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27 August 2020

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Man arrested in connection with Crawley stabbing

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses to a stabbing in Crawley.
Officers were called to Berrymeade Walk following an altercation involving two men just before 6pm on Thursday (20 August).
The victim, a man in his 50s, suffered multiple serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
A 59-year-old man from Crawley was arrested nearby on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. He remains in custody while the investigation is ongoing.
The victim and suspect are known to each other and police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the assault.
If you witnessed the incident or have information to assist the police investigation, please report online or call 101 quoting reference 1106 of 20/08. 

Road safety operation leads to more than 150 road offences being dealt with

A road safety initiative has resulted in over 150 offences being dealt with and dozens more motorists positively engaging with police.
As part of Operation Downsway, specialist officers from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) provide education and enforcement with two main aims: to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on our roads.
The operation on Sunday (23 August) included sections of the A29 and A272 in West Sussex and consisted of both proactive patrols and static check sites in areas identified by communities as having concerns for road safety.
Over 150 road offences were dealt with and these included excess speed, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving and having an unregulated number plate.
Read more here.

Prison sentences for two drivers who lied about speeding

Two motorists who lied about speeding have successfully avoided a fine – and instead been handed prison sentences and a criminal record.
In two recently-concluded investigations, the drivers could have got away with a £100 fine and three points on their licence had they admitted their offences at the first opportunity.
But instead they fabricated stories, leading to convictions for perverting the course of justice.
CASE 1: On 28 November 2019, a white Vauxhall Vivaro was caught travelling at 45mph in a 30mph zone in Madeira Drive, Brighton.
A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) was sent to the registered keeper: Matthew Wood, 32, of Withyham Avenue, Saltdean.
Wood claimed he was not at fault, insisting his vehicle had a roof rack not seen in the camera images, and suggested his number plates must have been cloned.
A police investigation was launched which disproved his theory, and Wood was arrested. The original plates as shown in the camera images were found in the back of his van.
At Lewes Crown Court on 12 August, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He is also required to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £122 in costs.
Read more here.

Respect UK

Respect UK is a charity that works with men and women across the country to help bring an end to domestic abuse.
They offer a number of services including a confidential helpline to perpetrators of domestic abuse who want help to stop their abusive behaviour.
🖱️ Find more information about the charity here .
📞 To speak to someone on their helpline call 0808 802 4040.


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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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