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Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner speaks out after rise in Crawley violence

The commissioner speaks out in response to the police’s silence.



After a month of increased violence in the town and with the lack of public response from the police, the counties Police and Crime Commissioner has made the decision to speak out.

In response to the local publics reaction to almost daily news of incidents Katy Bourne has said:

“I completely understand the concerns of Crawley residents at the recent spate of crimes including knife attacks, and the presence of armed officers responding to an incident in Furnace Green. I will be coming to see for myself and to talk to local people and business owners about crime and safety in the town.

Although I welcome the fact that Sussex is one of only four force areas in the UK where knife crime has actually we cannot afford to be complacent.

I will be pressing Sussex Police to explain what they are doing to investigate the current series of incidents and what preventative measures they will put in place. I will also want to see that communicated clearly and effectively to residents.”

The statement comes out just as a murder investigation launches in Gossops Green.

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

Have you seen Michael Tewolde?



Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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