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Crawley Post Office closed after robbery attempt

A date for the branch to reopen has not been set yet.

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Customers expecting to use the Post Office on The Boulevard (10th Dec) will have to make alternative arrangements after an attempted robbery.

The bungled attempt happened in the early hours of Sunday (9th Dec) morning.

Luckily no-one was in the branch at the time and whilst some minor damaged occurred nothing was taken.

The Post Office say that in order to ensure repairs are made and the site is secure they are keeping the branch closed.

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A Post Office Spokesperson said:

“ We’re very sorry to our customer that Crawley Post Office, located on The Boulevard, is currently closed. Unfortunately , there was an attempted robbery in the early hours of Sunday morning. Luckily, no one was in the branch at the time and nothing was taken. We are now working to repair some minor damage and we appreciate our customers’ patience while we work to reopen the branch as soon possible – once again, we’re really sorry for the inconvenience.”

The branch has been the subject of controversy recently with the proposed move to WHSmiths within County mall – something highly objected to by residents and council leaders.

The Post Office reopened on Tues 11th Dec.

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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