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A for eight years I was a police officer with one thing on my mind,

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to catch criminals and face them to -- its force them to face justice.

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I swapped the police station for the TV studio. Over the past two

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years, Crimewatch Roadshow has brought more than 40 criminals to

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justice. We are into our 4th and final week of this series and we

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have been inundated with quality leads on a suspect. So far, your

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information has led to the arrest of a former police officer wanted

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in connection with a scam targeting NHS staff. And a convicted rapist

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on the run for four years is now behind bars, thanks to your help.

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All of which goes to show you can take the policeman out of the

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uniform but you can't stop me catching criminals. This is

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Welcome to Crimewatch Roadshow. We're in the final week travelling

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round the country on the front line with local police solving crime.

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We start off with some great news in our appeal for two men. This

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month in the striped top was arrested at the weekend but we

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still need to find the other guys. Today: We want to find the thug who

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did this to an 83 year old in his own home.

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And, they came armed with an axe and a gun, all for the sake of �300

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and some cigarettes. Plus, the eagle owl almost killed

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by a gunman. Let's swoop on the thugs who did it.

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All this week, we're working with the Gloucestershire, Gwent and

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South Wales police forces. We'll start off today with

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Gloucestershire. Miriam is in Newent. I gather you've met some

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feathered friends this morning? Welcome to the International Centre

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for Birds of Prey, in the Forest of Dean. We're surrounded by a

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wonderful collection of beautiful birds. And we'll be meeting a very

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special owl later. With me for the next couple of days is the BBC's

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Good morning, Miriam. Welcome to my home patch. The area around us here

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looks absolutely stunning. But you shouldn't be fooled. There's plenty

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of crime out there. And later in the programme, I'll be

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showing you how criminals are using traps like this to snare songbirds.

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Now let's get straight on with our first appeal.

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The distressing story of an 83- year-old man terrorised in his own

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home. In January this year, 83-year-old

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pensioner John Astman set out on his regular dog walk. But minutes

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later, he encountered a man who was I came here two years ago. I had a

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partner who was blind. And we were doing fine, until she contracted

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pneumonia, and she died. I was left here on my own a year ago. It is a

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very, very quiet place, and some very, very nice neighbours around

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here, the ideal place for older people. With his partner gone, it

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is down to John to look after her beloved Yorkshire terrier Jamie.

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now take her for a walk every night. Because, she has a little do that

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in the daytime and she wants a little supper. After she has had

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her little supper, she wants to go for a walk. Makes no bones about it,

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she asked to go, so I have to take home every night. I have done that

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ever since Pat passed away. But on this particular evening, John's

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regular routine would be violently It was dark those nights, dark at

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5pm, you see. This particular night, I had been down as far as the main

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road on the footpath leading to my little bungalow. And, there was

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someone coming down, had quite dark clothes, had a pack on their back.

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This is a nice little dog. He was stroking her, saying, I have just

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come up to my house but he says he has lost the keys to get in. I am

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not out of my house. I have got a spare set in Cheltenham Foster I

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said, just at the top of the road there is a bus straight through to

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Cheltenham. A bus will come a long they're very

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frequently. You couldn't Sperry pound for the

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bus? And haven't got any money on me. He said, do you live around

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here? I began to get a bit worried about it then. I said, yes, not too

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far away from here. He said, a wonder if I could have a cup of tea,

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I'm very cold. I am not going straight home, by

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meeting a couple of people. I began then to be very, very

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careful. I watched him go out of sight. And I went in. I came in

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here. I locked the doors. And I thought, I think how will get the

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police to come and have a look at him. I got the directly out and I

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was going to ring the local police station. Instead of dialling 99 and

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which I wish I had done, and looked for the number. I could hear

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movements going on outside with the doors. The next thing, he opened

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What happened to John that night is truly horrific. Later in the

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programme, we'll be hearing more from the police. They have an e-fit

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image of his attacker. For now, back to Rav and today's Wanted

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Faces. Let's take a look at who we've got

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on the board for you today. This is 51-year-old James Fielder.

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He was arrested and bailed, but has been on the run since September

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2010. He's wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply class A

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drugs, and handling stolen property. Fielder has a strong south east

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accent, and sometimes has longer hair, tied in a ponytail. He has

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contacts in north Devon, west London and also in Thailand. But

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where is he now? This is Benjamin James Reeve. Reeve

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was released early from a five-year jail sentence for robbery in

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September 2010. But he failed to keep to the conditions of his

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release. He's also wanted in connection with a case of supplying

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cannabis. He has links to the Hampshire and Essex areas, and has

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a small tattoo of a bull's head on his neck. Do you know where he is

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now? Take a look at this man: Geoffrey

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West. He's wanted by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency

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in connection with the supply of cocaine. West has connections to

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Liverpool and Spain. He has bands of Celtic tattoos on both arms, and

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a four-inch scar on the back of his left shoulder. Have you seen him

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recently? If so, let us know. Polish man Pawel Jakub Koperski is

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our final Wanted Face of the day. He was initially arrested in

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connection with the supply, use and manufacture of controlled drugs,

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but failed to attend court in November 2009. Koperski, has

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connections to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire areas. And has a

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tattoo of a pair of lips with the words, "Kiss me" on the right side

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of his neck. If you recognise any of these faces,

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the number to call is: 08000 468 999. Or text us on 63399. Text CW,

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space, and then your message. Please, leave the space, or your

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message won't get through. Or, email us. [email protected]

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Don't forget, all the Wanted Faces are on our website. Now it's over

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I've been covering the issues that affect the people of

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Gloucestershire for the past five years. And, believe me, there's

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more to this place than farming and Gloucestershire is classically a

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rural county. 600,000 people make it their home. From the Cotswolds

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in the north. Down to the valleys in the south. This is an area that

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offers both stunning, traditional landscapes and modern city living.

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That is of course what it will tell you in the brochures but what is

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crime like here? What other police dealing with day-in, day-out?

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A new one visiting Gloucestershire as a county will be struck by how

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beautiful it is. You can go to the Forest of Dean, Cheltenham, to the

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Cotswolds. But scratch underneath the surface, and you will find

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problems with burglaries, organised crime groups, prostitution and

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human trafficking. We deal with a whole range of policing issues.

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Like many other police forces, we have had our fair share of high-

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profile crimes. Frederick West was today charged with murder, he has

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been accused of killing his daughter. The body believed to be

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has was found in the garden on Sunday.

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There is a perception of crime only happens InterCity's, urban areas.

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Throughout the country, crime happens in rural areas, for

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instance, poaching. What we are seeing increasingly is organised

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gangs of criminals coming into our county from elsewhere, driving

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four-wheeled drive vehicles and armed with high-powered rifles,

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taking our deer. One resource at the heart of Gloucestershire's work

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The forensic work we do is very varied. It is our mission to use

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forensic science in the fight against crime in Gloucestershire.

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We have a lot of forensic experts and a lot of technology at our

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disposal which we used in gaining a The figures seem to show the

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overall crime in Gloucestershire is falling. The challenge now is

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keeping that up when budgets are We are very proud that crime has

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fallen again in Gloucestershire, around 6% reduction this year. But

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we are also going to have less money than we have had previously.

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We will have 15% less police officers in Gloucestershire which

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is difficult. We need to make sure we are using everyone in the right

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way, and keeping officers in uniform local and visible for the

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communities are to reassure them, and being able to deal with serious

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and complex things as well. It will be a really tough challenge.

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Back to Steve in Gloucestershire later. But first: This is a CCTV

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sign warning people they are on camera. But some people clearly

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Take a good look at this car parked in Wolverhampton in April this year.

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The passengers open the boot of the car before running into the store

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and snatching armfuls of sports clothing. As they run out, some

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staff give chase and one manages to grab a thief who drops most of the

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clothing. That doesn't stop them piling the rest into the car and

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they are off. Help the police tackle these these, tell us who

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they are. It is January this year and these

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two have used a crowbar to force their way into weighed Greenwich

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builders' merchant. First, they want to make sure they do not leave

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behind too many clues. One burglar waits by the door while the other

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finds the CCTV. He puts it out of action before they still a large

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amount of cash. But he should have kept his face fully covered before

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he disabled the camera. If you recognise him or his accomplice,

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then please give us a call. Heat and light on this couple

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walking into the shoe department of Selfridges in Oxford Street, London.

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They have a good look around but don't seem that interested. They

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spot a bad left alone on a chair. While the man Shields her from view,

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the woman steals a purse. You can see her checking it. Let us stamp

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out their activities. If you know who they are, tell us and we will

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make sure the police hotfoot it around to see them. If you know

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anything about any of those people featured, the number to call is:

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08000 468 999. Or text us on 63399. Text CW, space and then your

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message. And leave that space, or your message won't get through. Or,

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email us. [email protected] Still to come this morning on

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Crimewatch Roadshow: Who shot Harley?" The eagle owl was lucky to

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survive. And, armed with an axe and a gun, the raiders who terrorised a

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shopkeeper. Plus, find out what happened when John Astman came

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But before that there is time for an update with our appeals. On

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Friday we asked for information on Felix McCann. He was wanted in

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connection with a burglary of a pensioner. We received a large

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number of calls and the information has been passed to police. We

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received promising information relating to the front door robbery,

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with two thugs followed their victim home and attack him. Two

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callers have given us potential names. And we appealed for help to

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find the man who dresses in a Burkha and robs travel agencies in

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Bedfordshire. So thanks to everyone who has got in touch. Now back to

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Miriam. Meet Harley the eagle owl. A couple of months ago he was

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involved in an attack which left him close to death. The great

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British countryside, a place we like to think of as an oasis of

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tranquility. We like to think of ourselves as a nation of animal

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lovers, but things like this make you question whether that is true.

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We were devastated when we found out what happened. It was such an

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impressive sight. We used to come out and see the owl. When it

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disappeared, it was really sad. minutes from Gloucester in the

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forest of dean is Stowfield Quarry. Possibly the last place to expect a

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rare species of owl to settle. But that is happened. I turned up about

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two years ago. It would turn up for the odd day. He would bring Bakara

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bits and birds that he would catch. And he could down and feed next to

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you. It just had become natural like. The owl settled in Stowfield

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Quarry and the quarrymen adopted them. And they named it Harley.

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Soon it was going to get out that there was an owl, an eagle owl

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living in the quarry. It could be seen flying around. Its hoot was

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quite distinctive. And whereas the quarrymen didn't seem to take

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offence, it is possible that someone did find the hoot annoying.

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He used to come down and sit on the pole every night. It started in

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January. We could hear his very loud hoot and he came down about

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6.30 at night and stay there most of the night. He was quite a

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friendly owl. But this friendly owl was soon to become a victim of a

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heartless crime. On this evening in February, a gentleman came to a

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residential area near quarry and saw Harley the eagle owl, perched

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on a telegraph pole. As he was watching it, he heard a shot. The

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owl fell to the ground. I believe the man then turns and saw either

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one or two males, one of whom had an air rifle with them. It happened

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on the Friday by the Sunday we thought it strange, because the owl

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hadn't been back. Some of the neighbours which we weren't aware

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about had done a search for the owl to try to find oit it but we

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weren't able to find the owl. Harley was missing for five days

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until a quarry worker spotted him on the side of the road. I was on

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my way to work about five o'clock and I saw it on the side of the

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road in the dark. I pulled over and got my coat out and chased it up

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and chucked the coat on it and managed to catch it and put it in

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the truck and phoned the falconry centre. Harley arrived in a

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critical condition. It was touch and go with his operation. It is

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not something that vets are used to having to deal with. There were a

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lot of elements that could have gone wrong. It was a miracle and

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now he has ended up becoming a fully fledged member of our

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demonstration team. That is incredible from where it began.

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Harley's personality has made him a hit with the visitors. It beggars

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belief that anybody would want to shoot an eagle owl. There is no

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reason to do that. So if anybody has any information, however small.

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I would like them to contact me as soon as possible. Jemima Parry

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Jones runs the centre here. Harley was lucky to survive? Yes it could

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have been a shot in the eye or even have killed him. What kind of a

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person would do this? It is beyond me. It guess somebody who got fed

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up with the noise and decided to do something about it. I know he is

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still recovering. But could we see him fly? Yes Adam's going to see if

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he can fly. There he goes. Stunning. He has had to have a lot of work on

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one of his wings. In your arm you have two bones, what happened was

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one was broken and he had a fix ateor stuck in there. You see on

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his wing where the damage is still there. It will take a while?

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Yes.Less Not indigenous to this country. How did he get here?

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Probably somebody bought him as a baby. They have flown him and maybe

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found they had taken on more than they realised. They make a

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tremendous noise and the neighbours don't like it if they're close.

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Will he be put back into the wild? No, because he is not an indigenous

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species, he must stay with us. Harley and and my staff will be

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together a long time. What will his job be? Because he likes people,

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we're going to fly him for the public. So he gets exercise and

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lots of expose tkwrour people. That is what he likes best. Can he

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expect once he is recovered to live a long life? Oh yes. Myledly eagle

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owl is 37 -- my elderly eagle owl is 37 this year. Slow will be here

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for the rest of his life. Frpbgs he will probably outlive me. Harlly

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loves having people around. Thank you. Now Steve is with the man

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looking into this crime. Simon is with me from the RSPCA. Harley is a

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non-indigenous species. So it is a grae area as to whether an offence

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is committed Yes he does not have there same protection as our native

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owls. But anyone shooting a bird and leaving to it wounded possibly

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has committed an offence. You don't take it any less seriously? No.

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telling what is happening with song birds. They are getting targeted.

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We're getting more calls in relation to people taking our

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British finches, our song birds, out of the wild for their own

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purposes. Whether it is to sell or to increase their own stock. These

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are some of the bits of equipment that we're finding they are using.

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How much of a problem is it? We're investigating up to 100 incidents a

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year. Also what is interesting, show us thousand the traps are used.

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People can use them in their gardens. Yes people are feeding

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guards in the -- feeding birds in the garden. They will have a call

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bird in the bottom, encouraging birds to come in. They come in, see

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that there is seed here and think it is a free meal. Land on the

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perch and it would set them all off. There we have three birds in that

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particular cage and they can be sold for between �50 to �70. Thank

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you. If you have information about what happened to Harley the owl or

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any other wildlife crime; please get in touch with us. The numbers

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are on your screen. Now back to the In March guitarist Craig Ogden was

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victim to an elaborate scam that saw him lose an �18,000 guitar like

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this. He was booked to perform at a memorial service but before the

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service accepted an invite to join mourners for food. But there was no

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mourner, no funeral and when he got back to the church his guitar was

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gone. Craig we have to talk about this scam that you were victim of.

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How did they con you? I was booked to play at a memorial service for

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this guy called Pat's brother. We arranged to meet before the service

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to meet at the church, see where I was playing and store my guitar and

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then join his family and friends for lunch. He sent me off in a taxi,

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because he had to wait to get catch late comers. But at that point when

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I was gone he went and stole my guitar. The strangest thing he went

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straight from stealing my guitar to make -- meeting a colleague of mine,

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did the same, stole his guitar as well. Well let's look at the guitar.

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It is not the same, but it is similar. It is almost identical.

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The same makerser, it is made by Greg Smallman. The detail and the

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armrest, the type of wood on the back, the shaping, all identical.

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The only distinguishing thing tr from mine is a semi circular bit of

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damage above the sound hole that would, it is obvious you couldn't

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hide it. So that would identify the instrument. But they don't make

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many of these. Greg works on his own. And to see a Smallman for sale

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is rare. But to see one with that damage it is clear it would be mine.

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There is a waiting list to buy 1-1? Yes there is a five or six year

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waiting list. You feel for this and you thought it was a genuine job.

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You have heard somebody else has been done. A colleague was booked

:26:55.:27:02.

in the same way. We had been contacted by e-mail. And the same

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scam. It was, there was nothing unusual about it. This guy, we

:27:07.:27:11.

established a nice dialogue through e-mail and the phone. He followed

:27:11.:27:20.

my career and heard CDs. I had a No 1CD. We talked about that the the

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next disk. After you have had e- mails. You tried to make contact.

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The day he stole it. No more contact that day. Then we reported

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the instrument stolen. Then he e- mailed us both for days saying he

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wanted to return to instrument and talking about being a con man,

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wearing fake hair and it was all a distrabs. He had no intention of

:27:50.:27:55.

returning the instruments. Hopefully somebody has information

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and we can get that guitar back. If you know anything about this con,

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please give us a call. Now back to Steve. We're only a short drive

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from Gloucester with where at the start of the year a shop was

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attacked by robbers. A small shop in Gloucester. A family business

:28:19.:28:24.

about to be rocked by a vicious armed robbery. Armed with an axe

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and a gun, two men carried out this crime. The on bri took place in the

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Kone Hill area in a shop on the corner of Newton avenue. Christian

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was working the late shift alone. Normally I was working the till.

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That day was quiet. I was filling in the chocolate. He had been

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working here only for a few days. He had no idea how horrifying his

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night would become. Near two centimetres were checking out the

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store. -- two centimetres were -- two criminals were checking out the

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store. They went to the church up the road on the left. They stashed

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their bike behind a church. They speak to three youths and tell the

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The first person came in quickly and put their hands around my head.

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There was a short struggle with the shop assistant. This CCTV shows

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Christian at struggling to fight of his attackers. With an axe held to

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his head, he refuses to give in until one of them pulls out a gun.

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Take that and I will shoot you! this point the shop assistant is so

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scared he complies with their request. He said, if you don't open

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the till, I will shoot you. Christian gave the attackers what

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they wanted. Having got what they came for, the two men came back

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where they came from. They pick up the bike from behind the church.

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Seconds later, they abandon it, and make off on foot where they are

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caught on CCTV. The thugs made off with just �300 cash, and another

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�200 worth of cigarettes. The ordeal's left Christian traumatised.

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I'm very scared, very scared. also scared. This is a very serious

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offence with a fire arm and also a hand axe. These people need to be

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caught, because they pose a danger to the public. From that day, he

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said, I'm not going to work here. In the square, a bike is later

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discovered. That bike is an Apollo mountain bike, sold exclusively by

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Halfords, and was silver in colour. The fact that they cycled here

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suggests that they live within cycling distance. So we would ask

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for the public's help do they recognise them or the bike. We need

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the public's help to identify who these people are.

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DC Gareth Morgan, you're the man looking into this investigation.

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You have great CCTV of the incident itself. But the robbers have

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covered up their faces, is there any more information? We believe

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the CCTV will be key to identifying these offenders. The main offender

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has a large backside as is obvious. When he leaves, you can see what

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appears to be blonde or light ginger coloured hair protruding

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underneath. We believe people in the community will recognise this

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person. Do you believe these people are from the local community?

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store is well secluded, and the fat one defender cycled to it, it

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suggests they live within cycling distance. This was a particularly

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vicious attack, they came with a gun and an axe all for just �300.

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The offender with the Hand Gun have threatened to shoot the young

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assistant. We are urging the public to help us to catch these people.

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You've got the bike the robbers used? This is a silver Apollo

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mountain bike which is exclusively sold by Halfords. They stopped

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making his bike in 2004. The bike is in good condition. We believe

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people in the community will know about this. Thank you, Gareth.

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Remember, if you know anything about this robbery, please get in

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touch. Without your help, we can't Some really shocking CCTV in that

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attack in Gloucester. As Steve said, if you do know anything, please get

:33:51.:34:01.
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in touch. Here's some more footage This troubled got a lot more than

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he bargained for when he attempted to steal from his newsagent in

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Greenwich in March. The hooded man runs and brandishing a knife but

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the shopkeeper decides he is having none of it. He throws his newspaper

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at him, then reaches behind the counter and grabs a wooden pole and

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chases the rubber away. He might have left empty-handed but the

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police still need to catch him. Here is one punter who is

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determined to get in. This is late March and he starts faulting this

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wall at the back of his Manchester bar. He opts for him more subtle

:34:39.:34:43.

approach, hurling a beer barrel at the back door of the pub. He

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threatens the barmaid and forces her to open the till. He is

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disturbed by a regular and fillies out the back door. Let us help the

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police to come at -- to catch this determined Robbo. Give us his name,

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please. It is January, these three are all

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wrapped up but his is not the cold they are protecting themselves from

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but the CCTV cameras. One stays by the door. The other jump over the

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shop counter and steal hundreds of pounds worth of Consols and games.

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They make sure they share the load. Here they are leaving with their

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arms laden. Put an end to their games, tell us who they are.

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If you know anything about any of those incidents, the numbers are on

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your screen. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call

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Crimestoppers. 0800 555 111. Now, Earlier, we met John Astman, an 83-

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year-old whose quiet life was violently disrupted by a robber.

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The injuries John suffered are In January this year, 83-year-old

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pensioner John Astman set out on But minutes later he encountered a

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man who was about to bring terror He said, "I want to talk to you."

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said, "Well, I don't want to talk to you." I said, "You get off out

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and go back the way you've came You're in serious trouble now. Get

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out. No, I need some money. opened that drawer. There was

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nothing in there and I told him, And he started looking over there

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Get out now. I want some money. got something in my back, and he

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said: "I''ve got a gun here. I'm I put my hand round there quick,

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and grasped his hand, and it fell on the floor. It was a letter

:37:00.:37:04.

opener shaped like a sword. I tried to get out through that door. But

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of course, I'd bolted and locked it. He went out there very quickly.

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Then, because he thought I was trying to get out of that door.

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There was a bread knife, and he then he put it to my throat and

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said: "I'll cut your throat if you I got most of my teeth knocked out,

:37:35.:37:45.

As well as John's terrible injuries, when he returned home he discovered

:37:45.:37:47.

treasured jewellery belonging to both his mother and his beloved

:37:47.:37:57.
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Pat's engagement ring, he'd taken That was the 28th January, and he

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took her ring. Well, the 28th of January that was my mother's

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birthday. And when she died in hospital, they gave me her ring.

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And of course it was rather a treasured possession. John found

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the strength to come through this terrible ordeal by drawing on the

:38:17.:38:23.

memory of his partner. It's time I probably went into a nursing home,

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that was what I felt. I do feel scared, I nearly gave up. I know

:38:28.:38:37.

Pat would not have given up like Pat was a very, very practical

:38:37.:38:42.

person, and Pat wouldn't have given up. This is particularly vicious

:38:42.:38:44.

incident where an elderly vulnerable male, Mr Astman, was

:38:44.:38:48.

attacked. We're appealing for witnesses to come forward, to see

:38:48.:38:52.

if anybody was in the area at the relevant time, or if anybody

:38:52.:38:57.

recognises the description of the man or the e-fit that was issued.

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DCI Marc Flannery, you're the man heading up the hunt for this

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violent robber. John is recovering, how is he? Even though he has

:39:24.:39:29.

physically recovered, he is still suffering, it warns him daily, the

:39:29.:39:36.

nasty attack which took place in his own home. You have an e-fit

:39:36.:39:41.

image. Describe his character? is in his early twenties, 5 feet 8

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inches with mousey coloured hair and a side parting. Slim build.

:39:46.:39:52.

Sporty clothing, tracksuit bottoms, some white trainers on which had

:39:52.:39:56.

coloured stripes on the bottom. also have some other information

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for us today. Since the attack, John Astman has said he think he

:40:03.:40:08.

has seen the attack upon more than one occasion. The last time he saw

:40:08.:40:13.

this person, there was a distinctive description, the

:40:13.:40:18.

offender was wearing a white hooded top with a number 86 on the back

:40:18.:40:28.
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and riding a red mountain bike. you think this chap is local?

:40:28.:40:32.

we have always believed the offender was a local person. We are

:40:32.:40:42.
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asking the public to help to identify this man. If anyone out

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there knows anything at all, please get in touch. The numbers are on

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I've just got time to give you a quick update on some of the appeals

:40:58.:41:06.

so far: We have taken a call while we have been on air about Pawel

:41:06.:41:11.

Jakub Koperski. We believe he has been seen at the

:41:11.:41:18.

weekend. And some good calls about Philip Graham, wanted for burglary

:41:18.:41:22.

offences. We have had possible sightings of him. Police say they

:41:23.:41:27.

now have strong Leeds, thanks to your calls. Thank you to everyone.

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Miriam, you featured an e-fit in that last appeal. A computer

:41:30.:41:34.

generated image of a criminal, based on a witness's description.

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We've got a test to see how accurate these pictures are. I

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believe you have a totally innocent person, someone from the crew I've

:41:42.:41:52.

not seen before, to pose as a We'll just turn the camera round.

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Here's one of our crew. Let's take a look.

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The first person in the frame is this man here. I have never seemed

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that person the 4th. That is all I am going to get, I will try to

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memorise that picture. Straight after the programme, I'm

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going to talking to an expert meet up with the man who creates

:42:16.:42:19.

pictures like this, but with new technology. Tomorrow we'll see just

:42:19.:42:24.

how accurate the match is. Miriam and Steve, what have you got

:42:24.:42:27.

for us tomorrow? Tomorrow we're moving down to

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Frampton on Severn, a beautiful village where a nursing home has

:42:30.:42:35.

fallen victim to a conman. I've got my chemistry set at the

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ready. I'll be getting lessons on what forensic officers do at a

:42:39.:42:41.

crime scene. Thank you both. For more details

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about the crimes on today's programme, head to

:42:43.:42:48.

bbc.co.uk/crimewatchroadshow. Finally, we'll leave you with

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