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Copthorne man arrested after attempted robbery at convenience store



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A man has been arrested and charged after an attempted robbery in Copthorne, near Crawley.

Officers were called to the Kwik Mart convenience store, in Copthorne Bank, shortly after 6pm on Saturday (June 13).

It was reported a man had entered the shop and demanded money, but fled the scene empty-handed when the staff member shouted for help.

A man was detained nearby by members of the public, until officers attended and arrested him.

Nayib Pailos, 33, a chef, of Copthorne Common, was later charged with assault with intent to commit robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place (a pair of scissors).

He appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (June 15) and was remanded in custody to appear before Lewes Crown Court on July 13.


Appeal for witnesses issued by Police after motorcyclist rushed to hospital following collision in Crawley Down



Police have responded to a serious injury collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Crawley Down this morning (Monday 6 July).

The incident occurred on Turners Hill Road, close to the junction with Old Hollow, around 8.44am.

The motorcyclist is being treated for serious injuries and police are urging anyone who saw what happened – or anyone with relevant dash cam footage – to email quoting Operation Drawbridge.

A section of the road is likely to remain closed for some time and motorists are urged to find alternative routes in the meantime.

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