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Woman sexually assaulted on busy roadside in Poundhill Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in the Pound Hill area of Crawley.

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The woman was walking home after a night out with a friend in the early hours of Sunday (October 7).

The woman, in her 30s, was approached by a man she didn’t know, as she walked near to the Worth corner roundabout near to the junction between Crawley Lane and Balcombe Road near the Co-Op Garage.

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The man briefly spoke to her before sexually assaulting her and walking off in the direction of the Hillside Inn.

Detective Constable John Hord of the Safeguarding Investigation Unit said:

“We have arrested a 48-year-old on suspicion sexual assault and he has been released under investigation. However we are still appealing for information.

“The man is described as black with long hair tied back into a ponytail and braided, between 5′ 6″ and 5′ 8”. He was wearing a waterproof or shell suit style top with a white hood and dark bottoms. He is believed to be between 5’6 and 5’8.

“The victim has shown great courage in reporting the incident to police and is being supported by specially trained officers. The incident took place at the road side and, although it happened in the early hours of the morning, a number of cars are believed to have passed the victim and the man. I would ask anyone who was driving in the Worth Corner area between 3.30am and 4.30am on that Sunday morning to call the police if they saw a man who matched this description in the area.

“Anyone with information can call 101 or report online quoting serial 211 7/10. You can also give any information anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.”

You can find more advice and information if you want to report a sexual assault here.

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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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