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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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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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