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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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Manhunt after attempted robbery at knifepoint at Ifield newsagents in Crawley

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A man who attempted to rob a newsagents in Ifield is being hunted by police.

The alarm was raised at 7.17am on Tuesday (September 3) when the man went in McColl’s in Ifield Parade, threatened staff with a knife and demanded money.

However, he was driven from the shop empty-handed.

He is described as black or west Asian, in his mid-30s, 5′ 10″, of slim or skinny build and was wearing a face covering, grey hooded top, black gloves, black trousers and black shoes or trainers.

Police have taped up the entrance around the shop and two officers are standing guard at the scene.

A visibly shaken staff member could be seen talking to shoppers as concern grows over the number of incidents taking place at other shops across the town.

Police confirmed there have been no physical injuries but would could not confirm if any suspect/s had been taken into custody.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw someone of that description in the area at the time is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 263 of 03/09

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