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24 September 2019

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Images of men wanted in connection with Crawley stabbing

Police investigating the stabbing of a man in Crawley have released new images of two men they would like to talk to in connection with the incident.
The 30-year-old victim from London was attacked and left in a critical condition in Broadfield Barton around 11.40am on Sunday, September 1. He was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting where he remained for several days for treatment, but has now been released and is expected to make a full recovery.
Detective Constable Adam Tidy said: “This was a very serious assault, the suspects armed with weapons in the middle of the day in a busy shopping area, with lots of people, including children, around and we are keen to speak with any witnesses and particularly anyone who might recognise the men in these photos, which were captured around the time and close to the location of the stabbing.
"If you have any information at all, please contact us online or call 101 quoting Operation Barnstaple."

Bewbush sexual assaults: Man pleads guilty to three offences

A man has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting women by touching in Bewbush, Crawley.
Daniel Kolomycki, 29, of Morecombe Close, Crawley, appeared before Crawley Magistrates' Court on Friday (20 September) and admitted sexually assaulting two victims by touching at Bewbush Community Centre on Saturday 14 September and a third count of sexually assaulting by touching a woman outside Bewbush Academy on 18 September.
The court heard that police officers quickly responded to a report from a woman that she had been approached by a man who had sexually assaulted her by touching while she was outside Bewbush Academy on Wednesday afternoon (18 September). With support from the public who had seen the incident, a man was arrested nearby and taken into custody.
Detectives also established that the suspect was the same man who had sexually assaulted two victims by touching at Bewbush Community Centre on 14 September.
Kolomycki was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports until 9 October at Crawley Magistrates' Court.
Detective Sergeant Joel Brooks said: "This was a particularly concerning set of events with the suspect targeting women in public places. Due to the quick response from patrol officers, a prompt and thorough investigation by investigators and the support of the public and victims, we have been able to prevent further offending and stop the suspect from causing any further harm or targeting other victims."

Witnesses sought after girl and car collide, Balcombe Road, Crawley

Witnesses are being sought to an incident in Balcombe Road, Crawley, in which a 15-year-old girl on foot and a gold-coloured Vokswagen estate car were in collision at 4.15pm on Tuesday (17 September).
The collision occurred at a pedestrian crossing near the Coaching Halt public house and after initially stopping, the car involved was driven away prior to the arrival of the emergency services.
The girl was taken by ambulance to the East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, where she was treated for minor injuries.
Police wish to speak to anyone who saw what happened or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage of the incident. They are asked to contact officers online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1024 of 17/09.
A 48-year-old Handcross man later attended Crawley police station and was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and failing to stop after a road accident. He has since been released under investigation.

Police urging road users to support European-wide campaign to save lives

Surrey Police and Sussex Police are urging road users to pledge their support towards a European-wide campaign to save lives.
The forces will once again be supporting Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), which aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds.
Watch the pledge from Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York here.

Trainee officers gain insight into faith communities

Greater knowledge and understanding of all the communities the force serves enables officers to more effectively engage and serve the people of Sussex.
That's why Multi-faith Day has become a regular part of police officer training, giving new recruits an opportunity to gain a greater insight into various faiths and cultures
More than 70 trainee police constables visited the Apple Tree Hindu temple, the Sikh Gudwara and the Islamic Centre & Masjid in Crawley last week where they met community members and found out more about their religions and ways of life.
Trainee PC Matt Seekings, who will join the Brighton and Hove policing team in November, said:
“It was a really enjoyable day and a great opportunity to meet with people of various religions and cultures and ask questions in a safe respectful learning environment.
“We found out how we can best serve and engage people of their faith and carry out our duty with maximum respect and minimum disruption. For example, if we were dealing with a sudden death or delivering the death message.”
“We as the police are here to serve the public interest and we can only do that effectively if we know, understand and respect the differences and diversity of our communities.”
As part of the cultural experience, the 72 trainees and their trainers also took part in meals – and in some cases, rolled up their sleeves and helped wash the dishes.
“We were really touched that volunteers at the Sikh Gudwara had got up early and cooked a meal for a group of 80,” said Matt. “So we wanted to pay them back by helping out with the dishes.” Read more here.


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