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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.

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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.

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Two teenagers arrested after police helicopter chase across Crawley

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Police have made two arrests after a motorcyclist and passenger failed to stop for officers in Crawley.

The pair were followed and traced with the aid of a police helicopter.

The motorcycle sped away from officers seeking to make routine check on it in Brighton Road, Crawley, shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday (22 August).

It was followed through nearby streets before being abandoned in the Southgate area less than an hour later.

A man aged 18 and a boy aged 17 were arrested nearby on suspicion of dangerous driving and other driving offences, and are currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

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