In Brief

12 January, 2007

Woman dies after robbery

The wife of a shopkeeper who was stabbed during a bungled robbery at Sheriff's News in Hull died just a day after the incident. Anne Sheriff collapsed and died from a suspected brain haemorrhage on Jan 3 while her husband Steve recovered in hospital.

Mr Sheriff was stabbed with a four-inch blade following a struggle with a man who came into the newsagents and off-licence demanding money on Jan 2, just before 2.20pm.

Armed man jailed after theft

An armed robber who stole more than £700 from six drinks retailers in Blackburn has been jailed. Thomas Moffett, of Roebuck Close, Blackburn was given an indeterminate prison sentence at Preston Crown Court on Dec 19 after he was found guilty of six counts of armed robbery.

Moffett used a nail gun to threaten staff and members of the public in the robberies between March and May last year. He will serve at least seven years behind bars before he can be considered for release by a parole board.

Tesco Express stores under fire

Sussex police are calling on Crawley and Worthing district councils to strip three Tesco Express stores of their licences after staff were caught selling alcohol to under-age teenagers.

Shops in Downland Drive and Dobbers Place in Crawley, and Broadfield Way in Worthing, failed the test purchases last October and face temporary licence suspensions. The tests were carried out as part of the Home Office's nationwide crackdown. A total of 42 premises across the country failed two or more test purchases and will face reviews of their licences to sell alcohol by their local authorities.

Thug petrol bombs shop

A thug lit a petrol bomb and threw it at the shop window of Maruti Wines in Dagenham, Essex, while staff and customers were inside. No one was injured by the attack, which took place in the early evening of Dec 27. Shop owner Mina Patel said: "I've been here for 19 years and nothing like this has happened before. It's really frightening for us, but I think every shopkeeper is having problems at the moment, not just us."

Masked men steal lap-top

Two masked men, including one carrying a knife, fled an off-licence in Dudley, West Midlands, after the shopkeeper set his guard dogs on them. The robbery took place on Jan 1 at MK Wines on Corporation Road. They stole a Samsung V25 silver laptop.

Island police hunt robber

Police in the Isle of Man are hunding a thief who assaulted a female shop worker. The thief walked into the Cheers Off-licence on Marathon Terrace in Douglas on Jan 9 and assaulted the assistant before removing the till and contents from the counter. Police said the worker was not badly hurt but "shaken and upset".

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