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Crawley sees shocking rise of over 20% in violent and sexual offences

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An exclusive CN24 investigation has discovered a shocking rise of 21% in violent and sexual offences in Crawley over the last three years.

Figures made available from the police show how in December ’14  there were 151 cases reported but in November ’16 it had risen to 313.

The worst time over the past three years on figures currently available was Oct ’16 where it had reached a horrific 338 cases, more than double those three years earlier.

When comparing each month over the last three years though the average rise worked out at a shocking 21%.

The data was compiled from data that covered an area stretching from Manor Royal down to Pease Pottage, Ifield West across to Pound Hill.

Prevention Inspector Jo Webb from Sussex Police said:

“We are aware that there has been an increase in recorded violent crime and sexual offences and believe this to be down to a number of factors.

“People are more confident in coming forward and reporting crime and we are actively encouraging them to do so. In addition more crime is being reported to police and in an HMICFRS inspection last year we were rated better at recording crime and recording crime more accurately than other forces.

“Violent crime includes a wide range of offences, from harassment to murder.

“Although we remain in the top half of national data compared to other forces, meaning Sussex is at lower risk of violent crime than most other parts of the country, we are not complacent and will continue to do all we can to keep communities safe.”

The worst area for reports was the town centre which showed a clear majority of reported crimes but across the three years the reports were spread into every ward.

Whilst there is a general view that an increase in reporting could be a large factor in the huge increase it does nothing to calm residents fears.

One resident from Broadfield who asked to remain anonymous said:

“I have lived here for over ten years and it terrifies me to think what is happening on the streets these days.  My daughter has a young family and they live near the town centre.  I know she is very wary of allowing her children to go out alone but even as an adult she gets worried when she is just out at night.”

MP Henry Smith said:

“Any increase in violent crime is a cause for concern and whilst better recording of crime in recent years accounts for much of this statistic it’s a reminder that the Government are right to increase the Sussex Police budget by £8 million.

Additionally sentence lengths have now been increased by a third for rape and sexual offences.

Crawley Council were approached for comment and their response will be published shortly.

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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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