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EXCLUSIVE: Coach driver who blocked Natwest speaks out over making a protest

The driver and MD of the company was so angry after the way he was being treated by NatWest he took matters into his own hands and created his own protest.



The driver and MD of United Coaches and Minibuses who shocked people and staff after driving his coach up onto the pavement and blocked the entrance to the bank has spoken out and explained it was a protest.

Speaking to CN24 following the incident Mumtaz Rasool has explained why he did such a dramatic stunt.

Mr Rasool parked the coach right up against the bank forcing it to close.

Frustrated and angry Mr Rasool decided enough was enough after his account was closed  by the bank and made the dramatic decision to close their branch.

For a while Mr Rasool had been dealing with NatWest after they closed a wrong account for the company meaning he was unable to run his business.  His drivers and staff unable to be paid Mr Rasool felt he no option left after the bank kept saying they would help but nothing happened.

NatWest bank staff working with the police as the branch is closed.

On one occasion Mr Rasool spent 45 minutes waiting for a bank manager who was unable to do anything and said someone from the bank would contact him later that day but no one called.

After hours and hours on the phone,  more complaints online, emails back and forth and more representatives telling him to wait even longer the stress had reached such a level that caused Mr Rasool to act.

In a statement to CN24 Mr Rasool said:

“I am not sorry for my actions, my intentions were not to scare or frighten anybody, if I did so I apologise for that.  My intentions were to block the door of the bank to stop them operating.  Why should they be able to operate when I can’t, let them see what it’s like.”

Mr Rasool’s full statement explaining his actions can be read here.

But it appears Mr Rasool’s protest had the desired effect as the branch closed with the following notice:

Photo by Jane Tharby

Mr Rasool has also asked for any other customers who have been affected by bad service with NatWest to come forward and speak up about it.  If you have had similar problems with your bank please let us know.



77-year-old man critical in hospital after being robbed by 3 men in Crawley Boulevard

A despicable crime in daylight in the towns city centre.



A 77 year-old-man is in a critical condition this evening (22nd July) after he was robbed in Crawley town centre.

Following an initial call from the ambulance service, police were called at 15:49 where the man who was on a mobilty scooter was in cardiac arrest.

Police immediately taped off the surrounding area and multiple units were called to the scene.

3 males were arrested for robbery which the police suspect took place near the public toilets close to Marks and Spencer.

The victim is currently in a critical condition after he was flown by helicopter to St Georges Hospital.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen the incident in the Boulevard around this time.

If you have any information please contact Sussex Police using 101 and OP SALZBURG Cad no. 0959/22072018 or contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111

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