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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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Wanted man Thomas Keatley may be in Crawley

Keatley was jailed for eight years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Police say he has links to Crawley.

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A man who is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence has links to Crawley, Police have revealed.

Sussex Police are on the hunt for 33-year-old Thomas Keatley, formerly of Brighton Road in Lancing.

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Keatley was jailed for eight years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in October 2013.

Police had discovered a homemade gun, bullets, equipment used to make ammunition as well as a USB stick containing guides on how to make handguns and automatic machine guns inside a Crawley garage.

He has been released from prison.

A Sussex Police statement says: “Keatley has links to Crawley, Brighton and Worthing. He is white, of heavy build with black hair.

“Anyone who has seen Keatley or has any information about him should contact police online
or ring 101 quoting serial 710 of 26/09.”

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