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Thursday 18th June 2020

Man charged after attempted robbery at Copthorne convenience store

A man has been arrested and charged after an attempted robbery in Copthorne, near Crawley.
Officers were called to the Kwik Mart convenience store, in Copthorne Bank, shortly after 6pm on Saturday (June 13),  It was reported a man had entered the shop and demanded money, but fled the scene empty-handed when the staff member shouted for help.
A man was detained nearby by members of the public, until officers attended and arrested him.Nayib Pailos, 33, a chef, of Copthorne Common, was later charged with assault with intent to commit robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place (a pair of scissors).
He appeared before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (June 15) and was remanded in custody to appear before Lewes Crown Court on July 13.

Police search for missing Milton Andrla from Crawley

Police are extremely concerned for the welfare of 60-year-old Milton Andrla who is missing from Crawley Milton was seen by family at 10am on Monday (15 June) in North Road. He said he was going to the doctors but did not attend. 
Milton is described as white with grey hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki cargo shorts with a khaki t-shirt and black trainers. 
It is not known where he may have travelled to but it is likely he has remained in the local area. Anyone with information on Milton's whereabouts is urged to dial 999 immediately. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness day

In March an 82-year-old woman from Battle attempted to withdraw £7,500 funds to transfer to a fraudster claiming it was for his wife’s funeral. The bank contacted police under the Banking Protocol scheme which trains bank branch staff to watch out for signs that someone may be about to fall victim to a scam. 
Police attended and the victim said she had received a call from someone pretending to be a police officer and was told there was an ongoing investigation into her bank as money had disappeared from her account. She was instructed to transfer all money out of the account and into a safe account. The victim believed this to be true and attended the bank to do so whilst still on the phone to the caller. Thankfully in this instance the victim lost no money and was given prevention advice. Read more here,

Special Constables take over response shift to celebrate voluntary contribution

Special Constables take over response shift to celebrate voluntary contribution
Special Constables were responsible for Sussex Police's first 'Response Takeover' on Saturday (June 6) in a fitting culmination to Volunteers' Week.
The event saw the Wealden response hub managed solely by a team of 12 volunteer officers for an entire late shift, from 5pm to 4am.
Organised and executed by Special Constable Steve Wood and involving Special Constables from Crawley, Brighton, Eastbourne, Uckfield and Hailsham, the takeover celebrated National Specials Weekend by highlighting the valuable contribution of Special Constables to the police force. For full story visit here

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