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Arson attacks in Crawley. Police appeal for witnesses



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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FOILED! Thieves fail at stealing from Royal Mail in Southgate

An attempt to steal from a Royal Mail van in Southgate failed & witnesses are being asked to come forward.



Thieves attempts to steal from a Royal Mail van in Southgate, Crawley failed after they tried to break in with a dash and grab.

Due to the security measures taken by the Royal Mail though the thieves quickly discovered that all letters and parcels are kept in the rear of the van foiling their attempts.

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The incident took place on Friday 9 March in Chatsworth Row and any witnesses are being asked to come forward.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said:

“We can confirm that the window of a parked Royal Mail van was smashed while one of our postman was out delivering the mail. All items of mail were secured in the back of the van and no letters or parcels were taken or damaged as a result. Anyone with any information should contact local police.”

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