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2 September 2020

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Man arrested after van collides with gate in Crawley

A man has been arrested after a van collided with a gate on land owned by Gatwick Airport.
Police were called at 3.43am on Monday (August 31) to reports of a van in collision with a gate in Bonnetts Lane, Crawley.
Officers attended and quickly arrested a man from Crawley on suspicion of criminal damage, entering a restricted area of aerodrome on the outer perimeter of the campus, being in possession of a Class B drug and driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit. He remains in custody.
Police have assessed this to not be a terrorist-related incident at this time. The scene has been made secure and enquiries are ongoing.
There was no disruption caused to Gatwick Airport, its passengers or staff during the incident, and flights continue to run as normal.

Man charged in connection with Crawley stabbing

A man has been charged in connection with a stabbing in Crawley.
Police were called to a property in Oatlands shortly after 6.30pm on Friday (August 28).The victim - a man in his 70s - was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Andrew Spilling, 58, unemployed, of Hawkesmoor Road, Crawley, has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a Class B drug.
He has been remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (August 31).
Anyone who saw what happened or who may have any other information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Cinder.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Appeal to find owner of stolen medal

Police are appealing to locate the owner of a medal that was reported stolen from a property in East Sussex in 2000.
A member of the public who collects and researches military items reported it to Sussex Police on Friday, 14 August after noticing the stolen medal was for sale at an auction in Newcastle.
The medal is described as a Distinguished Flying medal King George IV and was awarded to 529248 Sergeant Arthur Moy, RAF.
Officers are appealing to anyone who knows who the item may belong to to come forwards. 
PC Michelle Holdstock said: "We're enormously grateful to this member of the public for reporting this stolen item to us and we are keen to reunite it with its rightful owner. 
"We do not know where this medal has been over the last 20 years and hope that by releasing these images we may help jog someone's memory.
"If you recognise this medal or have any information that may assist with our enquiries please report online or call 101, quoting 185 of 14/08."

Sussex Police donates £91,000 to help local organisations during Covid-19 crisis

Sussex Police has donated a total of £91,000 to charities and local organisations to help during the Covid-19 crisis. 
The funds went to 134 different organisations across Sussex through the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from the sale of unclaimed lost property and property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.
Examples of ways the money has been used include:

-  Purchasing PPE for staff and volunteers to enable them to carry out their key roles with increased safety measures.
- Obtaining materials to allow organisations to make PPE equipment more available to NHS staff and Key workers for free.
- For food and storage for foodbanks and similar organisations to allow them to help more vulnerable families and households who require it.
Read more here.

Buying or selling vehicle online?

These days – pandemic or no pandemic – the vast majority of second-hand cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles are bought and sold online. It’s fast and convenient, and there’s so much choice at your fingertips.
But online marketplaces are also very popular with fraudsters. Unfortunate buyers get tricked into paying deposits or transportation fees for cars, vans, bikes and other vehicles that simply don’t exist. Or buy a vehicle without checking its history, only to find it’s been written off by a previous owner. Some sellers hand over their keys and documents to a fraudulent buyer on trust, without checking that there are cleared funds in their account. These are just examples of many types of situations you need to be wary of.
How can you tell what ads, vehicles, buyers and sellers are genuine? You can find out from Get Safe Online website here.


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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.

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


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