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UPDATE: Man stabbed in Crawley town centre as police search for 3 suspects

Another violent incident in Crawley town centre in the middle of the afternoon.

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Police attended the scene of a 23-year-old local man who had been stabbed in the leg in Crawley yesterday.

The incident occurred around 2:25pm (15th May) in a car park on Pegler Way near the town centre.

Due to the seriousness of the stabbing an air ambulance was called and the man was taken to hospital in a serious condition with potentially life changing injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses and are searching for three suspects who made off in a small black car.

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Detective Inspector Vicki Tomlinson said:

“We believe the suspects, three men, may have left the scene in a small black car and we are looking to trace this vehicle.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have seen this car, or the direction it was travelling in, to make contact with us immediately.

“The victim is in a stable condition in hospital in London and we will be working with him to provide as much detail as possible. At this stage we believe he may know his attackers.

“This incident occurred during broad daylight and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed the assault or saw anyone acting suspiciously in this area to come forward to us immediately.”

A 21-year-old man from Crawley, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but has since been released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Elmwood. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Crawley teen girl one of four arrested during police drugs operation

A man and three teenagers were arrested during a drugs operation at The Level in Brighton over two days.

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A 15-year-old Hove boy and a 16-year-old girl from Crawley were arrested by police officers on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and burglary with intent to steal and a 16-year-old girl from Brighton, was detained on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal on Thursday (16 August). They were questioned and released under investigation.

On Friday (17 August) a 23-year-old Brighton man was arrested after he ran from police officers through the children’s play area at The Level. He was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a large quantity of the drug worth several hundreds of pounds was seized (pictured) along with cash and other drugs paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin. He has also been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said:

“Our prevention officers, who play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues, have been targeting suspected drug dealers at The Level using high visibility patrols, covert patrols and our passive drugs dog. We are also trying to identify drug users to direct them to agencies who can support them.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is going on or has any information about it please contact us.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.
For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

* Prevention teams play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues and where possible prevent them happening in the first place. The recent council tax increase will be used to strengthen these local teams.

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