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26-year-old sustains knee and shoulder injuries after scaffolding fall onto Crawley shop roof

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Police have confirmed that a 26-year-old man rescued by the fire service on Saturday 5th Oct was lucky to escape without life-threatening injuries.

The ambulance service called for assistance from the fire service after they were called to assist a man who had ‘reportedly’ fallen from scaffolding onto the roof of a shop on The Boulevard.

Three fire crews attended to assist including one from Crawley, an aerial ladder from Horsham and the Technical Rescue Unit.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said:

“Fire officers helped ambulance teams to stabilise the casualty, before they were taken down to ground level by the aerial platform.”

The young man was then taken by ambulance to East Surrey Hospital where it was confirmed he had sustained knee and shoulder injuries, not thought to be life threatening.

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UPDATE: ‘I saw two men, one with a knife and the other with an axe’ – Police confirm number of teenagers arrested after weapons seen

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Sussex Police have confirmed an earlier report of a robbery was not correct and that a number of teenagers have been taken into custody after reports of them carrying knives was received.

Police were called to Gales Drive, Crawley, shortly before 5pm on Monday (July 13) to reports of an altercation involving a group of youths, some of whom were seen to be in possession of weapons.

Officers attended and arrested four teenagers aged between 15 and 17 and a 25-year-old man for offences including affray and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

A knife and a bat were also found by police nearby.

A witness at the scene said that they saw two individuals run out of a shop, one carrying a knife and the other carrying an axe, which led to the belief that a shop may have been robbed.

The witness who was with their young family say they had to take refuge in one of the other shops as the two seen leaving the shop ran down an alley just before they saw up to ten youths, all carrying weapons, running away.

There was a high police presence in the area earlier with more witnesses reporting seeing the police racing at speed in vehicles up and down Gales Drive and into the primary school opposite.

Anyone who saw the altercation, or may have any other relevant information about the incident, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1044 of 13/07.

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