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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 drug dealer jailed

Dealer gets four and half years in prison.

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A man has been jailed for four and a half year for drug dealing and possession of knives and a CS canister in Crawley.

Michael Murray, 26, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, money laundering, possession of a CS canister and one count of possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing on 26 March.

He was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday (18 May).

The court heard that police were called to a hotel in Goffs Park Road, Crawley on 27 February this year to a report of an aggressive guest who was refusing to leave.

When the officers went into his hotel room they found Murray with drugs and a subsequent search of the room found an envelope containing several hundred wraps of cocaine with a street value of approximately £9,000, a quantity of cannabis, nearly £10,000 cash, drug dealing paraphernalia and a canister of CS gas.

Murray was arrested and later charged.

Detective Constable Melanie Fox said: “Murray was found with a substantial quantity of drugs, cash and weapons. We are committed to disrupting the supply of drugs in Crawley. This sentence shows that anyone convicted of dealing drugs in Sussex can expect a jail term.”

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