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Part of The Boulevard sealed off after Crawley man stabbed

Another terrible incident in The Boulevard as crime figures continue to plague the town.

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Part of The Boulevard is still cordoned off with police present at the scene.

Part of The Boulevard in Crawley is still sealed off this morning (5th Aug) following an incident late last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered serious injuries following a Crawley stabbing.

UPDATE: Police not ruling out Boulevard attack as drug-related while man remains in critical condition. 

Emergency services were called to a report of a man being stabbed in the leg in The Boulevarde, Crawley, at 11.35pm on Saturday (4 August).

The victim, a 24-year-old local man, was taken to hospital with significant injuries.

Police believe the suspects may have left the scene in a white vehicle and we are looking to trace this vehicle.

The cordon runs from Natwest Bank down to Pizza Express.

A police spokesman said:

“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 critical condition in hospital and has suffered potentially life-changing injuries.

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

There are unconfirmed reports that part of Crawley Hospital walk in centre was evacuated last night in connection with the incident.

A forensics team was seen arriving at the scene while police investigate the incident.

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

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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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