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A23 closed northbound after motorcyclist seriously injured at Handcross

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Motorists travelling north on the A23 between Warninglid and Handcross are being asked to avoid the area for the next few hours due to a serious collision.

At 5.26am on Sunday (28 July) a man riding a motorcycle sustained serious injuries after colliding with the central barrier at Handcross Hill.

He has been taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

The A23 northbound has been closed while the incident is dealt with and investigated, and it is likely to be early afternoon before the road can be reopened.

Diversions are in place and drivers are asked to exercise patience.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have relevant dash cam footage is asked to contact Sussex Police online, email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Carisbrook.

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Police recover powerful catapult & parts of air rifle following spate of criminal damage across Crawley

Police investigating a spate of criminal damage in Crawley and Horsham – believed to be caused by the firing of ball bearings – have recovered a powerful catapult and parts of dismantled air rifle.

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Crawley resident Kirsty Dearmun posted a photo of her car showing the damage to the rear window.

Firearms officers responded on Wednesday night (16 October) after receiving numerous reports of deliberate damage to a number of vehicles and buildings in the area. Two people were also treated for minor injuries, believed to be caused from ball bearings.

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area, assisted by the National Police Air Service helicopter, and arrested two suspects in Crawley in the early hours of Thursday morning. The two men from Crawley, aged 39 and 19, were detained on suspicion of criminal damage and remain in custody at this stage.

Detective Sergeant Martin Drabble said:

“We are treating these incidents seriously and have made two arrests in connection with this. We do not believe these were targeted attacks but enquries are going to establish the full circumstances.

“We are carrying out further searches today and we have recovered a catapult and parts of a dismantled air weapon.

“We are keen to hear from any witnesses or from anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage of the incidents or any victims who have not come forward so far.”

If you can help with the investigation, report online or ring 101 quoting Operation Cranfield.

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