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Thiefs steal £7,000 worth of jewellery from house in Crawley

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Police are appealing for witnesses after jewellery worth £7,000 was stolen from a Crawley property.

The owner of the house in Chichester Close returned to her property at 3.45pm on Tuesday (November 21) to find a man sitting in her garden.

The victim attempted to approach the man but he jumped over the garden fence. She later realised four bridal sets and her gold band wedding ring with a floral design had been stolen.

The man is described as mixed race, 5’ 7”, of large build and with dark hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

Police Constable Claire Selwyn of the Neighbourhood Prevention Team said: “These pieces of jewellery have a lot of sentimental value and we are keen to reunite them with their rightful owner.

“Have you spotted someone trying to sell jewellery like the ones in the picture?”

Please report any information online or call 101 quoting reference 954 of 21/11.

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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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