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‘All we could hear was shouting and screaming’ say residents as man arrested in Northgate, Crawley for drug driving

The incident occurred late last night (10th July).



Northgate residents have commented on a police arrest last night that caused quite a disturbance.

Sussex Police saw a vehicle of interest in Kilnmead, Crawley around 11.50pm.

The vehicle was then stopped by officers in Woodfield Road and the driver was arrested.

During their stop a resident noted that five patrol cars and a van were sent to the scene and during the arrest there was a lot of commotion.

One resident said:

“All we could see was a sea of blue flashing lights. There were so many officers we didn’t know what was happening. But all we could hear was shouting and screaming.”

Sussex police said a 25-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of obstructing or resisting a constable in execution of duty and driving under the influence of drugs.

He remains in custody as of 11.25am on Thursday (July 11).


Northgate man sentenced to 18 years for sexual assaults on 10-year-old girl

A Crawley man has been given an 18-year-prison sentence for sexual assaults on a young girl.



John Cole, 33, a mechanic, of Oak Way, Crawley, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday (11 October) having been found guilty after a five-day trial, of two offences of rape and four offences of engaging in sexual activity, against the 10-year-old girl between 2017 and 2018.

He will also be a registered sex offender for life.

Detective Constable Kirstie Prentice of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“Cole came to know the young girl over a period of time and systematically sexually abused her, taking advantage of her age and natural vulnerability for his own sexual gratification, telling her her that if she told anyone they would both go to prison.

“Only when her mother found a note hidden in a backpack in the girl’s bedroom revealing she had been assaulted by him did the offending come to light, and police were informed.

“She has very bravely supported the investigation throughout and gave evidence against Cole in court, with special measures including a screen to help her.”

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