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Father & son plead guilty to assault on Crawley man

The victim was taken to hospital with multiple injuries in July after the assault in which one man was, reportedly, in possession of a metal pole.

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A father and son from Crawley have been found guilty of assaulting a man in Bewbush.

Officers attended Apsley Court, Crawley, on 4 July 2017. They were called to reports of a man being assaulted by two other men, one of whom was in possession of a metal pole.

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51-year-old Tony Newman and his 21-year-old son, also named Tony, were arrested and later released under investigation. The victim was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

Following enquiries, the defendants of Murray Court, Crawley, were both later charged with assault on a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Both defendants initially pleaded not guilty to both charges and appeared at Horsham Magistrates’ court on Monday 6 August.

After hearing the evidence, the pair then changed their pleas to guilty. Newman Junior pleaded guilty to both charges and Newman Senior pleaded guilty to assault a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm, but the possession of an offensive weapon charge was dropped by the court.

Crime Investigator Simon Bethune said:

“This was a complicated case with the defendants initially pleading not guilty.

“The pair will be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 4 September and this reflects the seriousness of the assault.

“I would like to praise the victim and witnesses for their bravery in providing their accounts in court, a task which would have undoubtedly been very distressing.”

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Langley Green man sent to prison after more than £13k drugs found in his home

A Crawley man found with nearly £13,500 worth of drugs in his home has been given a prison sentence.

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Police conducted a warrant at the address of Matthew Stevens in Dobson Road, Crawley, after reports from members of the public regarding suspicious behaviour in the area was reported.

During the search on 15 July 2016, officers found a quantity of cocaine, spice and drug paraphernalia. Stevens, 44, was then arrested.

He was released under investigation and the Crawley Investigation team began a long and complex analysis of items seized from the address.

Stevens was charged in May 2017 and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply class A (cocaine), possession of a class B and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance (spice).

He stood trial at Hove Crown Court and on Friday 2 November Stevens was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to a total of four years.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said:

“Sussex Police work tirelessly to stop the supply of illegal drugs within our community.
“The presiding Judge recognised the severity of Stevens’ actions and imposed a sentence representing that.

“We are conscientiously robustly tackling drug issues in Crawley and urge anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to report it to us without delay.

“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems out of place.”

You can read police’s advice on how to report issues of drugs here.

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