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Masked man with axe robs Horley bookmakers

Police say the ‘aggressive attack’ has left staff in shock.

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery that took place at a Horley bookmakers in which a man threatened staff with an axe.

The incident happened on Saturday (27 October) at around 8.54pm when a man wearing a balaclava and armed with an axe threatened two members of staff at the Coral Bookmakers in Brighton Road.

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The masked thief left with a quantity of cash.

A statement from Surrey Police confirms, ‘No one was injured.’

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a man running towards Albert Road or Brighton Road afterwards.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said:

“He is described as 5ft 8 inches tall, roughly 30 years of age, local accent, brown eyes and had stubble.”

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Emma Gibson said:

“This was an aggressive attack which left the staff in shock.

“We take all incidents of this nature very seriously and any information you have could help us identify the perpetrator and bring him to justice.

“If you were in the area at the time and noticed anybody matching the description running away from the bookmakers, please contact us immediately on 101 quoting PR/45180114946.”

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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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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