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Crawley woman left shocked after being dragged along road by drive-by handbag thief

The 67-year-old woman was walking along Lady Margaret Road in Crawley, when a green VW Golf drove up alongside her.

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A woman from Crawley is recovering after a frightening experience in which she was dragged along a street by a car driver who eventually stole her handbag.

At 9.45pm on Monday (28 May), the 67-year-old woman was walking along Lady Margaret Road in Crawley, when a green VW Golf drove up alongside her.

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The driver initially asked her for directions, but he then leant out of the car and grabbed her handbag. As he drove away, she held on to the bag and was dragged along the road for an estimated 100 yards before having to let go.

The car sped away, its wheels spinning and leaving marks on the road.

The driver was a man and of black appearance, but there is no other description of him at this stage and no registration number for the car.

As well as being very shocked, the victim sustained cuts, bruising and grazing, and was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew but declined to go to hospital.

The handbag contained personal items and a small quantity of cash.

Detective Sergeant Ian Warncken of the Crawley Investigations Team said:

“This was a really distressing experience for the woman, who resisted bravely, but eventually had to let go before she became seriously injured.

“If you saw what happened or if you have any information as to who this man may be, please get in touch with us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1452 of 28/05.

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

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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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