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Crawley teenager gets sentenced for sex offences against an eight-year-old

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A 16-year-old Crawley boy has been sentenced to a total of six years’ custody for sexual offences against an eight-year-old girl known to him.

At Brighton Crown Court on Thursday 19 October, having been found guilty after a trial at Lewes Crown Court, the boy was given six years for rape, and five years for each of two sexual assaults, all to run concurrently.

He has been sent to a Youth Offenders’ Institution to begin serving his sentence.

He was between 14 and 15-years-old at the time of the offences, which took place in 2015 and 2016.

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Judge Guy Anthony described the assaults as “appalling sexual abuse”.

The prosecution followed an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit, who worked closely with partner agencies.

Detective Constable Nicky Beard said: “This was a distressing case but it sends a message to all young people that sexual offending will be taken seriously and investigated.

“If you ever have concerns about such behaviour, please contact us on 101, and arrange to speak in confidence to experienced investigators. We can also arrange access to sources of further counselling and support.”

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Manhunt after attempted robbery at knifepoint at Ifield newsagents in Crawley

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A man who attempted to rob a newsagents in Ifield is being hunted by police.

The alarm was raised at 7.17am on Tuesday (September 3) when the man went in McColl’s in Ifield Parade, threatened staff with a knife and demanded money.

However, he was driven from the shop empty-handed.

He is described as black or west Asian, in his mid-30s, 5′ 10″, of slim or skinny build and was wearing a face covering, grey hooded top, black gloves, black trousers and black shoes or trainers.

Police have taped up the entrance around the shop and two officers are standing guard at the scene.

A visibly shaken staff member could be seen talking to shoppers as concern grows over the number of incidents taking place at other shops across the town.

Police confirmed there have been no physical injuries but would could not confirm if any suspect/s had been taken into custody.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw someone of that description in the area at the time is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 263 of 03/09

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