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Man arrested in Northgate after police raid properties following help from Crawley residents

Evidence that Crawley residents have had enough of the crime spree in the town.

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After the raid yesterday on two properties in The Parade, Northgate, it has been revealed that a man was arrested.

Officers raided the two properties in The Parade, Crawley, on Tuesday morning (14 August) after members of the public reported people acting suspiciously in the area.

A 26-year-old man was discovered inside one of the houses and arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug (cannabis).

He has been released under investigation and enquiries are on going.

Officers searched both properties and a quantity of cannabis was seized.

Prevention Inspector Pete Dommett said:

“After receiving concerns from members of the public we conducted two house warrants, which proved successful.

“We would like to praise the members of the public who came forward with information so we could robustly tackle these issues.

“We are urging the public to keep reporting issues and concerns to us. The community’s safety is our priority and we want to work with the public to address these matters.”

To read our advice on reporting drug issues please click here.

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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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