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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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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.

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The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to https://www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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