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Crawley police officer in hospital stopping violent town centre incident

Teenager arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of knife and drugs.

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Police are seeking witnesses after an officer was seriously hurt when he intervened to stop a violent incident in Crawley town centre.

At 1.30am on Saturday (7 April) two officers in a police car were driving along Peglar Way, Crawley, when they saw two men apparently fighting in the rear car park of The George Hotel.

They intervened and one of the officers, a local uniform Sergeant, sustained a serious knee injury. He is currently receiving treatment at East Surrey Hospital.

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His colleague, a locally-based Constable, was unhurt.

A 16-year-old boy from Croydon was arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to resist arrest, possession of a large hunting knife, possession of cannabis, and attempted robbery, and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

The other person involved, a 45-year-old Crawley man, was not injured or arrested and is being treated as a witness.

Detective Sergeant Kirstie Neal said;

“We are urgently appealing for any witnesses to this incident, and are particularly interested in speaking to four men who were seen walking past at the time.

There is no suggestion that they were involved in any way but we believe they will have relevant information.

“If you can help in any way please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 92 of 07/04.”

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Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child

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Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
 
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
 
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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