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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).



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.”


Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.



The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to

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