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18 September 2018

News and appeals


Witnesses sought to Crawley altercation

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a minor stab wound in a Crawley altercation.

Officers were called at 4.56pm on Tuesday (11 September) to High Street, Crawley, to reports of a fight.

An 18-year-old man walked out of Favourite Chicken when he was approached by a group of around 10 men of Asian appearance. The victim was then assaulted and suffered a minor stab wound above the hip and took himself to hospital.

Detective Sergeant Dave Morton said: “We are appealing to anyone who witnessed this assault to come forward to us with information.

“We are committed to targeting people supplying class A drugs in this area and we want to reassure everyone that their safety is our priority. Read more here.


Four men charged with supplying class A drugs in Crawley

Four men have been charged with supplying class A drugs including crack cocaine and heroin in Crawley following a long running investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Community Investigation Team.

Francis Gomez, 40, of Yeats Close, London, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs - cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, two counts of supplying cocaine and cannabis and two counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 19 October 2017.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 5 October.

Laeek Ahmed, 27 , of Denchers Plat, Crawley, has been charged with five counts of conspiracy tio supply class A drugs - cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, possession with intent to supply heroin and three counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 7 January 2017.

Syed Hussain, 39, of Heron Close, Crawley, charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and one count of money laundering from 1 to 24 November 2016. Read more here.


Save a life, surrender your knife: Sussex Police supports national knife crime campaign

Sussex Police together with other forces are supporting Operation Sceptre – a national knife crime campaign which aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, carrying a weapon.

Officers will be undertaking proactive activities across the county and encouraging knife owners to give up their blades anonymously as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “We are pleased to give our support to this national initiative once again. Members of the public will be able to hand over knives safely and anonymously at any Sussex Police front office, a list of our police stations can be found here, and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.Read more here.


Police warning as telephone fraudsters net tens of thousands across Sussex

Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after a number of cases over the last month.

In each case residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be from their bank or from the Metropolitan Police, either saying that there were problems with their credit or debit card accounts or that they were investigating a case of fraud.

In some cases, the caller has claimed to come from Barclays Bank asking if the victim banks with them. When this is confirmed, they are asked to phone customer service with the number on the rear of their card, but the phone is not disconnected, a second person 'answers' and the victim is fooled into believing that they are talking to their bank, being persuaded to reveal PIN verification and other details and ultimately handing over their bank cards to a false courier. Read more here.


Meet the new PCs


Meet some of our new recruits from the largest intake in more than 10 years.

All 70 of them, double the usual intake, attended a formal swearing in ceremony at Sussex University on Wednesday night (September 12).

The recruitment to local teams across Sussex has been made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.

“The police were in my life a lot during a disruptive childhood and they had a positive impact me,” said Charlie Boyce, 23, a former PCSO being posted to West Sussex. “I now have an opportunity to continue to show what an influence they can have.”

Fellow new recruit Chelsie Maskell, 21, will bring her experience of working with vulnerable people when she starts work in Brighton and Hove. “I wanted to play my part from an early age,” she said. “When I was 15, a schoolboy in the year above me died after being stabbed in the neck. As a police cadet with the Met I initiated presentations at schools in an effort to reduce knife crime and have since as a paralegal worked with witnesses and victims.”   Read more here.

Our Contact Centre Open Days have shown hundreds of people the vital work we do for the people of Sussex. If you'd like to play a part in keeping the people of Sussex safe, then please apply to join us as a Contact Handler here.

Crime summary

0560 13/09
There was attempted break to the garage in Hare Ln on 13 September



895 14/09  
A bike was reported stolen from the garage on Hare Lane on 14 of September



517 15/09
On 15 September a break to the shed was reported in Spring Plat. Power tools were stolen.


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