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
Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child
Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.
Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.
The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.
A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.
He has also failed to appear in court.
Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.
Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:
“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”