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Crawley councillor finds vintage bike stolen from charity shop

Owners of a vintage bicycle that is considered a landmark for their cafe in Crawley, were delighted to have it returned to them after it was sadly stolen today (9 August).



Councillor Francis Guidera returns the vintage bike to a volunteer at Revive Charity Shop & Cafe after it was stolen.

This morning, ‘Revive’ charity shop on The Broadway put a plea out on social media for people to keep an eye out for their beloved vintage bicycle, which was stolen today.

Councillor Francis Guidera happened to see the bike, locked up behind Marks and Spencer opposite the Town Hall and notified the police, and with the help of Crawley Borough Council staff he managed to free it and return it to its very happy owners.

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The original post by Revive Charity Shop & Café on Facebook.

Guidera, who was elected to the council in 2015, responded to the post:

“I’ve found your bike, and I’m sat here waiting for the police to come to cut it free and will get it back to you as soon as possible.”

Following the return of the bicycle, the Tilgate councillor said:

“How anyone can stoop so low as to steal from a charity shop, I don’t know. Having worked for a charity shop myself not so long ago I know every penny counts and many volunteers give up their free time to help.

I’m really pleased to have been able to return this bike which the shop uses to help people to locate their shop instead of a sign.”


Woman taken to hospital after collision with bus

Roads around Gossops Green were closed as emergency services attended to the scene.



A 30-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus.

The collision occurred on Gossops Drive causing roads around the area to be closed by the police.

A spokesperson from Metrobus said:

“At 5.50pm today a Metrobus route 1 bus was travelling along Gossops Drive, near the Windmill pub in Crawley, when a pedestrian coming from a side street ran in front of a car and then into the path of the bus, which knocked her over.

The bus hit the lady and she suffered head injuries. She was taken to Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton and her injuries are not life threatening.

CCTV, which is on all of our buses, clearly shows the sequence of events. The lady was wearing a hoodie, which may have affected her view of the road.”

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said:

“We urge people to take care when crossing the road, particularly in the winter time, when visibility can be poor.

“This is an awful thing to happen to anybody and I am relieved her injuries were not life threatening. Our driver is shaken up but coping and he’s pleased the lady is ok.”

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