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Cashier sprayed in face with fire extinguisher during robbery in Southgate, Crawley

Police are appealing for anyone who might recognise these men.

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Police would like to identify them in connection with an incident which occurred at Handy Corner Off Licence in East Park, Crawley, about 4.10pm on Friday 18 January.

One suspect entered the store and asked the cashier for change, but was refused.

He left the premises and two further suspects entered. One walked to the back of the store and the other sprayed a fire extinguisher in the face of the cashier.

During the melee, two low-value bottles of alcohol were stolen.

All three suspects then ran off in the direction of the town centre.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw what happened, or who recognises either of the men, to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 769 of 18/01.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Manhunt after attempted robbery at knifepoint at Ifield newsagents in Crawley

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A man who attempted to rob a newsagents in Ifield is being hunted by police.

The alarm was raised at 7.17am on Tuesday (September 3) when the man went in McColl’s in Ifield Parade, threatened staff with a knife and demanded money.

However, he was driven from the shop empty-handed.

He is described as black or west Asian, in his mid-30s, 5′ 10″, of slim or skinny build and was wearing a face covering, grey hooded top, black gloves, black trousers and black shoes or trainers.

Police have taped up the entrance around the shop and two officers are standing guard at the scene.

A visibly shaken staff member could be seen talking to shoppers as concern grows over the number of incidents taking place at other shops across the town.

Police confirmed there have been no physical injuries but would could not confirm if any suspect/s had been taken into custody.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw someone of that description in the area at the time is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 263 of 03/09

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