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Newsagents robbed at gunpoint in Southgate, Crawley on Christmas Eve

Police have released CCTV images of a man sought in connection with a gunpoint robbery in Crawley.

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The suspect entered Martin’s newsagents in Southgate Parade around 6.08am on Monday 24 December and approached the store manager.

He pointed what is believed to be a handgun at the victim, and demanded the contents of the till and the safe.

He then locked the victim in the staff toilet, and made off from the premises with more than £1,000 in cash and approximately £3,000 worth of cigarettes.

The suspect is described as mixed race, about 5’8”, and spoke with a Croydon accent. He was wearing a dark grey Nike hooded jumper with paint marks on the arms and back, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. His face was covered by a black scarf and a black hat, and he also wore red gloves with black palms.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 141 of 24/12.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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