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Man robs Tilgate newsagents as residents woken to police helicopter overhead

The robber claimed he had a gun.

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At 8.05am on Sunday (21 July) a man entered Martins newsagents in Tilgate Parade, Crawley, threatened and pushed the member of staff and took a quantity of cash, believed to be less than £100, from the safe before making off on foot.

The man said he had a gun, but one was not seen. He is described as white, about 5’10” and of medium build.

He was wearing a black hoody up, with white stripes down the arms and a Nike emblem on the front, a pale pink scarf covering his mouth and nose, long grey jogging bottoms and dark coloured trainers with a white sole.

The member of staff was shaken but not physically injured.

A police helicopter was called in to help officers search the area but the man was not found.

Detective Sergeant Mark Miller said:

“If you were in the area around Tilgate Parade and saw anything that might help our investigation, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 375 of 21/07.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” 

Residents reported hearing and seeing a police helicopter overhead from about 8:30am till after 10 with many speculating on social media as to what was happening.

The newsagents has been robbed twice previously in the past 9 months.

Once in October ’18 and again in May this year. On both occasions the robber made off with cash.

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DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.

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The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at www.westsussex.gov.uk and www.recycleforwestsussex.org.

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