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20 February 2020

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Drugs Operation

Police have carried out a series of drugs warrants at addresses in Crawley as part of an investigation into cannabis cultivation sites.
On Sunday 2 February police were called to a report of intruders at an address in Tennyson Close, Crawley. Officers found some 800 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation at the address, together with equipment used for their cultivation. Two men, aged 38 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and after being interviewed were released under investigation.
Drugs warrants were then executed at nine other addresses. At every one equipment for cannabis production was also found, and at eight of the addresses cannabis in various stages of cultivation was also found: To read more on this story please press here


A man has been charged with trying to meet a teenage girl for sex in Crawley after online contact.
Nigel McDermott, 52, a builder’s merchant, of Hawks Ridge, Harnham, Wilts, appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on Friday 14 February, charged with engaging in sexual communication with a child. He did not enter a plea and was released on conditional court bail, to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 13 March.
It is alleged that he was in online contact with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but who was in fact a police officer.
The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), working closely with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).
Communications devices were seized when officers arrested McDermott in a car park at Tilgate Park, Crawley, on Wednesday 12 February.
Enquiries have confirmed that no child was at risk.


Police are looking to reunite these items with their owners.
The tools were found in a car suspected of being involved in the theft of property from vehicles across Sussex.
Some items retrieved from the vehicle have already been reunited with their owners, who reported the thefts to police.
Officers are now keen to find the owners of the other items found in the car.
Anyone who recognises any of these items, or who thinks they may belong to them, are asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1351 of 15/02.


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