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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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Langley Green man sent to prison after more than £13k drugs found in his home

A Crawley man found with nearly £13,500 worth of drugs in his home has been given a prison sentence.

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Police conducted a warrant at the address of Matthew Stevens in Dobson Road, Crawley, after reports from members of the public regarding suspicious behaviour in the area was reported.

During the search on 15 July 2016, officers found a quantity of cocaine, spice and drug paraphernalia. Stevens, 44, was then arrested.

He was released under investigation and the Crawley Investigation team began a long and complex analysis of items seized from the address.

Stevens was charged in May 2017 and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply class A (cocaine), possession of a class B and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance (spice).

He stood trial at Hove Crown Court and on Friday 2 November Stevens was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to a total of four years.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said:

“Sussex Police work tirelessly to stop the supply of illegal drugs within our community.
“The presiding Judge recognised the severity of Stevens’ actions and imposed a sentence representing that.

“We are conscientiously robustly tackling drug issues in Crawley and urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to report it to us without delay.

“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems out of place.”

You can read police’s advice on how to report issues of drugs here.

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