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Shock and horror as coach forces way onto pavement and blocks bank in Crawley

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Panic set into pedestrians and bank workers this afternoon as a coach forced its way onto the pavement outside NatWest Bank in Crawley.

At just after 1pm a loud horn could be heard as a huge United minibuses and coaches coach forced its way through pedestrians who were walking along the Broadway.
More news: Exclusive – driver of coach was making a protest

Seconds later a man emerged from the side door and casually began walking away.

NatWest staff ran to the entrance to see what was happening.

One staff member who asked not to be named said, “I thought we were being raided. We even had a couple of our customers say the coach almost hit them. They were clearly shaken up.

Several members of the public then began to follow the man as he walked down the Boulevard before heading up London Road towards the leisure park.

The police were inundated with calls from the public as they continued to follow the man.

After making his way into the leisure park he emerged again and sat quietly on a bench opposite the Clydesdale Bank where an off duty ambulance worker pulled up and approached him.

Seconds later three police cars arrived.

Speaking to CN24 one man who saw what happened said,

“I was in shock and still am. I left my wife and son and made after the man but I didn’t have a phone. I knew the bank staff had called the police so was just hoping they were going to arrive quickly.”

Police catch up with the driver and question him.

Once the police arrived the man appeared calm as he was questioned.

More news: Exclusive – driver of coach was making a protest

Police began a search of the coach as crowds started to form outside the bank.

Unbelievably a traffic warden even put a parking ticket on the coach in the middle of all the proceedings.

NatWest has said they will be closed until the police are able to move the coach.

Sussex Police said:

At 1.18pm on Monday (18 June) police were called to The Boulevard, Crawley, after a 51-seater coach had been driven slowly on to the pavement outside the NatWest Bank, blocking the entrance.

Nobody was hurt and no damage was reported.

it appears that the driver, a 55-year-old Crawley man, who was the sole occupant of the coach, which he owns, has some financial dispute with the bank and this was a protest in relation to that dispute.

There is no evidence of any criminal intent, and the man, who walked off but was detained near the scene, is being reported for possible prosecution for highway obstruction and related offences.

Arrangements are being made for the coach to be removed.

A NatWest spokesman said:

“We can confirm an incident took place this afternoon outside the NatWest Crawley branch. Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident and the branch has since reopened. Police attended the scene and we are cooperating with them in their investigation. If customers have any concerns they can contact us via telephone banking or they can visit the branch.”

More news: Exclusive – driver of coach was making a protest

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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.

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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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