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United Minibuses & Coaches MD says he is ‘standing up for the rights of small businesses’

Mr Rasool has written a full statement explaining his actions.

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The MD and driver of the coach that was driven onto the pavement and blocked the entrance of the Natwest bank in Crawley has written a full statement about his actions.

 

“I would like to make a statement regarding the recent incident outside the Natwest Crawley branch. I had initially contacted another paper before the incident to explain that I would be doing a silent protest outside the bank due to the following reasons:

– Natwest bank closed my business account without prior written notice after banking with them for nearly 13 years

– Given we are a small business and have built up our reputation over 20 years, we can not survive without our bank account as we have monies coming in and out of the account on a daily basis and need the funds to pay for multiple suppliers and drivers.

– Natwest can not locate the account or the monies within the bank

– I have been going into the bank on a daily basis and have spent numerous hours on the phone trying to find out what has happened. The bank manager has been extremely unhelpful and would not talk to me about the closure which I could not believe after banking with Natwest for nearly 13 years

– As a small business we can not survive without our bank account for even a day, yet a week down the line we do not have any answers and are still completely in the dark. We can not receive any monies into the account and we can not pay suppliers which is catastrophic to our business reputation, which we’ve built up over 20 years.

I would like to let you know that l have been dealing directly with Natwest after they closed the account without any explanation, this lead to us not being able to run the business. As mentioned above the drivers and staff could not be paid and no monies can be accessed to pay suppliers. The bank kept saying they would help but nothing happened and this morning again they said that they could not locate the account and the bank manager would not help or talk to me.

After imploring with Natwest to grant me access to my account, they showed total disregard for the situation and would not give me access to the company savings. I was stunned by their lack of empathy and disregard for the situation, I seemed like another number to them.

After hours and hours on the phone, more complaints online, emails back and forth and more representatives telling me to wait even longer, the stress had reached such a level that caused me to act.
I am not sorry for my actions, my intentions were not to scare or frighten anybody, if I did so I apologise for that. My intentions were to block the door of the bank to stop them operating. Why should they be able to operate when I can’t, let them see what it’s like.

I am a small company standing up for the rights for small businesses who go through this day in day out.”

Regards,
Mumtaz Rasool
Managing Director
United Minibuses & Coaches

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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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