Your Community Newspaper

Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => veSBeDXRX_Y [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/veSBeDXRX_Y/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/veSBeDXRX_Y/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )
Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => D6qGbrD_tm0 [embed] => [embedold] => [thumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/default.jpg [hqthumb] => http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/D6qGbrD_tm0/hqdefault.jpg ) )

Today's Breaking News

Raider robbed same Post Office twice

By Eddie Goddard

Billy Williams mounted a double raid on the same St Mary’s Bay post office, a court
heard. On the second occasion he held up the post office only weeks after
completing a jail term for the first robbery. Williams, a former Lydd resident,
was jailed for four years at Canterbury Crown Court on
October 22. His accomplice, Harry Powell of Coast Road, New Romney was
given 20 months. A third man was acquitted. Williams burst into the post office
in February of this year brandishing what appeared to be a handgun and
demanding the woman cashier hand over money. He threatened to harm her if she didn’t open the safe but as she did so she bravely managed to press
the counter’s panic button. Williams fled with £10,780 in cash and £2,565 worth of stamps and jumped into a waiting black Ford Escort driven by Powell but the
cashier’s partner arrived in time to note the car’s registration number.
Kent police officers searched the area and found the Escort
abandoned and on fire. A resident told them he had seen two men
driving off in a Chrysler. Forensic officers from Kent and
Essex’s Serious Crime Directorate were able to retrieve some clothing,
a cigarette end, a crowbar and some stamp books from the burning car.
Williams’ DNA was found on a piece of clothing. Detective Sergeant Mat Scott from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “Warrants were executed
at various addresses on the morning of 19 February. Some of the cash
reported stolen had been £5 notes, freshly delivered to the Post Office in unopened bundles with sequential identification numbers. Some of these unique notes were found at Williams’ home - further linking him to the crime.”
Powell, Williams’ brother-in-law, was known to own a black Chrysler
Neon. As officers searched for him he handed himself in on February
21 and was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Both pleaded guilty at court hearings earlier this year. A third man arrested and charged in connection with the incident was acquitted at trial. Williams, 22, from Springfield Road, Chelmsford, first robbed the post office, in St Mary's Bay in
July 2010. He served half of a seven year sentence and had been out of prison on license for only two weeks when he committed the second robbery.
DS Scott said: “That Williams would target the same Post Office, and the same cashier, he had robbed three years earlier shows an incredible