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BREAKING NEWS: Crawley Morrisons to close with loss of 128 jobs

Morrisons has confirmed that will be closing the store in the town centre of Crawley.

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The news will affect 128 staff members at the local store.

The store which rapidly became a central focus for anyone coming into the town and for easy parking has had to cope with local performance issues.

Staff were only informed this morning and into the early afternoon of the decision.

A Morrisons spokesperson said:

“As we continue to focus on building a broader, stronger Morrisons we are constantly reviewing opportunities for new stores and the performance of our existing estate.  We are planning to invest in four new stores this year and are today, regrettably, proposing to close our Crawley store.

We will now be going through a consultation process at the store and will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and, where possible, redeploy our highly valued colleagues within the business.”

In immediate response to the news Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb said:

“When Morrisons built their store just five years ago, we were told that they were committed to running two stores in Crawley, yet just a year later they shut their original store in Broadfield and now they look set to close their purpose-built store in the High Street. The real problem doesn’t appear to be with the store but with the decisions being taken at corporate headquarters.

“Despite Morrisons’ claims that they have considered every option, Crawley Borough Council’s economic development team were only made aware that the store was at risk of closure this morning. There are 128 jobs on the line here, I would ask that the store meet with us to find a solution to keeping this branch open for the good of its employees and our community.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“I’m very surprised and sorry by this news particularly those whose jobs will be affected. I have urgently contacted morrisons management to ask what replacement store will go into the higj street site. I’m confident that any employees made redundent will find replacement work locally but if any individual needs my assistance I am always pleased to help.

I emplore Crawley Borough Council as the local planning and licensing authority responsible for our town centre to do all they can to ensure the Morrisons site is occupied and utilised at the earliest opportunity”

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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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