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Crawley robber rides off on quad bike stolen in Asda car park

Police are appealing for witnesses to the violent theft.

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Police investigating the violent theft of a  quad-bike from the Asda supermarket car park in Pegler Way, Crawley, are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At 5.30pm on Friday (1 June) a group of white men in their 20s travelling in a black car ahead of the blue Yamaha quad-bike got out and assaulted the owner, knocking him to the ground. One of the men then rode off on the bike.

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It was then seen several times as it headed south on the A23 towards Brighton, travelling at speed and failing to stop for police, before finally being lost near the city’s Hollingbury golf course. Despite a search, neither the bike nor its rider have been traced.

The bike’s lawful owner, a 43-year-old man from Dorking, Surrey, suffered a split lip during the initial attack.

Anyone who saw what happened, noticed the quad bike heading south from Crawley to Brighton, who has dash-cam footage or who may have other information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 959 of 01/06.

Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Crawley Council warns of rise of conmen knocking on doors across town

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The message is very clear – Be scam aware!

Crawley Borough Council is warning residents to be scam aware following a rise in reports of conmen knocking on doors.

The council has recently received reports of two different scams, where residents are asked to pay thousands of pounds up front for work that isn’t needed or shouldn’t cost anywhere near that amount.

In the first scam, a group of men were knocking on residents’ doors claiming to be from a boiler company and saying that they had been sent to check on boilers.

This happened to a resident in Bewbush, who was told their boiler needed to be fixed at a cost of £4,000, which he was told to withdraw from his bank without telling anyone. This particular tenant was vulnerable but fortunately the bank staff knew him well and questioned why he was withdrawing such a large amount of money.

His support worker was then notified and the incident was reported to the police. Additional security measures have been put in place for this tenant.

The second scam was reported in Gossops Green, where a resident was scammed for fencing at a cost of £3,500. This was reported to the police and fortunately the cheque was cancelled before the scammers got their money.

Scams come in many different forms and not just on the doorstep. Other scams include emails, phone calls and text messages. We are encouraging tenants to be extra careful when buying products or services online or in person.

Some of the signs to look out for include:

*             You are asked to pay money up front, for example to cover delivery costs or to ‘release funds’

*             You have ‘won a prize’ in a lottery or competition you have never heard of, much less entered

*             You are pressurised or hurried into making a decision – e.g. told to ‘act now’ as the price will go up if you don’t buy immediately

*             You are told to not tell anyone else about it – for example ‘it’s an exclusive deal only for you’

*             Unsolicited emails, phone calls, text messages or letters

*             Emails from sources you don’t recognise that include attached documents or other files

*             Emails that appear to be from your bank, HMRC or another trustworthy source that ask you to reveal personal data, such as your account details.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“There will always be a small number of people who seek to take advantage of others, but we can protect ourselves from scams by taking a little extra time to check people are who they claim to be.”

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