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Teenage boy assaulted in Southgate Crawley

The boy was walking back from Crawley train station when the incident happened.

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The increase in police presence couldn’t come quick enough as another report of an assault in the town is recorded.

This time a teenage boy has become the victim.

Police received reports of a teenager being assaulted in Malthouse Road, Crawley, around 9pm on Thursday (9 August).

The teenager, who is only 17-years-old, was walking home from the Railway Station when he was assaulted by two people.

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The victim suffered minor injuries and nothing was reported as stolen.

The description of the suspects however are unknown.

If you witnessed the assault please report online or call 101 quoting reference 1297 of 09/08.

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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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