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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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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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