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Help police find ‘Despicable’ thieves who stole charity money from Gatwick

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Police are hoping ‘despicable’ thieves who stole money from Gatwick Airport which was destined for three charities, will be identified from CCTV images being released.
On Wednesday 3 January three men entered Gatwick’s South Terminal and stole one of the charity ‘Globes’. 

The ‘Globes’ are located around the Airport at various locations and are for passengers to donate any loose change or foreign currency. The money is then divided between three charities supported by Gatwick Airport Ltd; Travelcare, Cancer Research UK and St Catherine’s Hospice. 

Having stolen the globe the three made off on foot towards Horley. 

The second incident occurred on Thursday 18 January. This time four men entered the South Terminal, two of whom are believed to have been involved in the previous theft.

They took another Globe but dropped it on the floor when they were challenged  by a member of airport staff. No money was stolen and the suspects made off empty handed towards Horley. 

Three men have already been arrested and are currently released but under further investigation. A 26-year-old Crawley man was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the theft on 3 January. Two men, one aged 24 from Crawley, and one aged 23 of no fixed address, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the theft on 18 January.

However police are still seeking to identify two men.

The man who actually picked up the globes on both occasions is shown in the images, wearing a baseball cap, as is the second suspect, who is wearing a black coat and black woollen hat. These images were all taken on 3 January.

PC Nick Truan said;

“We don’t know how much money was stolen on the first occasion, but these were despicable acts and this pair need to be identified and arrested. “If you know who they are, let us know online or by calling 101, quoting Serial 71 of 03/01.”

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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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