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'Superman' inspired gym for disabled children turns to crowdfunding

Christopher Reeve was known to a generation as 'Superman' - starring in four films before a tragic riding accident left him paralysed in 1995.

But he went on with his wife to pioneer new treatments for serious spinal injuries - treatments now being used by a Paralympic athlete, among others, in Sussex.

The Neurokinex gym in Crawley is the first of its kind outside America and is now turning to crowdfunding to expand its work to help toddlers.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to David Smith, Jenny Suggit and Jamie Fielding.

Robber threatens newsagent staff with hammer

A robber armed with a claw hammer has threatened staff at a newsagents in Crawley.

The man, who was wearing a mask, forced staff at Martin's on Dorsten Square to hand over cash from a safe.

It happened shortly after 3pm on Sunday, as the 51 year old staff member was locking up.

The suspect fled in the direction of Bewbush Drive and Byrd Road.

He is described as in his early 30's, 5'11 tall and about 14 to 15 stone with an Irish or Scottish accent.

He was wearing a dark blue or black long sleeved top, black trousers and glasses.

He was wearing a balaclava or mask over his face and was wearing latex gloves.

Anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious or who has other relevant information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, report details online or phone 101, quoting serial 965 of 09/07.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via its website here.

Man left in critical condition after street robbery

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A man in his 30s has been seriously injured after a street robbery in Crawley.

The local man is believed to have been punched, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.

A group of youths are then alleged to have made off from the scene with his wallet.

The incident happened outside Corals betting shop in Ifield Parade at around 4.50pm yesterday.

The victim was taken to St George’s Hospital in London with head injuries, where he remains in a critical condition.

A 16-year-old boy from Crawley arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery, and a 15-year-old boy from Crawley arrested on suspicion of robbery, remain in police custody.

A 23-year-old man from Crawley arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery has been released without charge.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online quoting Operation Kempston.

“This incident has left a local man in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. It happened in broad daylight in a busy area of town, when a number of people would have been around. We’re keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or anyone who has any video or CCTV footage of the attack.”

– Detective Inspector Vicki Tomlinson, Crawley Investigations

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Special needs teacher from Crawley faces deportation

A special needs teacher from Crawley is facing deportation after the breakdown of his marriage. Sam Mubokie originally from Uganda has lived in the UK for 16 years and has three British-born children. Rachel Hepworth reports.

The Home Office ITV News Meridian that Mr Mubokie's right to live in the UK was based on his relationship to an Irish citizen and as this relationship has broken down he currently has no basis on which to remain and therefore no right to work. They added that his case is currently under consideration.

Supermarket first in the country to introduce 'quiet hour' for autistic shoppers

More and more of our children are being diagnosed as autistic. Thirty years ago, it was considered a relatively rare condition affecting around one in 500, but now that figure stands at one in every 100.

Much of that could be down to better awareness - but its cause is still a mystery. However, it leaves a generation of children and their parents struggling with the sensory overload of modern life.

Now some respite is now being offered in perhaps the most unlikely of places - a supermarket in Crawley is going out of its way to help.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Emma Castle, who's son Oliver has autism, Abi Smith, Emma Holdsworth and Raj Sivalingam, as well as supermarket manager Gary Powis and Jo-Ann D'Costa Manuel of Autism Parent Power.

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