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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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Appalling dog attack in Tilgate Park, Crawley

Dog left with ear half ripped off.

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At around 12pm on Tuesday 16th of April an off-the -eash dog, reportedly a Dalmatian, was seen attacking another dog in Tilgate Park.

The owner of Ollie, the dog being attacked, had to intervene and physically drag the Dalmatian off.

According to the owner the lady in charge of the Dalmatian allegedly did nothing but shout its name.

She then apparently said:

‘I’m a professional dog walker, I know what I’m doing’ before walking off with the aggressive dog still off the leash.

Ollie was left with gushing blood from his ear which was half ripped off and his shaken owner rushed him to the vet for emergency treatment.

Ollie is now recovering from the attack.

The police were notified but as there was no information on who the lady was, no further action could be taken.

A Facebook appeal for information was started by Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera the following morning and someone has already come forward with information which may be very helpful and will be passed on to the police.

Ollie’s owners, as if the distress of this experience wasn’t enough, were left with a £1000 bill leaving them with a sizeable excess to pay for the treatment which is ongoing due to the severity of poor Ollie’s injury.

Cllr Guidera said:

“I am absolutely disgusted by this. We have a dog and I can only imagine how distressing this must have been for Ollie and for his owners. Dogs are treated as part of the family and responsible dog walkers are very welcome in Tilgate Park. Irresponsible dog walkers, however, are absolutely not. If someone cannot control a dog, why on earth would they let it off the leash in what is likely the most popular public park in Sussex?”

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