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19 year old jailed for 10 years for armed robbery

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A 19 year old from Wigton has been sentenced today (10th January 2014) to 10 years for two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm with intent and dangerous driving.

Conner Newall, of no fixed address, was sentenced today at Carlisle Crown Court.

The offences occurred on the 8th November 2013, resulting in high speed pursuit across west Cumbria.

At around 1pm police received a report of a robbery of a car where a woman, 51 years old from Wigton, was sat in her parked car when Newall approached the car and threatened her with a gun. She gave him her phone and car keys. She was unharmed, though shaken by the incident.

Armed police were deployed to area and a search began for the vehicle, a dark blue Corsa, and the offender, who left the area via High Street.

At approximately 2:20pm a further robbery took place at Kirkbride Post Office, where a female staff member was threatened by Newall, who was brandishing a firearm and wearing a balaclava. Over £1,200 was stolen, and Newall made off towards Wigton in the Corsa. Again although no one was physically hurt they were extremely distressed as a result of this incident.

Police located the vehicle heading towards Abbeytown, where it was pursued at high speeds along the B5300 through Allonby, towards Maryport. It was forced to stop near Prospect on the A596.

Armed officers and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) assisted in the search for Newall.

Speaking after the sentencing DCI Mike Brown said:

“I am pleased that Newall is facing prison after his dangerous actions. Newall not only caused huge distress to the women he threatened with a gun, but could have seriously hurt or killed someone through his reckless driving.

“Thankfully no one was hurt during the incident, and today Newall faces the consequences of his actions.

“The victims in this case and the wider public provided the information that enabled the police to bring this matter to a fairly swift conclusion, without anyone getting hurt not least the defendant.

“The back story to this case is that this was all driven by the defendant’s involvement in drugs, and the debts he had accrued as a consequence. This, yet again, highlights how drugs can have such a devastating effect on people’s lives.

“Indirectly drugs have led to decent people becoming victims of serious crime, not to mention the untold long-term psychological effects that these events may have on them. In addition the family of this lad will also suffer as a result of his decision to get involved in drugs and this should yet again serve as a significant warning to others. If you get involved with drugs this can be the end result. Here is a young man that will be wasting a significant part of his life behind bars.”

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson added:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the officers involved in the incident for such a quick resolution to a potentially dangerous situation. The incident was handled professionally and effectively, and was a great example of how our officers work to protect our communities and to mitigate the risks presented by criminals in Cumbria.”

Anyone with any concerns around firearms please call Cumbria Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.

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Two year old boy killed in hit and run his brother aged six fighting for his life

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A two-year-old boy has tragically died following a hit and in in Coventry.

The baby boy and his six year old brother were hit by a car on MacDonald Road at around 2pm on Thursday February 22.

Both boys were rushed to hospital sadly the boy aged 5two died at the scene.

His older brother is fighting for his life in a critical condition.

Police found a black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after the crash.

A 22-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the death.

The road remains closed while emergency services are at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the West Midlands Police’s collision investigation unit, said:

“We are still trying to establish how this tragic incident has happened and anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to an officer should call us on 101.

“This is a parent’s worst nightmare and it’s impossible to imagine their grief, but specialist officers will be supporting them as our investigation continues.”

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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill

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The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.

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Woman arrested after leaving move your vehicle note on ambulance attending 999 call

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Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to a woman who left a note on an ambulance.

The note left paramedics disgusted police have now confirmed they have arrested a woman after the abusive note was left on an ambulance demanding it parked somewhere else while it was attending a 999 emergency call.

The note stated ‘I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapsed”

The crew were also verbally abused while attending the emergency call while attempting to deal with an ongoing medical incident on Sunday afternoon.

Now a 26-year-old Tunstall woman has been arrested for public order offences.

Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of Staffordshire Police’s Stoke-on-Trent North policing team, tweeted about the incident.

He added: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.

“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed the force took action after seeing details reported on Twitter.

The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.

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