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Finally, Crawley Police take robust action following serious violence in town

After a lack of public engagement from senior police officers in Crawley, Police Chief Inspector Rosie Ross has finally spoken out.

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Sussex Police say Crawley Police Chief Inspector Rosie Ross is ‘taking proactive and robust action to tackle serious violence in the town.’

A statement from Sussex Police says, “Warrants are being executed, arrests made and drugs seized as officers increase patrols in hotspot areas and target drug dealers’ cars.”

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In her long-awaited statement, Chief Inspector Ross said:

“The violence is obviously distressing but I can assure local people that we are doing all we can, taking targeted action to help keep them safe.

“Criminality that puts people’s lives at risk is never acceptable and it’s vital that the community pulls together to help us deal with those responsible.

“I understand that residents will be concerned by violence taking place in the town but I want to reassure everyone that their safety is our priority.

“We are committed to targeting people supplying class A drugs in this area, making sure they are held to account for their actions, and reducing the significant community harm which is caused.

“We will continue our partnership work with Crawley Borough Council, community wardens, community safety teams and local MPs to disrupt them.”

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross has recently been more vocal than usual on social media. She tweeted twice in June, and only once in July. Over the last three days, she has posted four times, all about what police are doing to tackle crime in Crawley:

Throughout July, the Crawley Prevention Team have undertaken 13 house warrants in relation to drugs, and police say the vast majority of these have yielded success.

Chief Inspector Ross added:

“We have listened to the concerns of the community around issues with drugs and violence in Crawley and have put a number of resources in place as a deterrent.

“We have been conducting house warrants on a regular basis where a number of arrests have been made and large quantities of drugs seized.

“Last month, Daniel Lindsey was given a 40-month prison sentence after he was found in the possession of £16,000 worth of cocaine.

“In July we arrested 33 peoples for drug related offences. Where those have been released under investigation to allow enquiries to continue, we will push for charges where possible.

“The Prevention Teams have also been targeting vehicles that we believe are involved with drug issues and conducting stop searches. A total of 45 of these were conducted in the last month.

“Last month we also dedicated an extra 180 hours of high visibility patrols to hotspot areas and this is on top of the regular patrols that are conducted.

“These patrols are in place to identify those involved with these crimes and arrest when possible. These people involved with these crimes would be well-known within the community and my appeal to you is to help us with information about criminal activity.

“Let’s work together to make Crawley a safe place. No one knows their neighbourhoods better than residents themselves, so please get in touch if something seems suspicious or out of place.

“If you see a crime happening please dial 999 or if you have any information, please go online, call 101 or report through Crimestoppers.”

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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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