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Police release CCTV image following racially aggravated assault in Horley

Police appeal for information after the incident in Horley.

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Surrey Police are appealing for any information from the public which will help them in identifying two men spotted on CCTV in connection with a racially aggravated assault in Horley. 

The incident took place on Saturday 15 September at around 12.15am when the victim was walking from Horley train station.

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Two men unknown to the victim approached him in Consort Way. One of the men reportedly started shouting racially abusive comments at him before attempting to punch him in the face.

The victim ran off towards The Airfield Tavern and was followed by the men. One of the men then punched the victim causing him to suffer a cut to his lip.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said:

“We would like to identify the two men in this image, as they may have information that can assist with our inquiries.

“The two men are described as: white, 6 feet tall, medium build with short hair and wearing shorts” and, “white, 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing jeans and a checked shirt”.

Police ask anyone with any information or anyone who saw someone matching one of these descriptions in the area, to call 101 quoting reference number PR/ 45180099041.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police added: “If you are a victim or witness of hate crime, please contact Surrey Police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

“If you don’t want to speak to police, you can report hate crimes to our partner agency Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625.”

 

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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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