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Crawley man among four arrested following ‘spate of burglaries’

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Four arrests in twenty-four hours have been carried out by Surrey Police following a ‘recent spate of burglaries’.

Two men were arrested in Alfold on Wednesday evening (21 February) in connection with an aggravated burglary. They were found to be in possession of items believed connected to the offence.

One man, 32, from Bordon in Hampshire and a 35-year-old man from Crawley in West Sussex have been released under investigation.

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On Thursday afternoon (22 February), a man and woman were arrested on Gorse Lane in Farnham on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary after their Transit van was stopped by police. When searching the van, officers found a number of suspected stolen items, including a chainsaw.

The man, 28, from Godalming in Surrey, and woman, 27, from Compton in Surrey, have been released under investigation.

Waverley Borough Inspector, Mark Bridge, said:

“We are aware of the concerns of local residents and we are working hard to tackle this recent spate of burglaries. We have increased our patrols and are targeting known offenders. We will continue to identify and pursue the offenders and I am pleased to report these recent encouraging results. We will not be complacent and the offence of burglary remains a top priority for Surrey Police.

“I will ensure my team remain vigilant and that we attend every house burglary. That we investigate all lines of enquiry thoroughly and provide appropriate support and crime prevention advice to all victims. I am grateful for the continued help that you as local residents provide and together we will continue to reduce these offences.

“I simply encourage you to be vigilant and review the security within your home, shed and garage. If you suspect someone of being involved in burglary, or being in possession of stolen goods, we encourage you to tell us right away. Please call us on 101 or report your suspicions to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Surrey Police have issued the following advice to help you keep your belongings safe. You will find more burglary prevention advice on their website.

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox
  • Install dusk to dawn outside lighting
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside
  • Mark your property with a forensic marking product, and register your belongings with Immobilise.com

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Appeal for help after five masked robbers force way into home in Crawley

Detectives in Crawley are seeking information about a violent attack at a home in Pound Hill.

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At 3,30pm on Thursday 22 November the occupants of the house in Punch Copse Road, answered the door, and were confronted with five men with their faces covered who threatened the occupants and forced their way into the house.

They stole a quantity of cash and a box containing some cutlery before leaving the address and making off in a car which was parked nearby.

All the suspects are described as black, and were wearing dark coloured clothing.

One of the occupants, a 37-year old woman, was knocked to the floor during the attack and sustained bruising and a shoulder injury for which she was treated at East Surrey Hospital.

Detective Constable Mark Buckley said;

“We have been making extensive local enquiries and are still seeking witnesses who were in the area that afternoon, particularly around Punch Copse Road or surrounding roads, and including anyone who was using dashcam in their own car at the time.”

If you have any information please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 904 of 22/11.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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