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Former Crawley man sent to prison for indecently assaulting child

A former Crawley man has been sent to prison for indecently assaulting a child during the 1980s.

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A former Crawley man has been sent to prison for indecently assaulting a child during the 1980s.Clive Manning was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Monday January 7 of 12 counts of indecent assault which took place between the autumn of 1986 and spring of 1987.

Manning, 54, of Burnt Oak Lane, Newdigate, Surrey met the victim when he was 21 and she was just seven-years-old in Crawley. He began grooming her, which allowed him to engage in sexual activity with her for months before he moved out of the area.

More than 30 years later, the pair crossed paths by chance, and it was this meeting that prompted the victim to report the abuse to police for the first time in October 2017.

He was arrested and charged pleading not guilty to the allegations during his trial. However a jury found him guilty. He was sentenced to 15 years on Wednesday (January 16).

Detective Sergeant Martin Alchin-Gadd said:

“The victim was very brave to come forward after all this time. She has lived with the abuse she suffered as a child for a long time before deciding to come and speak to us. Now she has seen justice served.

“We will always take allegations of this nature seriously, regardless of how much time has passed since they happened, and a full investigation will take place. Wherever there is sufficient evidence, we will seek to bring offenders to justice.”

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Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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