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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after crash in Gossops Green

A 23-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, has been released on conditional bail until 6 August pending further enquiries.

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian in Crawley.

Officers were called to the scene in Medway Road, Gossops Green, about 6.30pm on Saturday (7 July), where a 25-year-old local man was discovered with serious injuries.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and later transferred to another hospital in London, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

The vehicle involved, described as a black Nissan, is reported to have mounted the pavement and collided with the victim, before making off from the scene.

Detective Constable Karen Young said:

“This was a very traumatic incident for the victim, who has been left with serious injuries and remains in hospital at this time.

“We would like to hear form anyone who may have any information about what happened, or who may have seen a vehicle matching the description in the area at the time.”

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Hernhill.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

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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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