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52-year-old man charged with trying to meet girl 13 for sex in Crawley

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A man has been charged with trying to meet a teenage girl for sex in Crawley after online contact.

Nigel McDermott, 52, a builders merchant, of Hawks Ridge, Harnham, Wilts, appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on Friday 14 February, charged with engaging in sexual communication with a child.

He did not enter a plea and was released on conditional court bail, to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 13 March.

It is alleged that he was in online contact with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but who was in fact a police officer.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), working closely with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

Communications devices were seized when officers arrested McDermott in a car park at Tilgate Park, Crawley, on Wednesday 12 February.

Enquiries have confirmed that no child was at risk.

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BREAKING NEWS: Risk of redundancies at Crawley’s Tesco Extra as company adapts in-house bakeries

1,816 bakery staff are being put at risk of redundancy across the country.

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Tesco has announced that they are making changes to their large in-store bakeries as a result of what they is a ‘shift in customer tastes and preferences’.

They say that from May changes to the bakeries will include:

  • Altering space and range to cater to changing customer demand, including the increase in alternatives to traditional loaves
  • Continue to offer scratch baking in 257 stores but make some changes to other bakeries. In 201 stores the most popular products will continue to be baked from scratch with other products moving to part-baked. And in 58 stores they are converting the bakery to full bake-off where all products are delivered pre-prepared, then baked and finished in store.
  • Improve the customer experience by investing and continuing to roll out new, up-to-date fixtures as well as growing our regional bakery ranges in partnership with small local suppliers.  

Tesco’s added:

“Due to some stores doing less scratch baking, as well as the simplified routines these changes will bring, we will unfortunately need fewer colleagues to work in these areas.

As a result, there are 1,816 bakery colleagues being put at risk of redundancy. At this difficult time, our priority will be to support those colleagues impacted, including finding an alternative role from the many thousands of vacancies we will have available across our store networks between now and May, for those who wish to stay with us.”

Jason Tarry, UK & ROI CEO, said:

“We need to adapt to changing customer demand and tastes for bakery products so that we continue to offer customers a market-leading bakery range in store. We know this will be very difficult for colleagues who are impacted, and our priority is to support them through this process. We hope that many will choose to stay with us in alternative roles.”

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