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Crawley woman left shocked after being dragged along road by drive-by handbag thief

The 67-year-old woman was walking along Lady Margaret Road in Crawley, when a green VW Golf drove up alongside her.

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A woman from Crawley is recovering after a frightening experience in which she was dragged along a street by a car driver who eventually stole her handbag.

At 9.45pm on Monday (28 May), the 67-year-old woman was walking along Lady Margaret Road in Crawley, when a green VW Golf drove up alongside her.

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The driver initially asked her for directions, but he then leant out of the car and grabbed her handbag. As he drove away, she held on to the bag and was dragged along the road for an estimated 100 yards before having to let go.

The car sped away, its wheels spinning and leaving marks on the road.

The driver was a man and of black appearance, but there is no other description of him at this stage and no registration number for the car.

As well as being very shocked, the victim sustained cuts, bruising and grazing, and was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew but declined to go to hospital.

The handbag contained personal items and a small quantity of cash.

Detective Sergeant Ian Warncken of the Crawley Investigations Team said:

“This was a really distressing experience for the woman, who resisted bravely, but eventually had to let go before she became seriously injured.

“If you saw what happened or if you have any information as to who this man may be, please get in touch with us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1452 of 28/05.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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