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28th April 2020

Police are seeking a woman and any other witnesses who can help with information about a mystery incident in an East Grinstead street.
At 5.50pm on Tuesday (21 April), police received a call about the incident, near to the parade of shops in Holtye Avenue, East Grinstead. Three young men had been seen walking by a small white stationary car when one of them produced what is believed to be a long barrelled gun. The passenger of the vehicle got out and handed over what is thought to be bag before getting back in to the car which then drove off. The three young men then ran off along Quarry Drive.  There was no physical violence and no shots were fired.
Investigator Lauren Chapman said: "We believe the three men had been seen just before this incident outside the Premier shop in Holtye Avenue Parade, by a woman wearing a striped white dress.
"We are asking that woman, and anyone else who saw anything of this incident, to contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1161 of 21/04.
"We are also asking the occupants of the car, and the three men, to come forward so that we can check on their welfare."

An elderly cyclist was airlifted to hospital with critical injuries after a collision with a car in East Grinstead. 

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the scene in Beeching Way at 11.09am on Friday (April 24). The cyclist, a 78-year-old local man, suffered multiple injuries in the collision with a Vauxhall Astra and was taken to Kings College Hospital in London.

A 55-year-old man from East Grinstead was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He remained in custody at 4.15pm on Friday.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage of either vehicle in the time leading up to it, is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Juniper. Police would particularly like to speak to a couple who were walking a dog in the area at the time.

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant after two people coerced their way into an elderly man’s home in East Grinstead.
The incident occurred at the home of the vulnerable 73-year-old, in Dorset Avenue, between 1pm and 3pm on Friday 17 April. Nothing was taken and the man was not hurt.
Detective Constable Mark Buckley said: “Two people persuaded a vulnerable man to let them into his house where they spent several minutes. This happened in broad daylight and is a common method by which criminals gain access to people’s homes, especially those that live on their own and are vulnerable.
“If you were in the area at the time and witnessed some of these events, or have any dash cam or CCTV covering these times in and around Dorset Avenue, then I want to hear from you.
“I would ask you all to be vigilant. Look out for your neighbours and relatives, and do not let anyone you do not know into your house.”
The two suspects are described as a white man in his mid to late 30s, about 5’8”, with brown hair, carrying a brown coloured shopping bag; and a white woman in her 30s, about 5’8”, with long wavy brown hair, carrying a long-handled shopping bag.
Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1424 of 17/04.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 


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