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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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Crawley Down man pleads ‘not guilty’ to double murder as date set for trial

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Daniel Gary Appleton, 37, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, is to face trial over the deaths of both his wife Amy Appleton, 32, and another woman, Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, outside his property on Sunday, 22 December, 2019.

Appleton appeared by video-link at a plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH) at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (25 February) where he entered not guilty pleas to both murders.

His defence barrister, speaking on Appleton’s behalf, admitted his responsibility for both killings.

The trial is set for 6 July.

At the opening of inquests into the two women’s deaths at Centenary House, Crawley, on Tuesday 7 January West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield heard that post-mortem examinations had shown both women had died from head injuries.

Those hearings were adjourned until Tuesday 28 April.

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