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Building Society staff held up with a knife

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Cumbria Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Cumberland Building Society.

Members of staff were held up with a knife and demanded cash at the branch on Station Road in Silloth.

A quantity of cash was stolen during the robbery and thankfully no one was harmed.

The offender escaped on foot and left the area in a blue Ford Focus, registration number V647KOX. The police have now recovered this vehicle.

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday 17th April) armed officers arrested three suspects, a 25 year old male, a 24 year old male and a 30 year old female at an address in the Harraby area of Carlisle. All three suspects were detained at Workington police station and were questioned last night by detectives from West Cumbria CID. The 24 year old male was released without charge last night.

A further suspect, a 35 year old male was arrested in Carlisle this morning. The 3 suspects remain in custody at Workington and continue to be questioned by detectives.

Detective Inspector Ian Harwood appealed: “We are keen to establish the movements of this Ford Focus registration number V647KOX particularly where it went after the robbery between 1 pm and 4 pm. We would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Silloth area or who knows anything about this robbery.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101 and ask for West Cumbria CID. Alternatively you can call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 or tell any police officer or police community support officer.

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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