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Desperate thief goes to extraordinary lengths

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A desperate thief went to extraordinary lengths to rob a post office in Oldham.

In what is believed to have been an act of desperation on Christmas Eve, the thief targeted the Watchcote Post Office on Oldham Road in Failsworth at about 11am.

The man went into the Post Office and initially demanded money from the staff working behind the counter.

He then picked up a National Lottery ticket stand and flung it towards the glass screen in an attempt to shatter the glass and get behind the counter.

Although it caused considerable damage, the screen did not break so the thief then began to forcibly remove the ceiling tiles, allowing him to climb through the gap in the ceiling, behind the glass and eventually drop into the secure area.

By this time the staff had gone upstairs and activated the panic alarm. The thief then grabbed a small amount of cash which was on the counter, climbed back through the gap in the ceiling and fled.

He is described as being white, of a pale complexion, about 6ft tall, of a slim build and in his 20s. He was also said to have wide, pale blue eyes and was wearing a black woollen balaclava and thick black gloves.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

In particular, police want to hear from a man whom it is thought the thief spoke to before he committed the robbery, during which he was alleged to have said something along the lines of “I have no money, may as well do the Post Office”.

Detective Constable Tony Anwas said: “This was a poorly planned robbery, and given the ham-fisted execution and the comments we believe he made, this smacks of an act of pure desperation on Christmas Eve.

“However, whatever his financial circumstances or whether this time of year made this man feel worse, there can be absolutely no justification for smashing up a local post office to pieces and frightening the staff on duty just to get his hands on some cash.

“Because of the ill-conceived, last minute nature of the crime, we believe this man is local and therefore someone may well know who is responsible.

“If you do have any information about who may have committed this robbery, or witnessed this man going into or out of the post office, or you were the person this thief spoke to immediately before the robbery, then please come forward and speak to us.

“Post Offices are the heartbeats of our local community and are much-loved and cherished facilities. We cannot allow people to smash up such places just because of financial desperation or seasonal despair so if you do know who is responsible, do the right thing and help us catch them.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Dad arrested after Mylee Billingham aged 8 stabbed to death

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Eight-year old Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death in her own home, Her father has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mylee was found with serious stab injuries and rushed to Hospital, but died a short time later.

Her father Bill Billingham aged 54 is a murder suspect in the case, he has been arrested he remains in a critical condition after attempts failed to take his own life.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder.

He is under a police guard after he was discovered with a stab wound to his stomach and will have to undergo surgery.

Police officers responding to a domestic incident were called to a house in Brownhills near Walsall in West Mindlands at 9.15pm on Saturday.

 

Her father uploaded a photo of Mylee to his Facebook profile just before emergency services were alerted to the tragedy.

The post was captioned with the words “Pitza on bed Iv Moo x.”

The girl was pictured on her bed smiling with two plates of pizza in front of her, Moments later she was murdered.

A post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the exact cause of Mylee’s death.

West Midlands Police said Billingham is yet to be questioned by officers due to his condition.

 

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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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