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Man arrested in Crawley over imitation firearm with intent to cause fear following helicopter search from East Grinstead

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Police were called to a residential address at The Courtyard, East Grinstead, at 11.55am on Wednesday (5 February) after a report that a shot had been fired inside the address.

Nobody had been hit or injured and everyone at the address was safe.

Officers searched the local area for a man who was reported to have been in the address, but had left on foot before police arrived.

A National Police Air Service helicopter was deployed to the area to assist with the search, which following contact with the man by telephone moved to Crawley area mid-afternoon.

A resident caught the police helicopter as it hovered over the town centre.

Shortly before 4pm, a 36-year-old man from East Grinstead was arrested in Crawley on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and common assault.

Eyewitness reports say that three armed police units were seen arresting an individual near the station whilst others have reported that some schools in East Grinstead were going into lockdown while police investigated the incident.

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BREAKING NEWS: Risk of redundancies at Crawley’s Tesco Extra as company adapts in-house bakeries

1,816 bakery staff are being put at risk of redundancy across the country.

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Tesco has announced that they are making changes to their large in-store bakeries as a result of what they is a ‘shift in customer tastes and preferences’.

They say that from May changes to the bakeries will include:

  • Altering space and range to cater to changing customer demand, including the increase in alternatives to traditional loaves
  • Continue to offer scratch baking in 257 stores but make some changes to other bakeries. In 201 stores the most popular products will continue to be baked from scratch with other products moving to part-baked. And in 58 stores they are converting the bakery to full bake-off where all products are delivered pre-prepared, then baked and finished in store.
  • Improve the customer experience by investing and continuing to roll out new, up-to-date fixtures as well as growing our regional bakery ranges in partnership with small local suppliers.  

Tesco’s added:

“Due to some stores doing less scratch baking, as well as the simplified routines these changes will bring, we will unfortunately need fewer colleagues to work in these areas.

As a result, there are 1,816 bakery colleagues being put at risk of redundancy. At this difficult time, our priority will be to support those colleagues impacted, including finding an alternative role from the many thousands of vacancies we will have available across our store networks between now and May, for those who wish to stay with us.”

Jason Tarry, UK & ROI CEO, said:

“We need to adapt to changing customer demand and tastes for bakery products so that we continue to offer customers a market-leading bakery range in store. We know this will be very difficult for colleagues who are impacted, and our priority is to support them through this process. We hope that many will choose to stay with us in alternative roles.”

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