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Group of men assault man with learning difficulties in Crawley

The victim was assaulted in broad daylight and ended up going to hospital with a fractured cheekbone.



Crawley Police are appealing to drivers who might have seen an assault on a man with learning difficulties during rush-hour on a busy Crawley road.

A statement from police says: “The 44-year-old victim was walking along Southgate Avenue towards County Mall at 4.55pm on July 23 when he was approached by a group of young men and one pushed him over from behind.”

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Police say the victim fell and hit his face, resulting in cuts to his hand and knee. The group ran away and the main suspect went through a gap which leads to Holmcroft.

The victim was taken to hospital and it was found he had a fractured cheekbone.

Detective Constable Michael Wyborn said:

“We are appealing to anyone who was driving along Southgate Avenue at this time and might have seen what happened or captured the assault on dash cam.

“This is a nasty assault on a vulnerable man and we are very keen to trace those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online quoting serial 1113 of 23/07.


Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child



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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