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Crawley man gets 14 years for child sex offences

A Crawley man has been sentenced to 14 years in jail after pleading guilty to 17 child related sex offences against a girl under 13.

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James Tower, 30, Crawley, began to abuse the girl in 2016, and the abuse continued until the victim’s mother became suspicious in June 2018, and challenged him.

Officers from Sussex Police promptly arrested Tower and, following a complex investigation, he was charged with sexual offences against a child, including assault by touching.

He admitted the offences in court and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Monday 26th November to 14 years in prison.

Detective Constable Jake Dallaway, of Sussex Police’s Safeguarding Investigation Unit, who led the investigation, said:

“Tower subjected his victim to several years of abuse, ruining her childhood for the sake of his own gratification.

“I hope the sentence will provide some closure to the victim and her family, and I hope, with the appropriate support, they can move on from this horrific abuse.

“I’d like to commend the victim and her mother for their bravery in coming forward and the support they have given us throughout what has been a very difficult time for them.

“I also hope that this outcome gives other people who have been or are suffering similar abuse the confidence to come forward.

You can read our advice on how to do this here.”

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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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