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Co-op staff and customers held up knife point

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Police in Wigan are hunting two men who threatened shop staff and customers during an armed robbery in Norley Hall.

It happened at around 9.15pm on Monday 6 January 2014, at the Co-op on Norley Hall Avenue.

Two men waited at the side of the Cabbage Patch store nearby for some time before approaching the Co-op convenience store.

The two men, who were wearing hooded tops and using clothing to mask their faces, approached the store together before one entered leaving the other to hold the door open.

The robber threatened staff and customers with a knife and they both escaped with cash in the direction of Trent Road.

No-one was injured in the incident.

During that time it is believed they may have spoken to at least one member of the public and were seen by other passers by.

The offender who was holding the knife is described as white, about 5ft 6in tall, with a slim build and wearing a dark hoody. The knife, which was between 9in -12in long had a serrated edge.

His accomplice was white of similar build and wore similar clothing.

DC Paul Catterall, based at Wigan, said: “These robbers clearly spent time watching the Co-op store so they could pick the best time to strike.

“Thankfully no staff or customers were hurt but you can imagine they were upset by their ordeal.

“I now want to hear from anyone who saw two men waiting or acting suspiciously around the area that evening.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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Six dead after six-vehicle crash in Birmingham

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Six people have been killed in a horrific crash in Birmingham just one week before Christmas.

Another person is fighting for their life the crash involving three cars including a taxi in Edgbaston, Birmingham occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Witnesses have described how they saw a number of people ejected from their vehicles during the incident resulting in utter devastation and carnage.

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.

The driver of a black cab died at the scene along with a female passenger, a male passenger died later in hospital.

Four men in a car were all thrown from their vehicle and three of them died at the scene of the crash. The fourth is in a critical condition.

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

Our thoughts are with all of those emergency workers who responded to this truly traumatic incident and the family and the friends those who have sadly died in this incident.

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Nine-year-old boy locked in safe during game of hide and seek

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A Nine-year-old boy became trapped in a safe during a game of hide and seek at his grandfathers home in Berlin.

He had to be rescued by firefighters after he hid inside the sade. He was playing with his little brother at home in Lichterfelde, Berlin.

Believing he has found the perfect hiding place the boy went inside the unused safe and closed the door locking himself in.

The boy was playing with his little brother at the home in Lichterfelde, Berlin, when he found the ultimate hiding place.

His hiding place was eventually found but his grandfather was the only person who knew the code for the safe and he was away.

They could not get in contact with him and called for help from the local fire brigade.

They tested family birthdays for three hours in the hope they’d crack the code while pumping oxygen into the safe via a tiny crack.

As a specialist team arrived who was able to cut the safe open they managed to enter a successful six-digit code.

Firefighters say the child remained calm throughout the ordeal and was shocked but unharmed.

Berlin firefighter Thomas Kirstein said it was a happy ending and super early Christmas present.

Hopefully, he won’t be hiding in there again and in future, they’ll be keeping the door shut because this incident could have been very different.

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