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M&S and Aldi in Crawley evacuated briefly after disturbance

Windows smashed and debris scattered across one of the supermarket floors.



M&S and Aldi in Acorn Retail Park in Manor Royal were evacuated this afternoon (13th Feb) for the safety of customers and staff.

Reports from some shoppers say that at around 3pm the fire alarm sounded causing M&S to be evacuated after someone was seen and heard causing a disturbance.

Shortly afterwards the individual reportedly went into Aldi next door and did the same causing the store to also be evacuated.

Shoppers had to wait up to thirty minutes while police were called and the store was deemed safe.

Five large windows at the front of Aldi are smashed and staff were seen clearing up debris from inside.

A statement from the police said:

“Just after 3pm on Wednesday (13 February) police were called to Aldi in Betts Way, Langley Green, where a man was throwing bottles around inside the store. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and affray. There were no reports of injuries. “

Both stores reopened shortly afterwards.


Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.



A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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