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Arson attacks in Crawley. Police appeal for witnesses

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a spate of arson fires in the Broadfield area of Crawley.

Over a period of four days, police received reports of three vehicle fires, a bin and a For Sale sign fire.

The first incident was a silver Peugeot found at the entrance to Broadfield Park at around 9.50pm on Wednesday, 27 October.

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On Thursday, 28 October a BMW 320 series was reported on fire at 10pm in Broadfield Park, behind Marlborough Road.

A bin fire was reported to police at a property in Finsbury Road on Friday, 29 October at around 11.30pm.

As officers were searching for suspects for the bin fire they found a For Sale sign on fire in Woodmans Hill at 12.15am on Saturday, 30 October which they extinguished. Just 10 minutes later officers found a Mercedes A Class on fire in Broadfield Park, behind Highwood Park, however their attempts to put out the fire were unsuccessful and West Sussex Fire Service were called.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Robeson said: “A number of different arson attacks occurred in the Broadfield area over a very short space of time.

“We would be keen to speak to anyone who noticed any suspicious behaviour at the time of any of these incidents.

“If you have any information please report it to us immediately.”

A 37-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of seven counts of arson and has been released under investigation.

If you have any information please report online or call 101 quoting reference 1433 of 27/10.

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77-year-old man critical in hospital after being robbed by 3 men in Crawley Boulevard

A despicable crime in daylight in the towns city centre.

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A 77 year-old-man is in a critical condition this evening (22nd July) after he was robbed in Crawley town centre.

Following an initial call from the ambulance service, police were called at 15:49 where the man who was on a mobilty scooter was in cardiac arrest.

Police immediately taped off the surrounding area and multiple units were called to the scene.

3 males were arrested for robbery which the police suspect took place near the public toilets close to Marks and Spencer.

The victim is currently in a critical condition after he was flown by helicopter to St Georges Hospital.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen the incident in the Boulevard around this time.

If you have any information please contact Sussex Police using 101 and OP SALZBURG Cad no. 0959/22072018 or contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111

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