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21-year-old man kicked and punched police dog during arrest after causing damage to 19 cars in Northgate, Crawley

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A swift police response to night time calls about damage to cars in Crawley resulted in an arrest just over 30 minutes later.

Just before 4am on Saturday (30 May), calls began to come in about a man damaging the wing mirrors and wipers of cars parked in the Northgate area, including Turnpike Place, Honeysuckle Lane, Hazel Close, Briar Close and Five Acres. Altogether 19 cars were damaged.

Officers responded, carrying out a thorough search of the area, and the suspect was spotted 20 minutes later on a cycle.

At 4.30am he was found and arrested in Ifield Avenue after a brief struggle in which police dog Finn, who had helped track the suspect down and took hold of him, was kicked and punched.

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A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, theft of the cycle and causing unnecessary suffering to the dog. After being interviewed he was released under investigation while enquiries continue.

The police dog did not sustain physical injury.

Chief Inspector Shane Baker, District Commander for Crawley and Mid-Sussex said;

“This was a really good combined effort by officers on duty, with the assistance of Finn, which resulted in a swift arrest.”

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Appeal for witnesses issued by Police after motorcyclist rushed to hospital following collision in Crawley Down

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Police have responded to a serious injury collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Crawley Down this morning (Monday 6 July).

The incident occurred on Turners Hill Road, close to the junction with Old Hollow, around 8.44am.

The motorcyclist is being treated for serious injuries and police are urging anyone who saw what happened – or anyone with relevant dash cam footage – to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Drawbridge.

A section of the road is likely to remain closed for some time and motorists are urged to find alternative routes in the meantime.

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