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Crawley man back in prison over more child sex offences

Barry Millard, a Crawley man who has already served a sentence for sex offences against a young boy in the 1970s has now been sent to prison again for a similar offence against another boy during the same period.

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Millard, now 71, of Horsham Road, Crawley, was given a 22-month sentence at Hove Crown Court on 26 November after admitting indecently assaulting a then 13-year-old boy during a camping trip to Ditchling Beacon in 1974.

The boy went alone on the trip with Millard who said he ran the ‘Crawley Mountaineering Club’ of which no independent record has ever been found. The offending happened when they stayed overnight in a tent.

The victim said nothing to anyone about this distressing experience for more than 40 years, but when he saw press coverage of Millard’s February 2017 three-year prison sentence for indecent assaults on another boy in his late teens in Crawley between 1977 and 1979, he felt encouraged to come forward and seek justice.

Millard is already a registered sex offender for life, and subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to young boy until further notice, and those requirement stay in place after his latest sentence.

Police Investigator Lucy Hailes said;

“We will always follow up and investigate reports of this nature, no matter how long ago the events are said to have happened.

“If you have been the victim of any kind of sexual abuse do not suffer in silence. You can contact us on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.

We can also arrange access to further sources of support and advice.”

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Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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