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Gatwick to bring in own staff to help with luggage crisis

Gatwick Airport is bringing in its own staff to help with the luggage crisis amid fears there could be further travel chaos this weekend.

Passengers walking through Gatwick Airport Credit: PA

Staff shortages affecting baggage-handling company Swissport led to some passengers at the West Sussex airport having to fly abroad without their luggage last weekend. Others ran into long delays in reclaiming bags having flown back to Gatwick.

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Former PCSO convicted of stealing thousands of pounds from passengers

A former Police Community Support Officer at Gatwick Airport has been convicted of stealing thousands of pounds from passengers.

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Canterbury Crown Court heard Alexis Scott told travellers they couldn't leave the country with more than a thousand pounds cash on them. The 39-year old was convicted of six counts of theft and one of misconduct in public office. She was cleared of one further count of theft.

Long tailbacks as lost dog wanders on to motorway

A lost dog gave officers the runaround earlier today after wandering on to a motorway. The M23 had to be closed between junction eight for the M25 and junction 9 for Gatwick at around 2:45pm while Highways Agency officers caught the pet. The road reopened 20 minutes later.

Another violent armed robber goes on the run

Police have made an urgent appeal after another violent armed robber went on the run - from an open prison. 37-year-old Simon Rhodes-Butler was jailed for seven years in September 2011 after attacking and robbing a garage owner.

Simon Rhodes-Butler Credit: PA

Rhodes-Butler, who police describe as 'violent', absconded from Ford Prison in Ford, West Sussex, on May 22. The Londoner is the second person to flee the Category D open prison in as many months after fellow armed robber Kevin Brown vanished in April.

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Teenager staying with his foster family goes missing

A teenager missing From East Sussex may be in London. 17-year-old Riza Gjana from Albania was staying with a foster family. Police believe he left to try and find friends. He was last in contact with his family on Tuesday 10 December.

Riza Gjana Credit: Sussex Police

Sergeant Lynda Lynch from Sussex Police said: "We believe Riza could be in London but we need to know he is safe and well. He speaks very little English so needs help and support.

"If you have seen him or have any idea where he could be please contact us so we can get in touch with him."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 0304 of 11/12/13.

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