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Crawley man sent for trial on arson endangering life at Three Bridges property

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A Crawley man has been sent for trial charged with arson endangering life at a house in the town.

Michael Coppendale, 34, a builder, of Cherry Lane, Crawley, appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 June, charged with arson with intent to endanger life at an address at The Birches in Crawley on Saturday (20 June).

A quantity of vehicle fuel was poured through a hole in the front door of the house. It was not ignited. Several people were in the house at the time but were not injured.

Coppendale was remanded in custody and sent for trial with an initial hearing at Crown Court on 21July.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows enquiries by local officers and detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

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Appeal for witnesses issued by Police after motorcyclist rushed to hospital following collision in Crawley Down

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Police have responded to a serious injury collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Crawley Down this morning (Monday 6 July).

The incident occurred on Turners Hill Road, close to the junction with Old Hollow, around 8.44am.

The motorcyclist is being treated for serious injuries and police are urging anyone who saw what happened – or anyone with relevant dash cam footage – to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Drawbridge.

A section of the road is likely to remain closed for some time and motorists are urged to find alternative routes in the meantime.

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