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BREAKING NEWS: Another stabbing, this time in Langley Green

In less than 12 hours two stabbing incidents have happened in Crawley.

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Two stabbings in the space of 12hrs in Crawley.

Two men have been arrested after an altercation involving knives occurred in Crawley.

Officers were called to Langley Green area of Crawley around 10pm on Tuesday (15 May) to reports of two men fighting.

One of the men was discovered in Langley Green Parade with a stab wound to the right-hand side of his chest.

The second man was found nearby in Blackthorn Close, Crawley, with a minor stab wound to his arm.

Both were taken to hospital, however their injuries are not believed to be serious.

Detective Inspector Jon Robeson said: “We believe this was a targeted incident and not a random act of violence.

“Thankfully both men only suffered minor injuries and have both been released from hospital.

“We believe the incident started in Langley Parade and if you were in the area around 10pm last night and witnessed the incident, we would like to hear from you.

“We are aware there was another incident, Operation Elmwood, earlier during the day and we are investigating both to establish if the two are connected.”

A 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old man both from Crawley, were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. Both remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

To report any information please report online or ring 101 quoting reference Operation Peterhead. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More news: Man stabbed in Crawley town centre as police search for 3 suspects

CN24 has spoken with Crawley and Sussex police about the increase in violent crimes in the town.  A full story with interviews about how the police are addressing this will be published soon.  If you or anyone you know have any questions you would like put to the police and the council about this rise in violence then please email them to info@crawleynews24.co.uk

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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