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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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Manhunt after attempted robbery at knifepoint at Ifield newsagents in Crawley

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A man who attempted to rob a newsagents in Ifield is being hunted by police.

The alarm was raised at 7.17am on Tuesday (September 3) when the man went in McColl’s in Ifield Parade, threatened staff with a knife and demanded money.

However, he was driven from the shop empty-handed.

He is described as black or west Asian, in his mid-30s, 5′ 10″, of slim or skinny build and was wearing a face covering, grey hooded top, black gloves, black trousers and black shoes or trainers.

Police have taped up the entrance around the shop and two officers are standing guard at the scene.

A visibly shaken staff member could be seen talking to shoppers as concern grows over the number of incidents taking place at other shops across the town.

Police confirmed there have been no physical injuries but would could not confirm if any suspect/s had been taken into custody.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw someone of that description in the area at the time is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 263 of 03/09

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