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BREAKING NEWS: Another stabbing, this time in Langley Green

In less than 12 hours two stabbing incidents have happened in Crawley.

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Two stabbings in the space of 12hrs in Crawley.

Two men have been arrested after an altercation involving knives occurred in Crawley.

Officers were called to Langley Green area of Crawley around 10pm on Tuesday (15 May) to reports of two men fighting.

One of the men was discovered in Langley Green Parade with a stab wound to the right-hand side of his chest.

The second man was found nearby in Blackthorn Close, Crawley, with a minor stab wound to his arm.

Both were taken to hospital, however their injuries are not believed to be serious.

Detective Inspector Jon Robeson said: “We believe this was a targeted incident and not a random act of violence.

“Thankfully both men only suffered minor injuries and have both been released from hospital.

“We believe the incident started in Langley Parade and if you were in the area around 10pm last night and witnessed the incident, we would like to hear from you.

“We are aware there was another incident, Operation Elmwood, earlier during the day and we are investigating both to establish if the two are connected.”

A 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old man both from Crawley, were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. Both remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

To report any information please report online or ring 101 quoting reference Operation Peterhead. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More news: Man stabbed in Crawley town centre as police search for 3 suspects

CN24 has spoken with Crawley and Sussex police about the increase in violent crimes in the town.  A full story with interviews about how the police are addressing this will be published soon.  If you or anyone you know have any questions you would like put to the police and the council about this rise in violence then please email them to info@crawleynews24.co.uk

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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.

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The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to https://www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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