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Man left with fractured jaw and missing teeth after attack in West Green

The attacked was by two men.

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Police are investigating an attack on a man walking home along a Crawley alleyway.

Just before 1am on Saturday (7 July) the 38-year-old man was walking through the alleyway between the Orchard Street car park and Sunnymead, when he was attacked by two men who punched him the face, and continued to do so when he fell to the ground.

He sustained a fractured jaw and lost several teeth

There is no further description of the two suspects at this stage.

Detective Constable Jodie Palmer said; “If you were in Crawley in the early hours of Saturday and saw any suspicious activity in the Orchard Street car park or Sunnymead, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 88 of 07/07.”

See police advice on personal safety when out and about on the Sussex Police website.

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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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