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Crawley robber rides off on quad bike stolen in Asda car park

Police are appealing for witnesses to the violent theft.

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Police investigating the violent theft of a  quad-bike from the Asda supermarket car park in Pegler Way, Crawley, are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At 5.30pm on Friday (1 June) a group of white men in their 20s travelling in a black car ahead of the blue Yamaha quad-bike got out and assaulted the owner, knocking him to the ground. One of the men then rode off on the bike.

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It was then seen several times as it headed south on the A23 towards Brighton, travelling at speed and failing to stop for police, before finally being lost near the city’s Hollingbury golf course. Despite a search, neither the bike nor its rider have been traced.

The bike’s lawful owner, a 43-year-old man from Dorking, Surrey, suffered a split lip during the initial attack.

Anyone who saw what happened, noticed the quad bike heading south from Crawley to Brighton, who has dash-cam footage or who may have other information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 959 of 01/06.

Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555111.

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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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