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Crawley man gets convicted of stalking offences

A man who stalked four women on social media with fake profiles has been dealt with by the courts.



Nicholas Orloff, 40, from Birkdale Drive, Crawley, was charged with four counts of stalking involving serious alarm or distress following a complex Sussex Police investigation.

Police were first alerted to the torrent of messages from Orloff in July 2017 when one of the victims reported the harassment to Sussex Police.

The woman, in her 50s from Arundel, had received private messages from a number of fake social media accounts stating they knew where she lived and threatened to kidnap her son.

Orloff then started posting public messages about the victim on the same fake accounts. The second victim, a London woman in her 40s, saw one of these messages and told Sussex Police she too had been sent harassment messages for six months from the same profile.

On 26 July 2017, Orloff was arrested at his home address and officers seized the computers from the premises. He was released under investigation and the enquiries continued.

After painstaking research and investigation, officers were able to trace two more victims who had been sent malicious messages by the defendant; a woman living in Scotland and a woman from Crawley.

Detective Sergeant David Midgley of Chichester Investigations said:

“Orloff went to extreme lengths to try and slip under the radar with these messages.
“He created dozens of fake profile accounts and used technology to disguise his IP computer address to make it harder for someone to trace where the messages were coming from.

“The messages Orloff sent to his victims contained horrendous insults and were of a sexual nature.

“He caused a huge amount of distress and anxiety for his victims, resulting in each of them making adjustments to their day-to-day lives in a bid to prevent any further messages.

“Each of the victims aided us with our investigation and I would like to commend their bravery throughout the court proceedings.”

Orfloff pleaded guilty to each of the offences and appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 30 October.

He was given a two year suspended sentence, a rehabilitation order and a restraining order on all four victims.

For our advice on how to report issues of stalking or harassment please click here.


Help identify man who attacked a woman at her Langley Green home in Crawley

Police in Crawley have issued an Efit in their search for an intruder who struck a householder with a pole.



At 8.50am on Saturday (9 February) the man climbed into the rear garden of an address in Jackdaw Close, Crawley, and struck the 28-year-old woman as she came out of the back door to find out what was happening, almost rendering her unconscious, then going into the house and searching it before leaving.

It is not yet clear what if anything was taken.

The suspect is described as white, in his forties, of stocky build, over 6′, with a thick neck and short thick dark blond greying hair. He wore dark clothing.

The pole was not found at the scene or nearby and it is not known whether it was metal or wooden.

The woman sustained a slight cut to her head but declined medical treatment.

PC Allen Latter said;

“If you saw anything in that area at the time, or if you think you know who this man is, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 334 of 09/02.”

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