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Day of action sees police make four arrests in Crawley

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Police teams carrying out a day of action in the Crawley area as part of Operation Safety on Saturday (13 February) made four arrests.

At 11.30am, officers stopped a vehicle in Station Hill due to a defective tail light. Upon speaking to the driver, officers could reportedly smell cannabis and a roadside drug test was carried out which he failed.

The driver – a 30-year-old man from Crawley – was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Shortly before 2pm, officers stopped a vehicle on the M23 southbound near Handcross and carried out a search. Six large vacuum packed bags of herbal cannabis were seized, with an estimated street value of £20,000 and the driver was arrested.

Silver Shele, 21, of Letchworth Street, London, has been charged with possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply and remanded to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday (15 February).

At 3.15pm, three males were seen to run from police in Memorial Gardens, Crawley. Officers located them following a foot pursuit. A backpack was discarded and was found to contain empty deal bags and a hammer.

Two 15-year-old boys from Crawley were arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police Sergeant Elizabeth Reschwamm said:

“We are taking robust action to help keep our communities safer.

“Carrying weapons is extremely dangerous and although some people may carry them to feel safer – it actually puts you at more risk of coming to harm.

“We will continue to address these issues through our days of targeted action and by engaging with the public to raise awareness.

“Anyone with information or concerns is asked to make the right call and report it to us online or by calling 101.”

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Police cordon set-up in Ifield, Crawley after man found deceased by ambulance service

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A police cordon has been put in place in Ifield following the discovery of a deceased male.

Police were called to the scene on at Ifield Green on Rusper Road, at 7:47am this morning, 2nd March, after a request by the ambulance service who were attending .

The deceased is believed to be a male in his later thirties to early forties.

Police said that at this time there does not appear to be any foul play and are currently treating it as a medical incident.

The large presence of emergency vehicles and personnel along with the cordon being put in place caused a large amount of speculation on social media.

Police say that enquiries are ongoing to determine the mans identity.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.

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