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Crawley councillor finds vintage bike stolen from charity shop

Owners of a vintage bicycle that is considered a landmark for their cafe in Crawley, were delighted to have it returned to them after it was sadly stolen today (9 August).

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Councillor Francis Guidera returns the vintage bike to a volunteer at Revive Charity Shop & Cafe after it was stolen.

This morning, ‘Revive’ charity shop on The Broadway put a plea out on social media for people to keep an eye out for their beloved vintage bicycle, which was stolen today.

Councillor Francis Guidera happened to see the bike, locked up behind Marks and Spencer opposite the Town Hall and notified the police, and with the help of Crawley Borough Council staff he managed to free it and return it to its very happy owners.

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The original post by Revive Charity Shop & Café on Facebook.

Guidera, who was elected to the council in 2015, responded to the post:

“I’ve found your bike, and I’m sat here waiting for the police to come to cut it free and will get it back to you as soon as possible.”

Following the return of the bicycle, the Tilgate councillor said:

“How anyone can stoop so low as to steal from a charity shop, I don’t know. Having worked for a charity shop myself not so long ago I know every penny counts and many volunteers give up their free time to help.

I’m really pleased to have been able to return this bike which the shop uses to help people to locate their shop instead of a sign.”

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Crawley teen girl one of four arrested during police drugs operation

A man and three teenagers were arrested during a drugs operation at The Level in Brighton over two days.

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A 15-year-old Hove boy and a 16-year-old girl from Crawley were arrested by police officers on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and burglary with intent to steal and a 16-year-old girl from Brighton, was detained on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal on Thursday (16 August). They were questioned and released under investigation.

On Friday (17 August) a 23-year-old Brighton man was arrested after he ran from police officers through the children’s play area at The Level. He was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a large quantity of the drug worth several hundreds of pounds was seized (pictured) along with cash and other drugs paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin. He has also been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said:

“Our prevention officers, who play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues, have been targeting suspected drug dealers at The Level using high visibility patrols, covert patrols and our passive drugs dog. We are also trying to identify drug users to direct them to agencies who can support them.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is going on or has any information about it please contact us.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.
For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

* Prevention teams play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues and where possible prevent them happening in the first place. The recent council tax increase will be used to strengthen these local teams.

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