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Dramatic moments in Crawley town centre as armed police arrest man after reports of gun received



The 48-year-old was arrested and taken into custody.

Police arrested a man in Crawley after he was reported to be in possession of an imitation firearm.

Officers search the arrested man.

Armed officers were called to Queensway at 3.45pm on Thursday (September 5) following reports of a man who appeared to be waving a gun, believed to be imitation, behind the New Look store.

In total six units arrived at the scene, five blocked off the High St while a sixth held back at the entrance to the road.

He was located in High Street just after 4pm and arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intention to cause fear of violence. An imitation firearm was recovered.

A 48-year-old man of no fixed address remained in custody on Thursday afternoon.

A helicopter could be seen flying around the town centre just before the arrest was made.


Gatwick Express suspended from Monday until further notice



From Monday, 30 March, the Gatwick Express service will be temporarily suspended until further notice, in response to a significant fall in passenger numbers at the airport and to help keep other trains running.

Southern and Thameslink trains will continue to serve Gatwick.

Further reductions will be made to Southern, Thameslink, and Great Northern services from Monday, 30 March, as part of the phased timetable changes agreed with Government to maintain train services for key workers.

Govia Thameslink Railway Chief Operating Officer Steve White said:

“In this national emergency, we and the rest of the rail industry are doing everything we can to keep essential services running for key workers on whom we all depend.

“These changes will release our staff to concentrate their efforts on keeping these essential services running. Thameslink and Southern trains will continue to serve Gatwick.

“Let me repeat the core message from our Government and Public Health England: travel only if it is absolutely essential.

“Once again, I want to thank the key workers, the doctors, nurses, police and other emergency workers, for what they are doing for us all. I also want to thank railway colleagues who are working so hard to keep trains running.

“To check your journey next week please check online with National Rail Enquiries where the revised timetables will be in place from the weekend. Please note that Coronavirus is having a major impact on us all and there may be further changes so check before your travel.”

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