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Jailed after off duty officers tackle armed man in restaurant incident 

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A man who wielded a screwdriver at customers in a restaurant is behind bars for ten months after off-duty Surrey Police officers unarmed him.

Roads Policing officer PC Ian Nash and his wife Detective Constable Gemma Nash from Staines CID were enjoying a meal at Raj Cuisine in The Broadway, Woodham, on February 28 when the incident happened.

They heard screams from the bar area of the restaurant at 10.15pm where Nicholas James Wilkins had assaulted a customer with a screwdriver.

The duo leapt to action believing he had a knife and together unarmed the 46-year-old.

Head of Operations on the Northern Division Superintendent Chris Moon praised their actions.

“This story typifies the commitment our officers have to keeping the public safe, be it on or off-duty,” he said.

“They put themselves in harm’s way believing this man had a knife, without any of the normal protective equipment frontline officers have.”

PC Nash said: “We were having a meal with our backs turned to the bar area and we heard someone shout ‘drop the knife’.

“That’s a sentence you can’t ignore – you feel compelled to get up and do something to prevent anyone coming to any harm.

“We had no idea of how serious it was going to be. It’s just instinct; you just do what you’ve got to do.”

DC Nash added: “There were a couple of people there holding him. I could see he had a handle of something and I thought it was a knife too.

“I was thinking ‘this could go horribly wrong – we have to quickly get that knife off him’.

“It was quite handy having Ian there. I knew that he knew what to do and was conflict trained.

“I was repeatedly shouting for the man to drop it and Ian was physically trying to get it off him.

“Once we had him down outside we called 999, that was when I realised it was a long screwdriver.”

Wilkins was ordered to pay the victim of the assault £150 in compensation when he was sentenced at Redhill Magistrates Court on Monday (March 2), where he had pleaded guilty to common assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was also guilty of breaching bail conditions not to be drunk in a public place, or without reasonable excuse, cause harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public, which were imposed on him at Staines Magistrates Court on January 21.

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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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