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Friday 17th July 2020 

Body found in search for missing Crawley man

A body has been found in the search for missing man Milton Andrla.
The 60-year-old man from Crawley was reported missing on Monday 15 June.
Specialist search and rescue teams were out in Crawley on Friday (July 10) scouring the area for any signs of his whereabouts. Sadly, a body was found on Friday evening.
Formal identification has yet to take place, but Milton's family have been informed. 
The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious, and the coroner’s officer has been informed.
There will be a continued police presence in the area while enquiries continue.

Sussex Police tackles knife crime with additional Home Office funding

Sussex Police continues to tackle knife crime and serious violence after securing £871,555 funding from the Home Office for 2020/2021.
The funds will see the force build on the positive results seen last year through targeted activities such as hotspot patrols, weapon sweeps and test purchasing activities as well as educational outreach in schools and local communities.
Sussex sees a relatively low number of knife-related incidents, with possession and ADR* offences accounting for less than one per cent of all reported crime from April 2019 to March 2020. However, in line with the national picture, Sussex has seen a rise in knife crime and is focused on reducing the number of knife-related incidents. Read more here
Information sought following theft of £60,000 worth of stock from toy store
Police are appealing for information following the theft of £60,000 of stock from a Crawley toy store.
The items are reported to have been stolen from Smyths, at Acorn Retail park, in Betts Way, on several occasions between March and June.
Police released a CCTV image of a suspect, who has made himself known and is assisting officers with the investigation.
One suspect – a 27-year-old man from Crawley – voluntarily attended police interview in connection with the investigation. A further two suspects – a 31-year-old man from Crawley and a 25-year-old man of no fixed address – have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.
All three suspects have been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Police are urging anyone with any information to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 860 of 23/06.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online

83 arrests made during two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A total of 83 arrests were made during a two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Sussex.
The shocking figure can be revealed after the fortnightly operation – run by both Surrey Police and Sussex Police to keep people safe and target offenders on our roads – concluded on Sunday evening (12 July).
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s really disappointing that some people still choose to risk the lives of themselves and others by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. Click here for full details

Men sought over racial abuse outside Crawley supermarket

Can you identify these two men?
One man is on the left, the second man is in the centre and right hand images.
Police are seeking witnesses to an incident outside a Crawley superstore in which a 23-year-old local man was racially abused and assaulted.
At about 4.50 pm on Wednesday 1 July as he walked through the car park at Tesco in Hazlewick Avenue, the victim was involved in an unprovoked altercation with two men who were passengers in white Transit van. The men got out and came up to the victim near the ATM, shouting and swearing at him. One of them then punched him, knocking his glasses off. The two suspects then left the scene in the van which was being driven by a third man.
The victim had gone to Tesco on foot to purchase gifts for a family birthday party later that evening. He was not physically injured but was left shaken and upset by the incident.
Investigator Jools Whittaker-Jones said; “There were a lot of shoppers around at the time of this incident who would have been aware of the shouting.
"Anyone who saw or heard what happened or videoed this incident, or who recognises these two men, is asked to contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1028 of 01/07."

Appeal for witnesses to fight in Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses to reports of an altercation involving a group of youths, some of whom were seen to in possession of weapons in Crawley.

The incident happened in Gales Drive shortly before 5pm on Monday (13 July). 
Officers quickly attended and arrested five teenagers aged 15, 16 and 17 and a 25-year-old man for offences including affray and possession of a bladed article in a public place. A knife and a bat were also found by police nearby. No injuries were reported.

Those arrested have all been questioned and released under investigation while enquiries are continuing. 

A section 34 dispersal order has been extended in the Three Bridges area of Crawley for a further 48 hours until 3pm on 18 July in response to the incident. The order provides the police with power to disperse individuals behaving in an anti-social manner. 

PC Sam Bate said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the altercation or have any information about those involved. 

"We appreciate the concern this behaviour from a minority of group of people is causing within the community and additional resources will be deployed to areas where groups are known to gather to deter such behaviour in the future."

Anyone who saw the altercation, or may have any other relevant information about the incident, is asked to report online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1044 of 13/07.

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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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