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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.”


West Sussex raises alert level as more coronavirus cases are confirmed



The current alert level in West Sussex has been escalated to “yellow” (raised local alertness) which means there is an increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is in line with the increase in cases being seen nationally. There were 116 confirmed cases in West Sussex in the last seven days.

The County Council has introduced a traffic light system (green, yellow, amber and red) to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.

With the rise in cases, residents are being asked to take preventative action to stop the spread of the virus.

This includes following the “Rule of Six” which means you should not meet in groups of more than six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors.

Residents should continue to wash hands regularly, practise social distancing, wear a face mask when appropriate and get tested when they have symptoms.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“So far in West Sussex we have seen a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus. However in line with national trends there has been an increase in recent weeks of the number of people who have tested positive.

“It is important we do all we can to keep numbers as low as possible. In line with government guidance, please do not meet in groups of more than six people. It is also important to continue to wash your hands regularly, keep socially distanced, wear a face mask where appropriate and get tested when you have symptoms.

“I am very grateful to all residents for their continued efforts to ensure the county remains safe. We have done so well to control the spread of COVID-19 in the county up until now and we are keen to keep it that way to ensure we can #KeepWestSussexSafe.”

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