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Crawley Police warn against distraction burglaries after burglary in Langley Green

In a stark warning to residents Crawley Police have posted a reminder of recent crimes in the area.

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Using their social media account @crawley_police the towns local officers have released information about a distraction burglary that took place in the town.

On the 15th May a suspect knocked on the door of a resident in Langley Green claiming to be from the Water Board.

The resident was told their stop cock needed to be checked and was let into the property.

Once inside however the resident was distracted with the ‘so called’ checks and only after the suspect had left did they realise that valuables had disappeared.

It was later confirmed by the Water Board that no works were taking place in the area.

Crawley Police have provided a link to their ‘Little Book of Scams’ to help advise residents of the tricks. You can view this here.

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Young woman raped in Pound Hill, police seek witnesses

Police in Crawley are investigating the rape of a 22-year-old woman on a local path in Pound Hill.

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At about 10pm on Thursday 13 June, the woman was walking along the footpath which runs between Somerville Road and Worth Park Gardens when she was attacked by a man who raped her before making off.

He is described as white, in his forties, about 5’10”, with short dark hair including grey streaks, and a beard. He was wearing dark jeans, black shoes (not trainers) and a blue t-shirt with a logo of some kind.

Detective Inspector Karrie Bohanna of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“We have been working with the woman, with specially trained officers, to understand the full circumstances and to ensure she has further expert support and advice.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we have been making enquiries in the area. If you were in the Pound Hill, Worth Park Gardens area at around that time on Thursday 13 June, and saw anything suspicious, please get in touch with us online by calling 101, quoting serial 810 of 16/06.

“We would particularly like to identify and contact three people who may be able to help us. Following the attack the victim went to the nearby pub, Tavern on the Green, and sought directions. She spoke with two men there, one of whom escorted here to her address.

“The third person is a woman walking nearby with a black dog about 15 minutes before the attack. The woman is described as white, about 5’7” and with long dark hair, wearing a dark jacket.

“This appears to be an isolated incident for the area and not part of any pattern. Please let us know if you can help.”

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