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Crawley man among four arrested following ‘spate of burglaries’

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Four arrests in twenty-four hours have been carried out by Surrey Police following a ‘recent spate of burglaries’.

Two men were arrested in Alfold on Wednesday evening (21 February) in connection with an aggravated burglary. They were found to be in possession of items believed connected to the offence.

One man, 32, from Bordon in Hampshire and a 35-year-old man from Crawley in West Sussex have been released under investigation.

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On Thursday afternoon (22 February), a man and woman were arrested on Gorse Lane in Farnham on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary after their Transit van was stopped by police. When searching the van, officers found a number of suspected stolen items, including a chainsaw.

The man, 28, from Godalming in Surrey, and woman, 27, from Compton in Surrey, have been released under investigation.

Waverley Borough Inspector, Mark Bridge, said:

“We are aware of the concerns of local residents and we are working hard to tackle this recent spate of burglaries. We have increased our patrols and are targeting known offenders. We will continue to identify and pursue the offenders and I am pleased to report these recent encouraging results. We will not be complacent and the offence of burglary remains a top priority for Surrey Police.

“I will ensure my team remain vigilant and that we attend every house burglary. That we investigate all lines of enquiry thoroughly and provide appropriate support and crime prevention advice to all victims. I am grateful for the continued help that you as local residents provide and together we will continue to reduce these offences.

“I simply encourage you to be vigilant and review the security within your home, shed and garage. If you suspect someone of being involved in burglary, or being in possession of stolen goods, we encourage you to tell us right away. Please call us on 101 or report your suspicions to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Surrey Police have issued the following advice to help you keep your belongings safe. You will find more burglary prevention advice on their website.

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox
  • Install dusk to dawn outside lighting
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside
  • Mark your property with a forensic marking product, and register your belongings with Immobilise.com

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

Have you seen Michael Tewolde?

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Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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