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Prolific shoplifter jailed after stealing from Gatwick Airport store

A prolific shoplifter has been jailed for beaching his Criminal Behaviour Order at Gatwick Airport.



About 2.50am on Friday 12 November, police received a report of a theft at Marks and Spencer, in the North Terminal.


A man had entered the store, which was closed to customers, through a small gap in the shutters. The gap was being used by staff and maintenance workers to carry out refurbishments.

They challenged the man and asked him to leave. As he did so, he grabbed two bottles of rum worth £16.99 each and ran from the store.

He was chased and detained, and identified as Darren Pullen, 52, unemployed, of no fixed address.

The two bottles he stole were recovered, one of which had already been opened and partially consumed.

Enquiries revealed Pullen was subject to a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order imposed by Horsham Magistrates’ Court 24 July due to a history of similar offences.


This prohibits him from entering any premises displaying a Crawley or Gatwick Shopwatch sticker, and entering Gatwick Airport unless as a passenger with proof of a valid ticket.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order, and remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 12 November.

He pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced to a total of 12 weeks’ imprisonment, and ordered to pay £16.99 compensation.

PC Jonny Walker, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, said:

“Pullen has been a thorn in the side of the retail community at Gatwick Airport for several months, and we built a case for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider a Criminal Behaviour Order due to his numerous offences of shoplifting and antisocial behaviour.

“Unfortunately, he has shown a blatant disregard for the order, which is why he now faces a number of weeks in prison.

“We hope this sentence serves as a reminder that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated at Gatwick Airport – or anywhere else in Sussex for that matter.

“This is a great example of partnership working between Sussex Police, Gatwick Airport and its retailers, who played a key role in reporting offences to bring this case to court.

“We work closely together to prevent and detect crime, and to take action against anyone caught committing offences.”


Gatwick hotel to double in size as they promise continued work with local community



Bloc Hotels has submiteed plans to increase the size of their Gatwick hotel turning it from a 245 room hotel to an impressive 473 rooms.


The huge growth proposal, if approved, will see a large extension added to the side of the current hotel.

The extension will see the hotel increase its footprint over the south terminal of the airport and allow them to offer more accomodation as demand for their unique facilities continues to grow.

Most exciting for the Crawley community is their promise to continue to work closely with local companies and education establiments.

Jemini Tarling, Group Business & Operations Manager for Bloc Hotel said:

“Having been a member of the Gatwick Diamond Business Association since 2014, we understand the importance of working closely with the local community on all levels and actively work with Crawley businesses on a day to day basis.


We currently support numerous local service providers including printers, laundry services and taxi companies among others.

We also collaborate with Crawley College, supporting student learning by facilitating hotel visits for project and work experience.”

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