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2 people injured as over 15 reports flood in across town of damage reported from suspects firing ball bearings

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Police are responding to multiple reports of deliberate damage in the Crawley and Horsham area this evening (Wednesday 16 October).

A number of vehicles and buildings – including homes and businesses – have sustained damage consistent with the firing of ball bearings.

Further to this, at least two people have been treated for minor injuries, again believed to be from ball bearings.

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area and urged help from any witnesses.

If you have any information about any of the incidents, you can report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1372.

Approximately 15 reports have been received to date. These are not believed to be targeted attacks, however enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

In Ifield Drive six cars have been damaged along the road, with one car having the whole drivers side window smashed.

There are also reports of windows smashed in Rusper, across Horsham, Northgate and Horley and reports of a bus stop and even a moving bus targeted.

One Ifield resident said he heard a car drive past his house at speed followed by a smashing sound. He checked his car to find the window smashed and large ball bearing inside the footwell.

The resident said:

“It must be a sling shot or something along those lines that could fire a ball bearing that big.”

Moments later six police units passed by at speed.

The resident added:

“They could physically kill someone if they hit you with that ball bearing. It makes me sick.”

Two men have now been arrested.

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Crawley Down man pleads ‘not guilty’ to double murder as date set for trial

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Daniel Gary Appleton, 37, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, is to face trial over the deaths of both his wife Amy Appleton, 32, and another woman, Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, outside his property on Sunday, 22 December, 2019.

Appleton appeared by video-link at a plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH) at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (25 February) where he entered not guilty pleas to both murders.

His defence barrister, speaking on Appleton’s behalf, admitted his responsibility for both killings.

The trial is set for 6 July.

At the opening of inquests into the two women’s deaths at Centenary House, Crawley, on Tuesday 7 January West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield heard that post-mortem examinations had shown both women had died from head injuries.

Those hearings were adjourned until Tuesday 28 April.

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