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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, 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

Police line Credit: PA

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


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.

Concern for missing 14-year-old Crawley girl

Alice Lastra- Wescomb was last seen on Tuesday night Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing 14-year-old girl Alice Lastra- Wescombe from Crawley.

Alice was last seen at her home in Oxford Road at 10pm on Tuesday. She left a note saying she would be home at 8pm on 30 November but has not been seen since.

"We are concerned for Alice due to her age. We believe she is in the Crawley area. Please let us know if you see her."

– PC Mark Green

No going back - Chagos Islanders stay exiled in Sussex

They've been living in exile in Sussex, but today the Chagos Islanders were told they cannot return to their home in the Indian Ocean.

The British government cleared the remote archipelago to let the Americans build a giant military base on Diego Garcia.

Many of the islanders eventually settled around Crawley, but they've continued their fight to return home ever since.

Today, the Foreign Office said resettlement is too difficult and costly, and offered the islanders compensation.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Sabrina Jean, Chagos Refugees Group, Allen Vincatassin, President of the Provisional Government of Diego Garcia & the Chagos Islands, and Henry Smith, Conservative MP for Crawley.

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