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24 September 2020

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Police investigate serious assault in Crawley

A man has suffered serious injuries in a Crawley assault.
Police have launched an investigation after a man in his 40s suffered serious multiple injuries in an assault.
The victim was walking along Broadway, Crawley around 9.30pm on Sunday (20 September) when he was approached by a group of five young adults.
The group followed the victim towards the car park in the Boulevard where he was punched and kicked. The victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The suspects were described as black, aged between 17 and 20, wearing dark clothing with hoods up and were all using bicycles.
If anyone witnessed the assault, recognises the suspects in the photographs or has information to assist the police investigation please report online or call 101 quoting Operation Burgate.

Crawley road rage incident: Police appeal for witnesses

Police want to hear from anyone who saw a road rage incident where a woman sustained a broken leg and other injuries in Crawley.

The 34-year-old victim was driving on Friday 11 September between 7pm and 7.30pm when she stopped to speak to another driver in a Mitsubishi 4x4 in Waterfield Gardens who she felt had been driving aggressively. As she went to speak to him, he reversed his vehicle hitting her and then drove off. She also suffered a broken thumb and cuts and bruises.
Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska said: "The victim has suffered some serious injuries and we are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it."
Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 1289 of 11/09.

Texting driver crashes and overturns car

This video shows the moment a driver crashed and overturned their car after texting at the wheel.
The footage has been released by police to raise awareness of the ‘fatal five’ offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, not wearing a seatbelt, and careless and inconsiderate driving.
It follows a week of action during which hundreds of offences were detected on the roads in Sussex.
Officers carried out dedicated patrols from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September as part of Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death), a European-wide campaign supported by forces including Sussex Police and Surrey Police.
Motorists were dealt with by way of arrest (14), being reported for summons (28), Traffic Offence Reports (379) and words of advice (355).
Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “Throughout the week, our officers provided education and enforcement with the ultimate aim to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads each year.
Read more and see the video here.

Warning after reports of scam emails in Sussex

Police are warning people to be wary of fraudulent emails purporting to be from HM Courts and Tribunals after receiving five reports of scams in Sussex. 
The emails state that the victims owe a £25 fixed penalty charge. They say that if the victim does not pay the fine they will face greater charges of £100 and detail methods of payment. 
Fortunately, no victims have reported losing any money. 
PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Sussex and Surrey Police, said: "Fraudsters have made the scam emails appear genuine in an effort to dupe people into sending them cash.
"Thankfully, no victims have lost money to this awful scam email which we suspect has been sent to a large number of people. We want to help them keep their money safe by raising awareness of these reports.
"Remember - if you receive an unexpected communication requesting money or financial details, always double check it is legitimate by contacting the organisation directly. Trust your instincts, if something doesn't seem quite right then speak to friends and family before rushing into decisions regarding your finances."

If you have any information or have been a victim to this scam please report to Action Fraud or, if vulnerable, to Sussex Police online or by dialling 101

How to keep your vehicle safe and sound

Having your car broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your vehicle, and what’s in it, safe.

1. Always lock it
Fuelling up or popping back into your house to get something are perfect examples of how easy it is to turn your back for a moment and forget your vehicle is unsecured. So get into the habit of locking your vehicle even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment.
2. Close windows and the sun roof to prevent ‘fishing’
Leaving windows and the sunroof open invites fishing for items through the gap by hand or with, say, a bent coat hanger, which could also be used to unlock a door for them to get in. Thieves can be ingenious. Don’t give them the opportunity.
3. Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws
The easiest way to change the identity of a stolen vehicle or avoid speeding tickets and parking tickets is to fit stolen number plates. Using security screws to attach your vehicle’s number plates makes it harder for thieves to get your number.
4. Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels
Stolen wheels are valuable, either as parts or for their scrap value. Using locking wheel nuts reduces the risk of your vehicle’s wheels being stolen. 
5. Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle
Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle, makes them more secure, but still, don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it. For further information and advice, visit Sold Secure.

6. Take it with you or hide it
Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle. 
7. Hide electrical items and leave no clues
Leaving sat nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. Even if they can’t see the Sat Nav or iPad they might still break in to see if it’s stored in the car, out of sight.
8. Tool theft from vans
Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, it's a good idea to mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Alternatively, you can use a variety of other property marking systems. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.
Consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools – a number of security rated products are available. Small cameras are also designed to record inside vehicles. Visit Secured by Design for more details.
You can also take photographs of items of value, make a note of the serial numbers and consider registering them online at a property register site.

9. Park in well-lit and busier areas
It can take less than 30 seconds to break into a vehicle. Parking in well-lit areas and busy streets increases the chances of a thief being seen, so they’ll probably steer clear.
10. Take your documents with you
Having a vehicle’s registration and insurance documents could let a thief pretend to be the owner. Which means they could sell it on quite easily. So, never leave any documents in the vehicle.
11. Choose your car park wisely
If possible, always try to park in well-lit and staffed car parks or those with a Park Mark safer parking award. To find one, simply check out Park Mark.
Catalytic converter theft

The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft. To keep yours safe, ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer.
Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound. If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of. Visit Secured by Design for more details.


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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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