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Teen injured after attempted robbery in Horsham

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery that saw the teenaged victim injured in Horsham.

At about 8.30pm on Tuesday (6 February), the 18-year-old victim was walking in an alleyway between Victoria Street and Park Terrace East, when he was approached by two unknown men, who demanded his wallet and mobile phone.

The victim refused and continued on his journey, before he was punched to the face several times, sustaining facial injuries. The offenders then ran off back in the direction of Victoria Street.

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Both suspects were white and wearing all black clothing, with hoods over their heads, and gloves. One of them wore black Nike trainers with a white tick.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting serial 1214 of 06/02.

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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