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14-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of Three Bridges, Crawley murder

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A teenage girl has been arrested following the stabbing of a 24-year-old man in Three Bridges, Crawley on Tuesday (27th Oct) evening.

A large cordon had been erected shortly after the stabbing with forensics and a heavy police presence around the scene yesterday.

Police had initially said that the suspect they were looking for was possibly known to the victim as they launched an urgent search.

They also said that they believed the incident was confined to only the two people involved.

Police confirmed that emergency services were called to Russell Way at 9pm on Tuesday where they found the 24-year-old victim seriously injured.

He was treated by paramedics and an air ambulance doctor, but despite the specialist care provided was sadly declared dead at the scene.

An immediate search of the local area was launched but sources say that they had already suspected the individual they sought had left the area.

A 14-year-old girl from Crawley was finally arrested in south London around 10.20pm last night (Wednesday October 28) on suspicion of murder.

A 21-year-old man from London was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Police cordon around area where a mans body was found off Marion Road, Crawley
Police cordon around area where a mans body was found off Marion Road, Crawley

Meanwhile, another body discovered discovered in woodland off Marion Road, not far from the murder, is still being investigated and police say they are treating it as unexplained at the moment, but added this incident is not being linked to the murder.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Parkhead.

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Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner launches public survey on dog thefts

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Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, in partnership with the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) has launched a national survey, designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement and the prosecution of offenders.

The Home Secretary is currently reviewing the issue of pet theft and what future enforcement may look like with potentially tougher penalties for perpetrators.

The responses to this survey will help inform the discussions that PCCs will have on this issue nationally and allow police forces to better understand the public’s views on this crime and how they might improve their response to those concerns.

Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies, on Pets4Homes, is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals. 

According to Dog Lost, the UK’s largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is spearheading the first national conversation with the public on this issue as public perception and fear is growing to an all-time high.

She says:

“Pet theft, dog theft in particular, is a growing concern for the public and their fear has been perpetuated over the last couple of weeks with shocking reports in the media of more dogs being snatched by criminals.

“I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets. 

“I’m pleased to see the Home Secretary recognising the devastating impact of this crime and I hope that the results of this survey will give the Government the evidence it needs to take more robust action against perpetrators.”

Sussex Police recorded 31 dog thefts in 2020 but at least 12 of those were disputes over dog ownership between known parties.

Inspector Andrea Leahy from the Sussex Police Rural Crime Team said:

We support this national survey and the team are working tirelessly to collate information and intelligence on this worrying crime. We have dedicated officers covering the county who review every report that comes into us. We would like to encourage the public to report all suspicious circumstances and read our crime prevention advice on our website. We are dedicated to keeping your pets safe and target any persons believed to be involved in this distressing crime.”

The 60-second survey will be open until 17:00 on Friday 12th March.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft

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