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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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Southern Water brings in water tankers to support flow of water in Crawley through heat wave

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With the ongoing hot, dry weather and Saturday set to be the hottest on record, residents may notice tankers in the Buchan Hill area near Crawley in Sussex over the weekend.

Southern Water has brought these are in to support keeping taps flowing during these times of, what they are calling ‘unprecedented water demand’, particularly in and around the town of Crawley and Horsham.

A spokesperson for Souther Water said:

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and completely understand that with the sunshine and lack of vacations people wish to enjoy their gardens, paddling pools, hot tubs, water fights, water their gardens and lawns and even wash cars.

However, these non-essential activities risk drawing water away from crucial requirements like hand washing, cleaning, cooking, washing and medical requirements.

Thank you to all in the local community who are being considerate with their water usage. “

For more information you can read their blog post about how to be a savvy water user: https://www.southernwater.co.uk/the-news-room/the-media-centre/2020/july/being-water-savvy-in-the-hot-weather

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