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VIDEO – Shocking footage as driver tries to force his way through closed roads during Run Gatwick

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Shocking footage has emerged of a frustrated driver who ‘just wanted to go home’ after he was stuck due to road closures for the Half Marathon.

Footage captured by Jack Sullivan shows the man on Warren Drive trying to get onto Ifield Avenue which was closed for runners as the inaugural Run Gatwick took place.  The man can be heard screaming at the top of his voice before he knocks a Road Closure sign over.

Mr Sullivan is then seen going over to check on the marshal just before the driver is seen trying to force his way through the road block visually scaring pedestrians just feet away.

On failing to get through the driver then gets back out of his car and starts shouting and waving his arms around.

Mr Sullivan who grew up in Crawley but now lives in Horsham was in the area to watch his brother take part in the race. He said:

“I was on the way back to my car from spectating my brother run the race, and then I heard shouting. I instantly pulled out my phone to record in case something happened.

My concern was for the safety of the volunteer who was keeping the crowd engaged and clapping for every runner.

From what I did see, the police was just trying to calm and reason with the man.”

The man did eventually calm down and police arrived quickly to help bring the situation to a conclusion.

Social media users have been busy commenting on the incident since Mr Sullivan posted it on twitter.

Whilst there have been numerous negative comments about the road closures the Run Gatwick event has been hailed a huge success with thousands of participants.

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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.

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The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to https://www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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