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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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Four charged with supplying class A drugs in Crawley

Three of the four men have home addresses in Crawley. They are due to appear in Court on 10 October.

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Four men have been charged with supplying class A drugs in Crawley following a long running investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Community Investigation Team.

Three of the four men are Crawley residents and the charges include supplying class A drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin.

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27-year-old Laeek Ahmed, of Denchers Plat in Crawley, has been charged with five counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin), possession with intent to supply heroin and three counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 7 January 2017.

Syed Hussain, a 39-year-old, of Heron Close, Crawley, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and one count of money laundering from 1 to 24 November 2016.

Sarder Bashir, 37-years-old, of Martyrs Avenue in Crawley, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin from 1 to 24 November 2016 and one count of perverting the course of justice from 22 to 25 November 2016.

They are due to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 10 October.

Francis Gomez, 40, of Yeats Close, London, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs – cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, two counts of supplying cocaine and cannabis and two counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 19 October 2017.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 5 October.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack said:

“This case demonstrates our determination to continually review and gather evidence in order to bring charges no matter how long it takes. I would actively encourage the public to provide information that assists us so that we can continue this important work.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.

For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police added:

“We have put increased resources within the Community Investigations Teams, a successfully proven element of the new local policing model, to meet demand better as they deal with crime series, such as burglary and organised crime.”

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