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Husband and wife attacked and robbed in Three Bridges, Crawley

Police are seeking witnesses after a man was attacked and robbed as he returned home from work on Tuesday 11 December.

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In particular, officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam or closed circuit television (CCTV) footage from the area.

The 54-year-old victim was confronted by intruders at his home in Howlands Court, Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, at approximately 11pm.

He suffered serious injuries, including several broken ribs, which subsequently required hospital treatment.

His wife was also assaulted and threats were made demanding money. Jewellery, cash and passports were stolen after the burglars ransacked the couple’s home.

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The suspects are believed to be six or seven black men, wearing hooded jackets, sports joggers and trainers.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Robeson, of Crawley Police investigations, said:

“This was a particularly nasty crime involving violence and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the incident or who was responsible.

“It appears to have been a planned rather than a random attack, and thankfully such crimes are relatively rare.”

Anyone who saw or heard anything of what happened, or who noticed any suspicious activity, is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1447 of 11/12.

Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or call the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For crime prevention advice please log on to: https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/

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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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