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Police want to speak to this man in connection with a burglary Credit: Sussex Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglar broke into a vulnerable pensioner's home as she slept.

The 81-year-old was woken by the sound of her doorbell in Boundary Road, Crawley, at about 11.30am on Saturday 7 February.

The victim, who was in bed, then watched as a man entered her bedroom and began searching through her cupboards.

He took a gold and pearl necklace but then left.

Police have prepared an efit of a suspect.

He is described as white, 25 to 30 and plump or stocky. He had thick bushy eyebrows, a swarthy complexion, stubble on his chin and dark eyes.

He was wearing dark clothing.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

"This was a very upsetting incident for the victim and we are determined to catch the man responsible. "If you recognise the man in the efit or have any information about the burglary, please contact us urgently."

– Detective Constable Jodie Palmer


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Lorry driver jailed for tobacco smuggling

A lorry driver who smuggled 645 kilos of tobacco into Dover's Eastern Docks has been jailed for 10 months.

Constantin Macarie, 50, was arrested by Border Force officers in January, who discovered 645 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco in his lorry.

The tobacco was hidden amongst a cargo of metal building materials concealed within four shrink-wrapped packages.

The seized tobacco will be destroyed to fuel the National Grid. Credit: HMRC

After the arrest, HM Revenue and Customs found that £116,000 of duty was evaded.

Working closely with our Border Force partners, we will prevent smuggled tobacco from reaching the UK’s streets. Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2.1 billion a year in lost revenue. This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders."

– Alan Tully, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC
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