of the public to avoid the area for the time being.”

Police released a further statement just after 1530 confirming they believed there was no wider threat.

“Police are continuing to deal with an ongoing incident at RAF Mildenhall, it is considered that there is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base.

“One man has been arrested and police are not looking for anyone else on the site”.

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