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

Crawley District Police Commander says keeping the community safe remains their priority.

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Chief Inspector Rosie Ross, Crawley district police commander, (pictured) has said the possibility of the attack in The Boulevard as being drug-related has not been ruled out.

Speaking out to reassure residents the commander commented on last nights event and the recent spate of crimes.

She said:

“Criminality that puts people’s lives at risk is never acceptable and it’s vital that the community now pulls together to help us deal with those responsible.

“That’s why I would ask anyone who saw what happened, who noticed anything suspicious or who can assist with information to come forward without delay.”

 

Later, Chief Inspector Ross added:

“Understandably Crawley residents will be concerned about recent violence in the town and I want to reassure them that keeping our communities safe remains a priority. We have an ongoing commitment to target people supplying class A drugs in this area and to reduce the significant community harm which is caused.

“Increased patrols, execution of search warrants, and leaflets giving advice are all part of this drive, and we’re working with our partners, including the council, social services, business groups and other emergency services to safeguard the innocent and to detect and disrupt criminal activity.

“I’d appeal to everyone to work with us to make Crawley safe. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems suspicious or out of place.”

Police continue to appeal for witnesses after a local man suffered serious multiple stab wounds during an incident at The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.35pm on Saturday (4 August).

The victim, a 24-year-old local man, was flown by air ambulance to St George’s Hospital in London, with significant injuries. His condition is critical.

Police believe suspects may have left the scene in a white vehicle and officers want to trace this vehicle as a matter of urgency.

They are appealing to anyone who may have seen it or the direction it was travelling in to get in touch immediately.
Police can be contacted in strict confidence either online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Andes.

Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers or phone the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If a crime is in progress, dial 999. Otherwise details can be forwarded online, via 101 or by contacting Crimestoppers, telephone 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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