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Police ask for help after Tilgate newsagents robbed

Detectives are appealing for information following a robbery at a newsagents in Crawley.

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Police were alerted to the incident at Martin’s, in Tilgate Parade, about 7.09am on Sunday 5 May.

A man entered the store and demanded money from the till and safe, threatening to harm the member of staff if she did not comply with his orders. He then made off with an unknown quantity of cash.

No weapon was seen at any point.

The suspect is described as white, about 6’1”, with dark eyes. He wore a black coat with the hood up, dark coloured jogging bottoms and a face covering. He spoke with what is believed to be an Irish accent.

Enquiries are ongoing, and anyone who saw what happened or saw anyone suspicious in the area around the time is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 264 of 05/05.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

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Man jailed for stealing charity collection tins

A man who broke into a café and stole three charity collection tins has been jailed.

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Police were alerted to the break-in at The Conservatory Café in North Street, Horsham, about 11.30pm on Monday 13 May.

Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene and a witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

Due to the description provided and the information received, a suspect was nominated.

A PCSO on patrol spotted the suspect in Hurst Road about 7pm the following evening (14 May) and noticed he had cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.

The suspect was identified as Kieran Blunden, 33, unemployed, of no fixed address.

Further officers attended to assist, and Blunden was arrested and charged with burglary.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £50 in compensation.

Blunden also admitted stealing a charity box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street, Horsham, on 14 May, and this offence was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Investigations Supervisor Dave Bell said:

“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.

“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the café owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”

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