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Arson attempt on Crawley home while child slept

Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attempt on a house in Broadfield on Sunday (23 September).

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Police in Crawley are appealing for witnesses to an attempted arson of a house in Broadfield.

Police say, shortly before 10.15pm on Sunday (23 September), a window at the front of the house in Selsey Road, Broadfield was smashed resulting in petrol being splashed inside the property. Firefighters attended, but the fuel was not ignited.

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However, a number of people were in the house at the time, including a young child asleep in bed, and the police are treating the incident as arson with intent to endanger life.

A statement from Sussex Police said: “A Dark-coloured car, possibly black and described as long and ‘newish’, was seen in the area shortly before the attack and police would like to hear from anyone with information about that vehicle or anything connected with the incident.”

Report online or call 101 quoting serial 1242 of 23/09.

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15-year sentence for rape of woman befriended in Crawley nightclub

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A Worthing man is starting a 15-year extended prison sentence for the rape of a woman he had befriended.

David Jani, 45, a care assistant, of Shelley Road, Worthing, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (19 March) having been convicted of raping the 25-year-old woman at his flat on the night of 13-14 August 2019.

He was given a custodial term of 12 years and an extension period of three further years on licence, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, prohibiting him from residing with or inviting into his residence any person deemed as vulnerable, and will be a registered sex offender for life.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

Detective Constable Emily Turner said;

“Jani was in a nightclub in Crawley, where he in effect targeted his victim who was on her own, taking her to his address and raping her.

“We are really glad that the victim has now seen justice done. She supported our investigation throughout and gave her evidence in court, facing cross-examination.

“This case shows once again how we will always support victims and seek to find the evidence to prosecute those who offend against them.”

The victim said;

“I would like to say a special thanks to friends and family, and to Littlehampton and Crawley Police for ensuring that this case was dealt with swiftly, namely DC Emily Turner, DC Hugh Charles and PC Alexa Wood.

“I now have an incredibly long way to go mentally to rebuild my life, as well as my future.”

For information on services and support available to victims of sexual offences see the Sussex Police website

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