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Friday 26th June 2020

Appeal for witnesses to Crawley assault to come forward,

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault 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 a number of people were present in the area at the time of the assault, and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.
Anyone who has any information about the assault is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1305 of 18/05.

Witnesses sought after motorcyclist sadly dies in Crawley Down collision

A man has been arrested after a motorcyclist sadly died in a collision in Crawley Down.
The crash involving a blue Vauxhall Astra and a red Kawasaki occurred on the B2028 Turners Hill Road, south of Crawley Down village, about 8.50pm on Thursday 25 June.
The motorcyclist – a 74-year-old local man – suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
The Astra driver – a 72-year-old man from Crawley – sustained minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, and remains in police custody at this stage.
Anyone who saw what happened, or anyone with dash cam footage which captured the incident or the events leading up to it, is urged to email quoting Operation Bavian

Man sentenced for drug dealing between London and Crawley

A man has been sentenced to prison for drug offences after police executed simultaneous warrants in Sussex and West London.
On Tuesday, 5 May, officers from the West Sussex Community Investigations team, assisted by officers from the Metropolitan Police, executed a warrant in Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, and one at an address in Hammersmith, London.
A large quantity of class A drugs, a number of mobile phones and £2,000 in cash were recovered from the properties.
Nkrumah McKenzie, 31, of Flora Gardens, Hammersmith was arrested at the property and later charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine and heroin).
McKenzie pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday, 3 June, and was sentenced to a total of four-and-a-half years in prison and a given forfeiture order for the cash found.
Detective Sergeant Peter Yarrow of Sussex Police said; "This successful investigation resulted from close working and sharing of intelligence between the Metropolitan Police and ourselves.
"A 'County Lines' drug supply route between London and Crawley has been completely disrupted and we continue to work with colleagues in London on similar operations involving Sussex."
For further information on work done by Sussex Police to combat drug dealing, and ways in which you can help the police, see the force website

Crawley man for trial on arson endangering life charge

A Crawley man has been sent for trial charged with arson endangering life at a house in the town. Michael Coppendale, 34, a builder, of Cherry Lane, Crawley, appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 June, charged with arson with intent to endanger life at an address at The Birches in Crawley on Saturday (20 June).
A quantity of vehicle fuel was poured through a hole in the front door of the house. It ignited but did not take hold. Several people were in the house at the time but were not injured.
Coppendale was remanded in custody and sent for trial with an initial hearing at Crown Court on 21July.
The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows enquiries by local officers and detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.




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