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23 July 2019
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Crawley flats arson: Man arrested
Police investigating a deliberate fire in a block of flats at Ganymede Court, Bewbush, Crawley, early on Sunday (14 July) have made an arrest.
Residents were evacuated while West Sussex Fire and Rescue brought the fire under control at 4.10am. One woman was taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation. Two flats were badly damaged in the blaze.
A 37-year-old from Crawley has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Detective Inspector Pauline Lane said: "We have arrested a man in connection with the fire but we would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the fire being started or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area."
Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information should report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Clayhill.
Witnesses sought after Crawley newsagents robbery
Police are seeking witnesses after a newsagents was robbed in Crawley.
At 8.05am on Sunday (21 July) a man entered Martins newsagents in Tilgate Parade, Crawley, threatened and pushed the member of staff and took a quantity of cash, believed to be less than £100, from the safe before making off on foot.
The man said he had a gun, but one was not seen. He is described as white, about 5'10" and of medium build. He was wearing a black hoody up, with white stripes down the arms and a Nike emblem on the front, a pale pink scarf covering his mouth and nose, long grey jogging bottoms and dark coloured trainers with a white sole.
The member of staff was shaken but not physically injured.
A police helicopter was called in to help officers search the area but the man was not found.
Detective Sergeant Mark Miller said: "If you were in the area around Tilgate Parade and saw anything that might help our investigation, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 375 of 21/07.
"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Are you #ASBAware? Sussex Police launches ASB Awareness Week
Sussex Police is supporting Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week.
In this week of action, the force aims to increase people’s understanding of what ASB is, its impact on people’s lives and how it can lead to more serious crime.
“Working as a team with the community providing and sharing information and partners identifying and addressing issues, we can successfully tackle local issues,” said Chief Inspector Kris Ottery, the force’s lead on ASB.
“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing the harm that it causes in our communities. We work closely with local authorities, other agencies and the community to seek opportunities for early intervention, support victims, and make appropriate use of the powers available to us where the behaviour persists.”
ASB comes in many forms and can be confusing sometimes for victims to know what incident is ASB and what agency is responsible for tackling which incident. Police can work with partners to use powers such as community protection warnings and notices, criminal behaviour orders, civil injunctions, closure orders and dispersal powers. Read more here.
Community SpeedWatch seeks new volunteers
Are you concerned about speeding and antisocial driving in your area, and have a few hours to spare each week?
Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is once again recruiting volunteers for Sussex. We are looking for volunteer coordinators and operators in all areas including Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Woodingdean, Rottingdean, Lewes and Eastbourne.
If interested, you can join by going to www.communityspeedwatch.org and choosing the group from the drop-down list, then following the on-screen prompts. If you can’t find a group listed, you can also register a new group.
Full training is given by Sussex Police following registration. The scheme in Sussex has a proven track record in helping to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads.
CSW officer Steve O’Connell said: “The groups are a valued volunteer resource that help the community enormously in helping to bring the problem of speeding under control, they produce across Sussex in excess of 3,500 records per month that involves letters going out to registered keepers of vehicles via Operation Crackdown. Read more here.
83 arrests made in summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
A builder who crashed his van into a wall is among 83 motorists arrested during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.
Surrey Police and Sussex Police run a dedicated campaign every summer and Christmas when social occasions are typically at their peak.
The main aims are to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on the roads.
A total of 83 arrests were made in Sussex during the crackdown which ran from 24 June to 7 July.
About 7.15pm on Friday 28 June, police received a report of a Ford Transit having crashed into a wall in Hewarts Lane, Bognor Regis.
The occupants of the vehicle had made off from the scene prior to police arrival, but descriptions were provided and they were located by officers nearby shortly afterwards.
The driver was identified as Lee Barrow, 59, a builder, of Carlton Avenue, Bognor Regis.
Due to the collision and the suspicion he was under the influence of alcohol, Barrow was required to provide a roadside breath test, which he declined.
He was taken to custody where he declined again, and was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.
At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge. Read more here.
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