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Masked man with axe robs Horley bookmakers

Police say the ‘aggressive attack’ has left staff in shock.

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery that took place at a Horley bookmakers in which a man threatened staff with an axe.

The incident happened on Saturday (27 October) at around 8.54pm when a man wearing a balaclava and armed with an axe threatened two members of staff at the Coral Bookmakers in Brighton Road.

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The masked thief left with a quantity of cash.

A statement from Surrey Police confirms, ‘No one was injured.’

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a man running towards Albert Road or Brighton Road afterwards.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said:

“He is described as 5ft 8 inches tall, roughly 30 years of age, local accent, brown eyes and had stubble.”

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Emma Gibson said:

“This was an aggressive attack which left the staff in shock.

“We take all incidents of this nature very seriously and any information you have could help us identify the perpetrator and bring him to justice.

“If you were in the area at the time and noticed anybody matching the description running away from the bookmakers, please contact us immediately on 101 quoting PR/45180114946.”

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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