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Crawley police seize over 125 stolen items after tip off from Tilgate residents

Posting photos on their twitter account, Crawley Police have shown the extent of the thefts.

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Local officers have managed to seize over 125 stolen items after being alerted by local residents in Tilgate.

The huge haul was of taken property was found within a garage.

Once discovered the Crawley Prevention team began the work of removing and logging all the stolen items.

Police believe the items were stolen from insecure vehicles across Crawley.

Police also posted images of what the garage was like before and after they finished their work

Before removing the items. Twitter @Crawley_Police
After seizing the goods. Twitter @Crawley_Police

A number of victims have already been located with their items to be returned shortly but despite officers working through the night to link as many of the items as possible to existing reports they say that there are many that appear to not have been reported.

If you need to report a vehicle crime then please contact the police on 101.

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15-year sentence for rape of woman befriended in Crawley nightclub

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A Worthing man is starting a 15-year extended prison sentence for the rape of a woman he had befriended.

David Jani, 45, a care assistant, of Shelley Road, Worthing, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (19 March) having been convicted of raping the 25-year-old woman at his flat on the night of 13-14 August 2019.

He was given a custodial term of 12 years and an extension period of three further years on licence, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, prohibiting him from residing with or inviting into his residence any person deemed as vulnerable, and will be a registered sex offender for life.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

Detective Constable Emily Turner said;

“Jani was in a nightclub in Crawley, where he in effect targeted his victim who was on her own, taking her to his address and raping her.

“We are really glad that the victim has now seen justice done. She supported our investigation throughout and gave her evidence in court, facing cross-examination.

“This case shows once again how we will always support victims and seek to find the evidence to prosecute those who offend against them.”

The victim said;

“I would like to say a special thanks to friends and family, and to Littlehampton and Crawley Police for ensuring that this case was dealt with swiftly, namely DC Emily Turner, DC Hugh Charles and PC Alexa Wood.

“I now have an incredibly long way to go mentally to rebuild my life, as well as my future.”

For information on services and support available to victims of sexual offences see the Sussex Police website

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