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    MartinMo wrote:
    NO EINSTEIN wrote:
    This type of incident is unforgivable, but this government can expect a lot more of these types of crimes as there policies and money cutting exercises keep hacking into people, and making them more and more desperate.

    Your basic person on the dole now gets about £71 a week, you can't survive on that, you just can't.

    Oversley there are some winners like the criminals, especially if the get sent down.

    Free warm room and bed, 3 square meals a day, education, free health care, sports recreation, there own church, etc etc, that's one heck of a deterrent (not)
    There is no such thing as a basic person on the dole being forced to live of £71. The average family (2 adults / 2 kids) claiming benefits are in receipt of:

    Housing benefit = random depending on rent and area of residence, I know one such family in the Darlington area living in a 3 bed semi, rent £460 per month paid for by benefits (£5520pa)

    Child allowance = approx £32 per week (£1664pa)
    Child tax credit = £330 per month (£3960pa)
    JSA for 2 adults = £142 per week (£7384pa)

    So with the 3 items above, that gives them £1084 per month expendable income.
    Now take into the fact, free school meals, free prescriptions, 90% concessionary reductions on the cost of school trips, council tax and the housing benefit plus various other benfits throuwn into the loop.

    With the figures above with an annual fee of £80 for council tax (friendly local council) and an average cost of £20 per week for 2 kids school meals this average family is claiming just short £20000 pa in benefits. This is a lot more than most people get for working full time before tax.
    Of course there is such a thing as a basic person on the dole being forced to live off £71.

    If you are a single home owner who has lost his job and has to claim benefits, you get:

    Housing benefit = £0 as you don't pay rent on a home you own.
    Child Allowance = £0 as you don't have kids.
    Child tax credit = £0 as you don't have kids.
    JSA for a sinle adult = £71.70.

    Grand total of £71.70 per week.

    From this you have to pay:
    Mortgage and possibly Endowment Policy
    Building Insurance which is mandatory with a mortgage
    Gas
    Electic
    Water
    Council Tax.

    The OP was correct, you cannot survive on that."
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Armed robbers make off with cash after dawn raid on security guards

Armed robbers make off with cash after dawn raid on security guards

A CCTV image of the two armed robbers at the Sainsbury's store in Crescent Road, Middlesbrough

A CCTV image of the two armed robbers at the Sainsbury's store in Crescent Road, Middlesbrough

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ARMED robbers wearing balaclavas threatened two security guards with a machete before making off with a 'substantial' amount of cash in an early morning raid.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the armed robbery, which took place at 6.30am this morning (Friday, February 7) at Sainsbury’s on Crescent Road, in Middlesbrough.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Two Loomis security guards were filling up the cash machine at the store when one of them was approached by two men wearing balaclavas as he was retrieving the cash box from the van. One of the men was brandishing a large machete-type weapon and a scuffle ensued.

They then frog-marched him over to his colleague inside the store and threatened them into handing over a substantial amount of cash.

A dark car with a driver inside was waiting for them outside of the shop and they made off down Crescent Road towards Union Street. Police have recovered a grey Vauxhall Astra in Meath Street, in Middlesbrough, a short distance away from the scene and are carrying out forensic tests.

Police are carrying out extra patrols in the area and following up house-to-house enquiries in the area.

Anyone who was in the area who saw anything suspicious or knows anything about the robbery is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

A Sainsbury's spokesman said: Sainsbury’s spokesperson: “We can confirm that there was a robbery at our Crescent Road Local store this morning.

"No one was harmed and we are working with the police on their investigations.”

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