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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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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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