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Man suffers a suspected fractured eye socket following altercation in Crawley

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a suspected fractured eye socket in Crawley.

An altercation occurred between the victim, a 33-year-old man from Crawley, and three men near the parade of shops on Gales Drive at 11.40pm on Saturday (December 2).

The victim suffered serious but not life threatening or changing injuries.

Three men, 36, 42 and 50-years old, all from Crawley, were arrested on suspicion of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. All three have been released under investigation.

If you witnessed the incident or have any information please report online quoting reference 1398 of 02/12.

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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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