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3 June 2020

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Swift arrest after cars damaged in Crawley

A swift police response to night time calls about damage to cars in Crawley resulted in an arrest just over 30 minutes later.
Just before 4am on Saturday (30 May), calls began to come in about a man damaging the wing mirrors and wipers of cars parked in the Northgate area, including Turnpike Place, Honeysuckle Lane, Hazel Close, Briar Close and Five Acres. Altogether 19 cars were damaged.
Officers responded, carrying out a thorough search of the area, and the suspect was spotted 20 minutes later on a cycle. At 4.30am he was found and arrested in Ifield Avenue after a brief struggle in which police dog Finn, who had helped track the suspect down and took hold of him, was kicked and punched.
A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, theft of the cycle and causing unnecessary suffering to the dog. After being interviewed he was released under investigation while enquiries continue.
The police dog did not sustain physical injury.
Chief Inspector Shane Baker, District Commander for Crawley and Mid-Sussex said; “This was a really good combined effort by officers on duty, with the assistance of Finn, which resulted in a swift arrest."

Identity sought after man is assaulted in Crawley

Do you recognise this man? Police would like to speak to him in relation to an assault on a man in Crawley.
Officers were called on Monday, May 18 to a report of an altercation in the car park behind KFC in High Street around 7pm.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, where it was confirmed he'd suffered a broken nose and a fractured eye socket.
Police believe the man pictured could help with their enquiries. He is thought to be a delivery driver and was wearing a dark coloured motorcycle jacket and carrying a motorcycle helmet.
Anyone who recognises him, or who witnessed the incident and has any information that could help police with their investigation, is asked to make contact online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1305 of 18/05. To see more images click here.

Man arrested in connection with Three Bridges hit-and-run

A man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run which occurred in Haslett Avenue East, Three Bridges, about 6.10pm on Wednesday 27 May.
Three people were crossing the road from Three Bridges railway station when one of them – a 28-year-old local man – was struck by a car, believed to be a white Audi, which failed to stop at the scene.
He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where it was confirmed he sustained a fractured rib. He was later discharged.
On Thursday morning (28 May), a 23-year-old man from Crawley handed himself in to police, and was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop after a road traffic collision. He has been interviewed and released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Police are still urging anyone who witnessed the collision or saw a white Audi being driven in the area around that time – or anyone with dash cam, CCTV or mobile phone footage of the incident – to come forward.
You can email quoting Operation Lichfield.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

Sussex Police Tactical Enforcement Unit expands into the west

Sussex Police’s Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) has launched an additional team in West Sussex division to continue to make the county a ‘hostile environment’ for dangerous and persistent criminals.

The TEU is a proactive police unit, which was set up in December last year to target Sussex’s most prolific offenders, will be expanded to form three teams across the force.
The first expansion launched in West Sussex on Friday (29 May). The new team is made up of eight PCs, and a Sergeant. The TEU will then expand again in July with dedicated teams in Brighton and Hove and East Sussex divisions. Read more here.

Sussex Resilience Forum thanks volunteers for their hard work

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, 1 – 7 June, the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) is shining a light on the stories of Sussex volunteers who have supported their communities in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
From the start of the pandemic, volunteers have provided services at all levels, from delivering vital  PPE supplies to protect the frontline, to making welfare calls and food drops to support individuals within communities.
The SRF is the multi-agency operation through which the work of local authorities and emergency services co-ordinate the response across public services, also working closely with health services and the military and linking with central government.
The Volunteer Work stream triages requests for support from these and also other voluntary, community & social enterprise organisations, and Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate volunteers supporting directly and also those less formal voluntary efforts, where people have selflessly given their time and efforts to help others.  
Neil Stocker, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, SRF Co-Chair, said: “I have been so impressed by the scale of ingenuity, enthusiasm and sheer persistent hard work which has gone into the efforts of volunteers to help and protect the people of Sussex.
“The scale of the efforts, ranging from rescue charities driving thousands of miles to deliver PPE and essential equipment, to individuals who’ve taken up responsibility for looking after people in their local communities, and those volunteering to use their specialist skills within the SRF, has been astounding. I thank each and every one of them for their efforts.
“As we turn our minds increasingly to planning how to support our communities as they consider the next tentative steps towards recovery, I know that volunteers will remain an essential part of this effort.”
Organisations and individuals involved in supporting the SRF’s response include:
Team Rubicon UK
Sussex 4x4 Response
Sussex 4x4 Assist
Red Cross
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
Haywards Heath Mutual Aid
In addition, throughout Volunteers’ Week, the SRF agencies will be sharing stories of localised examples of voluntary work to support communities. Please visit @SussexRF on Twitter and Sussex Resilience Forum on Facebook to see these throughout the week. 


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